Henry Ford Health System and the Detroit Pistons Announce Partnership

The following message is from Wright Lassiter III, President and CEO, HFHS; and Bob Riney, President, Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer, HFHS:

Dear HFHS Team Member,

We are extremely excited to announce a new partnership between the Detroit Pistons and Henry Ford Health System – one that will greatly benefit our community and serve as a building block in the revitalization and rebuilding of Detroit.

The multi-discipline Henry Ford - Detroit Pistons Performance Center will include new practice and front-office facilities for the NBA team; a comprehensive sports medicine, treatment and rehabilitation facility managed by Henry Ford; and public spaces available for community relations activities, networking receptions and team-hosted events.

It will be built on a parcel owned by Henry Ford between Wayne State University and Henry Ford Hospital, known to us as Employee Parking Lot 8. Ground will be broken this summer.

We are currently working on a well-coordinated parking plan for both very good short-term options while designing an optimal long-term parking solution to address the needs of our growth. This includes construction of a public and private parking structure as part of the new athletic performance center, which will be used for both Henry Ford and Detroit Pistons staff and visitors.

Another incredibly exciting part of the agreement is that Henry Ford will become the official health care provider for the Pistons beginning with the 2017-18 NBA season, and will have naming rights for the new performance center complex.

We concur with Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores who says “This is a groundbreaking alliance between two institutions committed to making a difference in Detroit. It’s much more than a simple sponsorship or naming-rights deal; it’s a long-term partnership and another step toward the revitalization of our city.”

We have always believed that investing in our community and supporting our neighbors is vital to the healthcare we provide. Our partnership with the Pistons will combine Henry Ford’s medical excellence and innovation with a world class facility that will serve our community for years to come.

The new practice facility will be innovative and unparalleled in the NBA, according to Stan Van Gundy, President of Basketball Operations and head coach of the Pistons.

It will be a state-of-the-art performance center for players with comprehensive health, conditioning, nutrition and medical support and it will bring together basketball, nutrition, training, treatment and rehabilitation resources under one roof.

Henry Ford is uniquely positioned to deliver on this. As the official health care provider of the Detroit Pistons, Henry Ford is the only provider in Michigan that offers a true ‘team medicine’ approach. Knowing that a patient’s needs often extend beyond orthopedics, we provide a broad range of specialists with sports medicine training, including everything from neuroscience and cardiology, to sleep medicine and pain management.

In addition to the new performance center’s sports, training and medical facilities, the privately-financed facility will house corporate offices for the Pistons staff, as well as public retail and community activity spaces.

We hope you will share in our excitement of this new partnership and the growth opportunities this allegiance presents. This is more great news for Henry Ford, the Detroit Pistons and Detroit!

About Henry Ford Allegiance Health

Henry Ford Allegiance Health (HFAH) is a 475-bed health system in Jackson, Michigan. HFAH complements traditional acute care services with mission-based services to support the care continuum for all members of the community. Through its Health Improvement Organization (HIO), HFAH is also a national leader in forming community partnerships that innovatively address wellness and prevention needs in the community. HfAH is a proud recipient of the American Hospital Association’s Foster McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service. 

About Henry Ford Health System

Henry Ford Health System is a six-hospital system headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. It is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive, integrated health systems, recognized for clinical excellence and innovation. Henry Ford Health System provides both health insurance and health care delivery, including acute, specialty, primary and preventive care services backed by excellence in research and education. The system is a 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. Visit henryford.com to learn more.

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