A priority of Arkansas Methodist Medical Center is to provide quality services to the communities in its region. We not only treat illness, but strive to prevent it. This constant effort has promoted the health, well-being, and longevity of people in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri. Every year, AMMC sponsors the Women's Health Fair and the Men's Health Fair which provide testing and education, at no cost, to the people in our area.
Diagnostic testing conducted at health fairs have detected medical problems that might otherwise have gone unnoticed; potentially saving the lives of the people who take advantage of this FREE service.
AMMC also offers FREE childbirth education and breastfeeding classes, smoking cessation and CPR classes on an ongoing basis to prevent illness and to provide healthcare skills and knowledge.
With the potential threat of disasters such as bio terrorism and the realizations of 9/11, the AMMC ambulance personnel, in a joint effort with local authorities and emergency service providers, have worked diligently to prepare for such an event. Mock disaster drills, continuing education and taking advantage of state and federal funding for disaster equipment have been key elements in the preparation process.
AMMC employees have given of their time, their treasure and their service to such programs as the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the March of Dimes, the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. Plus, through the Greene County Community Fund, AMMC employees have also contributed to non-profit agencies such as Mission Outreach, Boy Scouts and CASA that reach out to people in need in our area.
AMMC employees have also contributed to TAC (Teens Are Concerned), LifeHouse Ministries, Habitat for Humanity and the Paragould Regional Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Paragould Program.
Arkansas Methodist Medical Center has provided jobs for nearly 700 people from our area with payroll and fringe benefits of over $29.1 million, purchased products and services totaling near $20 million per year and provided $12.9 million in uncompensated patient care. Although these are a small portion of the benefits that are generated through the medical center, it does give a semblance of the impact that AMMC has on Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri.
Chambers of Commerce and Economic Developers estimate that the dollars that a business generates through their employee payroll and through the purchase of goods and services, rolls over as many as six to nine times within a community. Considering the above information, we will let you do the math to draw your own conclusions as to the impact AMMC has on our community.