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Economic impacts of UC Davis Health System

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UC Davis Health System commissioned an independent research study of its impact on the economies of Sacramento County, the Sacramento region and Northern California.

"Economic Impacts of the UC Davis Health System," was prepared by the Center for Strategic Economic Research, an economic and demographic research firm based in Sacramento, Calif.

The study examined the entire UC Davis Health System enterprise, which includes UC Davis Medical Center, UC Davis School of Medicine, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, and UC Davis Medical Group – primary-care clinics affiliated with the health system and located throughout the Sacramento region.

The firm examined impacts on the economies of Sacramento County; the six-county Sacramento region, which includes Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado, Sutter and Yuba counties; and all of Northern California, from the Oregon border south to Kern, San Luis Obispo and San Bernardino counties.

Significant findings include:

  • UC Davis Health System has a combined economic impact throughout Northern California of more than $3.4 billion and more than 20,000 jobs.
  • For every employee or dollar of output directly supported by health system operations, the Northern California economy gains an additional 1.1 jobs or $1.1 of output, respectively.
  • The health system’s impact is a substantial percentage of all employment and financial output in Northern California – equivalent to the impact of the entire wood products economic sector in output, and all employment in the waste management sector.
  • UC Davis Health System has approximately 9,700 employees in Northern California, but it supports more than 20,000 jobs through its activities and the activities of its employees.
  • UC Davis Health System has a direct economic output of $1.6 billion, but its indirect output is more than double – more than $3.4 billion in the north state.
  • The reach of the health system’s economic impact is extensive, affecting a wide variety of industry sectors, including administrative and support services, real estate, professional, scientific and technical services. These have a ripple effect on food services, real estate and insurance carriers.

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“UC Davis Health System has a combined economic impact throughout Northern California of more than $3.4 billion and more than 20,000 jobs.”

—  Center for Strategic Economic Research


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“For every employee or dollar of output directly supported by health system operations, the Northern California economy gains an additional 1.1 jobs or $1.10 of output, respectively.”

— Center for Strategic Economic Research


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