President M. Roy Wilson announced that Wayne State and Henry Ford Health System have signed a letter of intent to expand their partnership on Sept. 28.  

The non-binding letter of intent came after months of dialogue between the institutions. They said they hope to have a definitive agreement signed by early 2019, according to a press release by the Henry Ford Health System. 

This collaboration will make Henry Ford the primary partner for WSU’s School of Medicine, College of Nursing and Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

“This is a significant step towards our shared vision of building a joint health science center that will transform healthcare delivery, medical education and research, and— most importantly —health outcomes in our city, and beyond,” Wilson said in a statement. 

The health science center (HSC) will be a group with a governing body and no physical location. The group will watch overthe partnership’s clinical, research and educational programs and activities.

This will be an expansion of the WSU and Henry Ford’s existing partnership. Over 100 WSU medical student have clinical rotations at Henry Ford.  

WSU has a $247 million research department and Henry Ford has a $94 million research department. If this partnership plans to merge these two departments together, it will create a $341 million research department — the 74thlargest in the nation. 

The WSU Physicians Group signed a five-year agreement with DMC on Sept. 26 to continue operations together. Wilson said this partnership with Henry Ford and WSU will not constrict either entity from entering other contracted partnerships. 

Henry Ford and WSU both declined The South End’s request for a comment. 

Ken Narita is The South End's School of Medicine beat reporter. He can reached at

Slone Terranella is news editor of The South End. She can be reached at

Cover photo by Jonathan Deschaine.

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