- Target Industries
- Business Climate
The healthcare industry is one with a proven track record in the Lowcountry and specifically in the Town of Bluffton. In 2004, eviCore healthcare, formerly known as CareCore National, the nation’s largest specialty benefit management company, relocated its headquarters to Bluffton. It is now the town’s largest employer with more than 474 employees at its Bluffton headquarters and 1,500 employees nationwide.
The Town of Bluffton is actively recruiting like-minded healthcare and biomedical companies. This sector includes healthcare headquarters, healthcare service providers, biosciences research and manufacturing such as equipment, devices and pharmaceutical companies.
The Town of Bluffton’s average age of its residents is 33 years old. However, there is an aging population which surrounds the Town. The region’s demographics provide healthcare and biomedical companies with a young workforce and a growth market of those needing healthcare services in the same region.
In addition, the Lowcountry and its surrounding areas boosts of a robust healthcare industry with several hospitals in the region. Those hospitals include: Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Hilton Head Hospital, Coastal Carolina Hospital, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center/Beaufort Clinic and several hospitals in nearby Savannah, Georgia. In the past decade, Beaufort County’s healthcare jobs have increased by 70%.
Bluffton is an ideal location for regional medical companies seeking an inspirational campus setting and a high-quality of life for their employees. Likewise with biomedical supply firms, the proximity to transportation hubs such as the Ports of Charleston and Savannah, I-95, airports, train service and major cities is an added bonus.
As this sector grows, economic development organizations will facilitate collaboration among private companies, local universities’ research and development departments, educators and local service providers to promote sector expansion as well as advancing the economy as a whole.