Ron and Heather Boji donate $5 million to MSU and Henry Ford Health Partnership

Left to right: Wright Lassiter, Ron Boji, Heather Boji, and Dr. Samuel L. Stanley // Courtesy of Henry Ford Health/MSU Health Sciences

In a show of support for the partnership between Henry Ford Health in Detroit and Michigan State University in East Lansing, philanthropists Ron and Heather Boji made a foundational gift of $5 million to help fund the new life science center. Health for joint research work near Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

A shared building will allow the consolidation of Henry Ford Health and MSU research activities and provide space for recruitment. Architectural planning is underway with an expected completion date of 2025. Plans for the exact location of the building are still being finalized, but it will be built on the campus footprint of Henry Ford Health in Detroit, Utah. south of West Grand Boulevard.

Ron Boji is President and CEO of The Boji Group, a statewide real estate development, property and construction management firm specializing in public-private partnerships headquartered in Lansing.

“Henry Ford Health and Michigan State University have entered into our historic partnership to be a catalyst for change,” said Wright Lassiter, President and CEO of Henry Ford Health. “Together, our organizations have the collective knowledge, skills and will to usher in a new era of medical education and research excellence that will transform the way people receive and experience care. We are one step closer to achieving our ambitious goals thanks to the profound generosity of Ron Boji, Henry Ford Foundation Board Member and MSU alumnus.

The partners accelerated the planning and design of the new joint research building that closely aligns basic and translational research, fueling innovation and discovery through an academically and clinically integrated network of healthcare providers, scientists, d academics and public health practitioners.

“This is an exciting next step in the partnership between Michigan State University and Henry Ford Health,” said Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr., president of MSU. “We cannot thank Ron and Heather enough for their leadership and for setting an example of how best to help improve access to healthcare and support a transformational research agenda that will work to serve everyone. in our state.

“The advancement and discovery that comes from uniting our two organizations will impact academic and clinical opportunities and serve as a model for the entire nation. Our new joint facility will be the epicenter of this work, and Boji’s donation is the first step in making it a reality. Their dedication to our efforts is greatly appreciated.

Another major partnership element includes a fully integrated cancer program, which will combine research and clinical applications to create a national and international destination for access to the most advanced cancer therapies and research, including including a joint effort to obtain designation from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

“Both properties hold a special place in the hearts of our family,” says Ron Boji. “The incredible care and compassion from Henry Ford Health helped my dad recover from a stroke, and MSU gave me the foundation that helped build the Boji Group alongside my dad. Heather and I We’re so excited that two of our daughters have also decided to go to college there, one as a student in the same construction management program I graduated from.

Additionally, with both institutions sharing a long history and commitment to health care education and training, MSU and Henry Ford will expand training opportunities for physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals, emphasizing emphasizing diversity, recruitment and retention, and revolutionizing training models. .

In February, in an exclusive report, Daily business news detailed a $4.2 billion plan to transform the area around Henry Ford Hospital into a mixed-use community featuring new and renovated residences, retail offerings, medical and research facilities, industrial buildings, educational centers, additional streetscapes and parks.

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