Recognized for its excellent medical facilities and services, Yakima County is the major medical center for a large area of the state. Modern, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities at the county's five hospitals provide a full range of treatment including cardiac care and open heart surgery, specialized cancer therapy and dialysis treatment for a seven county area. A point of particular pride is Children's Village, a one-stop critical care facility that opened in 1996. Privately endowed, Children's Village serves the needs of patients from birth to 18 years of age. Eldercare is also a growing industry in the area, with new facilities opening all the time.