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Innovation is in the Detroit region’s DNA.

Like nowhere else, ideas flow from the drawing board to the marketplace. Positioned perfectly for industry and commerce in the heart of the country, Detroit is where people go to get things done. Building on a legacy of health care innovation, the Detroit region makes products faster, more efficiently and at a higher quality than the competition. Top-notch products that help patients and improve lives are born, built, tested and sold right here.

With cutting-edge research and development facilities, state-of-the-art hospitals, and unparalleled talent and manufacturing know-how – the region is flexing its Motor City muscles and emerging as a medical powerhouse – and the rest of the nation has noticed.

The Detroit region has become the one-stop shop for innovators, investors and entrepreneurs who want to lead the health care industry. 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.

2011: National Institutes of Health Research Awards to Michigan

Funding Mechanism Funding Awards
Research Grants $604,664,367 1,364
Training Grants $20,191,127 64
Fellowships $3,055,888 76
R&D Contracts $26,238,048 28
Other Awards $1,304,222 7
Total $655,453,661 1,539

Source: National Institutes of Health.

“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.

Detroit’s Health Care Industry

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.

Hospital Revenue 
Trinity Health $6.75 billion
Henry Ford Health System $3.96 billion
William Beaumont Hospitals $2.11 billion
Detroit Medical Center $2.08 billion
St. John Providence Health System $2 billion
U of M Hospitals and Health Centers $1.54 billion
Oakwood Healthcare Inc. $1.08 billion
McLaren Healthcare-Metro Detroit Hospitals $421 million
Botsford Hospital $294 million
Crittenton Hospital Medical Center $225 million

Source: Crain’s Detroit Business Ranked by 2009 revenue

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 2009, Michigan ranked 7th in the nation for the total number of patents with 3,516. In 2009, only seven nations surpassed Michigan in U.S. patents granted.
  • In 2011, the University of Michigan Medical School received $319.7 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) ranking the school sixth among all medical schools with respect to funding from NIH. The funding resulted in an economic impact of $1.2 billion. Source: Association of American Medical Colleges.
  • For the first time, research spending in 2008-2009 at the University of Michigan exceeded $1 billion. The school continues to rank among the top five research universities in the nation.
  • In 2010, the University Research Corridor issued 140 patents and had an economic impact of $15.2 billion in Michigan.
  • For fiscal year 2011, the National Institutes of Health awarded more than $655.5 million to Michigan to fund 1,539 projects, of which $588.6 million was awarded to organizations in the Detroit region.

EducationThe 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.

  • The University of Michigan ranked 7th among the best medical schools in the world.
  • Wayne State University’s School of Medicine, affiliated with the Detroit Medical Center, ranked 22nd out of 125 medical schools in the United States.
  • Michigan’s University Research Corridor has the largest number of enrollment in the country and ranks second in total number of degrees conferred (28,095 degrees). Source: Anderson Economic Group, LLC
  • Oakland University opened the William Beaumont School of Medicine in 2011.
    The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine is a leader in research and education, teaching students through a statewide campus system, which includes two locations in the Detroit region.

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 307,000 people work in the health care industry in the Detroit region.

Exceptional Health Care FacilitiesThe Detroit region is home to several destination medical centers known for ground-breaking research, pioneering technology and exceptional patient care.

  • The Detroit region performs more clinical trials than other renowned medical centers such as the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, John Hopkins, Duke University, University of California, Los Angeles and United Community of Family Services.
  • The Detroit Medical Center, Henry Ford and Beaumont hospitals have all received U.S. News & World Report best hospital rankings.
  • University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers received an overall ranking as the 14th best hospital in the country.
  • Henry Ford Health System received the prestigious 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

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.

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