Due to the rapid aging of America’s work- force and the recent expansion of health benefits to millions under the Affordable
Care Act, the healthcare industry is expected to
grow faster and add more jobs over the next decade
than any other sector in the U.S. economy. The U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, for instance, predicts the
health care industry will add approximately 4 million
new jobs by 2026, accounting for roughly a third of
total job growth.
All this development spells big business for healthcare — and big business demands lots of meetings
and events at which to learn, network, and strategize.
To deliver the benefits the healthcare industry needs
in order to fuel its tremendous progression, those
meetings and events will require destinations that
can not only meet medical meeting planners’ expectations, but exceed them. Here are five that are perfectly positioned to do so.
Next to its cold, snowy winters, Minnesota is known
for one thing: health care. Minneapolis and St.
Paul, for instance, are home to companies such as
Medtronic and St. Jude Medical, making the Twin
Cities the medical device capital of the world. If you
want to find the beating heart of the state’s health-
care economy, however, you should look approxi-
mately 90 miles south, in Rochester, MN.
The state’s largest city outside of Minneapolis–
St. Paul, Rochester is the birthplace of the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, which was established in
1863 and currently employs nearly 5,000 staff
physicians and scientists who care for more than
1. 3 million patients from all 50 states and across
137 countries every year. Consistently ranked
first on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the
best hospitals in America, it’s the centerpiece of
Destination Medical Center (DMC), a 20-year,
$5.6 billion economic development plan that’s designed to turn Rochester into the “Silicon Valley
of medicine.” Because plans include not only expanded medical facilities, but also new transit, entertainment, dining, and hotel options, Rochester
and the Mayo Clinic are poised to retain their seat
atop the health care throne for decades to come.
If there’s one name in healthcare that rivals that
of the Mayo Clinic, it’s the Cleveland Clinic: a
world-renowned academic medical center that’s
consistently ranked among the top four hospitals in
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GREAT CITIES FOR MEDICAL MEETINGS
By Matt Alderton
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Left to right: Los Angeles is home to
a number of top medical facilities;
Cleveland is another top destination
for medical expertise, thanks to the