Henry Ford Health System and Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology sign merger agreement

 Henry Ford Health System and Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology sign merger
                                  agreement

PR Newswire

DETROIT, June 18, 2012

DETROIT, June 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Henry Ford Health System has signed a
merger agreement with the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology (DIO), which will
now be recognized as a division of Henry Ford's Department of Ophthalmology,
as its research education arm.

"Bringing our organizations together will give us greater ability to impact
visual science through research," says Paul Edwards, M.D., chair of
Ophthalmology at Henry Ford. "It also means we'll be able to expand DIO
support services for the visually impaired and blind, in collaboration with
the Henry Ford Center for Visual Rehabilitation and Research."

One of the largest ophthalmology practices in the U.S., the Henry Ford
Department of Ophthalmology treats more than 55,000 patients annually at 12
locations throughout southeast Michigan. The Henry Ford Center for Vision
Rehabilitation & Research, located in Grosse Pointe Park and Livonia, provides
comprehensive rehabilitation to help people with macular degeneration and
other low-vision conditions make the most of their available eyesight. The
program can also provide rehabilitation for patients with stroke-related
vision loss.

The mission of the DIO is to assist the visually impaired in maintaining their
independence. It also strives to lead in international collaboration in
vision-related research.

"Integration of our programs and events into the Henry Ford Department of
Ophthalmology assures our volunteers, our donors, and our staff, of a healthy
and wise succession," says Philip Hessburg, M.D., director of the DIO.

The institute hosts two biennial world research congresses. The Eye and The
Chip brings internationally renowned scientists to Detroit to discuss
ophthalmology's pursuit of advancements in artificial vision. The Eye and The
Auto, produced in alternate years, addresses issues related to vision and safe
driving.

The collaboration created at these congresses helps to advance research at a
faster pace, says Dr. Hessburg.

The DIO is well-known for its EyesOn Design events, including design awards
presented at the North American International Auto Show, and the EyesOn Design
Car Show held on Father's Day at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse
Pointe Shores.

These events are sustained by numerous global automotive companies, who are an
important source of support for the DIO's mission. Although Ford Motor
Company and Henry Ford Health System wereboth founded by the legendary
automaker, they are not affiliated.

The institute provides support services for the visually impaired and blind.
Information on vision loss is shared with physician offices, local libraries
and at community events. The organization also offers a computer training lab
for the visually impaired.

In addition to public education, DIO provides seminars for emergency medicine
physicians and hosts lectures for Henry Ford Ophthalmology residents.

Over its 40-year history, DIO has stayed true to its mission to provide
opportunities for ophthalmic medical education, research, and support services
for the visually impaired. Currently, with help from its volunteer arm, the
Friends of Vision, DIO manages several of the largest support groups in the
United States serving visually impaired seniors from Wayne and Macomb
counties.

The not-for-profit DIO was founded in 1972 by ophthalmologists and the
business community to provide support and tools to enhance independence for
the visually impaired and blind; develop career opportunities in allied
health; train ophthalmic technicians; and seek solutions to improve vision
through research.

The DIO is located at 15415 E. Jefferson in Grosse Pointe Park, next to Henry
Ford Department of Ophthalmology - Grosse Pointe. Combining these two
campuses will broaden and enhance the clinical care provided throughout the
Henry Ford Health System, and insure the continuation of DIO's service-related
programs.

For more information on Henry Ford Health System, visit henryford.com. For
more information on the DIO, visit eyeson.org.

SOURCE Henry Ford Health System

Website: http://www.henryford.com
Contact: Sally Ann Brown, +1-313-874-6280, sbrown2@hfhs.org
 
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