Sept. 15, 2021: Henry Ford - MSU Health Sciences Unveils Its New Brand
In January, we proudly announced a landmark, 30-year partnership between our two world-class institutions, Henry Ford Health System and Michigan State University, with a bold vision: to discover and advance a new standard of health to transform life.
Today, just shy of our eight-month anniversary, we are thrilled to share our new, unified brand – an expression of our partnership, and the power of integrating our strengths to advance patient care, education, and research and innovation.
We hope you’ll watch this short video, that not only launches our new look, but showcases our vision, as well as the talented and dedicated team working tirelessly to bring our vision to life.
Our goal is to set a new standard for how individuals and communities experience care across the state of Michigan and the nation, and to fight the health disparities that plague our most vulnerable communities, rural and urban.
During the past eight months, our combined teams have achieved many crucial milestones across our clinical care, education and research initiatives, including:
- Advancing research and innovation: MSU will be welcoming up to 115 researchers from Henry Ford Health to serve within the university, creating new synergies for collaboration and innovative research.
- Amplifying cancer research and care: The combined team has established collaborative cancer research task forces of more than 100 scientists and clinicians across both institutions, and identified approximately $8 million in active National Cancer Institute funding across both institutions. 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: The team has articulated 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: Health Alliance Plan and MSU Health Care are joining forces to provide zero-dollar premium HMO and PPO plans to approximately 100,000 Medicare-eligible MSU alumni.
- Combining leadership roles: Richard Leach, a national expert on in vitro fertilization and an academic researcher at MSU, has been appointed chair of the Department of Women’s Health Services for Henry Ford Health. Leach is serving in this role while continuing as chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology for the MSU College of Human Medicine.
- Supporting COVID-19 precautions on campus: Henry Ford Health screened MSU athletes for myocarditis and pericarditis, a common complication of COVID-19 for young males, to clear them for sports participation, and provided quick and accurate covid screenings for the university to open safely.
This is just the beginning, and we look forward to sharing much more progress in the months ahead. We thank you for being part of the team, and for helping us continue to grow as we work together to provide the best in health care to the communities we serve.
In Partnership and Health,
Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., President, Michigan State University
Wright L. Lassiter III, President and CEO, Henry Ford Health System