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Medical Mile Draws Health Professionals to Springfield MO

It’s no secret that health care is a massive draw to the city of Springfield — in fact, it’s Springfield’s biggest industry with 17% of the workforce being employed in the area. With such a large portion of the city’s talent, it’s no wonder that the health care industry is constantly growing and expanding. Each year, dozens and dozens of physicians, nurses and other medical experts are seeing the benefit of living in the Queen City of the Ozarks.

What makes our city so different from everywhere else? We’ve highlighted some of the biggest perks of a move to the 417 for you.

Health care providers in the area

With two top 100 integrated hospitals in the region, Springfield offers every major medical specialty listed by the American Medical Association. These are some of the main medical facilities in Springfield, but there are many other smaller, private practices in the city as well.


Ranking in the top 10 nationally for patient safety, Mercy is a hospital that prides itself on premier patient care and providing the best in medical technology. Mercy covers all the care a patient could need, from an annual physical and childbirth to treatment and surgery for various forms of cancer. The hospital is also a Level I Trauma & Burn center, Level III Neonatal ICU and offers a nationally-certified Stroke Center.

Medical Mile doctor interviewing a patient in Springfield, Missouri


Based in Springfield, CoxHealth has been providing health care to the southwest Missouri region since 1906. CoxHealth has six hospitals and over 80 clinics across the region, allowing them to reach patients in both rural and urban areas. For their most recent fiscal year, CoxHealth was proud to announce they provided nearly a billion dollars in economic contributions to the community through efforts like foundation grants, health professionals education and community outreach activities.

Jordan Valley Community Health Center

Jordan Valley Community Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center, helping to provide care to patients who may not otherwise be able to seek out medical care. A massive renovation and expansion in 2013 led to the facility being able to offer services like an urgent care, dental care, optometry, women’s health, a pharmacy and behavioral health services.

Ozarks Community Hospital

Ozarks Community Hospital focuses its efforts on being a safety-net healthcare provider, helping to provide the best possible care to a patient regardless of their income or insurance status. There are several clinics located throughout the region to ensure that all have access to a facility nearby, including more rural areas like Carthage and Mt. Vernon.

Group of employees working at Cox hospital in Springfield, Missouri

Health Care Education

Springfield has a strong presence of health care educational opportunities through area colleges:

  • Missouri State University. With Master’s programs in Public Health, Health Administration and Health Promotion & Wellness Management, continuing your education in the health care industry is possible. If you would prefer to focus on developing your skills on the business side of medicine, consider getting your Master’s of Business Administration through their AACSB certified program. Additionally, MSU offers health care training in Nursing and Sports Medicine, as well as Physical and Occupational Therapy.
  • Cox College. Connect yourself to one of the largest local health care providers while earning your degree. Cox College offers a number of undergraduate health degrees, along with Master’s degrees in Nursing and Occupational Therapy.
  • Southwest Baptist University. Known for its nursing program affiliated through Mercy, Southwest Baptist University offers Master’s degrees in Nursing Administration and Nurse Education to those who wish to further their education in the field.  
  • University of Missouri Medical School. After noting a shortage of physician residency programs in the state, the University of Missouri worked to create a residency program in Springfield where students spend their last two years of medical school with the Springfield Clinical Campus and studying at local hospitals. This program aims to provide an additional 300 physicians for the state over time.
Professionals working on the Medical Mile in Springfield Missouri

Build your dream life here

By living in Springfield, you have the opportunity to enjoy the life you want in a place that offers the perfect blend of city living and the peace of the natural Ozarks region. Some of the features of our region include:

  • Arts and culture. If you think that living in the Midwest means no access to art, we’re here to prove you wrong. Springfield has plenty of local theatre spots, dozens of art galleries, a symphony, a ballet, an opera, several concert venues and more. No matter how you prefer to view art, there’s something for you in this thriving art scene.
  • Plenty of housing options. In other cities, you may be limited in your housing options based off of your neighborhood or part of town. In Springfield, you can find every option of living you desire within city limits and beyond. Looking for a private community with access to the putting green? We’ve got you covered. Prefer a historic home or suburb? We’ve got that too. With an average commute time of 20 minutes, you can be sure your home won’t be far from work either.
  • Networking opportunities. Don’t worry about missing out on industry updates. Through organizations like the Greene County Medical Society, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology and many more, you can be sure that you’re always connected to your fellow professionals.

Are you ready to learn more about moving to Springfield MO?  

Download our relocation guide and find out what your life could be like in the 417. We can’t wait to meet you!

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