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Health Care Jobs Expected to Explode in Adams County

March 20, 2008
Healthcare jobs expected to explode in county e-mail to a friend | print this | link to this Contributed by: Adams County Economic Develop on 3/18/2008 Westminster, CO, March 17, 2008 - According to Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc., projected growth in healthcare employment for Adams County from 2006 through 2016 is one of the highest in Colorado and places it in the top tier of counties nationwide. Healthcare jobs are projected to increase 33 percent statewide and 22 percent nationwide. From 2004 through 2007, Adams County Economic Development (ACED) announced a projected 5,300 new healthcare jobs and 6,512 additional supporting jobs, for a total of 11,812 new jobs. Another 41 percent increase in healthcare jobs is expected in Adams County through 2016, boosting total healthcare jobs by from 13,923 to 19,601. In addition to rapid job growth, ACED announced $1.9 billion in capital investments for new or expanded healthcare facilities from 2004 through 2007. New healthcare facilities opened recently in Adams County include the Platte Valley Medical Center, St. Anthony North Hospital expansion, the Cancer Care Center of Thornton, The Children's Hospital and the University of Colorado Hospital. The county also is home to a fast-growing University of Colorado Denver (formerly Health Sciences Center) and North Suburban Medical Center. Other planned healthcare facilities in Adams County include a new Veterans Administration hospital, and new clinics for Exempla, Kaiser Permanente and St. Anthony North Hospital. "When you're one of the fastest growing counties in Colorado, you have to expect that growth will bring new residents, new jobs and new needs," said Alice J. Nichol, chair of the Board of County Commissioners. "The explosive growth in healthcare facilities provides a major boost to our economy with jobs and capital investment, and substantially adds to the quality of life for everyone in Adams County." "While many parts of the country are nervous about economic growth, Adams County continues to experience new gains which stabilize our communities and quality of life," said Bill Becker, president and CEO of ACED. "Because of the commitment of our county commissioners and healthcare leaders, we are seeing huge growth in healthcare services to meet the needs of our booming population. This helps us secure a strong and balanced economy for our county." Each year, Adams County commissioners Alice J. Nichol, Larry W. Pace and W. R. "Skip" Fischer sponsor the largest career expo in the state, introducing eighth graders to potential jobs and careers. When polled about their career interests, about 20 percent of the county's eighth graders expressed an interest in healthcare or bioscience jobs. "A major element of Adams County's growth strategy is to educate and train our local workforce to fill the many new healthcare jobs that result from the exciting growth in hospitals, clinics and physician practices," said Sandra Steiner, executive director of the Adams County Education Consortium which produces the career expo. # # # About Adams County Economic Development (ACED) Adams County Economic Development, Inc. (ACED) is a 501(c)(6) private, nonprofit, full service economic development agency serving Adams County, its ten municipalities, 9,200 businesses and a population of more than 400,000. Predicted to be the fastest growing county in the State of Colorado over the next 20 years, ACED is dedicated to playing a leadership role in aggressively driving economic vitality and sustainable business development throughout Adams County. For more information, visit www.adamscountyed.com.