Last June, Henry Ford Health System signed a letter of intent to partner with Michigan State University, marking a first of its kind partnership for the region between a fully integrated academic health system and major state university. We are excited to share with you that we have now finalized a 30-year partnership agreement.

We envision a bold transformation of healthcare in Michigan by fostering innovative, groundbreaking research, providing best-in-class, comprehensive cancer care, developing exceptional training and increasing diversity among the next generation of health care professionals, and actively addressing the needs of traditionally underserved communities.

Our partnership has both short and long-term goals, which include:

  • Creating a prominently co-branded Health Science Center that aligns basic and translational research fueling innovation and discovery through an academically and clinically integrated network of scientists, academicians, and health care practitioners in a new, jointly developed research facility.
  • Achieving a National Cancer Institute (NCI) cancer center designation by addressing comprehensive cancer care in Michigan and beyond through advanced research and clinical capabilities with a focus on curing cancer, reducing health disparities among racial and ethnic populations in cancer outcomes, and improving the lives of cancer patients and their families.
  • Training the next generation of physicians, nurses, and health care practitioners to best provide quality, compassionate care for patients. Henry Ford’s and MSU’s distinguished faculty will develop innovative learning models in a new education facility co-located on our Henry Ford Hospital Campus in Detroit.
  • Embedding principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, along with mechanisms to realize these principles, in our research, educational and clinical endeavors.

Dr. Steven Kalkanis, our System Chief Academic Officer and Henry Ford Medical Group CEO, will be the inaugural President of the Health Sciences Enterprise and Dr. Norm Beauchamp, Executive Vice President of Health Sciences for MSU, will chair the board selected from leaders of both institutions. For more details, please visit

We thank you for being part of the Henry Ford family, and for helping us provide the best in health care to the communities we serve.

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