Henry Ford Health Systems http://michiganradio.org en In this morning's news: Lansing debating surplus, hospital merger sacked, carmakers won't shutdown http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-lansing-debating-surplus-hospital-merger-sacked-carmakers-wont-shutdown <p><strong>Policymakers debate how to spend surplus </strong></p><p>The debate continues in Lansing over how the state should spend almost half a billion dollars in unexpected revenue this year. The Michigan League for Public Policy believes that because the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit is less than a third of what it was a couple years ago, legislators should restore the credit for the working poor.</p><p>"A spokesperson for state House Democrats says they support the idea of using some of the money to restore the Earned Income Tax Credit. However, Governor Rick Snyder says a similar tax credit from the federal government does enough to help working poor families in Michigan. He wants to use the extra cash to fix roads," Michigan Radio's Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Merger between Beaumont and Henry Ford sacked</strong></p><p>The planned merger between Beaumont and Henry Ford health systems, two of southeast Michigan’s largest health care providers, has been scrapped. The leaders of each hospital signed a letter of intent to merge last fall, but negotiations didn’t work out so well. On Tuesday, Henry Ford CEO Nancy Schlichting sent a letter to employees, indicating they’ll end talks and let the agreement expire.</p><p>“It became apparent that two very different perspectives have emerged for the new organization between Henry Ford and Beaumont,” Schlichting wrote. Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek has <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/henry-ford-beaumont-health-care-systems-call-mega-merger">more</a>.</p><p><strong>Rising car sales cut plant shutdowns</strong></p><p>Summer vacation will be cut short for auto factory workers in Michigan this year, as carmakers try to keep up with heightened demand. Detroit automakers plan to reduce their annual shutdowns at dozens of North American plants that produce popular Ford and Chrysler models.</p><p>“This sends a strong signal that the industry is in a healthy place,” Jeff Schuster, senior vice president of forecasting at market researcher LMC Automotive, told <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130522/AUTO01/305220011/Rising-car-sales-shrink-annual-summer-plant-shutdowns-Detroit-s-Big-Three?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">The Detroit News</a>.</p><p> Wed, 22 May 2013 11:15:50 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12675 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Lansing debating surplus, hospital merger sacked, carmakers won't shutdown Henry Ford, Beaumont health care systems call off mega-merger http://michiganradio.org/post/henry-ford-beaumont-health-care-systems-call-mega-merger <p><a href="http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130521/NEWS/130529963/henry-ford-ends-talks-with-beaumont-merger-between-health-systems-is#">A planned mega-merger between two of Michigan’s largest health systems has been scuttled.</a></p><p>Beaumont and Henry Ford health systems are two of southeast Michigan’s three largest health care providers.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 00:40:15 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12674 at http://michiganradio.org Henry Ford, Beaumont health care systems call off mega-merger Henry Ford doctors test stem cell treatment for heart attacks http://michiganradio.org/post/henry-ford-doctors-test-stem-cell-treatment-heart-attacks <p>Doctors at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit are looking into how well stem cells can repair damaged hearts.</p><p>It’s part of a national study looking into potential new treatments for people who have suffered severe heart attacks.</p><p>“We extract the patient’s stem cells directly from them themselves. And then select for a specific population of stem cells,” said Dr. Gerald Koenig, a Henry Ford cardiologist. “And then re-inject them into the heart, by way of the heart blood vessels.”</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 22:16:07 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10696 at http://michiganradio.org Henry Ford doctors test stem cell treatment for heart attacks Commentary: Money, and more money http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-money-and-more-money <p></p><p>A week from now, the election will be over, we’ll have more or less digested what happened, and go back to contemplating the other daily dilemmas of life in our state.</p><p>There’s the issue of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, which wants to move from being a tightly regulated charity to being a normal non-profit, with much more freedom to do what it wants, and less responsibility to provide coverage for the uninsured.</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 12:55:58 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 9726 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Money, and more money Beaumont and Henry Ford Health systems plan merger http://michiganradio.org/post/beaumont-and-henry-ford-health-systems-plan-merger <p>Beaumont and Henry Ford Health systems announced plans today to merge into one non-profit health care system.<br><br>It’s a blockbuster move that pairs two of southeast Michigan’s three largest health systems.</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 22:08:54 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 9720 at http://michiganradio.org Beaumont and Henry Ford Health systems plan merger Sebelius, in Detroit, pushes hospitals to reduce patient harm http://michiganradio.org/post/sebelius-detroit-pushes-hospitals-reduce-patient-harm <pre> U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius toured facilities at Detroit&rsquo;s Henry Ford Hospital Friday. </pre> <pre> Sebelius was there to promote the department&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.healthcare.gov/center/programs/partnership">Partnership for Patients</a> initiative. Fri, 03 Jun 2011 19:44:20 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 2749 at http://michiganradio.org Sebelius, in Detroit, pushes hospitals to reduce patient harm Buy Detroit effort hopes to spur city's economy http://michiganradio.org/post/buy-detroit-effort-hopes-spur-citys-economy <p>Three major Detroit institutions are looking to leverage their spending to give a boost to the city&rsquo;s economy.</p><p><a href="http://www.henryfordhealth.org/">Henry Ford Health System</a>, the <a href="http://www.dmc.org/">Detroit Medical Center </a>and <a href="http://wayne.edu">Wayne State University </a>are all part of an <a href="http://livemidtown.org/">initiative </a>to revitalize the city&rsquo;s Midtown area. And the &ldquo;buy Detroit&rdquo; campaign is part of that.</p><p>So far, the three institutions have shifted about $400,000 to Detroit businesses, says Lisa Prasad is with U3 Ventures, a firm that&#39;s helping with the project.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&quot;The number may be very small at the moment compared to their overall procurement, but we think the growth will be exponential once we really get it institutionalized.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Prasad says food is one thing all three institutions have been able to buy more locally.</p><p>Combined, the university and health systems spend $1.6 billion a year. Mon, 14 Mar 2011 13:44:05 +0000 Sarah Hulett 1636 at http://michiganradio.org Buy Detroit effort hopes to spur city's economy New housing complex to serve Detroit's senior citizens http://michiganradio.org/post/new-housing-complex-serve-detroits-senior-citizens <p><a href="http://detnews.com/article/20110201/BIZ/102010323/1001/rss21">Henry Ford Health Systems and two non-profit partners will team up to offer more long-term care options to Detroit’s senior citizens.</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Henry Ford, Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, and United Methodist Retirement Communities are involved in the $35 million project on the city’s east side.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The complex will include affordable senior housing, assisted living units, and a Center for Senior Independence.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Feb 2011 22:08:02 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 1122 at http://michiganradio.org New housing complex to serve Detroit's senior citizens