Doc in the D’s sixth anniversary at Henry Ford Hospital

In this edition of Doc in the D, I am reflective as I celebrate my sixth anniversary as Henry Ford Hospital’s President and CEO. We have accomplished so much and I’m proud of what our team does every single day to provide superior medical care for our patients. Learn more about what we’ve done recently in the video below.

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Shoutout: Safety Huddle results in solutions!

Every Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. we conduct a Safety Huddle at Henry Ford Hospital. One of the first things we do at the meeting is to give shoutouts, a collective praise given to team members who have gone over and beyond the usual.

This is my shoutout to the Safety Huddle.

The Safety Huddle is conducted to get problems reported and identified for correction.

Henry Ford Hospital conducts a daily Safety Huddle to report problems and identify solutions, and to share information.

The Safety Huddle is conducted to get problems reported and identified for correction. Some components are recurrent, such as looking at sentinel events, healthcare associated infections, patient satisfaction rounds, borders in the emergency department, beds available or anticipated, or femoral lines that are presently in patients. Others are episodic. An event, equipment breakdown, parking problem, you name it. Each part of the house is methodically asked to report issues or levels of activity, like occupancy in the newborn nursery or numbers of ventilators being used.

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The leading edge of precision medicine research

I wanted to share some very exciting news as a follow up to my previous blog about Henry Ford Hospital’s investment in precision medicine. Last month, the National Institutes of Health announced that Henry Ford Health System is leading a five-member research consortium to expand the geographic reach and diversity of the NIH’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program.

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Reduce barriers to health care with a “yes vote”

Cars. This is how we get to work, run errands, visit family and take our kids to school.

A “yes vote” for the Regional Transit Authority Master Plan will improve access to health care for everyone.

A “yes vote” for the Regional Transit Authority Master Plan will improve access to health care for everyone.

Well, not all of us.

Approximately 26 percent of Detroit households are without a vehicle.

So how do they handle the basics like shopping for healthy food, attending doctor appointments or filling prescriptions?

That’s the $3 billion question and one we hope to solve with a regional transportation plan.

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Precision medicine is the key to unlocking a cure

Anyone in the field of health care or observant of patient’s clinical course knows how patients often dramatically differ in their response to prescribed therapy. We have ascribed this to a variety of factors, some assumptive and some ascribed to “biological variability” represented within populations. We construct randomized clinical trials with large, diverse populations to assess responses to a drug versus another drug or placebo in order to figure this out.

The unlocking of the human genetic code has given some insights into what the future of medicine will bring to understand this variability.

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Just like yesterday.

When I was watching the media coverage of the 15th Anniversary of 9/11, I was struck by the significantly different perceptions about the time that has passed since that tragic day. When speaking to several of my friends, many remarked how long ago 9/11 seems and how time has passed to the point, this day of infamy was a distant memory.shutterstock_432103234

But when hearing from those who had been directly affected by the event, those who had lost loved ones, or personally were at Ground Zero, they all commented how it seemed “just like yesterday” and that time seemed to have stopped since that fateful day.

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Doc in the D’s favorite health care-inspired books

So you want some recommendations about books to read, but you’re not interested in the business books that I recommended in a prior blog?

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I hear you and thought I would keep some of the books in the realm of medicine and health care. I may eventually provide you with a list of my casual reading. But I’m afraid this might provide too much insight into my psyche than I am comfortable to reveal.

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A caddies’ story

What did you do on your summer vacation?

I had the pleasure of volunteering at the recent United States Amateur Golf Championship conducted at the venerable Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. This championship, one of the oldest in the country, brought together 318 of the top amateur golfers in the world. Players came from 28 countries. The arduous 36-hole qualifying section lead to a field of 64 golfers, who played “mano a mano” matches for a week until a champion was crowned on Sunday, Aug. 21. The champion was Curtis Luck from Perth, Australia. A truly great player.

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Detroit at 315: A reflection of progress

During the past 315 years, Detroit has been through its share of ups and downs. Some you know about and some you probably don’t. What most of you do realize is the incredible resiliency of this city and the people who proudly call themselves Detroiters. Some term us “survivors.” I like to think of us fighters who get off the mat to battle again.

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Doc in the D’s Favorite Business Books

Read, read, and read. I read all the time. As much and as often as I can. Newspapers, books, usually old school real paper, but on the Kindle and iPad as well. Reading provides the experiences that you cannot often have yourself, and an opportunity to stimulate your own thoughts and to learn from others.

In the leadership and business realm, I am often asked about which books have influenced me the most. Not the “best” business books of all time, but those that have stimulated me to form my opinions about the direction that we need to go for success.

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