(GAINESVILLE)- A recent report from the Georgia Hospital Association finds that Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville has a 3.2 billion dollars positive financial impact on the local community and state.

The report found that, in 2019, the medical center provided more than 59 million dollars in total estimated charity care; and sustained nearly 21,000 full-time jobs throughout the region and state – in addition to nearly 9,000 employees directly employed by Northeast Georgia Health System.

The charity care, which provides financial assistance to people who meet certain criteria and cannot afford to pay all or portions of their medical bills, doesn’t include unpaid bills that are written off and or nearly $11 million NGMC provided in community outreach such as free screenings and health education.

“NGHS is committed to improving the health and quality of life for our surrounding communities,” said Carol Burrell, president, and CEO of Northeast Georgia Health System. “We strive to keep a healthy financial position so we can reinvest in renovation, expansion projects, and new healthcare technologies for our patients, visitors, physicians, and employees. This study is proof that we are growing the greater good.”

The figures in the GHA study only reflect the economic impact of hospital expenditures and do not include the impact of other services, such as physician offices and long-term care facilities, provided by NGHS.