One of the most important values to a region is the success of a multifaceted healthcare sector, much like that thriving in Greater Hattiesburg today. Serving 19 counties, Forrest General Hospital and Wesley Medical Center serve as a base to make Greater Hattiesburg the medical hub for Southern Mississippi. Additionally, Hattiesburg is home to Hattiesburg Clinic, the largest multi-specialty clinic in the State of Mississippi. The Hub City boasts a strong ratio of physicians to citizens, offering 333 physicians per 100,000 citizens, compared to the national average of 271 physicians. According to 2009 Census estimates, Greater Hattiesburg has a specialist to resident ratio of 1 General Practitioner for every 1,724 residents, compared to the national ratio of 1 for every 3,065 residents. As one of the three pillars of the economy, the healthcare sector employs over 8,200 direct employees, generating an annual payroll of approximately $400 million, comprising 12% of the regional economy.
|Forrest General Hospital||2,925||512|
|Wesley Medical Center||1,212||211|