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.

“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, 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 2018 – 2019 Best Hospitals by U.S. News and World Report for Adult and Children’s Specialties.

  • University of Michigan Hospitals, Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak-Troy, and DMC Harper University Hospital, all based in the Detroit region, were ranked the three best hospitals in Michigan.
  • University of Michigan Hospitals ranked 5th in the top 20 hospitals in the nation.
  • Michigan’s best children’s hospitals are DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit and UM’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. Ranked at 3rd and 10th in the nation for pediatric specialties.

Top Regional Health Systems by Revenue

Hospital System2017 Revenue
Beaumont Health$4.1 billion
Ascension Michigan$3.6 billion
Henry Ford Health System$3.2 billion
Trinity Health$3.2 billion
Michigan Medicine$3.0 billion
McLaren Health$2.7 billion
Detroit Medical Center$1.8 billion
Hurley Medical Center$414.8 million
ProMedica Bixby Hospital$111.7 million
Source: Crain’s Detroit Business, 2017 Book of Lists

Largest Regional Health Care Businesses

CompanyCityType of Business
Diplomat Pharmacy Inc.FlintSpecialty pharmacy
Medcart Specialty PharmacyLivoniaSpecialty pharmacy services
InfuSystem Holdings Inc.Madison HeightsSupplier of infusion services to oncologists and other outpatient treatment settings
Rockwell Medical Inc.WixomBiopharmaceutical company targeting end-stage renal disease and chronic kidney disease
Cayman Chemical Co.Ann ArborManufacturer of biomedical research chemicals
Ash Stevens Inc.RiverviewMakes active pharmaceutical ingredients
Asterand BioscienceDetroitSupplier of human tissue and human tissue-based research services to drug discovery scientists
RTI Laboratories Inc.LivoniaIndependent testing laboratory, specializing in chemical, materials, and environmental testing
Custom Biogenic Systems Inc.Bruce TownshipLife science equipment manufacturer
Innovative BioTherapies Inc.Ann ArborDevelops implantable/extracorporeal devices in field of regenerative medicine
Source: Crain’s Detroit Business, 2016 Book of Lists

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 December of 2018, 2,771 industry-sponsored clinical trials were actively recruiting patients in Michigan. Michigan was the 9th state with the most clinical trials. Source: CenterWatch.
  • 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, FY18

Funding MechanismAwardsFunding
Research Grants1,263$581,768,336
Research Centers45$59,228,379
Other Research-Related217$60,873,094
R&D Contracts8$5,377,215
Source: National Institutes of Health, FY 18

R & D Contracts in Michigan, FY18

University of MichiganAnn Arbor4$4,576,498
Ash Stevens INCRiverview1$794,164
Kelly Services INCTroy1$24,553
IND SolutionsAnn Arbor2$42,000
Source: National Institutes of Health, FY18

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.

Healthcare Regional Snapshot

Regional Employment by Industry

Industry Description2019 Jobs2018 Wages
Ambulatory Health Care Services130,481$61,717
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities59,302$40,558
Source: EMSI

Regional Employment by Occupation

Occupation Description2019 JobsAverage Hourly Earnings
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners108,948$48.28
Health Technologists and Technicians57,121$24.62
Nursing, Psychiatric, and Home Health Aides49,407$13.01
Other Healthcare Support Occupations29,288$15.67
Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Assistants4,266$22.74
Other Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations2,323$31.49
Source: EMSI

Major Health Care Investment in the Region

2016: Beaumont Hospitals broke ground on a $160-million expansion that will include a five-story patient tower and expansion of the emergency and critical care departments. 

2017: Henry Ford Hospital broke ground on a 187,000-square-foot cancer pavilion. The project is expected to cost approximately $155 million. 

2018: DMC’s Children’s Hospital of Michigan has completed the six-story $155-million patient tower. The new complex was constructed to expand neonatal and pediatric intensive care beds. 

2019: Beaumont is set to build a $40-million mental health hospital in Dearborn with Universal Health Services. Construction will begin early 2019 on Oak Boulevard near Southfield Freeway. 


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