East to west, Tennessee is home to some of the nation's top hospitals, health-care companies and medical research centers. Health care in Tennessee boasts a $30 billion economic impact and supports some 200,000 jobs, making it a leading industry statewide.
Health Care Across Tennessee
East to west, Tennessee is home to some of the nation's top hospitals, health-care companies and medical research centers.
Medicine in Memphis
In West Tennessee, patients and researchers flock to Memphis for medical research, manufacturing and treatment. Nestled on10 acres in the Memphis Medical Center, the UT-Baptist Research Park is growing to include 1.5 million square feet of lab research, education and business development space.
Neighbors include the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, the Memphis Bioworks Foundation and Methodist University Hospital, nationally ranked in five categories by US News and World Report's Best Hospitals for 2011-2012. Also nearby, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital treats nearly 8,000 kids free of charge each year. St. Jude was the first institution established for the sole purpose of conducting basic and clinical research and treatment into catastrophic childhood diseases, mainly cancer, and shares research findings with doctors and scientists worldwide.
"Perhaps the greatest asset of Memphis is the geographic location in the center of the U.S.," says William E. Evans, M.D., director and CEO of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "This is advantageous for St. Jude because our patients come from across the U.S. to receive treatment and participate in research protocols."
Evans says more donor and grant dollars can stay in Memphis thanks to the city's ability to build first-rate facilities at a cost less than that of many top academic medical centers in pricier cities.
Coordinating citywide research efforts is the Memphis Research Consortium. The group promotes collaboration among The University of Memphis, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the medical device industry and Memphis hospitals.
Nashville's Health-care Arena
Hospitals in Middle Tennessee include Vanderbilt University Medical Center, nationally ranked in 21 specialties by US News' Best Hospitals. More than 250 health-care companies are headquartered in Nashville, including HCA Healthcare and Community Health Systems.
"Nashville has long been known as a center of health-care expertise, beginning with the founding of HCA more than four decades ago," says Caroline Young, president of the Nashville Health Care Council. "Since that time, the Council, along with community and business leaders, has encouraged a supportive environment for entrepreneurs and innovation."
Young says health-care companies across the nation and globe identify Nashville as a key location for relocation or expansion. Local expertise, a strong business infrastructure and high quality of life make the city an attractive choice.
Home to Knoxville's University of Tennessee Medical Center, East Tennessee also boasts nationally ranked, locally owned health systems. With five hospitals in Northeast Tennessee, Wellmont Health System delivers care to patients in Bristol, Johnson City and beyond. Wellmont's Bristol Regional Medical Center was recognized nationally for orthopedics by US News.
In Chattanooga, Thomson Reuters recently named Memorial Health Care System a 2012 "Top 100 Hospital". They also were ranked by U.S. News as one of the 2011-2012 Best Hospitals in the country for ear, nose and throat services.