Listening to Mike Peters, a Mercy Hospital legislative specialist out of Springfield, discuss state matters as to health care, he made a poignant point. He said the state was ready to give everything but the kitchen sink to Boeing, a company seeking a site to build a new plant to build airplanes, but doesn’t give enough thought to a home industry that has a huge economic impact — our hospitals and related facilities. He gave Mercy Hospital Washington ambassadors numbers to prove his point.

In the quest for new industries to create additional jobs, there can be a tendency to look away from the home front where established and relatively new companies are making an impact. The industrial development boards in Washington, for instance, have remained focused on what is here and have attempted to keep in touch with local industries. And, assistance has been provided when possible.

The Mercy system serves 83 Missouri communities with its hospitals and ambulatory facilities. It has 10 acute care hospitals in the state and one affiliate hospital. In addition, it has two heart hospitals, two children’s hospitals, two rehab hospitals, one orthopedic hospital, 161 clinic locations, five outpatient surgery centers, 14 urgent care sites and four convenient care centers. All of that provides a potent economic impact in Missouri.

Not to be overlooked is that Mercy has 480 physician practices in the state. Mercy Clinic has 1,500 integrated physicians and 644 Mercy Clinic integrated APPs.

The total payroll  consists of 27,003 people — medical staff and co-workers. 

For fiscal year 2013, Mercy Missouri had 2,437 staffed beds; 331,614 emergency department visits; 13,316 births; 87,893 surgeries; 102,222 inpatient discharges; 1,770,134 outpatient visits; and 3,626,752 physician office visits.

The financial data for fiscal year 2013 tells the Mercy economic impact story in the state. Salaries and benefits totaled $1.8 billion. One wonders how that compares to Boeing’s salaries and benefits in fiscal year 2013? Certainly Boeing makes a strong economic impact also.

One of the most significant figures in the financial information provided to the ambassadors is that in fiscal year 2013, Mercy provided $172 million in charity care, community benefits and uncompensated Medicaid services.

Mercy Missouri has $4.8 billion in total assets and had $2.9 billion in total operating revenue in the last fiscal year.

When looking at all of these figures, it is evident Mercy Missouri plays a major role in the state’s well-being — as a jobs creator, taking care of people’s health needs, providing charity care and at the same time being one of Missouri’s economic impact giants.