Jamie Stitt

Assistant Commissioner, Business and Workforce Development

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave., Nashville, TN 37243
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Healthcare and Life Sciences

Our vital signs have never been stronger.

As the healthcare industry evolves to meet the demands of a growing population, new technologies and the need for specialized training, Tennessee is fast establishing itself as the hub of healthcare managed operations.


In Middle Tennessee alone, the healthcare industry contributes an overall economic benefit of nearly $38.8 billion and more than 250,000 jobs to the local economy every year. – Nashville Health Care Council

And, that’s just one of Tennessee’s three geographic regions. Our entire state is a hub of the nation’s healthcare industry, with businesses ranging from medical device companies to pharmaceutical manufacturers, managed care and national insurance providers.

In Tennessee, you will find world-renowned companies including DeRoyal Industries, Microport Orthopedics Inc., Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Medtronic, Sofamor Danek and Wright Medical Technology.

Since 2011, 78 projects have been announced in the Healthcare and Life Sciences sector. These projects have created 15,600+ new jobs with investment of $1.5 billion.

Tennessee ranks second in the nation in exports of medical equipment and supplies, with a total of $3.34 billion in 2017. Our state’s exports in the sector have grown by 30 percent since 2010. Tennessee’s largest export partners in this sector include Belgium, Japan, Singapore, the Netherlands, and China, accounting for 60.9 percent of the sector’s exports.

Quick Facts


Tennesseans employed by Healthcare and Life Sciences establishments in Tennessee

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Healthcare and Life Sciences establishments in Tennessee

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In the U.S. for medical equipment and supplies exports for eight consecutive years

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Growth in this sector since 2010

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Tennesseans employed in medical equipment and supplies manufacturing

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#1 In the Southeast for medical equipment and supplies exports for 14 consecutive years

Deroyal Industries

Wright Medical Technology

MicroPort Orthopedics Inc.

Cumberland Pharmaceuticals


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The company we keep

Healthcare and Life Sciences Employment by County