Allegiance Health in Jackson joins Henry Ford Health System

JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) – Jackson-based Allegiance Health is becoming part of Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System and is getting a new name.

The health systems announced Tuesday that they’ve completed regulatory approvals and finalized a definitive agreement to combine. Under the change, Allegiance Health’s 475-bed system is getting a new name: Henry Ford Allegiance Health.

The plans were announced last year. Henry Ford Health System says the agreement will allow it to offer health care in more communities beyond southeastern Michigan.

Under the plans, the partnership will invest $300 million in the Jackson community and surrounding areas over the next five years. The health systems say the investment will be used for new facilities, information technology and other new programs and services.

Henry Ford is a five-hospital system with numerous other locations.

“We are so pleased to welcome Allegiance Health into the Henry Ford family,” said Nancy Schlichting, CEO of Henry Ford Health System, “our Health Systems share the same values and commitment to the diverse community we serve.”

The re-named Henry Ford Allegiance Health System will continue to represent local interests and the partnership will allow them to work closely with leadership from Henry Ford Health System.

“While we anticipate many positive changes as a result of becoming Henry Ford Allegiance Health, some things – like our vision for healthcare in this community – remain the same,” said Allegiance Health Senior Vice President Ray King, MD. “We are grateful for the way Henry Ford Health System genuinely appreciates how important we are to the Jackson community.”

>>The AP contributed to this story

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