This week marks the beginning of Henry Ford Hospital’s 100th year of operation.
A few weeks ago, I was given a bound log book documenting the first 50 patients who were admitted to Henry Ford Hospital.
We had always acknowledged Oct. 1, 1915 as the first day of patients being admitted to Henry Ford.
This date is true for the actual completed hospital beds in the private-room building of Henry Ford Hospital, which today we call the “M” building.
A few patients, however, were actually admitted before that date to the basement area of the hospital in open ward converted space — among them, our first documented patient, a stock handler with chronic back and leg pain and a morphine addiction, who was admitted on July 13, 1915.
The medical records are quite impressive.
The same cursive writing of Henry Ford Hospital that we use today is noted at the top of each page.
The handwriting is meticulous, and clearly not written by a physician with deplorable handwriting, such as myself.
The patient descriptions were a bit more colorful and narrative, but containing information that you would assume present in a modern day record, prior to our EPIC installation.
Over the next year — as we head into our 100-year anniversary celebration — you will hear more about the history and the accomplishments of our great hospital.
I have spent a fair amount of time reading and learning about our evolution.
The one great constancy over the years is our people, committed to patient care and each other, teaming to form one of the best stories in American medicine.
To learn more about Henry Ford Hospital’s history, visit the Conrad R. Lam Archives online, the official archival repository of the Henry Ford Hospital and Henry Ford Health System, at www.henryford.com/archives.