Every day in all corners of the state, Alliance hospitals help to improve the lives of Floridians. Comprised of 14 of the largest hospitals systems in Florida, located in the most densely populated urban areas in each region of the state. Because we are committed to the care of all, our hospitals provide services that benefit the entire state – not just the patients who live in our neighborhoods.

The teaching, public, regional perinatal intensive care center and children’s hospitals that make up the Safety Net Hospital Alliance play a crucial role in caring for our state’s neediest citizens, and serve as major employers and economic engines for our regions and for the state of Florida.

Typically, safety net hospitals are among the largest employers in every community we serve. Collectively, these 14 hospital systems provide more than 77,000 non-physician hospital jobs to Floridians, providing excellent employment opportunities to our citizens with a vast range of highly skilled to entry-level positions.

Additionally, safety net hospitals collectively utilize more than 13,000 Florida physicians, who are either on staff or have hospital privileges.

But the true economic impact of our hospitals doesn’t end with employment inside the hospital walls. Safety net hospitals collectively generate more than $10 billion in operating expenses annually. A significant percentage of these expenses are dedicated to employing a myriad of local businesses and vendors, and forging community partnerships—meaning that safety net hospitals help local economies and health care networks to thrive.

Further, safety net hospitals collectively made more than $1.7 billion in infrastructure improvements in 2009, the latest year state data on such improvements was available. These bricks-and-mortar investments add value to communities, spur further economic development in the surrounding neighborhoods, and provide opportunity for local construction contractors.

Additionally, the affiliations that safety net hospitals have with state universities and colleges help attract research dollars to Florida and attract the next generation of physicians and nurses to train, work and live in the state.