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Health care industry contributes billions of dollars to East Texas economy

Health care industry contributes billions of dollars to East Texas economy

POSTED: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 5:48pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 9:36am

The Texas economy is one of the largest and fastest growing economies in the United States. Here in East Texas, the medical sector is a major contributor. In fact, according to the Texas Workforce Commission, the healthcare and social assistance sectors employ the largest number of people from Nacogdoches to Tyler.

KETK spoke with the President of the Tyler Economic Development Council, Tom Mullins, who said, "Almost 30 percent of our total work force is involved with medical". This sector alone employs almost 30 thousand East Texans. Mullins said, "Tyler and Smith County and really East Texas, went from agricultural, to oil and gas, to manufacturing, and now to service".

So Mother Frances Hospital is hosting a job fair on Thursday, hoping to hire dozens of new employees. Will Knous, the hospital's Public Information Officer, said, "Mother Frances always loves to hire East Texans. we have some great institutions here and great training skills or training centers".

Job Fair Information:

  • When: Thursday, April 17, 2014
  • From: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  
  • Where: East Texas Workforce Solutions

Trinity Mother Frances is not the only hospital searching for new employees. The demand for medical industry employees is in high demand. Of all counties in East Texas, including Dallas and Shreveport., the Smith County medical sector has grown the most quickly. Mullins said, "The medical sector has become a draw for people to come in to Tyler, and when they do that and they spend money here, that money multiplies through the economy". This generates almost $3 billion a year for this area.

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I know. Feels like I am walking into one giant hospital when I go to Tyler. Nurses, doctors etc. are everywhere, Last I heard it was well over 100,000.00 for knee replacement for both knees. Hip injections 8,000.00 per injection, facility fees for MF each time you walk through their doors, along with parking fees. No wonder it is into the billions.

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