Accelerated Growth, Increasing Employment
The health care sector is thriving in Orange County with over 137,000 people employed in a variety of health care related industries accounting for almost 10% of Orange County’s total payroll employment. This industry cluster has experienced accelerated growth in the last decade as well as a steady increase in employment, despite the recent recession.
Industries such as Ambulatory Healthcare Services, Hospitals, Nursing and Residential Care Facilities and Social Assistance are the primary drivers of Orange County’s expanding health care sector.
In particular, Orange County’s hospital industry accounts for over 22% of the county’s health care employment and is a significant benefit to the local economy contributing well beyond the industry itself to positively influence the employment and output of other sectors. In addition to its contribution to other industries within the health care and social assistance sectors, the economic activity of the hospital industry also has a major impact on the sectors of retail trade, administrative and waste management, real estate and rental, finance and insurance, and accommodation and food services.
Some of Orange County’s top net patient revenue generating hospitals include Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, UC Irvine Medical Center, St. Joseph Hospital Orange, St. Jude Medical Center, Mission Hospital, Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Medical Center, and Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
For more on Orange County’s health care industry, read OC Metro Magazine’s article “Still Healing”.