There are nearly 6,000 healthcare jobs in Kandiyohi County, making it the region’s top industry and that number continues to grow. Thanks to state-of-the art technology and top-notch medical providers, Kandiyohi County’s medical facilities draw from a large area of Minnesota.

Some of the county’s major employers include Carris Health/Rice Memorial Hospital and Carris Health/ACMC Health. Rice Hospital is a Level 3 Trauma Center and is the largest community-owned hospital in Minnesota. Rice serves 14 counties, has 100 inpatient beds and is home to the Willmar Regional Cancer Center, Suite Beginnings private family birth suites and Carris Health Care Center and Therapy Suites, a long- and short-term care facility. ACMC Health is a multi-specialty clinic with more than 40 specialty departments and offices in 11 area communities. There are dozens of clinics in Kandiyohi County providing a wide range of services from medical to dental to vision to holistic medicine.

Kandiyohi County has seen a huge investment in healthcare, with a $21 million project completed at Bethesda, a facility that provides a full continuum of care, including skilled nursing care, short-stay therapy centers, home health care, outpatient therapy, independent and assisted living, adult day services and a wellness center. Bethesda is currently undergoing a $3.3 million construction of a new Town Center and Chapel renovation project to be completed in June 2018. An $11 million renovation project was completed at Carris Health Care Center and Therapy Suites in 2014 and a $1.5 million state-of-the-art therapy facility was recently completed for Rice Rehabilitation Center. In 2018, Carris Health Surgery Center completed construction of an $11 million new surgery center that includes pre-op, recovery, operating and consult rooms and accommodates expected growth in outpatient surgery.

Since most jobs in healthcare require post-secondary education, Ridgewater College’s programs in the healthcare field provide a boost in the healthcare workforce in Kandiyohi County, including a newly-formed partnership between Ridgewater, Bethesda, Carris Health/Rice Hospital and CLUES for Certified Nursing Assistant training.