University Medical Program Boosts Nevada’s Economy

Gov. Brian Sandoval’s economic development plan for Nevada identifies heath care as one of seven industries that can be advanced through partnerships with higher education. Appropriately so. The health care sector has been one of the few bright spots in the Nevada’s economy the past few years.

From 2007 to 2010, Nevada employers shed nearly 176,000 jobs, including thousands in construction, lodging and food services, and manufacturing. During the same period, Nevada’s health-services sector added more than 6,000 jobs. Nearly 90,000 Nevadans (7.8 percent of the state’s workforce) are employed in health services.

The contributions to the economic health of Nevada by the University of Nevada School of Medicine and the University of Nevada, Reno Division of Health Sciences are demonstrated in four specific roles:

• As an employer;

• As an innovator through research and development that attracts investment;

• As the source of the majority of new health care professionals in Nevada;

• And as the source of new approaches to quality medical care that attracts new businesses to the state.

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