Innovation is in Metro Detroit’s DNA

Detroit has become a 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 technology, and unparalleled talent, the region positions companies to develop new products and solutions to meet medical challenges around the world.

Exceptional Health Care Facilities and Businesses

The health care industry has deep roots in the Detroit region, and more than half of the health care-related businesses in the state of 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 one of the 2022-2023 Best Hospitals by U.S. News and World Report for Adult and Children’s Specialties.

  • University of Michigan Health- Ann Arbor (#1), Beaumont Hospital-Royal Oak (#2), and Beaumont Hospital-Grosse Pointe/Troy (#3), were ranked the three best hospitals in Michigan.
  • University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital (#10 in the nation for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery) and Children’s Hospital of Michigan were ranked as the best children’s hospitals in Michigan.

Top Regional Health Systems by Revenue, 2021

Hospital System2021 Revenue
Corewell Health (formerly Beaumont Health)$4.3 billion
Henry Ford Health$4.2 billion
Ascension Michigan$4.1 billion
Michigan Medicine$3.9 billion
Trinity Health Michigan$3.5 billion
McLaren Health Care$3.1 billion
Detroit Medical Center$1.6 billion
Hurley Medical Center$410.7 million
ProMedica Michigan$352.3 million
Source: Crain’s Detroit Business, 2023 Book of Lists Note: Revenue Net Patient

Research and Development

With Eastern Michigan University, 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 among the top in the nation in research and development spending.


  • In 2018, Michigan ranked 6th in the nation for the total number of patents with 5,296. Only eight nations surpassed Michigan in U.S. patents granted that year. Source: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • For fiscal year 2017, the National Institutes of Health awarded more than $677.4 million to Michigan to fund 1,410 research projects, of which $594.6 million was awarded to organizations in the Detroit region for 1,218 projects.
  • In 2016, the University Research Corridor spent $2.3 billion in R&D expenditures and ranked first in the nation for advanced degrees conferred for medicine and biological science

Research Awards to Michigan, 2022

Funding MechanismAwardsFunding
Research Grants1,357$689,001,413
Research Centers45$70,167,735
Other Research-Related253$83,107,737
R&D Contracts5$15,637,117
Total (All Funding Mechanisms)1,916$925,233,534
Source: National Institutes of Health, FY 2022

R & D Contracts in Michigan, 2022

Van Andel Research InstituteGrand Rapids1$7,912,119
University of Michigan at Ann ArborAnn Arbor2$4,894,48
Careevolution, Inc. Ann Arbor1$2,358,083
Michigan Public Health InstituteOkemos1$472,883
Source: National Institutes of Health, FY 2022

Education and Training

The 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

InstitutionCityHealth Care
University of MichiganAnn ArborMedical School
School of Nursing
School of Dentistry
College of Pharmacy
Wayne State UniversityDetroitSchool of Medicine
College of Nursing
Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Oakland UniversityRochesterWilliam Beaumont School of Medicine
School of Nursing
School of Health Sciences
Eastern Michigan UniversityYpsilantiSchool of Health Sciences
School of Nursing
University of Detroit MercyDetroitMcAuley School of Nursing
School of Dentistry


The Detroit region is talent-rich with professionals who have world-class training in engineering and the experience working with 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 thrive.

In 2018, the Detroit region had notable achievements for its talent pool, including:

  • The Detroit MSA is the 10 largest health care workforce in the nation.
  • The Detroit MSA is forecast to gain more than 36,000 health care related jobs over the next 10 years.
  • The average annual wages and salary in the Detroit MSA for health care is $53,671.

The Detroit region has the highest concentration of engineering talent in the nation and employs more industrial and mechanical engineers than any other metro area.

Regional Employment by Industry, 2022

Industry Description2022 Jobs2021 Wages
Ambulatory Health Care Services138,294$66,488
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities48,255$37,518
Source: Lightcast

Regional Employment by Occupation, 2022

Occupation Description2022 JobsAverage Hourly Earnings
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners119,834$52.57
Home Health and Personal Care Aides; and Nursing Assistants, Orderlies, and Psychiatrics Aides77,891$14.57
Health Technologists and Technicians47,342$23.73
Other Healthcare Support Occupations32,919$18.45
Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Assistants3,496$23.36
Other Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations2,275$31.16
Source: Lightcast

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