$5M donation boosts Ford, MSU health initiative

Metro Detroit philanthropists Ron and Heather Boji announced a $5 million dollar donation for a health science center that pairs Henry Ford Hospital and Michigan State University.

The donation will fund the Health Sciences Center for joint research work, a building that will serve as the initiative’s “epicenter” of discovery and innovation, according to MSU President and physician Samuel L. Stanley.

Ron Boji, speaking with his wife, Heather, on his right, have made a foundational donation of $5 million to the 30-year Accelerate Innovation partnership between Henry Ford Health and MSU, which will fuel health research and discovery in Detroit.

Wright Lassiter, president and CEO of Henry Ford Health, said the initiative is meant to be a catalyst for change in health care. 

“Together our organizations have the collective knowledge, skills and drive to usher in a new era of medical education and research excellence which will transform how people receive and experience care,” Lassiter said.

The donation from the Bojis marks the first major philanthropic commitment to the partnership. For Ron Boji, president and CEO of the Boji Group, and an MSU alumnus and board member for the Henry Ford Foundation, the donation is personal.