One of the great opportunities presented to us as a world class hospital and system are the multiple requests for us to share our knowledge and expertise around the country and the world.
Our international reputation has brought delegations from many countries to learn about our institution and to use that knowledge to improve care in their own environments.
Several months ago, a team from Wuxi, China visited Henry Ford Hospital and Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital to see how we approached our clinical care, wellness and general services. They had interest in developing facilities similar to ours and wanted to see firsthand the “Henry Ford Experience.”
In turn, several of us were invited to China to experience the health care system there, and better provide them with our opinions in how to transform lives and communities.
Before you say what a great little junket this was, I will let you know that three of us left on a Monday morning (after waiting eight hours at Metro Airport, only to have the flight delayed until the next morning), flew to Shanghai non-stop, traveled to Wuxi, flew to Beijing for one day, flew back to Shanghai (after waiting four hours due to a cancelled flight), got four hours sleep, flew to Tokyo and then back to the “D.”
I truly wasn’t sure if I was coming or going, and the jet lag seemed to last for the next week.
That being said, we established some great relationships, learned a great deal about health care in China and how this care is evolving.
All of this helps us to understand what our role can be in providing health care to our patients from the region, State, country, and beyond.
We had the opportunity to shoot a bit of video footage to give you a flavor of our trip, which is posted above.