Henry Ford Health System

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Henry Ford Health System

Henry Ford Health System is one of the nation's leading health care providers, offering a seamless array of acute, primary, tertiary, quaternary and preventive care backed by excellence in research and education.

Founded by auto pioneer Henry Ford in 1915, Henry Ford Hospital was located at what was then the edge of the city of Detroit at Hamilton and West Grand Boulevards. Today the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) is one of the nation's leading comprehensive, integrated health systems, an approximately $4.5 billion organization with over 23,000 employees. It provides health insurance and health care delivery, including acute, specialty, primary and preventive care services backed by excellence in research and education. HFHS is committed to improving the health and well-being of diverse communities throughout southeastern Michigan and to serving patients who come to its physicians and facilities from across the region, nation, and abroad. 

HFHS is a not-for-profit corporation managed by Chief Executive Officer Nancy M. Schlichting and governed by a 21-member Board of Trustees, with advisory and affiliate boards comprising 151 trustee volunteer leaders who provide vital links to the communities served by the system. In 2011, HFHS was awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and the system continues to innovate in the management of the cost and quality of health care delivery.

HFHS delivers care through its hospitals, medical centers and the Henry Ford Medical Group, with over 30 practice sites in southeast Michigan, in addition to 2,000 affiliated private-practice physicians. The system's flagship institution, Henry Ford Hospital (HFH), is an 802-bed tertiary care hospital, education and research complex in Detroit's New Center area. The hospital is recognized for clinical excellence and innovation, particularly in the fields of cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery, neurology, orthopaedics and sports medicine, organ transplantation, and treatments for brain, prostate, breast and lung cancers. HFH is a Level 1 trauma center.

  • Level 1 Trauma Center - Henry Ford Hospital provides the full continuum of services to the most critically ill and wounded patients. In-house surgical and critical care staff is available 24/7 and is experienced in multiple trauma, difficult tumors and complicated surgeries. Four operating rooms are staffed around the clock, and 30 operating rooms are in use during the day.
  • Critical Care- Henry Ford Hospital has 156 ICU beds making it the single largest ICU facility in Michigan and one of the largest in the country.
  • Surgical ICU (SICU) -The 40-bed SICU is one of the largest in the United States, and is equipped to treat complex patients or those undergoing organ transplantation. The Department of anesthesia provides collaborative critical care coverage in the surgical intensive care unit and cardiovascular intensive care units at Henry Ford Hospital. Critical care certified anesthesiologists work with intensive care unit teams to provide multi-disciplinary care for the most complex post-operative patients.
  • Center for Simulation, Education, and Research- The 12,000-square-foot Center for Simulation, Education and Research at Henry Ford Hospital is fully accredited as a Level 1 Comprehensive Education Institute by the American College of Surgeons and is the most advanced facility of its kind in Michigan and one of the largest in the United States.The Center offers procedural simulation technologies using computerized mannequins and other mechanical devices. It also is a venue for advancing education and assessing the competencies of residents, physicians and other health care workers in the areas of inter-professional team communications, patient safety and doctor-patient communication skills. Reconfigurable suites replicate the emergency department, operating room, intensive care unit, labor and delivery suite, and other hospital environments.
  • Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSU SOM)- Henry Ford Hospital began a relationship with Wayne State University School of Medicine in 2002, and the Health System has been expanding upon it ever since.In 2010, HFHS signed an affiliation agreement with Wayne State that increased the number of Wayne State medical students training in Henry Ford facilities, encourages collaborative research and seek efficiencies through programmatic integration. Third and four year medical students rotate thru Henry Ford Hospital.Members of the Henry Ford Medical Group have clinical faculty appointments at the Wayne State University School of Medicine.

The other hospitals within the health system are as follows:

  • Henry Ford West Bloomfield HospitalThis is the Henry Ford Health System’s newest hospital, located in West Bloomfield and opened in 2009 with 191 all-private beds and additional beds planned and 13 operating rooms. This community hospital offers comprehensive medical care, including 24-hour emergency care, sophisticated neurological and neurosurgical care, women's and children's health and orthopaedics, integrated with wellness, complementary therapies, and prevention programs in a suburban setting dedicated to creating a healing environment.
  • Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals – Delivering comprehensive, advanced care to Macomb County residents, 349-bed Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township is recognized for high-quality, 24-hour emergency care, stroke and chest pain centers, and comprehensive cancer, women's, orthopaedic and cardiovascular care. The 86-bed Henry Ford Macomb-Mt. Clemens Campus provides inpatient, outpatient and emergency psychiatric services; and health centers in Bruce, Chesterfield, Shelby and Washington townships, Fraser and Richmond offer a variety of outpatient and primary care services.
  • Henry Ford Wyandotte HospitalA 401-bed acute care hospital serving the Downriver and western Wayne County communities, it offers a full range of clinical services, including general medicine, surgery, a birthing center, and 24-hour emergency care. HFWH also provides neurosurgical services as well as physical medicine, rehabilitation, and adult mental health. The Henry Ford Health Center-Brownstown offers medical imaging, ambulatory surgery, 24-hour emergency care, a sleep lab and other services.


In total the Henry Ford Health System operates thirty-three multispecialty ambulatory care centers; affiliated physician practices; extensive research and education; the Health Alliance Plan, providing health coverage to companies and individuals; and 91 community care operations including outpatient behavioral health, nursing homes, hospices, dialysis centers, and a broad range of retail operations offering services such as optometry and home medical products. The 140 sites with HFHS facilities serve a diverse community spread throughout a three-county region in southeast Michigan encompassing Detroit and its suburbs, in addition to referrals from across the state, region, country, and the globe.

Henry Ford Health System has one of the largest research operations outside of a university setting in the country, with $64.5 million in total research funding across 1700 studies in 2011. 

Scott Johnson
1 Ford Place, 2E
Detroit, MI 48202