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Healthcare Overview of Jefferson County
Hub of wellness and preventative healthcare
Jefferson County offers the best of both worlds, with proximity to dedicated and accessible local health care with hospitals in Fort Atkinson and Watertown; in addition to working relationships with specialty and tertiary care in the healthcare, biomedical, and research hubs of Madison and the Regional Medical Center in Milwaukee.
Access to quality healthcare, much like education, is often an important element in location decision-making for businesses and individuals. The presence of major healthcare facilities in Jefferson County, as well as specialty care services, adds to the quality of life in individual communities. Part of what makes Jefferson County‟s healthcare system viable is the strong presence of homegrown, locally run healthcare networks throughout the County, including Fort HealthCare and the Watertown Regional Medical Center (formerly Watertown Memorial Hospital).
Beyond convenient access to formal healthcare, there is a growing need for workforce wellness. Due to the high costs of healthcare, many communities and companies are taking a more proactive approach with residents and employees providing programs and incentives to be healthier - eat healthy, exercise more and eliminate unhealthy habits to keep provider rates down.