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HENRY FORD HEALTH SYSTEM ANNOUNCES NEARLY $14 MILLION IN GIFTS TO SUPPORT RESEARCH AND EDUCATION

 HENRY FORD HEALTH SYSTEM ANNOUNCES NEARLY $14 MILLION IN GIFTS
 TO SUPPORT RESEARCH AND EDUCATION
 DETROIT, June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) today announced nearly $14 million in philanthropic gifts to further research, education and advanced patient care programs. These commitments, made by friends and supporters of HFHS, will enhance its ability to provide the Southeast Michigan community with the latest in preventive, diagnostic and treatment technologies and to attract and retain world-class physicians and researchers.
 Among the gifts is a $4 million commitment from Josephine Ford, wife of the late Walter B. Ford II and granddaughter of auto pioneer and hospital founder Henry Ford, for a Cancer Center to be constructed at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit's New Center area.
 Other gifts include eight endowed chairs, at $1 million each, to fund research and patient care programs in areas including cancer, cardiovascular medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, senior services, ophthalmology and health services research. These new chairs, in addition to 15 announced in 1990, bring the total number of endowed chairs at HFHS to 23 -- an unprecedented accomplishment for a private institution in such a short period of time.
 In addition, some $250,000 has been committed by well-known legal and civic leader William T. Gossett to establish a laboratory at HFHS's Maplegrove Chemical Dependency Center in West Bloomfield to study the genetic aspects of alcoholism.
 HFHS also announced that its Henry Ford Medical Center -- Troy (2825 Livernois) has been named the Kathleen and Earl Ward Clinic in honor of the family's generous support of HFHS programs over the years including a recent gift of more than $1 million and the establishment in 1990 of three endowed chairs in the areas of hypertension research, psychiatry and biochemistry, and molecular biology. Earl Ward was a Ford Motor Company executive from the late 1940s through mid-1960s.
 "Never before has the trust and philanthropic support of our friends been so crucial to our ability to continue providing advanced patient care and participating in leading-edge research that will impact the health and well-being of our community," said HFHS President and Chief Executive Officer Gail L. Warden. "Research is a complex endeavor that, while costly, can reap benefits for society in quality of life that cannot be measured in dollars.
 "As federal research funding decreases and operational budgets become tighter, we must rely more and more on the generosity of individuals and private organizations to fund these important research and patient care efforts."
 The Cancer Center -- to be named the Walter B. Ford and Josephine Ford Cancer Center -- will bring together a wide range of specialists with the latest in technology and research in a comfortable and compassionate setting.
 To be constructed where the hospital's M-Unit (the original 48-bed hospital building) now stands, the center will be the flagship of HFHS's already strong cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention programs which encompass the entire system, including its two community hospitals and 35 ambulatory care centers. The Cancer Center will include a day hospital for chemotherapy patients, multidisciplinary surgical clinics and expansion of radiation oncology.
 Cancer is second only to heart disease as the cause of significant illness and HFHS already is a leader in cancer research and treatment. Henry Ford cancer specialists treat 10 percent of all cancer patients in Southeast Michigan, adding 2,400 new patients each year. The program includes state-of-the-art radiation therapy with Michigan's first radiosurgery program for inoperable tumors, as well as research into the development of radiosensitizers and hyperthermia for the treatment of cancer.
 HFHS also is a leader in cancer research with National Cancer Institute studies under way including one testing a drug treatment that may prevent breast cancer in high-risk women, as well as a study looking at photodynamic therapy in the treatment of cancer and basic research looking at the mechanisms in genes that cause cancer.
 In addition to the Cancer Center, an endowed chair has been established by retired Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Detroit-based Bundy Corporation Wendell W. Anderson Jr., his brother John Wendell Anderson II, and the Bundy Corporation to provide further support for cancer-related research.
 "Philanthropy is taking on a renewed emphasis at HFHS as we move toward 21st century medicine and strive to make even more significant contributions to medical science and education," said HFHS Chairman of the Board Douglas T. McClure, son of Henry Ford Hospital's first surgeon-in-chief. "Nearly two years ago, HFHS began preparing its plan for the future which includes a dual mission to become an acclaimed health education and research center and a nationally recognized managed care model.
 "In many ways we have reached our goal with the help of this growing philanthropic support and the establishment of the Henry Ford Health Sciences Center, which was cemented earlier this year through our affiliation with the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine."
 The Henry Ford Health Sciences Center, established almost two years ago, integrates advanced patient care, research and education. Strong academic relationships are key in HFHS's plan for a Health Sciences Center. This new relationship with CWRU, along with HFHS's long-time relationship with the University of Michigan Medical School, links HFHS with two of the most prestigious medical schools in the country for training of third- and fourth-year students.
 "These philanthropic gifts, in particular the endowed chairs, help us continue to attract and retain high-caliber physicians to care for the patients of Southeast Michigan," said Roger F. Smith, M.D., senior vice president, HFHS Medical Affairs.
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 /NOTE: Announcement of the philanthropic gifts took place the evening of June 23 at the biannual HFHS Trustee Dinner, held this year at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Some 300 of the health system's major supporters, trustees and leadership were on hand. CONTACT: Diana Leone or Rich Swenson of Henry Ford Hospital, 313-876-2882/ CO: Henry Ford Health System ST: Michigan IN: HEA MTC SU:


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