Rush County Memorial Hospital is an acute care hospital located in La Crosse, Kansas. The hospital is a component
unit of Rush County, Kansas and the Board of County Commissioners appoints members of the board of trustees of
the hospital. The hospital primarily earns revenues by providing inpatient, outpatient, emergency care, and residential long-term
care services to patients in the Rush County, Kansas area. Approximately 4% of the hospital's total revenue is derived from
intergovernmental revenue derived from property taxes.
For more information, contact Rush County Memorial Hospital at 785-222-2545 or visit the website.
Rush County Memorial Hospital
Economic Impact Statement
(Statement created in 2008 in anticipation of the renovation)
Rush County Memorial Hospital has an employment of 64 people with an annual payroll of approx. $2,000,000 making it one of the largest employers in Rush County. A majority of these people live in Rush County and pay taxes.
Last year 7565 patient days, 61,102 procedures and 5,634 clinic visits were performed at RCMH. From these services, money for patient co-payments remains in the county along with insurance reimbursements. This brings additional dollars into the hospital that are distributed back into the economy as salaries, utilities, supplies and repairs by county businesses. This creates an economic boost that can ultimately soften the burden on local taxpayers.
The proposed remodeling will modernize the building creating a virtually new facility and dramatically reduce costs for maintenance and repair. Without the bond issue, if major repairs or improvements are needed or mandated, current finances may be unable to meet the cost and necessitate an increase in the hospital mill levy.
By updating its facilities, RCMH has a better chance of attracting doctors and other professional staff to Rush County. This generates additional revenue that increases the need for support staff, in turn increasing payroll and contributing more dollars to the economy.
The proposed bond issue will benefit Rush County and create jobs at no cost to the taxpayer. Bond issues inject money into the local economy through construction jobs, supplies, and temporary housing. Studies have also concluded that for every job created by a project, one or more additional jobs are created within the economy due to the multiplier effect.