New Hospital to Create More Jobs for Utah’s Booming Health Care Business

Photo of a doctor consulting a patient in a hospital bed.

Those looking to pursue a career in nursing may want to head to Utah, where the health care industry has been seeing steady growth, even through the economic downturn.Now, a new hospital being built in Draper by MountainStar Healthcare will help the industry create even more jobs when it opens in the fall of 2013. The new 30-bed 100,000-square-foot facility is expected to generate approximately 300 positions for professionals with health care experience on their resumes.Hospitals seem to anchor local healthcare in a fashion similar to big box stores anchoring retail developments, Jeff Edwards, president of the Economic Development Corporation Utah, told the Utah Pulse. “Utah hospitals directly and indirectly support services such as pharmacies, physician offices, primary care clinics, urgent care facilities and outpatient centers. The healthcare industry has a significant role in economic development, from its role as an engine of job creation to its role in supporting a healthy workforce, to its role in keeping healthcare costs affordable.” Despite 2 economic slowdowns, Utah’s health care industry has averaged 4% employment growth over the past 15 years.The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that job opportunities for nurses are expected to increase by 26% through 2012. 

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