HealthForward Creating a Healthier, More Competitive Region
HealthForward is a key initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber focused on creating a healthier, more competitive region. The initiative focuses on growing and enhancing the productivity of the talent base in the Detroit region by coordinating and convening business, health care, government and non-profit sectors. The initiative’s goals include promoting and cultivating innovation and health care transformation in metro Detroit, as well as improving the health of the residents in the region. Learn more about HealthForward here.
Innovation is in the Detroit region’s DNA.
Building on a legacy of health care innovation, the Detroit region has become the one-stop shop for innovators, investors and entrepreneurs who want to lead the health care industry. With cutting-edge research and development facilities, state-of-the art hospitals, and unparalleled talent and manufacturing know-how, the Detroit region positions companies to develop new, sought-after products and solutions to meet medical challenges around the world. As Michigan continues to cluster its rich assets in the Detroit region, make no mistake – the road to health care innovation goes through Detroit.
“The Detroit region is a growing network of leading health care providers and cutting-edge innovators. This environment, combined with the availability of top-ranked information technology talent, provides a powerful foundation to grow our business and share the region’s health care expertise nationwide.” Jim Giordano, President and CEO, CareTech Solutions.
Exceptional Health Care Facilities and Businesses
The health care industry has deep roots in the Detroit region. In fact, more than half of the health care-related businesses in Michigan are located here. With more than 13,000 health care-related businesses and approximately 366,351 jobs in the region, the health care industry has an overall economic impact of $36 billion annually.
The Detroit region is home to several destination medical centers known for ground-breaking research, pioneering technology and exceptional patient care. Most have been locally, regionally, and nationally ranked as Best Hospitals by U.S. News and World Report for Adult and Children’s Specialties.
- In 2016, University of Michigan Hospitals, Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak, and DMC Harper University Hospital, all based in the Detroit region, were ranked the three best hospitals in Michigan.
- University of Michigan Hospitals were ranked No. 18 in the top 20 hospitals in the nation 2016 report.
- Michigan’s best children’s hospitals are UM’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor and DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit; both of which are also nationally ranked in Children’s Specialties.
Top 8 Largest Regional Hospitals by Revenue
|Hospital System||2015 Revenue|
|Trinity Health||$14.3 billion|
|Henry Ford Health System||$5.0 billion|
|Beaumont Health||$4.1 billion|
|McLaren Health Care Corp.||$3.5 billion|
|Ascension Michigan||$3.4 billion|
|U of M Health System||$2.8 billion|
|Detroit Medical Center||$1.9 billion|
|Hurley Medical Center||$412.9 million|
Top 10 Largest Regional Health Care Businesses
|Company||City||Type of Business|
|Diplomat Pharmacy Inc.||Flint||Specialty pharmacy|
|Medcart Specialty Pharmacy||Livonia||Specialty pharmacy services|
|InfuSystem Holdings Inc.||Madison Heights||Supplier of infusion services to oncologists and other outpatient treatment settings|
|Rockwell Medical Inc.||Wixom||Biopharmaceutical company targeting end-stage renal disease and chronic kidney disease|
|Cayman Chemical Co.||Ann Arbor||Manufacturer of biomedical research chemicals|
|Ash Stevens Inc.||Riverview||Makes active pharmaceutical ingredients|
|Asterand Bioscience||Detroit||Supplier of human tissue and human tissue-based research services to drug discovery scientists|
|RTI Laboratories Inc.||Livonia||Independent testing laboratory, specializing in chemical, materials, and environmental testing|
|Custom Biogenic Systems Inc.||Bruce Township||Life science equipment manufacturer|
|Innovative BioTherapies Inc.||Ann Arbor||Develops implantable/extracorporeal devices in field of regenerative medicine|
Research and Development
With Michigan State University, Oakland University, Wayne State University, the University of Detroit-Mercy and the University of Michigan all in close proximity, the Detroit region is a national leader in cutting-edge research and development. Michigan ranks second in the nation in research and development spending.
- In August of 2016, 1,795 industry-sponsored clinical trials were actively recruiting patients in Michigan. Michigan was the 12th state with the most clinical trials. Source: CenterWatch.
- In 2015, Michigan ranked 6th in the nation for the total number of patents with 6,184. Only seven nations surpassed Michigan in U.S. patents granted that year. Source: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
- For fiscal year 2015, the National Institutes of Health awarded more than $486.8 million to Michigan to fund 1,125 research projects, of which $425.8 million was awarded to organizations in the Detroit region for 968 projects.
- In 2014, the University Research Corridor spent $2.1 billion in R&D expenditures and contributed $17.5 billion in net economic activity in Michigan
Research Awards to Michigan, 2015
R & D Contracts in Michigan, 2015
|Wayne State University||Detroit||3||$6,702,234|
|University of Michigan||Ann Arbor||3||$3,577,721|
|Ash Stevens, Inc.||Riverview||1||$807,048|
|Nanobio Corporation||Ann Arbor||3||$500,000|
|Detroit R & D, Inc.||Detroit||1||$299,097|
Education and TrainingThe region is home to many institutions that partner with existing medical and technological development facilities. Students receive real world experience and access to cutting-edge tools and practices to advance the progression of innovation in the health care and life sciences fields when they begin their careers. In 2015, Michigan’s University Research Corridor, a partnership between the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University, conferred more advanced degrees in the medicine and biological science fields than any peer university cluster in the country.
Regional Institutions for Education and Training
|University of Michigan||Ann Arbor||Medical School
School of Nursing
School of Dentistry
College of Pharmacy
|Wayne State University||Detroit||School of Medicine
College of Nursing
Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
|Oakland University||Rochester||William Beaumont School of Medicine
School of Nursing
School of Health Sciences
|Eastern Michigan University||Ypsilanti||School of Health Sciences
School of Nursing
|University of Detroit Mercy||Detroit|| McAuley School of Nursing
School of Dentistry
Talent The Detroit region is talent-rich with professionals who have world-class training in engineering and the experience working with the exotic materials and high-precision tooling demanded by the health care industry. The same skills Michigan workers used to put the world on wheels help health care businesses innovate and thrive here.
- Michigan is 3rd in the nation with the number of engineering degrees issued.
- Michigan has the 4th largest high-tech workforce in the nation.
- Currently more than 286,000 people work in the health care industry in the Detroit region.
Regional Employment by Industry
|Industry Description||2015 Jobs||Median Salary|
|Ambulatory Health Care Services||118,642||$56,464|
|Nursing and Residential Care Facilities||57,308||$27,885|
Regional Employment by Occupation
|Occupation Description||2015 Jobs||Median Hourly Earnings|
|Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners||96,328||$44.14|
|Health Technologists and Technicians||50,112||$21.14|
|Other Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations||1,790||$23.63|
|Nursing, Psychiatric, and Home Health Aides||50,479||$11.88|
|Other Healthcare Support Occupations||26,560||$14.77|
Major Health Care Investment in the Region
2008: Henry Ford Health System invested $3 million in its genetics laboratory in 2008. St. John Providence Health System invested $141 million to construct the addition of its north pavilion at their St. John Hospital and Medical Center campus.
2009: Henry Ford Health System invested $35 million to expand its downtown Detroit campus. St. John Hospital Providence Health System invested $15 million to renovate its St. John Hospital and Medical Center Emergency Services department.
2010: With the purchase of the Detroit Medical Center, Vanguard Health Services is currently investing $850 million in several of DMC hospitals for renovations and a new children’s hospital tower. St. Joseph Mercy Oakland hospital opened a newly constructed 50,000 sq. ft. state of the art surgical pavilion and renovated the west wing, investing $54.5 million.
2011: St. John Providence Health System invested $30 million in capital improvements at several facilities in the region.
2012: McLaren Health will open a new 40,000 sq. ft. Central Laboratory in Flint. Baker College donated $1 million to Henry Ford Macomb Hospital to purchase a CT scanner that will assist in the training of Baker students. University of Michigan announced it will open a new $39 million medical facility in 2014 in Oakland County’s Northville Township. Wayne State University, the nation’s largest single campus medical school, announced it will invest $90 million in a biomedical research facility.
2013: St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is continuing to expand with construction well under way for its new $129 million south tower due to open in 2013.