Greater Cleveland is an important health care center, anchored by major employers including the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and the MetroHealth System. Health care accounts for 20 percent of the region’s jobs, the highest share of any industry, and is a major economic driver in the regional economy.
Independence is a great location as a hub for the provision of health care services in the regional market, particularly within the service area located between Cleveland and Akron-Canton. All three of Greater Cleveland’s anchor medical institutions have operations in Independence. The Cleveland Clinic has over 2,000 employees located at its Business Operations Center and Independence Family Health Center.
Health care services is a high growth sector for Independence. The City’s health care services sector gained 1,800 jobs between 1998 and 2011, which is an increase of 131 percent. Total regional health care services employment only grew by 21 percent during the same period.
Growth opportunities in this sector relate to Independence’s strengths as a node for businesses serving the health care industry and improving cost efficiencies within the industry. Target industries servicing the health care sector include the following:
- Administrative Support Services (561) – A niche within the administrative support and IT sectors relates to services in support of the health care industry. HR, billing and data processing, auditing, and other administrative support functions are naturally drawn to Independence and its central location.
- Home Health Care Administration (6216) – This industry includes the provision of home health care services, as well as services for the aging and other caregiver services.
For more information about how your company can explore opportunities in Independence, contact the Economic Development Department at 216-524-4131.