Yesterday evening, Crain’s Detroit Business published an article that described a communication from Wright Lassiter, president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System (HFHS), to members of his organization. The essence of the communication was that, due to the “volatility between the university administration and its board of governors” over a potential transformational expansion of our long-term partnership, HFHS leadership has decided to suspend talks on the development of definitive agreements.
Although disappointed, I understand and fully respect the decision of Wright and his leadership. We will, of course, continue to partner with HFHS, and remain open to exploring opportunities for further expanding our partnership in the future.
While this is a setback, we will continue to make strides in advancing health in our university and our community. We should all be proud of our initiatives in developing the next generation of medical education, furthering medical research, combating health disparities and working directly with our community to understand and address the full range of health challenges that demand attention. I look forward to sharing more with you on this important work soon.
In the meantime, I will continue to work with members of our Board to chart a strategic path for our future. I am optimistic that the path includes Henry Ford Health System.
M. Roy Wilson