It’s time to end this chapter

Well, it is finally time to end this chapter. This will be the last Doc in the D posted as CEO, as I officially retire as of Sept. 4.

I have said this before but my foremost thought is gratitude. I am grateful for all of you, and grateful I had the opportunities presented to me during my career at Henry Ford. It was a great run.

You remain part of one of the greatest health care organizations in the country. Never forget the reason that you are here, for our patients and for each other.

I wish you nothing but personal and professional successes. Blue skies, calm winds, green grass, smiles and warmth.

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The Legends Interviews: Michael Chopp, Ph.D.

Henry Ford Hospital President and CEO Dr. John Popovich, Jr. interviews Michael Chopp, Ph.D. in the latest edition of “Interviews in Front of the Living Wall: Legends Interviews.” In this segment, Dr. Chopp, Vice Chairman, Neurology Research & Scientific Director of the Neuroscience Institute at Henry Ford Hospital, discusses neuroscience research, including restorative neurology in the treatment of stroke and brain injuries.

Under Dr. Chopp’s leadership, Henry Ford Health System and NeuroTrauma Sciences, LLC (NTS), a biopharmaceutical company, recently announced that a newly-formed subsidiary of NTS has entered into multi-year Sponsored Research and License Agreements. The goal of the new company is to advance Henry Ford’s pioneering technology for the purpose of treating stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI) including concussion, and neuropathies. Learn more on henryford.com.

“The Legends Interviews” segments were filmed in the Henry Ford Hospital Atrium. To view past videos, click the “Legends Interviews” tag at the bottom of this post.

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Krauthammer left literary mark on the world

In December 2017, while describing the books that I have been reading, I wrote this about Charles Krauthammer:

“I also love the style of fellow physician and far superior writer, Charles Krauthammer, whose decades-long columns, largely for the Washington Post, are compiled in the book “Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics” (2013).

Man, I wish I could write like him.”

Charles Krauthammer

My statement about Charles Krauthammer was a significant underestimate of the incredible esteem that I held for this man. I read him religiously, his column in the Washington Post was a must for me to read. Not for the politics and not entirely for the intellectual challenge that he provided. It was his civility, respect, and his ultimate love of life. Re-reading his columns this morning, I could not help to climb aboard his literary roller coaster: laughter, tears, reflection. The kind of columns you read to others. The kind of words you wish you could write yourself.

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The Legends Interviews: Ronnie Hall

In this edition of Doc in the D The Legends Interviews, Henry Ford Hospital (HFH) President and CEO Dr. John Popovich, Jr. interviews Henry Ford Health System Chief Nursing Officer and HFH Chief Operating Officer Ronnie Hall. Learn more about Ronnie’s history in nursing, System and hospital administration, and key projects she’s been involved with at HFH.

“The Legends Interviews” segments were filmed in the Henry Ford Hospital Atrium. To view past videos, click the “Legends Interviews” tag at the bottom of this post.

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The Legends Interviews: Drs. Abouljoud and Brown

Henry Ford Hospital President and CEO Dr. John Popovich, Jr. interviews Dr. Marwan Abouljoud and Dr. Kimberly Brown in the next edition of “Interviews in Front of the Living Wall: Legends Interviews.” In this segment, Dr. Abouljoud, Director of the Henry Ford Transplant Institute, and Dr. Brown, Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Associate Medical Director of the Henry Ford Transplant Institute discuss organ transplantation, treatment and the future of transplantation services.

“The Legends Interviews” segments were filmed in the Henry Ford Hospital Atrium. To view past videos, click the “Legends Interviews” tag at the bottom of this post.

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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.

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The Legends Interviews: Drs. William O’Neill and Dee Dee Wang

Henry Ford Hospital President and CEO Dr. John Popovich, Jr. interviews Drs. William O’Neill and Dee Dee Wang in the next edition of “Interviews in Front of the Living Wall: Legends Interviews.” In this segment, Dr. O’Neill, Medical Director of the Henry Ford Center for Structural Heart Disease and Dr. Wang, Director of Structural Heart Imaging and Medical Director of 3D Printing, discuss the latest technologies in cardiology, including the importance of 3D printing in structural heart interventions.

“The Legends Interviews” segments were filmed in the Henry Ford Hospital Atrium. To view past videos, click the “Legends Interviews” tag at the bottom of this post.

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Legends interviews: A few extra questions

Henry Ford Hospital President and CEO Dr. John Popovich, Jr. has a little fun with his Doc in the D Legends Interview guests and asks them “a few extra questions.” Enjoy!

“The Legends Interviews” segments were filmed in the Henry Ford Hospital Atrium. To view past videos, click the “Legends Interviews” tag at the bottom of this post.

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“Speak up” for the safety of all

I have seldom used guest columns in Doc in the D, but I found this story so compelling and indicative of such a positive safety culture that I wanted to share it with you. 

This is a piece written by Dr. Manu Malhotra, one of our Associate Chief Medical Officers at Henry Ford Hospital and a long-standing member of our Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Malhotra provides a “speak up” story that could have had a much different interchange between the physician and a respiratory therapist. He astutely observes the power of honoring someone speaking up, not in the circumstances that prevented an error but honoring the environment that empowers all to speak up, even if not correct.

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Resiliency in the face of tragedy

No day shall erase you from the memory of time.  -Virgil

At 36-feet high, the Last Column is a 58-ton beam that was part of the core structure of the South Tower and is covered with mementos, memorial inscriptions and missing posters.

It started like a typical late summer day at work, with the exception of the unusual clarity of the sky and the brilliance of the blue.

I was passing the residents’ lounge in Clara Ford Pavilion where two doctors were intensely absorbing the television report. A plane had been reported to have crashed into the World Trade Center.

Having traveled to LaGuardia the month before, I was trying to remember our flight trajectory during landing and contemplating how an aircraft could have gone so far off course.

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