McLaren Health Care, Saginaw Valley State University partnership provides opportunities, discounted tuition for employees

McLaren Health Care, the three-state, fully integrated health care system, has announced a partnership with Saginaw Valley State University that will provide all qualified full- and part-time employees wishing to further their education with a 30 percent discount on tuition and all associated fees for in-person and online courses through the university, located less than 10 miles from McLaren Bay Region hospital in Bay City.

All McLaren Health Care employees throughout the state — regardless of job classification — are eligible for all undergraduate, graduate, and certification courses offered through the award-winning university, effective with the beginning of the 2023 fall semester.

“As an employer of choice, an aim of our organization is to support our team and foster ambitions to advance their careers and their decision to further their education,” said Kimberly Keaton Williams, McLaren Health Care Vice President of Talent Acquisition & Development and Chief Diversity Officer. “With this very generous offer and mutually beneficial partnership with Saginaw Valley State University, McLaren staff will have access to a broad spectrum of course offerings. We’re grateful for this partnership and proud to offer it through our system.”

McLaren Bay Region is one of Bay County’s largest employers, serving and providing for the health care needs of many individuals in SVSU’s home community. McLaren has more than 19,000 employees throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.

“We are committed to partnering with employers throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region to help them prepare their current employees and recruit future employees,” said George Grant Jr., SVSU president. “We are grateful for this agreement with McLaren and the increased educational opportunities it provides, not only for those working in the health professions, but in any role within the health system, as a more educated workforce ultimately leads to better patient care.”

Seeing the benefit it offers its team, McLaren Health Care has supported and fostered initiatives that assist employees in furthering their educations. In 2022, several McLaren subsidiary hospitals introduced a tuition repayment assistance program, which has already provided more than $1.7 million in loan relief.

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About McLaren Health Care
McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Grand Blanc, Michigan, is a $6.6 billion, fully integrated health care delivery system committed to quality, evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 13 hospitals in Michigan, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, a 490-member employed primary and specialty care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 732,838 lives in Michigan and Indiana, home health, infusion and hospice providers, pharmacy services, a clinical laboratory network and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by the Karmanos Cancer Institute, a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers. McLaren has 28,000 full-, part-time and contracted employees and more than 113,000 network providers throughout Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. Learn more at

About Saginaw Valley State University
Saginaw Valley State University is a comprehensive university with more than 100 programs of study for its more than 6,000 students. Located on a suburban campus in Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region, SVSU is committed to a supportive and empowering environment for students. SVSU has earned the “best dorms” distinction from the website Niche, as its residential facilities have been judged No. 1 among all public universities in the United States.

SVSU emphasizes undergraduate teaching and learning, and community-based research. SVSU holds the Community Engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a distinction achieved by only 7 percent of U.S. colleges and universities. By their senior year, 84 percent of students have engaged with community employers and agencies in internships, field placements or some other component of their academic preparation.

SVSU has established itself as a leader in STEM education for the Great Lakes Bay Region, raising millions of dollars in private support, and partnering with businesses, foundations and school districts to improve students’ performance in math and science at the middle school, high school and university levels. For more information, visit