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Detroit is a medical epicenter

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We all know Detroit has heart. It also saves hearts and restores health.

Detroit is a medical epicenter that rivals the most well-known medical centers in the U.S.

Detroit has it all … first-class hospitals, research and a medical school … all within our borders. Here are just some examples of what Detroit’s medical epicenter offers.

Inside Detroit Medical Center Heart Hospital

Inside Detroit Medical Center Heart Hospital

The just opened $111 million Detroit Medical Center Heart Hospital in Midtown houses the DMC Cardiovascular Institute, the center for all of DMC’s heart and vascular specialists. It is the first hospital in Michigan dedicated to the prevention and treatment of heart or cardiovascular disease and is the crown jewel of DMC’s cardiology department. This new hospital will attract more of the best and brightest heart doctors.

The five-level, $43 million DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center opened in June 2012 and houses a pediatrics clinic, adolescent medicine, outpatient rehabilitation, specialty clinics and 200 physician office suites.  DMC is currently building the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center in Troy, which will have the area’s first free-standing pediatrician emergency room within it among other outpatient specialty services just for kids. Patients seen there will then come here to Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit if they need more serious care.

DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center

DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center

In total DMC is investing $850 million is investing in capital improvements in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood. The total $850 million investment, which includes other upgrades and renovations, could provide more than 5,000 new jobs in construction, development and healthcare staffing, over the next few years.

DMC hospitals and Henry Ford Health System hospitals have been highly ranked in the U.S. News and World Report’s annual Best Hospitals survey.

Henry Ford Health System was one of the first hospitals to establish a structured robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) program a little over a decade ago. Patients come from all over the world for the treatment.

robotic surgery at Henry Ford

robotic surgery at Henry Ford

In addition, Henry Ford has invested more than $350 million in its Henry Ford Hospital Campus in the last ten years and is developing 300 acres of land to improve the West Grand Boulevard neighborhood.Detroit is also home to Wayne State University, Michigan’s only urban research university. Founded in 1868, its School of Medicine is the largest single-campus medical school in the nation with more than 1,000 medical students.

The School of Medicine Department of Surgery recently received an $8.5 million gift from Michael and Marian Ilitch to support R&D in surgical technologies and build on the department’s technology portfolio. That department’s successes include the world’s first successful heart pump in 1952, a neutron beam cancer therapy machine and the development of tools that enabled the world’s first pediatric robotic surgery.

Wayne State School of Medicine

Wayne State School of Medicine

The university hosts the National Institutes of Health Perinatology Research Branch (PRB), which conducts critical and life-saving research on pregnancy and born children. The PRB is housed at the School of Medicine and its health care partner, the Detroit Medical Center in its Hutzel Women’s Hospital. This research puts Wayne and DMC on the front lines of the battle against pre-term birth.

Wayne also ensures students in its School of Medicine are immersed in Detroit.

1385399_350765631724567_428832507_nNew medical students spend their first few days participating in mandatory service learning activities that give them hands-on experience as a physician-in-training. Some recently built a modular home ramp for a recent amputee who is a wheelchair user. Others cleaned up parts of the city.

The Street Medicine Detroit project takes doctors-to-be out of the clinic and into the city, treating homeless people in the shelters, parks and underpasses where they often live.

These are just samples of the specialized services available in Detroit. It is indeed a medical epicenter … with heart.

– This blog also appeared in Detroit 2.0.

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