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Team NEO: Health care fuels innovation in Northeast Ohio
High employment in the field has led to development in new technology and more jobs

University Hospitals is one of the healthcare companies experts say is fueling innovation and job growth in Ohio.
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The Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals are among northeast Ohio’s biggest employers. But their impact goes beyond employment. Sarah Jane Tribble of Ohio Public Radio station WCPN reports: 



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Health care employment in an 18-county area that includes Cleveland grew 20 percent since 2000, even as other industries contracted during the Great Recession, according to the latest quarterly report by Team NEO.

But the business advocacy group’s leader, Tom Waltermire, says it is not the job growth that is most noteworthy from their latest study. It is work being done behind the scenes largely at the region’s health care giants, the Clinic and University Hospitals.

“These institutions are also major economic development engines because they are inventing new technologies," Waltermire says. "And new technology is the lifeblood of a growing economy.”

Since 2000, the region’s medical institutions and universities have nearly doubled their research spending and obtained 700 new patents, according to the report.

“That leads to new companies being formed, and new companies means new jobs and those companies are selling their products all over the world and that’s what creates an economic driver," Waltermire says.

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