Why we’re here is really simple

I often try to see if something very simple can best describe a very complex set of ideas. One of these complex ideas is our purpose as a hospital and medical group.

I recently heard Dr. John Noseworthy talk about the purpose of the Mayo Clinic, and his words resonated with me because they similarly described the heart and soul of Henry Ford Hospital.

“We exist solely for our patients and each other.”

This statement embraces the concepts of commitment to the primary reason we all come into work, whether at the bedside or in support areas. It also embodies the teaming that is so evident in the women and men who work at Henry Ford Hospital.

“We exist solely for our patients and each other.”

Patient centered, patient engaged, employee engaged, committed to quality and safety, committed to clinical excellence, collaborating, communicating, being there to take care of others when no one else can, providing hope when others are hopeless, providing comfort regardless of a cure, genuinely caring.

“We exist solely for our patients and each other.”

The culture at Henry Ford Hospital is what differentiates us from others. This sense of purpose isn’t easily created in organizations, especially within those of our size and complexity. It originates from deep inside each and every team member, from people who “get it.” I saw it when I came to Henry Ford as a medical student 45 years ago.  I see it even more today.

“We exist solely for our patients and each other.”

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