Henry Ford Health System Receives $25 Million Gift

Henry Ford Health System Receives $25 Million Gift

The Henry Ford Health System in Detroit has announced a gift of $25 million from developer Chris Jeffries and his wife, Lisa, in support of its Precision Medicine program.

The largest gift in the system's hundred-and-five-year history will significantly accelerate the growth and expansion of the program, with the ultimate goal of creating a precision medicine center focused on the advancement of research and treatments for various cancers, behavioral health conditions, and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

According to the health system, doctors are using precision medicine to treat various types of cancer, including cancers affecting the brain, lung, colon, and pancreas. Precision medicine also has proven effective in the treatment of cystic fibrosis, asthma, depression, and autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

"Even a decade ago, our approach to treating brain cancer was 'precision medicine' before anyone knew what precision medicine was," said neurosurgeon Steven Kalkanis, who was on the team that treated the brain cancer of Jeffries' father. "In the time since, we've seen a significant increase in the number of brain cancer patients who are outliving their prognoses, due in large part to clinical innovation. Our relentless pursuit of clinical breakthroughs has more momentum now than at any other point in history."