Economic impact of UAB Health System on Alabama - graphicThe impact analysis of the UAB Health System included all seven component parts of the organization: the UAB Health System Corporate offices, the UAB Hospital, University of Alabama Health Services Foundation (UAHSF), Medical West, Baptist Health System in Montgomery, Triton Health System/ Viva Health Group, and the Callahan Eye Hospital. In addition to the overall impact analysis for the UAB Health System, separate impact analyses were conducted for each of the component organizations. These impact analyses can be found in Appendices A through G.

ECONOMIC IMPACT FOR THE STATE

Direct spending by the UAB Health System generates economic activity throughout the state of Alabama. In FY16, the direct spending of the UAB Health System in combination with the indirect and induced impacts of dollars’ being re-spent throughout the economy generated $4.3 billion in overall economic impact ($2.2 billion direct impact and $2.1 billion indirect and induced).

Economic impact is generated by the UAB Health System when it spends on goods and supplies, when patient care is provided, and when it pays its employees. These employees then generate indirect and induced impacts when they spend their paychecks on goods and services in the local economy such as food, personal goods, and mortgage/rent. The total impact of all of this spending amounts to the $4.3 billion economic impact of the UAB Health System in the state.

Economic impact of the UAB Health System on Birmingham MSA - infographicECONOMIC IMPACT FOR THE REGION

Direct spending by the UAB Health System generates economic activity throughout the Birmingham region. In FY16, the direct spending of the UAB Health System in combination with the indirect and induced impacts of dollars’ being respent throughout the economy generated $3.2 billion in overall economic impact ($1.4 billion direct impact and $1.8 billion indirect and induced).

EMPLOYMENT IMPACT IN THE STATE

In FY16, the UAB Health System directly employed 20,791 individuals (full-time or parttime positions). This direct employment generates additional spending throughout the state that in turn supports additional indirect and induced jobs created when the UAB Health System, its employees, patients and visitors spend in the region and state. In total, UAB Health System supports 37,413 jobs (20,791 direct and 16,622 indirect and induced jobs) throughout the state of Alabama.

EMPLOYMENT IMPACT IN THE REGION

Employment impact of the UAB Health System on Alabama - infographicIn FY16, the UAB Health System directly employed 13,550 individuals (full-time or parttime positions) living, and therefore spending dollars, in the Birmingham region. This direct employment generates additional spending throughout the region that in turn supports additional indirect and induced jobs created when the UAB Health System and its employees, patients and visitors spend in the region. In total, UAB Health System supports 27,781 jobs throughout the Birmingham region.

GOVERNMENT REVENUE IMPACT FOR THE STATE

Government revenues attributable to the presence of the UAB Health System totaled more than $158.6 million ($46.4 million in direct impact and $112.2 million in indirect and induced impact) in FY16. This income is generated when the UAB Health System and its employees, health professional students, patients and visitors spend on goods in the region (e.g., at restaurants, retail, hotels/motels, etc.).

GOVERNMENT REVENUE IMPACT FOR THE REGION

Government revenue impact of UAB Health System on the state - infographic

Government revenues attributable to the presence of the UAB Health System totaled $132.4 million ($8.1 million in direct impact and $124.3 million in indirect and induced impact) in FY16 for the Birmingham region.

CONNECTING WITH THE COMMUNITY

The UAB Health System is intimately engaged with the community through a number of events, donating to local organizations and volunteering time to provide care to residents.

In addition to all of the care provided to the community by the organization, the employees of the UAB Health System engage in community outreach on their own time as well. It is estimated that the UAB Health System physicians and staff generate more than $36.4 million annually in charitable donations and volunteer services every year. These benefits are in addition to the $4.3 billion annual economic impact of the UAB Health System and include the following:

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    $13.2 million donated to local charitable organizations in FY16.

  • $23.2 million in value of volunteer time provided to area communities in FY16.

BIRMINGHAM CITY SCHOOLS HEALTH ACADEMY

UAB Medicine offers Birmingham City Schools students many opportunities for learning and career development, focusing on the variety of jobs represented at the UAB Medicine. On behind-the-scenes tours, sophomores in the Health Sciences Academies at Carver and Jackson- Olin high schools get the chance to learn about the dozens of careers that make up UAB Medicine, from physicians and nurses to lab technicians, physical therapists, central sterile supply and environmental services. Juniors from the two schools are given opportunities to shadow these professions, while select seniors are selected for paid internships at UAB Medicine. The ultimate goal is for students to begin career planning in high school and to explore the breadth of jobs available in the health care industry so that they may bridge into training programs after high school in preparation for careers in health care. UAB Medicine also serves Birmingham City Schools as a host site for Project SEARCH – Birmingham. Project SEARCH is a unique school-to-work transition program for students with disabilities. Birmingham City Schools students participate in this one-year internship program during their last year of high school focused on providing competitive, transferable and marketable skills that prepare the intern to secure competitive employment at UAB Medicine or in the local community.