Economic Impact

Together, the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care, Inc. are leaders in education, research and health care delivery.  They also add significantly to the region by contributing billions to the local and state economies — an estimated $5.17 billion in total economic activity across the Commonwealth in Fiscal Year 2010, with more than $4.19 billion generated in Worcester County alone.  Direct spending by UMMS and UMMHC to the City of Worcester residents and businesses in FY'10 totaled $386.6 million.

Boasting nearly 22,000 employees, UMMS and UMMHC are major employers in both the region and the state. 

Nearly 95 percent of those employed by UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial live within the Commonwealth and 72 percent — or more than 15,800 — reside in Worcester County, with a quarter — or nearly 5,500 — residing in the City of Worcester alone.

The local expenditures of these two economic anchors in FY'10, along with the spending of almost 22,000 employees, supported nearly 12,800 additional jobs across the state — more than 7,900 of those just within Worcester County — for a total of nearly 34,700 jobs.

UMMS also makes substantial direct payments to the City of Worcester.  In FY'13, for example, UMMS made over $2.6 million in payments to the city, primarily for municipal services, such as water and sewer fees, permitting or licensing fees, and services rendered such as police details relating to campus events.

Over the past five years, the portion of the Worcester’s state-owned land PILOT attributable to the medical school amounted to approximately $825,000.

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