A healthcare industry that’s alive and well

The Brainerd Lakes Area has become a growing regional healthcare hub that continues to attract health-related businesses. The area is home to two major hospitals, several clinics and an increasing number of specialty services. Healthcare is a major economic sector and provides thousands of jobs.

Due to the area’s aging population and its proximity to rural communities, healthcare providers and companies view the lakes region as an excellent area to locate or expand their businesses.

The highlights

• Essentia Health is the largest healthcare employer in the area with 1,500 employees. Locally, it has a hospital, five clinics and specialty services like the Brainerd Lakes Heart & Vascular Center and the St. Joseph’s Cancer Center.

• Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, with nearly 1,000 employees, is a growing healthcare system based in Crosby. It has a hospital, two clinics and partnerships with specialty clinics like the Minneapolis Heart Institute and Minnesota Center for Orthopedics.

• The area is also home to a number of specialty clinics, assisted living centers, home healthcare agencies and physical therapy offices.