Henry Ford Health System based in Detroit and Michigan State University in East Lansing unveiled a new, unified brand of their partnership, Henry Ford Health + Michigan State University Health Sciences.
The partnership, launched in January 2021, seeks to advance a new standard of health care. The two organizations state they have created critical infrastructure and new pathways for pioneering research, cancer care, education, and equitable care delivery and outcomes.
“Since coming together in January, we have mobilized a stellar team across our institutions that is already introducing changes to advance health care delivery and fight the health disparities that plague our most vulnerable communities, rural and urban,” says Wright L. Lassiter, president and CEO of HFHS. “Together, we are leveraging our best assets and expertise to further our mission and have the power to be truly transformational for our patients, practitioners and communities.”
During the past eight months, the HFH+MSU Health Sciences team has achieved progress across its clinical care, education, and research initiatives, including:
- Advancing research and innovation with MSU welcoming up to 115 researchers from Henry Ford Health to serve within the university.
- Amplifying cancer research and care through establishing collaborative cancer research task forces composed of more than 100 scientists and clinicians across both institutions and identified approximately $8 million in active National Cancer Institute funding. A joint symposium in August explored how harmony between cancer researchers, clinicians, and administrators will differentiate our Cancer Center capabilities.
- Embedding justice, diversity, equity and inclusion in the Health Sciences ecosystem by articulating key goals and actions that seek to eliminate health disparities, address social determinants of health, and remove barriers to care and medical education opportunities. This includes a commitment to educate diverse health care providers and ensure equitable access to quality health care for historically disenfranchised and marginalized populations.
- Improving access to care with Health Alliance Plan (HAP) and MSU Health Care joining forces to provide zero-dollar premium HMO and PPO plans to approximately 100,000 Medicare-eligible MSU alumni.
- Supporting COVID precautions on campus for student athletes. Henry Ford Health screened MSU athletes for myocarditis and pericarditis, a common complication of COVID for young males, to clear them for sports participation, and provided quick and accurate COVID screenings for the university to open safely.
“Opening the door to health care for more people across Michigan is essential to transforming lives and the future of our state, and we’re meeting this urgent need by increasing points of entry across the health care system and customizing care to meet unique patient needs,” says Dr. Steven Kalkanis, president of HFH+MSU Health Sciences, senior vice president and chief academic officer of HFHS, and CEO of Henry Ford Medical Group.
“This partnership was founded with the purpose of reimagining how we think about, innovate, and deliver health and wellness. Together, we can drive vital change.”