“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Henry Ford Hospital was honored today (Jan. 16) to host a great celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., not only for the man, but the vision and principles that he continues to inspire in all of us.
This site on West Grand Blvd. has been the home of the Henry Ford Health System for more than 96 years. It houses our flagship, Henry Ford Hospital, a great clinical and academic sciences center in the heart of Midtown Detroit.
One of the reasons we’ve been able to achieve such prominence at Henry Ford is evident each day on our campus; the rich tapestry of our diverse work force is a fundamental advantage in the way in which we conduct our work and view the world around us.
You can see it every day in our hallways, emergency rooms, clinics and operating rooms; individuals within our team working together, as a unit, for one common cause: to restore the health and wellness of those we have the privilege to serve.
We’re far more than just a health care facility; we’re an economic engine for the City of Detroit and a beacon of hope for many of those who have been at disadvantage by financial shackles.
We’re also an integral part of our community and our neighborhood, working with immediate and extended communities to do the right thing – as a healthcare provider, as an employer, as a leader to improve the health of our community, and a leader of like-minded individuals and organizations that work for a common purpose and the vision that was so well established by Dr. King.
I would hope that if Dr. King were alive today he would view our work with nodding approval, but while continuing to exhort us to achieve even more in the eradication of social injustice and inequality of health care disparities.
It reminds us that not only today, but every day, we should work to do what is right, one person at a time.