Pulse Points

What goes into maintaining a community’s health? In Evansville, it involves tens of thousands of employees, two major regional health systems, tailoring services to regional needs, and more. Here’s how the River City balances health care in business and daily life.

Health care is a major economic engine for the Evansville area, where residents from a large Tri-State region come for medical treatments that are both routine and complex. Not only that, the Evansville Regional Economic Partnership describes health and life sciences as one of four key industries for the Evansville region, the others being advanced manufacturing, logistics and transportation, and food and beverage.

To get a glimpse of how big the local health science arena is, consider how many area residents make their living in that sector. E-REP reports Deaconess Health System — the region’s largest employer — has a workforce of about 10,500 people across the area. Ascension St. Vincent Evansville ranks third on the list with about 3,000 on its local payroll. The Women’s Hospital at Deaconess tacks on another 600 employees.

And those are just the largest providers. Countless smaller businesses also seek to keep the Tri-State healthy and provide greater access to care. Coupled with education, health services in and around Evansville employed nearly 30,000 people in November 2023, up 3.8 percent from 12 months earlier.

Those workers can bring in top dollars, too. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Evansville-area medical and health services managers earn an average hourly wage of $47.34, with registered nurses bringing in an estimated $35.16 per hour. Ahead, learn more about key medical providers, community health needs, targeted initiatives, education opportunities, and more — all in Evansville.

What Ails Us?
While some Tri-State concerns change, others stay the same. Plus, these low-cost resources help underserved populations.

Health Care Hub
Evansville benefits from the presence — and impact — of two major health systems.

Top of the Class
Education opportunities grow for local medical students.

Staying a Step Ahead
Education and services seek to address gaps in mental health treatment.

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Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen is the managing editor of Evansville Living and Evansville Business magazines.

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