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November 2008 Issue

David Stern, MD, Colllege of Medicine Dean, Vice President for Health Affairs
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College of Medicine Economic Impact Nears $5 Billion

Published November 2008

The UC College of Medicine, along with its affiliated teaching hospitals, generated $4.8 billion in economic impact for the region and across the state in 2007.

In addition, the college and its affiliates were responsible for more than 55,000 full-time equivalent jobs in Ohio and generated $151.1 million in total state tax revenue, according to a study commissioned by the Ohio Council of Medical Deans, chaired by David Stern, MD, dean of the UC College of Medicine.

“The UC College of Medicine has tremendous economic impact on our immediate region and the state,” says Stern, who also serves as the vice president for health affairs at UC.

“This impact is felt not only through tax revenue and job creation, but also through stimulating commerce and encouraging biomedical investment.”

The study measured the economic impact of Ohio’s seven medical colleges and their teaching affiliates. In total, the UC College of Medicine and the six other medical colleges in Ohio contributed $37.2 billion to the state’s economy in 2007, an increase of approximately $16.5 billion from 2002.

“Ohio’s colleges of medicine and their teaching affiliates are vital not only to the health of Ohioans, but also to the health of the state’s economy,” says Stern.

The economic impact report also took into account attraction of highly competitive National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding.

In 2007, the UC College of Medicine and its affiliates attracted more than $195 million in NIH dollars. Ohio’s academic medical industry as a whole accounted for 66 percent of the total NIH grants awarded to the state.

On a statewide level, the report found that for every $1 provided by the state in direct support to Ohio’s academic medical industry, approximately $10 was returned in tax revenue. The UC College of Medicine has participated in previous economic impact reports; however, those reports included data from neighboring states.

The latest economic impact study was limited to Ohio in order focus attention on the state’s academic medicine enterprise.

UC’s $4.8 billion impact was figured by totaling the direct and indirect impact of UC and its core and non-core teaching hospitals. Core teaching hospitals include affiliates that provide clerkship experiences in major services, such as internal medicine, surgery and pediatrics.

Those included in the report were University Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Shriners Hospitals for Children–Cincinnati.

Non-core teaching hospitals included Jewish Hospital, Bethesda Hospital, Drake Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, Clinton Memorial Hospital, Holzer Clinic in Gallipolis and Christ Hospital.

The economic impact report was produced by Tripp Umbach, which has conducted economic impact studies for hundreds of health care institutions and medical colleges throughout the country.

To learn more about the economic impact of Ohio’s medical colleges and to view reports from the state’s medical schools, visit

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