Spotlight: Why Charles County’s Health Industry is Thriving

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The health industry is projected to add the most jobs to the U.S. economy between 2014 and 2024 with 5 million openings, and Charles County is well positioned to provide ample opportunities for health care providers seeking growth and individuals exploring employment or already working in the health care field. Here are four reasons why Charles County is good for health services:

  • Robust Customer Base: Charles County is one of the fastest growing counties in Maryland. With about 10 percent of the population 65 years or older, Charles County’s growing population has created an increased demand for health services, with the health care and social assistance sectors adding 600 jobs in the County between 2010 to 2015.
  • Strong Network of Health Care Providers: Charles County is home to public and private health care providers of all sizes, including the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, and Sagepoint Senior Living Services. Health care providers benefit from the County’s strategic location in the DC Metro Area, a lower than average cost of doing business, ample real estate options, and a talented workforce.
  • We Have Training: Employers in the County’s health services industry draw from a qualified pool of employees thanks to workforce training programs, such as the College of Southern Maryland (CSM), which offers programs in health services, including programs for certified nursing assistant, dental assistant, and electrocardiogram technician.
  • Close to the Capital, Far From Ordinary: Charles County residents who live and work in Charles County’s health industry benefit from competitive wages, along with a lower cost of living compared to the average in the DC Metro Area. UM Charles Regional’s more than 1,100 employees also enjoy greater balance between work and home life than their peers elsewhere in the DC Metro. “What we hear the most from applicants and employees is that Charles County is a great place to work and live,” says Stacey Cook, Vice President of Human Resources at UM Charles Regional. “Working in Charles County provides a nice work/life balance because it reduces or almost eliminates our employees’ commute time.”

Now is a better time than ever to join Charles County’s growing health services industry. To learn more, visit our health services page or contact Debra Jones, Chief of Business Development.


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