Doc in the “HS”

Some of you know I have dual roles – that of “Doc in the D” and “Doc in the HS,” as the Chief Medical Officer of Henry Ford Health System.

In that role, we are making some great strides in linking our physicians and clinicians in a more integrated sense.

This is by no means a solo effort.

Dr. Joanna Pease, the Assistant System Chief Medical Officer and Chief Medical Officer of Henry Ford Macomb, has been an amazing partner in moving forward these efforts. She is a warrior for extraordinary care, quality and support of our clinical work in the System.

A major goal is to get all of our programs and services working together throughout the System.

This is called clinical program integration.

And, as challenging as it is, it offers us tremendous opportunity to capitalize on the strengths of the Henry Ford Medical Group, employed physicians, and private practice physicians working together with the care teams, as well as the potential for seamlessness of care within our System.

Dr. Steven Harrington, the cardiovascular lead surgeon at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, is now an affiliate staff at Henry Ford Hospital.

Dr. Steven Harrington, the cardiovascular lead surgeon at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, is now an affiliate staff at Henry Ford Hospital.

Some of these activities are occurring right now. 

For example, Dr. Steven Harrington, the lead cardiovascular surgeon at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, is now an affiliate staff at Henry Ford Hospital, bringing his most complex cases to Detroit; a great surgeon and a great story.

It is wonderful to hear Steve talk about the expertise of the Henry Ford Hospital cardiovascular team — from pre-op to the OR to the ICU.

We’re very glad to have him on the team. He brings innovation and a way of thinking about quality that is priceless.

Don’t worry: The “Doc in the D” team has been at work on the Boulevard as well. 

The merger that did not occur took a great deal of time and effort during the first five months of the year, but we learned a lot from those discussions and came away with a heightened commitment to our purpose and values.

We managed to go through the budget remediation at Henry Ford Hospital this year without layoffs and, after a few course corrections, without major changes in the quality and service of our activities.

Epic continues to be an amazing display of professionalism and hard work, and our Wave 4 “go live” event did “go live well.”

Programs are growing too, especially our surgical cancer and structural heart programs.

Surgical cancer is using robotics in ways only previously imagined, sparing tissue and increasing quality of life.

Dr. Mani Menon is mentoring a new generation of surgeons in all disciplines, applying technology and assessing the effects systematically.

If anyone has a better cancer navigation program than Henry Ford Hospital, I would be happy to learn from it. Great work by Dr. Steve Kalkanis, Liz Knight, and my Out State co-pilot, Jane Thornhill, in its creation.

The Structural Heart Disease Program, led by Dr. William O’Neill, has produced some of the first-of-its-kind innovations, for which we have become increasingly known at Henry Ford Hospital.

Even more importantly, Dr. O’Neill brings a spirit of discovery to our practice and best-in-class service for referrals.

Multivisceral transplantation, led by Dr. Marwan Kazimi, continues to be the only program of its kind in the state.

We have created a Center for Neuroscience Advancement at Henry Ford Hospital, providing Dr. Mark Rosenblum with a vehicle to advance the science in the field in applications of technology and care.

We continue to work with Wayne State University to create greater synergism in our Detroit “meds and eds” programs too.

Talk about inspiring.

I could keep writing about our programs but the blog would become an essay!

So that is where “Doc in the D” has been the last few months.

Just need a little more down time and a spot at the computer to record it all.

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