A Celebration a Century in the Making

Wow, what a day!

Today marks our 100th year of operation.

On July 13, 1915, the first patient was admitted to Henry Ford Hospital, long before the hospital was “officially” ready to receive patients on Oct. 1, 1915.

Henry Ford Health System's first-ever float, which will make its debut in America's Thanksgiving Day Parade presented by Art Van.

Henry Ford Health System’s first-ever float, which will make its debut in America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade presented by Art Van.

As I wrote in a post on Doc in the D one year ago, several patients were admitted to the basement area of the unfinished hospital (today’s M-Unit) because of the great needs of patients in our city at that time.

Since then, Henry Ford Hospital, and subsequently Henry Ford Health System, has continuously worked to transform health care for our patients, most notably through the development of the Henry Ford Medical Group, and our significant role in medical education, research and innovation.

None of this would be possible, however, without our employees.

Today marked the first of many employee events scheduled throughout Henry Ford Health System to celebrate our 100 year anniversary.

Today marked the first of many employee events scheduled throughout Henry Ford Health System to celebrate our 100 year anniversary.

You are the lifeblood of this institution. Your commitment is truly the reason why so many of us have spent the entirety of our careers here, myself included.

Today we had the opportunity to celebrate and thank you – for your tireless work and unwavering dedication – at the first of many employee events to commemorate our 100 year anniversary scheduled through the end of August across Henry Ford Health System.

And we’re taking the celebration nationwide this Thanksgiving with the official unveiling today of our first-ever parade float, which will make its debut in America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van.

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Designed and built in partnership with The Parade Company, the float’s theme is “Celebrating 100 Years of Innovation: Through a Child’s Eyes.”

The float represents our caregivers and the communities we serve, as well as our work over the past 100 years in healthcare discovery, research, technology and communication.

The float is yet another opportunity to connect with Detroit, a city we’ve called home for 100 years and where we will continue to be a mainstay as a health care provider and an economic engine of the city.

Meeting with hospital founder Henry Ford at the unveiling of our first-ever parade float. He looks amazingly great for being nearly 152 years old!

Meeting with hospital founder Henry Ford at the unveiling of our first-ever parade float. He looks  great for being nearly 152 years old!

I cannot think of anything better than to display our transformative work over the past 100 years for our community and a national audience to see.

And to top the day off, I, along with many of you had the opportunity to speak with Henry Ford himself at the employee event at Henry Ford Hospital.

It’s amazing that he looked extraordinarily well after so many years! He’s obviously a patient.

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2 thoughts on “A Celebration a Century in the Making

  1. I just wanted to thank our Henry Ford leadership and all of the amazing volunteers who made our celebration yesterday at the hospital truly a memorable one. My colleague and I had our pictures taken with Henry Ford. Lots of fun and yes he does look great for his age 🙂

  2. Congratulations on a century of providing exceptional care… to patients and their families, to southeast Michigan, to medical communities world wide, and in countless educational endeavors. The success of HFHS is directly related to its outstanding employees and their dedication to provide the best care. As a HFHS retiree, I am truly thankful for my many years there and proud to be a part of this great celebration!

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