Based on hundreds of pages of internal documents that Crain's obtained under the Freedom of Information Act earlier this year, Henry Ford and Wayne State have also discussed a possible merger of their medical groups, a combined pediatric department and expanded children's services, a consolidated research enterprise, jointly developed clinical services and projected $200 million in additional revenue for the partners.
If consummated, the Wayne State-Henry Ford affiliation would include combining 1,530 physicians into a single medical group, offering pediatric and adult clinical services and combining research, medical student and residency teaching programs.
The affiliation would change the healthcare landscape in Southeast Michigan by giving Wayne State's 330 specialists and generalists access to Henry Ford's six hospitals and the 1,200-physician medical group, and expand medical education and research opportunities for the new partners.
It could create a range of opportunities for Wayne State's 18 clinical and academic departments and for Henry Ford's six hospitals and 28 outpatient medical centers
Wayne State sponsors eight residency and two fellowship programs with 143 residents and two fellows. They include anesthesiology, dermatology, family medicine, otolaryngology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, urology and internal medicine. Henry Ford sponsors 66 residency programs across a broad spectrum of disciplines at its four teaching hospitals with 911 residents and fellows.
The combination also could include merging WSU's $247 million research department with Henry Ford's $94 million research department, creating a $341 million-plus research enterprise that would rank 74th-largest in the nation, up from 100th in 2016, according to the National Science Foundation. The University of Michigan is ranked second with $1.4 billion and Johns Hopkins University ranks first with $2.3 billion.
The proposed affiliation documents also describe how Henry Ford and Wayne State could develop a 10-part definitive agreement. Each part, which is expected to be at least 60 pages, will cover all aspects of the affiliation, including governance, operations, research, trademarks and licenses, health professions, clinical practice, philanthropy and facilities.