Utica's two hospitals contribute a total of $880 million to the local economy.

That's accordng to an economic impact analysis that projects the ripple effect of industry spending.

Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center support 4,600 full-time equivalent positions, which fund more than $1.5 million in state and local taxes.

Scott Perra, President and CEO of Faxton-St. Luke's, says the two hospitals are critical to the economic viability of the community.