As the largest healthcare cluster outside Denver and Salt Lake City, Utah, Colorado’s Grand Valley serves communities across the Mountain West region.  Four hospitals, several senior and specialty care facilities, and hundreds of medical practices employ skilled practitioners from the local university network. The promise of year-round sunshine and an active lifestyle also attracts talent from across the country and the world – each bringing a new perspective and opportunity for innovation to the field of healthcare and medical device development.

St. Mary's Hospital, part of the regional healthcare hub in western Colorado

“The collaborative nature of the Grand Valley has resulted in one of the finest healthcare ethos imaginable for a town our size. We consistently refer to the extraordinary level of care as part of our economic development outreach, and we are easily able to attract and retain top level medical staff because of our lifestyle here.”

– Dr. Brian Davidson, President, St. Mary’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center


Six Reasons Colorado’s Grand Valley is a Healthy Choice for Business


Healthcare operations dominate the Grand Valley’s list of major employers and over 16% of the labor force is employed in health care and social assistance – a number that is expected to grow more than 3% over the next year.


Colorado Mesa University’s academic offer includes a nursing program, practical training for EMTs, radiology and surgical technicians, and administrative programs such as hospital management – ensuring a steady supply of skilled workers.


Tax incentive programs like Jump-Start Mesa County encourage growth and innovation in STEM-related industries. See if your company qualifies for a tax holiday.


A top 5 manufacturing community in Colorado, ripe with industrial facilities and R&D support, the Grand Valley is an ideal place to develop and produce medical equipment.


The robust transportation system includes air, rail and highway, making it easy to do business, whether you are bringing in patients and practitioners, or exporting equipment.


Healthy Mesa County is a collaborative effort among local health and wellness organizations, unified under a single community health improvement plan that is affecting real, positive change for Grand Valley residents.

The Health Care Community

Hilltop | HopeWest | Community Hospital | Colorado Canyons | Appleton Clinics | Marrilac Clinic | Mind Springs Health | Monument Health | Rocky Mountain Health Plans | Quality Health Network | Primary Care Partners | St. Mary’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center | Western Orthopedics | U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs | Strive

Download: GJEP Health Care Industry Brochure
Download: Mesa County Workforce Healthcare and Social Assistance Industry Report

Industry News and Events

GJEP Investor Spotlight: St. Mary’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center

Transcribed from an article in The Daily Sentinel on October 16, 2016 "St. Mary’s Medical Center offers the highest quality medical services in the region. We are the oldest and largest Medical Center in a

Daily Sentinel Highlights GJ Makerspace, St. Mary’s

October 16,2016 - The October Economic Focus in The Daily Sentinel, a special GJEP-sponsored section, talks about the GJ Makerspace at The Business Incubator in Grand Junction. Per the article, "a makerspace is an open

HopeWest Finalist – ColoradoBiz 2016 Top Company Awards

August 25, 2016 - HopeWest, provider of comprehensive, community-based hospice and palliative care in Colorado's Grand Valley was named a finalist in ColoradoBiz magazine's 2016 Top Company awards in the nonprofit category. Read more.

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St. Mary’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center
Reason 2: Ken Redding/Colorado Mesa University
Reason 4: Community Hospital

Reason 5: West Star Aviation