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Update: McLaren and MSU Working to Address Mental Health Crisis

Monday, November 20, 2017  
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McLaren Greater Lansing and the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Nursing are working together to break down the single greatest barrier to mental health care services — access to providers.

Last year, McLaren Greater Lansing made a $1.5 million gift to MSU to establish the Endowed Chair for Behavioral Mental Health Nursing Education, the College of Nursing’s first endowed chair position.

Tom Mee, MBA, BSN, RN, President and CEO of McLaren Greater Lansing, and Randolph Rasch, PhD, RN, FNP, FAANP, dean for MSU's College of Nursing, pose together in 2016 after McLaren announced it would fund the $1.5 million endowment.

The Endowed Chair for Behavioral Mental Health Nursing Education position establishes a partnership with the MSU College of Nursing and McLaren Greater Lansing and aims to increase access to and improve mental and behavioral health in the community.

“McLaren and MSU have a legacy of partnering to improve health care services, advance research, and train future care givers, and this endowment brings us closer together to address the mental health care needs of Michigan and beyond,” said Tom Mee, president and CEO at McLaren Greater Lansing. “This commitment is much more than an investment in an endowment; this is a commitment to collectively work together to break down the greatest barrier to mental health care services – access to providers.”

The Endowed Chair for Behavioral Mental Health Nursing Education supports the development of nursing competencies in this priority area related to evidence-based care and improved patient outcomes among undergraduate and graduate students, as well as McLaren nursing staff. 

Endowed chair and professorship positions provide top scholars with stable support to actively engage in leading-edge work. The support from an endowment provides a dependable, perpetual source of funding to sustain the position, as well as the ability to conduct research and scholarship as new opportunities arise.

“The endowed chair bridges MSU faculty and students with the McLaren Greater Lansing nursing team by improving mental health in the community,” said Dean Randolph Rasch. “Together, we work on the frontlines with patients, addressing the ongoing education needs of nurses, developing their behavioral health nursing skills and building a healthier community.”

As the one-year anniversary of the endowment passes, McLaren Greater Lansing and MSU College of Nursing reflect on the work done so far and look forward to continuing to improve access to mental health care services.

About McLaren Greater Lansing

McLaren Greater Lansing and McLaren Orthopedic Hospital operate the region’s most distinguished cardiovascular and orthopedic surgery programs that—together with McLaren Greater Lansing’s oncology, women’s care and wide-ranging diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical services—consistently lead in clinical quality and efficiency. The hospitals are part of McLaren Health Care, mid-Michigan’s largest health care system. Visit

About McLaren Health Care

McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Flint, Michigan, is a fully integrated health network committed to quality evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 12 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, the state’s only proton therapy center, an employed primary care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 250,000 lives, home health and hospice providers, retail medical equipment showrooms, pharmacy services, and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive centers in the U.S. McLaren has 22,000 employees and more than 40,000 network providers. Its operations are housed in more than 350 facilities serving the entire Lower Peninsula of the state of Michigan along with a portion of the Upper Peninsula. Learn more at

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