Healthcare & Life Sciences

The Broadening Scope of West Central Texas’ Healthcare

Abilene’s healthcare businesses and powerful network of universities and a technical college make healthcare one of the biggest industries in west central Texas and make up a substantial piece of the economy. Abilene leads the region through Hendrick Health, which serves the Big Country with three hospitals and multiple clinics. Groundbreaking medical research and extensive training of the future workforce is conducted through Abilene’s three private universities, one state university, and technical college.

From the award-winning Hendrick Health and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC)’s #2 Ranked School of Nursing Program to Hardin Simmons University’s Physical Therapy program being one of the highest-ranked in the state, Abilene is surely ripe with talent.

See which major employers and top companies in Abilene are hiring in the healthcare and lifesciences sectors.

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Industry Data

Life Sciences & Healthcare

Fast Facts

Key Employers

Hendrick Health

Texas Tech University Health Services Center

Texas Tech University Health Services Center

Public Health Department of Abilene_Taylor County

Abilene Taylor County Public Health District

Encompass Health

Encompass Health


Hartmann’s, Inc

State Supported Living Center Abilene

State Supported Living Center

Big Country AIDS Clinic

Big Country AIDS Clinic

Betty Hardwick

Betty Hardwick Center

Laura Bush Health

Laura Bush Health Institute

West Texas Rehab

West Texas Rehab


Hendrick Cancer Center

Hendrick Health

Service Residents Can Count On

Hendrick Health is the region’s largest healthcare provider, employing approximately 3,000 Abilenians.

Since 1924, Hendrick Health System has been providing quality healthcare to the community. In 2020, Hendrick Medical Center became Hendrick Health and expanded into three locations across Abilene and Brownwood.

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Cutting-Edge Clinical Studies

Improving health and changing lives

At Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, brilliant minds and precise hands are paving the way for improved health. At Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s Office of Research, prevention of disease and illness, treatment, and stable leadership create the perfect combination for success – leading the institution to continually win new grants and funding for stand-out projects and studies.

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Talent that’s Surgically Precise

Filling healthcare positions with ease

Abilene’s growing life sciences and healthcare industry is supported by dedicated career-seekers in the fields of healthcare, biomedical, and patient services. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center graduated 480 nursing students and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awarded 95 biomedical degrees to the Class of 2021. The Holland Medical High School and the NEXTUniversity Program at Abilene Independent School District continues to build the pipeline of powerful professionals starting in High School.

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