Rural / Northern Health Research

Socio-Economic Contribution of Health Sciences North/Horizon Santé-Nord
J.C. Hogenbirk, D. Zitikyte, D. Kaymak, M. Lasota, M. McCracken, S.E. Barnett*, O.M. Mian, and M.G. Delmege

Health Sciences North/Horizon Santé-Nord (HSN) is a regional resource and referral centre for more than half a million residents of northeastern Ontario. The hospital is developing into an academic health sciences centre complete with teaching and research facilities and resources, including faculty who are cross-appointed to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). This study assessed the socio-economic impact on the City of Greater Sudbury and nearby communities.

An economic model (developed by Informetrica Ltd - a partner in this study) was used to determine the direct, indirect and induced economic contribution to the City of Greater Sudbury. The model was also used to explore the economic contribution of hospital outreach programs on nearby communities as well as the impact of new or expanded research, teaching or clinical initiatives. Finally, a number of interviews were conducted with key informants from several communities so as to assess the impact of HSN on social and professional networking opportunities, as well as on business and educational opportunities.

Model results and interview findings were used to assess the impact of hospital activities and inform recommendations for the strategic development and support of teaching, research, clinical services as well as outreach and satellite clinical programs.

(funded by Health Sciences North/Horizon Santé-Nord)


[To read the Final Report of "The Socio-Economic Contribution of Health Sciences North / Horizon Santé-Nord to Northeastern Ontario", please visit our Online Reports page.]

(Names in bold denote CRaNHR investigators and research staff. Names with an * denote former CRaNHR investigators and research staff.)