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Report Shows Unity Health System Center for Aging Has a Major Impact on Rochester’s Economy


(Rochester, N.Y. January 10, 2012) – A new report shows that Unity Health System’s Center for Aging Services is a powerful player in the local economy, contributing $87.7 million to the region annually.

Unity Health System’s Center for Aging and Continuing Care Services cares for more than 3,000 seniors every day and offers a comprehensive range of services for seniors in Monroe County. Services include three nursing homes, each providing its own care specialty, and a brand-new state-of-the-art transitional care center on the Unity Hospital campus; adult day services in six locations throughout Monroe County; home care services and community supports; four senior housing facilities and two retirement communities. Unity Health System is also a major employer directly and indirectly, supporting 878 local long term care jobs.

“Unity Health System is pleased to provide a full continuum of services for the elderly in our community and offer employment to so many people in the long term care field. We provide much needed services to the Rochester Region,” said Sandra MacWilliam, executive vice president of Unity’s Center for Aging.

The report, “IMPACT: Services for the Elderly and Disabled – An Economic Powerhouse,” by LeadingAge New York, tallies the economic impact of long term care providers -- nursing homes, assisted living and other care and services – at the state level and examines the field’s impact within each of the 10 state-designated economic regions with spotlights on 18 providers across the state, including Unity Health System.

On the whole, the economic impact of senior living and services providers statewide is a staggering $29 billion annually, powerfully fueling the economy from the local level up.

LeadingAge New York President James W. Clyne Jr. said the report illustrates the impact long term care providers such as Unity Health System have not just on New York’s elderly, but on communities and the state in its entirety. The report can serve as a vital reference to lawmakers as they consider the state budget.

“Non-profits are well known for the quality of the care they provide,” Clyne said, “but legislators and policymakers often overlook the economic impact that long term care providers have on the local economy.”

In the Finger Lakes region alone, for example, the economic impact of long term care providers is more than $1.6 billion annually. The impact of these providers is not just in dollars, of course. The report details the number of jobs supported by nursing homes alone – just one sector of the long term care field -- statewide as well as within each of the economic regions. Nursing homes in the Finger Lakes region support 13,764 jobs, and each worker pays taxes, buys food, clothing, household goods and services that encompass anything from haircuts to oil changes, child care to family dinners at a local diner.

“The services and supplies providers purchase and the wages they pay create a ripple effect in local economies and support other businesses and the jobs they bring,” Clyne said.

The regional provider spotlights throughout the report rely on RIMS-II multipliers to highlight the impact individual organizations have on regional economic activity. RIMS-II multipliers are commonly recognized tools for gauging the economic impact of an enterprise, representing both the direct spending as well as the impact that spending has on regional economic activity. The RIMS-II multipliers used to calculate impact in this report were produced by the Regional Product Division of the Bureau of Economic Analysis on Sept. 12, 2011.

About LeadingAge New York

LeadingAge New York is the only statewide organization representing the entire continuum of not-for-profit, mission-driven and public continuing care, including senior housing, nursing home, adult care facility, continuing care retirement community, assisted living, home care, adult day health care and community services providers. LeadingAge New York’s more than 570 members serve an estimated 500,000 New Yorkers of all ages annually.

About Unity Health System
At Unity Health System you’ll find the friendliest and most compassionate people dedicated to providing the best possible health care experience. We have over 70 locations in Rochester and Monroe County, including Unity Hospital in the town of Greece and the Unity St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester. Key programs include our Joint Replacement Center, Family Birth Place, Spine Center, Diabetes Center, Chemical Dependency, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, plus the area’s most comprehensive range of services for older adults. ACM Medical Laboratory is the world’s fifth largest provider of clinical trials testing, with locations in western New York, York, England, and lab partnerships across the globe. Our shared commitment to delivering health care the way it should be is reflected in our 98% overall patient satisfaction rating.

About Unity Center for Aging
Unity Center for Aging cares for more than 3,000 seniors every day and offers the most comprehensive range of services for older adults in Monroe County. Services include: in home health care, adult day programs, assistive technology, care management services, home delivered meals, companion services, skilled nursing care, short term rehabilitation, affordable senior housing, assisted living, and retirement living.