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Nashville is at the Center of the Health Care Industry: An Economic Impact Study

Nashville is at the Center of the Health Care Industry: An Economic Impact Study

February 14, 2023

Nashville’s health care ecosystem represents a $68 billion industry annually, according to the results of a new economic impact study by the Nashville Health Care Council, in collaboration with local economist Murat Arik, Ph.D. 

Despite the unique economic disruption that resulted from COVID-19 shutdowns, the Nashville MSA health care sector proved to be more resilient than many other industries and showcased a quicker recovery. As home to 18 major publicly traded health care companies, Nashville continues its growth as the health care industry hub.

Although the scope of the health care industry in Nashville is enormous, the two areas of focus in the Economic Impact Study are:

  • Core health care industry – ambulatory services, hospitals, and nursing and residential care facilities that provide care in the Nashville MSA*
  • Health care industry cluster – core health care industry and other related health care industries such as health care management companies, life sciences research and professional services firms that operate on a local, national, or international basis

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*Nashville MSA includes Cannon, Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Macon, Maury, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, Wilson, and Williamson counties.

The results of this latest study illustrate the continued growth of health care in Nashville since previous Council economic impact studies (conducted in partnership with the Business and Economic Research Center at Middle Tennessee State University) released in 2023, 20152010, and 2006.

The 2002 study was conducted in partnership with Owen Graduate School of Management Vanderbilt University

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