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A recent study conducted by Capital Link reveals that Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers had a total economic impact of $12,204,981 in 2017. This includes supporting an impact on 107 local jobs, providing 24% lower costs for Health Center Medicaid patients—resulting in $8 million savings to the Medicaid program, and spending that totals $5,869,395 in local communities. Mari Freiberg, CEO of Scenic Bluffs, said this study confirms that Scenic Bluffs CHC continues to be an essential business. “Rural health services bring good jobs and are a platform for continued community vitality. We invest locally and serve as an anchor for other businesses around economic growth.”

This economic impact study used an IMPLAN model. IMPLAN is widely used by economists, state and city planners, universities and others to estimate the impact of projects and expenditures on the local economy. Direct and community impacts measure results from operations, new facilities, hiring and purchases of local goods and services. Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers provides services to patients in La Crosse, Monroe, Vernon, Crawford counties and beyond. In 2017, Scenic Bluffs served 7,029 patients—3,122 which were children and adolescents. Scenic Bluffs has Health Centers in Cashton and Norwalk, provides dental services in Viroqua and behavioral health services in Sparta, among other support services.

Capital Link is a national, non-profit organization that has worked with hundreds of community health centers and Primary Care Associations (PCAs) for more than 20 years to plan for sustainability and growth, access capital, improve and optimize operations and financial management, and articulate value.

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