Healthcare: Second to None

The DFW area is also known for its nationally renowned healthcare resources and medical facilities. For example both Parkland Memorial Hospital and Baylor University Medical Center are nationally recognized hospitals and have been ranked among the best by U.S. News and World Report along with Children’s Medical Center of Dallas which ranked high in 10 different specialties.

In fact 14 Dallas-Fort Worth area hospitals were among the magazine’s Best Hospitals metro-area rankings for 2012-13 which are based on reputation clinical excellence and a variety of patient care factors such as nursing and patient services. Hospitals and care facilities on the list include the Baylor University Medical Center UT Southwestern Medical Center Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Medical City Dallas Hospital Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital (Dallas and Plano locations) Baylor Regional Medical Center Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital Medical Center of Plano Parkland Memorial Hospital Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth Medical Center Arlington Plaza Medical Center and JPS Health Network.

The University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center widely considered “the crown jewel” of the UT medical system also counts five Nobel laureates among its skilled staff members. Major healthcare systems in the Dallas/Fort Worth area include Baylor Health System Tenet Healthcare Corporation Texas Health Resources Methodist Health System VA North Texas Healthcare System Parkland Health and Hospital System and Presbyterian Healthcare System as well as many smaller clinic systems physician groups and more that offer hundreds of specialties for the best in medical care.

Beyond offering top quality healthcare services and resources to residents the North Texas healthcare industry is also a huge source of job growth and opportunity. According to information from the Health Industry Council of the North Texas Region healthcare services – including hospitals physicians and dentist offices – directly supports an estimated 331000 jobs in the region paying more than $36 billion in annual wages and salaries.

And in a 2011 study to estimate the overall economic impact of the healthcare industry in the DFW area the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research found that “the value added by the healthcare industry in the region is $52 billion per year which represents about 15 percent of all regional economic activity.”