Romans all very well aware that health care is a big business in Rome and Floyd County. A new report by the Georgia Hospital Association confirms that with some very specific numbers.

According to the data for 2017, the hospitals in Rome — Floyd Medical Center and Redmond Regional Medical Center — were responsible for the full time equivalent of 3,989 jobs and indirectly responsible for 9,859 others.

Over in neighboring Bartow County, the Cartersville Medical Center was directly responsible for 594 jobs, the Gordon Hospital accounted for 863 jobs in that county, and the Polk Hospital provided 180 direct jobs. Chattooga and Walker counties are among the growing number of Georgia counties that are do not have a hospital.