Henry Ford Allegiance Health Celebrates First 100 Years of Service

From Small Community Hospital to Nationally Recognized Member of Statewide Health System


One hundred years ago, thanks to Ida Foote’s gift in memory of her husband, W.A. Foote, Jackson’s newly built, modern hospital admitted its first patients.  2018 marks the 100th anniversary of Henry Ford Allegiance Health and the beginning of a year-long celebration.

“As Henry Ford Allegiance Health enters its second century of caring for our community, we have much to celebrate together,” said President and CEO Georgia Fojtasek. “We are proud of our beginnings as a small community hospital and how we have grown to become a nationally recognized, award winning health system, and part of Henry Ford Health System’s statewide network of care. Ida Foote never could have imagined we would become a Level II Trauma Center, establish our own graduate medical education program or cancer center, perform open-heart surgery and robot-assisted spine procedures here or be honored for our community commitment with the American Hospital Association’s Foster McGaw Prize, but I am certain she would be proud of us.”

In honor of Henry Ford Allegiance Heath’s 100th Anniversary, a full calendar of special events is planned throughout the year, starting with providing 100th Year logo onesies to the first 100 baby girls and the first 100 baby boys born during 2018. A Centennial Ball, a Jackson Symphony Orchestra performance, patient appreciation week, ribbon cuttings and commemorative publications are among the many celebratory events to span the year.

Visit 100.HenryFordAllegiance.com to view a specially designed website with historic highlights and photos, serving as reminders of the unique connections the Jackson community shares. An expanded historic photo timeline showcasing Henry Ford Allegiance Health’s evolution is also on display at the hospital, bringing to mind memories of the health system’s role in the lives of area families across generations.

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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