Baker College Donates $1M to Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals
Baker College of Clinton Township recently donated $1 million donation to Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals, an action that will benefit its students, the hospital and the community.
The two facilities have long worked to offer service and innovation in Macomb County. That includes providing health care to underserved patients and clinical experience for Baker students.
Most recently, instead of buying a CT scanner for its new CT certification program, Baker reached out to Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals with a win-win proposition.
“We had a need to expand our 64-slice CT technology, and Baker needed a partner to provide CT training for its new program,” said 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.”
Baker students now get training in radiology technology, surgical technology, health information technology and nursing at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township. They must first earn 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 heard about the Neighbors Caring for Neighbors Clinics. Through these clinics, low-income, uninsured Macomb County residents receive free primary care services.
In order for uninsured Baker students to get access to health services, Torline and his team pledged a 3-year, $300,000 grant, which was used to extend the existing clinic schedule by one day each week and to open a Neighbors Clinic on Baker’s Clinton Township campus. The arrangement has been such a success that Baker has extended the grant for another year, bringing the total to $400,000.
“Our partnership grows stronger each year,” Torline said. “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.”