In St. Joseph, you don’t have to travel far to get top quality health care. From pre-natal care to hospice services, a multitude of local companies are available for all of your health needs.

Heartland Health, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award winner, is St. Joseph’s largest employer and is an integrated health delivery system that includes a medical center, many physician practices and a foundation.

Founded in St. Joseph in 1984, Heartland seeks to improve the health of area individuals and communities. Commitment to this mission has enabled Heartland Health to become the leader in health care in a 21-county area of Northwest Missouri, Northeast Kansas, and Southeast Nebraska. Providing exceptional care and service in an honest, respectful, trustworthy and caring manner is simply the way Heartland operates.

Building healthier communities is the goal of the Heartland Regional Community Foundation. The foundation provides leadership and financial support for a range of programs and services, including scholarships, community revitalization efforts, and innovative approaches to health and quality of life improvements.

Northwest Health Services also is committed to improving the health of the community. It has multiple locations in St. Joseph and many clinics in smaller towns near St. Joseph. Northwest Health Services has not only expanded by adding locations, it also has added more services since it was created in 1983. Its services have developed from preventative and primary care to now include behavioral health, dental care and pharmacy needs.

As a community health center. Northwest Health Services receives funding from federal, state and local sources to support the provision of services and fee discounts. A patient-majority volunteer board decides which services and programs to be provided.

St. Joseph also has centers dedicated entirely to meeting women’s health needs. The  Pregnancy Resource Center is dedicated to providing resources to encourage informed decisions regarding pregnancy.

At the other end of the spectrum is hospice. Hospice care is something family members often don’t think about until a loved one is nearing the end of their life.  Kendallwood Hospice and  Three Rivers Hospice in St. Joseph help families in their time of need.

Hospice care provides the necessary nursing skills, but also has staff and volunteers that help care for a patient’s social and spiritual needs, as well as bereavement counseling for family members.