Ayer Receives $486,000 in 2015 Tax Revenue From Nashoba Valley Medical Center

One of the Largest Taxpayers in Ayer, Nashoba Valley Medical Center Tax Revenue Provides Vital Support for Local Schools, First Responders, and Municipal Services

Nashoba Valley Medical Center, part of the Steward Health Care system (Steward), announced today that it paid $478,424 in taxes to Ayer for 2015, and an additional $7,758 to neighboring towns, making it one of the largest private taxpayers in the community. As one of the largest taxpayers in Ayer, Steward provides unrivaled financial support for local schools, first responders and municipal services.

These taxes are crucial for Ayer, allowing it to pay for and support the equivalent of the average combined annual salaries of approximately two teachers*, two police officers and two firefighters**. In addition to being one of the largest taxpayers, Steward also remains one of the largest employers in Ayer, employing a total of 500 people locally. Furthermore, Steward spent an additional $26,000 in 2015 on community benefits programs for Ayer residents, including its Stroke Prevention and Diabetes Education programs.

“As a private hospital, Nashoba Valley provides not only first-class care to local residents, it also provides a significant source of revenue to Ayer that contributes to the community’s overall quality of life,” said Salvatore Perla, president of Nashoba Valley Medical Center. “Unlike many of the Boston-based hospitals that do not pay property taxes, as part of the Steward Health Care system, Nashoba Valley provides millions in tax dollars locally.”

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About Nashoba Valley Medical Center
Nashoba Valley Medical Center (NVMC) offers community-based primary care and specialty services. NVMC was a recipient of the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval and was named to The Leapfrog Group’s annual list of Top Hospitals in 2014. Areas of clinical strength include emergency medicine, diagnostic imaging, cardiology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, oncology, orthopedics, physical therapy and general surgery. NVMC also offers a comprehensive Center for Pain Management, Diabetes and Endocrine Center, Travel Clinic and Occupational Health Services. Nashoba Valley Medical Center is part of the Steward Health Care System LLC, the largest integrated community care organization in New England which combines over 3,000 physicians, 10 acute care hospital campuses, managed care, insurance programs, home care, an imaging operation, and a number of other post-acute services, to provide the most cost effective and highest quality of integrated patient care. Additional information is available at www.nashobamed.org.

About Steward Health Care
Steward Health Care is the largest fully integrated healthcare services organization and community hospital network in New England. Headquartered in Boston, Steward is the fourth largest employer in MA with more than 17,000 employees in more than 150 communities. Steward is comprised of Steward Medical Group, Steward Health Care Network, and Steward Hospital Group. Steward Medical Group provides approximately 1 million patient encounters per year in 152 sites and manages homecare and hospice with 300,000 and 35,000 encounters respectively. Steward Health Care Network, a fully integrated care management company, has 3,000 physicians, with approximately 4 million patient encounters per year and affiliates or joint ventures with approximately 30 urgent care centers. Steward’s Hospital Group includes Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, Norwood Hospital, Carney Hospital in Dorchester, Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer, Holy Family Hospital in Haverhill and Methuen, Morton Hospital in Taunton, and New England Sinai Hospital in Stoughton. Additional information is available at www.steward.org.

*2013-2014 Teacher Salaries Report – Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

**May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Massachusetts – Bureau of Labor Statistics

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