New DMC Heart Hospital to Draw 30,000 Patients Annually, Boost Medical Tourism


The doors of the Detroit Medical Center’s Heart Hospital, scheduled to open Aug. 4, is expected to provide about 10,000 surgical and 20,000 non-invasive cases a year — becoming an economic catalyst for the region and providing a boost to medical tourism.

“No other heart hospital locally has so many specialties working together in one place, which is very important for clinical consultations, emergency care, quality, productivity, and efficiency,” says Dr. Theodore Schreiber, president of the new hospital.

The six-story facility — employing a range of heart specialists, including cardiologists, cardiac and vascular surgeons, and physicians trained for pediatric treatment — will serve as a specialty center for a range of the most advanced minimally-invasive treatments for patients with cardiovascular conditions.

“We’re going to have the processes, the space, and the staff for professionals from multiple disciplines to evaluate the patients, do appropriate diagnostics tests, and treat them all here on site,” Schreiber says. He adds the facility will house some of the state-of-the-art invasive and imaging equipment from the DMC Cardiovascular Institute, which was previously located at DMC Harper University Hospital. 

The transition to the new building — the final product of a $78 million project that broke ground in early 2012 — started a few months ago, with physicians utilizing the facility through the Harper Hospital entry connection, Schreiber says.

Located at 311 Mack Ave., will host a community open house from noon to 3 p.m. on Tuesday. Featured activities include guided tours of the new facility, health screenings, and CPR demonstrations.