In fiscal year 2017, Pennsylvania hospitals contributed $128.9 billion to the economy and supported more than 650,000 direct and indirect jobs, The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) reports. “Hospitals are working to better coordinate care, invest in and focus on efforts to help patients get and stay healthy – and stay out of hospitals altogether.” said HAP President and CEO Andy Carter. “We are making great strides to improve patient safety, to build new technologies, to re-tool our workforce, and to address social issues, such as food insecurity and violence. In order for this important work to continue, hospitals need financial stability, relief from regulatory burden, and reliable payments for services.”