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 Rice Memorial Hospital and Affiliated Community Medical Centers. Rice 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 Cancer Center, Suite Beginnings private birth suites and Rice Care Center and Therapy Suites, a long- and short-term care facility. ACMC 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 is seeing a huge investment in healthcare, with a $21 million project underway 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; a recently completed $11 million renovation at Rice Care Center; and a recently completed $1.5 million state-of-the-art therapy facility, Rice Rehabilitation Center.

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.