Economic Engines

About Economic Engines

Hospitals’ contribution to their communities extends far beyond their role as health care providers. They also serve as economic engines, the largest employers in many regions.

Hospitals are among the top sources of private-sector jobs: California’s 454 hospitals employ nearly 500,000 people, and by extension support more than 1.1 million jobs in total.

Last year, these hospitals spent $128 billion on goods and services from other businesses — not only in their communities — but elsewhere in the state and beyond. This activity is an economic boon for California, supporting millions of other jobs and $286 billion in total state economic activity.

U.S. House Democrats Advance Physical Infrastructure Bill  

Late Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 228-206 to advance President Biden’s $1 trillion physical infrastructure legislation, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.   The five-year spending bill includes a CHA-supported provision to invest $65 billion in broadband as well as funding to improve cybersecurity. The majority of the bill’s funding is directed toward roads, bridges, ports, rail transit, […]

Innovating patient menus with farm-to-fork taste

Hospital food is known for being bland and uninspired, but one chef is throwing out that tired recipe. Meet the chef who’s transforming hospital food. He’s buying local to bring patients, staff, and hospital visitors farm-to-fork tastes.