The importance of ethics in medicine today

Hospital ethics committees got their start in the early 1980s to guide decision making with patient care issues. Policy establishment was critical, especially when the issues of limitation of care, self-determination for health care, and privacy were venturing into nightly newscasts and private conversations. In the era of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, definitions of medical futility, legal battles over treatment decisions, and other high visibility events made the work of these committees even more important.

Dr. Fred Whitehouse and I co-chaired an ad hoc committee to create the first Henry Ford Hospital (HFH) Ethics Committee over 30 years ago. Our corporate attorney John Mucha was part of the committee at its inception. We were recently talking about this work, and he noted the HFH policy on withdrawal of care, modeled loosely on a Massachusetts General Hospital policy, is a policy that withstood the test of time. Literally hundreds of difficult decisions were made with its guidance.

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The Legends Interviews: Dr. Mani Menon

Henry Ford Hospital President and CEO Dr. John Popovich, Jr. launches a new chapter in the Interviews in Front of the Living Wall series with the Legends Interviews. In this segment, Dr. Popovich interviews Dr. Mani Menon, Chairman of the Henry Ford Hospital Department of Urology and Director of the Vattikuti Urology Institute.

Dr. Menon discusses the minimally invasive surgical procedure he developed that treats prostate cancer utilizing robotic technology and other innovations in prostate surgery.

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Into the deep waters of health care

immersion
[ĭ-mer´zhun]

  1. the plunging of a body into a liquid.
  2. the use of the microscope with the object and object glass both covered with a liquid.
  3. a state of being deeply involved in something.

HFH multidisciplinary team during rounds.

A popular approach to gaining exposure and understanding of health care is immersion. These experiences generally take an individual who has passing or limited direct health care knowledge and place them in situations or environments where they can get some understanding of this world. A world that those of us in the trenches live each day, but others find foreign. Foreign sights, sounds, smells, language and actions. A foreign business model, foreign processes. This is the tip of the spear of health care, and to understand health care one needs to have an unimpeded view of how care is delivered and the reality of modern health care.

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Faces Around HFH – Part 3

In the third and final segment of “Faces Around Henry Ford Hospital – The Lightening Round,” hospital President and CEO Dr. John Popovich, Jr. asks physician and staff to identify people who work for the hospital and health system. This edition includes a few surprises. Enjoy!

The “Faces around Henry Ford Hospital” segments were filmed during a food truck rally on the hospital’s grounds. To view past videos, click the “Employees” tag at the bottom of this post.

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Faces Around HFH – Part 2

In Part 2 of “Faces Around Henry Ford Hospital,” Doc in the D also known as Henry Ford Hospital President and CEO Dr. John Popovich, Jr. interviewed physicians and staff to see if they really know who their co-workers are. We hope you enjoy this segment!

The “Faces around Henry Ford Hospital” segments were filmed during a food truck rally on the hospital’s grounds. To view past videos, click the “Employees” tag at the bottom of this post.

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What I love about Canada

Canada DayIn honor of Canada Day and Canada’s 150th birthday, I’d like to share what I love about the magnificent country located south of the border (OK, I know it is basically north, but which direction do you drive over the Ambassador Bridge?):

Canadian nurses, Canadian employees, Canadian patients, the maple leaf, “O Canada,” Canadian bacon, Canada Dry ginger ale.

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Why heart and soul should be valued the most

I had the honor of speaking to this year’s graduating class of the Henry Ford Health System Leadership Academy. It was a wonderful opportunity to congratulate this diverse and talented group of individuals, chosen for their current and potential leadership, and to see the many projects that they had initiated during their nine-month training.

Henry Ford Health System Leadership Academy – 2017 Graduates

I was asked to provide words of wisdom to share with them on their leadership journey. Quite honestly, the older I become the less wise I believe I am and the more humble I am about giving others advice.

I did share my thoughts about careers and organizations, despite a world in which ties to an organization for a career or even for long periods of time are a thing of the past. Many of the young tell me they expect to be employed by many organizations in their career. More experienced leaders talk about the need to be in many organizations to become the best leader possible.

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Living Wall Interviews: Spending a million dollars

In this edition of Doc in the D, Dr. John Popovich asks Henry Ford Hospital staff and physicians how they would spend a million dollars. Not surprisingly, many have altruistic intentions. We hope you enjoy this fun Living Wall segment.

The “Interviews in front of the Living Wall” segments were filmed in the hospital’s atrium – in front of the Living Wall – and offers a glimpse into the lives of Henry Ford Hospital physicians and staff outside of the normal environments in which you may be used to seeing them. To view past videos, click the “Living Wall Interviews” tag at the bottom of this post.

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