Henry Ford Health and Ascension of Michigan to Merge Under the Ford Name

October 18, 2023, 12:50 PM by  Allan Lengel

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Henry Ford Health and Ascension Michigan announced Wednesday a merger to create a $10.5 billion health system that will employ about 50,000 people at more than 550 sites of care across the region.

“Together we can expand healthcare services and deliver innovations in care — from prevention and early detection through the treatment of complex conditions — to more people and communities across our state, including those who are most vulnerable,” Robert Riney, president and CEO of Henry Ford Health, said in a statement. “We share a deeply-rooted dedication to providing world-class healthcare that everyone deserves, regardless of geographic, demographic, or socioeconomic status.”

The expanded organization, which will go under the name Henry Ford Health, will remain headquartered in Detroit.

Ascension Michigan’s acute care hospitals included in the partnership are:

  • Ascension Genesys Hospital
  • Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital
  • Warren and Madison Heights Campuses
  • Ascension Providence Hospital
  • Novi and Southfield Campuses
  • Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital
  • Ascension River District Hospital; and Ascension St. John Hospital.

All the acute care hospitals’ related sites of care will also be included, as well as Ascension Brighton Center for Recovery. All of Henry Ford’s acute care hospitals and other care facilities and assets, including Health Alliance Plan, will be included in the partnership, according to the press release.

The Catholic identity of the Ascension Michigan facilities remain intact, a press release said.

Mergers can be mixed blessings. Some can result in better care. Other times they can result in cost cutting measures and clashes in health care cultures that negatively impact patient care. 

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