Peoria's growing reputation as a medical center isn't just based on the availability of modern facilities or talented physicians.

Area healthcare leaders also embrace innovation. OSF Healthcare designed OSF Ventures to help develop medical technology and launch medical startups that might lead to breakthroughs.

The Jump Simulation & Education Center on the campus of OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center is recognized as among the top simulation centers in the world.

UnityPoint Health recently joined forces with Peoria's Human Service Center and the Tazwood Center for Wellness to form UnityPlace, a not-for-profit organization designed to meet the growing behavioral healthcare needs of central Illinois.

The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, now a four-year medical school, and Methodist College both offer physicians, students and the community outstanding opportunities for learning.

As healthcare delivery continues to evolve, Peoria has built a solid foundation for the future while offering numerous employment opportunities for the region's citizens.