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Arkansas Hospitals and Their Impact on Our State

Arkansas hospitals are proud to provide quality, efficient health care to communities in every part of the state. They stand ready to care for everyone, with their doors open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Each year, they provide care during millions of patient visits and keep our communities healthy, strong and vibrant. Their record of service is – and always will be – their most valuable contribution to the state.  

Recognized much less often are the contributions hospitals make to local economies and to the state economy, through the people they employ and the impact of their spending. Arkansas hospitals are, in fact, critical to the economic viability of our state. They are major employers and purchasers of goods and services; and the health care they provide also allows people to be productive, contributing citizens.
The total estimated annual economic impact of hospitals in Arkansas is $11.5 billion.


Together, the state’s hospitals provide 45,800 jobs, with an annual combined payroll expenditure of $3.4 billion. These dollars, earned by Arkansas hospital employees, generate approximately $5.4 billion in economic activity in the state, which creates an additional estimated 42,700 jobs. These totals – when considered alongside the impact of capital spending of hospitals, estimated at $652.8 million per year, and the impact of other non-salary expenditures, estimated at $5.5 billion per year – indicate that Arkansas hospitals are crucial to the state’s economic viability.  

Beyond the central role of connecting the various facets of the health care system, hospitals strengthen the infrastructures of local communities. Arkansas residents rely on their local hospitals and health systems to:

  • Provide high-quality, efficient health care.
  • Readily respond with care for community members throughout their lifetimes, whenever illness or injury strikes.
  • Serve as a community safe harbor during and after emergencies or disasters.
  • Provide an optimal setting for bringing new life into the world.
  • Provide comfort at the end of life.
  • Educate people about preventing and managing diseases, while promoting practices that support health and well-being.

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