Starr Regional Medical Center Publishes 2022 Community Benefit Report
May 5, 2023
Report outlines hospital’s continued impact on health and economic vitality of McMinn and surrounding counties
Starr Regional Medical Center recently published its community benefit report for the 2022 calendar year. The annual report outlines the various ways the hospital continues to invest in the health and economic vitality of McMinn County as part of its mission of making communities healthier®.
“For more than 50 years, Starr Regional Medical Center has been proud to call McMinn County our home, and as a leader in our community, we are continually seeking ways to make a positive impact for those we serve,” said John McLain, chief executive officer (CEO) of Starr Regional. “This year’s report underscores our ongoing commitment to providing the highest quality care possible – both inside and outside our hospital walls.”
Starr Regional Medical Center’s 2022 community benefit report highlights its continued efforts to meet the growing healthcare needs of its community through welcoming new providers, expanding service lines and continually investing in its facilities and healthcare technology. For example, in 2022, Starr Regional added 57 providers in cardiology, emergency care, general surgery, nephrology, midwifery, OB/GYN, podiatry, urology and more; and made more than $6.6 million in capital improvements, including upgraded equipment for various departments; renovations to Senior Care, a geriatric behavioral health program that provides acute inpatient treatment; and a building expansion for the new cardiac catheterization lab.
Additionally, Starr Regional provided nearly $42.7 million in health services to those in need, demonstrating its continuous commitment to ensuring everyone has access to care, regardless of their ability to pay.
Starr Regional Medical Center is also devoted to creating environments where providers want to practice and employees want to work. In 2022, the hospital distributed more than $41.5 million in salaries, wages and benefits for its approximately 635 employees, while contributing more than $70,000 in professional development and tuition assistance so all its employees can have the opportunity to learn, grow and improve the care they provide their patients.
Last year, the organization paid $7.5 million in local and state taxes, while also continuing its support of local activities and organizations committed to serving the region, including the American Cancer Society, Athens City Schools, Etowah City School, Friendly City Festivals, Friendly Fellow Club, Good Faith Clinic, Isaiah 117 House, McMinn County Economic Development Authority, McMinn County Living Heritage Museum, McMinn County Schools and United Way of McMinn and Meigs Counties.
“We are incredibly grateful for the continued support of our community who entrusts us with their care and for the hard work and dedication of our providers, employees and volunteers who make it all possible,“ said McLain. “As we look ahead to the future, we remain committed to honoring our legacy while further enhancing the many ways we serve our neighbors and communities.”