New Jersey hospitals and health systems contributed $23.4 billion and nearly 144,000 jobs to the state and local economy in 2016, according to a new report by the New Jersey Hospital Association. “New Jersey’s hospitals and health systems are some of the largest employers in the state, not only providing quality care to their communities and supporting community health and wellness, but contributing to the financial strength and producing jobs people are proud to do,” said NJHA President and CEO Cathy Bennett. “We are gratified our work is a bedrock of the state and local economy.”