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 Clinics. Rice Hospital is a Level 3 Trauma Center. Rice serves 14 counties, has 100 inpatient beds and is home to the Carris Health Cancer Center, private family birth suites and Carris Health – Care Center & Therapy Suites, a long- and short-term care facility. Carris Health is a multi-specialty clinic with more than 40 specialty departments and offices in 4 area communities. There are dozens of providers in Kandiyohi County offering 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 recently completed a $3.3 million construction of a new Town Center and Chapel renovation project. In 2014, an $11 million renovation project was completed at Carris Health – Care Center & Therapy Suites and a $1.5 million state-of-the-art therapy facility was recently completed for Carris Health Rehabilitation Center. In 2018, Carris Health Surgery Center completed construction of a new $11 million 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.