Doc in the “W-E”

Oh Canada! Especially Windsor-Essex County

“Doc in the D” has been reaching out to our friends and neighbors south of the river to create relationships in education, patient care, employment, research and perhaps other trade. Every trip has been rewarded with friendship, ideas and opportunities for mutual benefits.

It is all part of my conviction of the vast regional benefits in making medicine and education (“Meds and Eds”) links between Detroit and Southeastern Michigan and Southwest Ontario in an industry other than automotive.

We have developed great friends like David Musyj, the superb CEO of Windsor Regional Hospital, and others who share with us the concept of an “international gateway for health care” that spans the Detroit River. (Note that I’m not referring to it as a border.)

As I have frequently said, a river is not that great of a divide and there is nowhere else in North America, or perhaps the world, that offers the breadth of possibilities.

Many of you know about our Henry Ford Canadian workers, many in pivotal positions at Henry Ford Hospital.

You’re probably also aware that we provide acute care services, in particular for cardiac conditions, when needed by our Canadian partners.

Some may remember the story of Jaime McDermott (above), the Leamington Flyer assistant coach who crossed the river last year for life-saving surgery for an ascending aortic aneurism at Henry Ford Hospital.

Others have used our centers of excellence services for second opinions and peace of mind. 

World-class tertiary hospital only a tunnel or bridge away.

We are respectful of the national health care system that is a source of pride to Canadians. But we are there when needed, less than 15 minutes away.

We want to expand opportunities in education across the health care spectrum, public health, environmental health, and develop research and development activities, especially in creation of medical devices and business, as well as create a greater reputation for ourselves collectively as a region that is leading health care for the nations.

Others have found this a convincing strategy too, as shown in this editorial and front page story from the Windsor Star that supports cross-border health care co-operation.

Just like “Doc in the M”, “Doc in the W-E” is part of facilitating and offering care when needed for patients beyond Southeast Michigan and Detroit, to prepare us for competition for patients from around the country and around the world.

Now that’s beyond the boundaries of the imagination!

Come back next week for the final post in this series, “Doc in the HS.”

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