Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals and Baker College of Clinton Township have both enjoyed a long history of service and innovation in Macomb County. In recent years, a strong partnership between the two organizations has resulted in needed health care to underserved patients and valuable clinical experience for Baker students.
The partnership is ensuring the best use of community resources, while reducing duplication of services. Baker College’s recent announcement of a $1 million gift to Henry Ford Macomb is a perfect example of this concept in action. Rather than purchase a CT scanner for its new CT certification program, Baker reached out to Henry Ford Macomb.
“We had a need to expand our 64-slice CT technology, and Baker needed a partner to provide CT training for its new program,” notes Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals President and CEO Barbara Rossmann. “With this generous gift, we will be able to provide better access to advanced medical imaging, and Baker students will have the opportunity to train under the guidance of our superior radiology staff.”
Currently, Baker students receive training at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township in radiology technology, surgical technology, health information technology and nursing. Baker students will complete a radiologic technology degree before they begin CT training at Henry Ford Macomb.
The partnership between Baker and Henry Ford Macomb began three years ago when Baker College of Clinton Township President Donald R. Torline learned about the Neighbors Caring for Neighbors Clinics. The clinics provide free primary care services to low-income, uninsured Macomb County residents.
Torline and his team identified the need for uninsured Baker students to have access to health services, and Baker pledged a three-year, $300,000 grant. The funds were used to add an additional day to the existing clinic schedule and to open a Neighbors Clinic on Baker’s Clinton Township campus. The arrangement is so successful, Baker has extended its pledge for another year, bringing the total to $400,000.
“Our partnership grows stronger each year,” notes Torline. “With the new CT scanner, Baker College students have the opportunity to train on state-of-the-art radiologic equipment in a real hospital setting. The hospital benefits by the acquisition of a high-tech CT scanner and the community benefits by having access to better health care. This is a win-win situation for everyone and follows Baker’s support three years ago of Henry Ford Macomb’s Neighbors Caring for Neighbors program and the free health care clinic the hospital operates on campus for Baker students. We look forward to a continuing, long-lasting and mutually beneficial alliance.”