Wishing you the joy and peace of the holidays

We have entered the holiday season with the early force of nature bringing us a cold and snowy run through the winter solstice. It is a time of high spirits and joy, but also a time that is filled with various emotions of past times and memories. It is a time of gifts and giving, but also a time of reflection on others, some who may not be as fortunate, and some who are simply gifts to all of us.

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Doc in the D discloses e-reader favorites and more

Dr. John Popovich relaxes with a good book – on his e-reader.

Reading is one of my great passions. Next to hitting a small white ball down the middle of a green fairway, it is how I love go to spend my free time. To say my reading inventory is eclectic would be an understatement. I read for pleasure, for fun, for knowledge, for growth.

Electronic readers have enriched my reading experience. I know many of you insist on a paper book, newspaper or pamphlet as the only way reading should be experienced. Don’t get me wrong, there is something comforting about having the Sunday New York Times or Saturday Wall Street Journal in the morning sitting alongside a fresh cup of coffee, but electronic readers have transformed access and accessibility to all forms of literature and news. It is just so easy to acquire new books and the latest papers, whether by purchase or going to the library.

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The Legends Interviews: Dr. Joseph Hoegler

Henry Ford Hospital President and CEO Dr. John Popovich, Jr. interviews Dr. Joseph Hoegler in the fourth edition of Interviews in Front of the Living Wall: Legends Interviews. In this segment, Dr. Hoegler, a Henry Ford Hospital orthopedic trauma surgeon, reviews advances in trauma and orthopedic medicine.

“The Legends Interviews” segments were filmed in the Henry Ford Hospital Atrium. To view past videos, click the “Legends Interviews” tag at the bottom of this post.

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The Legends Interviews: Dr. Tamer Ghanem

Henry Ford Hospital President and CEO Dr. John Popovich, Jr. interviews Dr. Tamer Ghanem in the third edition of “Interviews in Front of the Living Wall: Legends Interviews.” In this segment, Dr. Ghanem, Henry Ford Hospital head and neck surgeon discusses current and future practices in head and neck reconstructive surgery, cancer treatment and more.

“The Legends Interviews” segments were filmed in the Henry Ford Hospital Atrium. To view past videos, click the “Legends Interviews” tag at the bottom of this post.

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The Legends Interviews: Dr. Stephan Mayer

Henry Ford Hospital President and CEO Dr. John Popovich, Jr. interviews Dr. Stephan Mayer in the second edition of “Interviews in Front of the Living Wall: Legends Interviews.” In this segment, Dr. Mayer, Chairman of the Henry Ford Health System Department of Neurology, discusses advances in stroke treatment and other advances in neurology.

“The Legends Interviews” segments were filmed in the Henry Ford Hospital Atrium. To view past videos, click the “Legends Interviews” tag at the bottom of this post.

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The importance of ethics in medicine today

Hospital ethics committees got their start in the early 1980s to guide decision making with patient care issues. Policy establishment was critical, especially when the issues of limitation of care, self-determination for health care, and privacy were venturing into nightly newscasts and private conversations. In the era of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, definitions of medical futility, legal battles over treatment decisions, and other high visibility events made the work of these committees even more important.

Dr. Fred Whitehouse and I co-chaired an ad hoc committee to create the first Henry Ford Hospital (HFH) Ethics Committee over 30 years ago. Our corporate attorney John Mucha was part of the committee at its inception. We were recently talking about this work, and he noted the HFH policy on withdrawal of care, modeled loosely on a Massachusetts General Hospital policy, is a policy that withstood the test of time. Literally hundreds of difficult decisions were made with its guidance.

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The Legends Interviews: Dr. Mani Menon

Henry Ford Hospital President and CEO Dr. John Popovich, Jr. launches a new chapter in the Interviews in Front of the Living Wall series with the Legends Interviews. In this segment, Dr. Popovich interviews Dr. Mani Menon, Chairman of the Henry Ford Hospital Department of Urology and Director of the Vattikuti Urology Institute.

Dr. Menon discusses the minimally invasive surgical procedure he developed that treats prostate cancer utilizing robotic technology and other innovations in prostate surgery.

“The Legends Interviews” segments were filmed in the Henry Ford Hospital Atrium. To view past videos, click the “Legends Interviews” tag at the bottom of this post.

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Into the deep waters of health care

immersion
[ĭ-mer´zhun]

  1. the plunging of a body into a liquid.
  2. the use of the microscope with the object and object glass both covered with a liquid.
  3. a state of being deeply involved in something.

HFH multidisciplinary team during rounds.

A popular approach to gaining exposure and understanding of health care is immersion. These experiences generally take an individual who has passing or limited direct health care knowledge and place them in situations or environments where they can get some understanding of this world. A world that those of us in the trenches live each day, but others find foreign. Foreign sights, sounds, smells, language and actions. A foreign business model, foreign processes. This is the tip of the spear of health care, and to understand health care one needs to have an unimpeded view of how care is delivered and the reality of modern health care.

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