Why one Oregon hospital thinks their ED expansion can boost the local economy

Officials at Salem (Ore.) Hospital believe their $3 million emergency department expansion will boost the local economy, according to the Statesman Journal.

They argue the ED expansion improves Salem's medical infrastructure and will make the town more attractive to potential businesses. The expanded facility will offer more space to treat less-severe cases and leave the core ED free for patients with serious traumatic injuries.

Chad Freeman, president of the Strategic Economic Development Corp., said the expansion is indicative of a community that is willing to invest in itself.

"We see this as a strong draw for both our existing and new companies to the region," said Mr. Freeman, according to the Statesman Journal. "It is much more viable to represent a city where the healthcare system is continuing to invest and re-invest in the community. This says a lot about the overall health of the community."

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