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Oswego Health continues its role as main economic driver in Oswego County By Lou Sorendo Oswego Health is not only attending to the health care needs of Oswego County. It is also helping to keep the region’s economy rolling. The latest numbers indicate that Oswego Health has a total economic impact of $207 million on the communities it serves. Over the last two years, its annual payroll has gone from $63 million to $75 million. That is what it is paying to its more than 1,200 employees in competitive wages who largely live in the community. Oswego Health is the second-largest private employer in Oswego County, ranking only behind Exelon Generation. Of course, a multiplier effect kicks in as these workers also buy homes, groceries, and support local businesses while participating in a myriad of other activities. Additionally, Oswego Health is investing in about $25 million to $30 million in construction projects while employing construction trades workers. It is constructing a new $17 million behavioral health center at the former Price Chopper location in Oswego. Internally, it is investing $8 million in upgrading its inpatient medical-surgical rooms. Additionally, SUNY Upstate Medical University recently did a $1 million project to enhance