The study, completed by nationally recognized consulting firm Tripp Umbach, shows that the med center not only contributes to the state's well-being in health care, but also is a major player in driving its economy, said UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D.
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About the study
Tripp Umbach studied fiscal year 2013-2014, and its study includes UNMC, Nebraska Medicine, and the work that those organizations' employees do for affiliates such as the VA Medical Center and Children's Hospital & Medical Center. Since 1995, Tripp Umbach has completed economic impact studies of all 130 medical schools and 400 teaching hospitals for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
Of the $4.2 billion impact, $1.8 billion was through direct expenditures for goods and services by UNMC, employees, students, out-of-state patients and visitors. The remaining $2.4 billion came in the form of indirect spending within Nebraska, meaning the businesses and individuals that received direct payments from the medical center and its affiliates then respent their money within the state.
"It takes strong pillars to support a thriving state and local economy, and two of Greater Omaha's most powerful are based -- literally -- at the city's core," said David Brown, president and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber. "UNMC and Nebraska Medicine are an undeniable force in terms of economic impact, job creation and workforce development; phrases we revere at the Chamber because we know they equate to lives improved and enhanced access to prosperity city-, region- and statewide."
Dr. Gold noted that a key benefit of the Med Center, economically, is attracting fresh dollars to the state's economy and keeping dollars from leaking out of the state to other academic health centers.
For instance, the Tripp Umbach report concluded that two clinical service lines -- cancer and transplantation -- have an economic impact of $377.8 million and $139.1 million, respectively, on the state's economy.
"Programs such as these serve a double benefit by keeping money in the state's economy and attracting dollars to the Nebraska economy from other regions of the country and internationally," Dr. Gold said.
"The work we do to educate next generation health care providers, advance research of critical health issues and treat patients from around the world will always be our top priority, but it's both humbling and gratifying to know how connected and significant that work is in keeping a strong Nebraska economy."