According to a recent report from the Tennessee Hospital Association, 61 hospitals help keep small towns healthy through access to a variety of services and salaries. The hospitals have a combined economic impact of $994.7 million and support 15,654 jobs.

In Hancock County, one of the least wealthy counties in the state, the hospital employed 34 people who earned $1.7 million in income in 2015. The county had only 6,572 residents the same year.

There were 980,808 emergency room visits at the 61 hospitals in 2015, and 15 of the 61 are designated as critical access hospitals.

SOURCE:, March 31, 2017