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!
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.
Great tribute to all and indicative of a culture we wish to build and a behaviors we wish to have second nature. Continue reading
No day shall erase you from the memory of time. -Virgil
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.
In 1997 I had the good fortune to meet up close and personal two of my heroes outside of the field of medicine. Both of these individuals would be considered, by all both fully or marginally knowledgeable about their fields, as masters of their crafts.
The first of these was in the field of sports. Golf specifically. The Ford Senior Players Championship was held annually at the TPC Dearborn course. Henry Ford Health System was a tournament sponsor, and, as such, was provided a team spot in the pro-am event that proceeded the tournament. Three Henry Ford trustees were chosen to play with a yet to be determined professional in a tournament before the tournament. About a week before the event, one of the trustees suffered an injury that prevented him from playing. Continue reading
Henry Ford Hospital President and CEO Dr. John Popovich, Jr. interviews Dr. Lisa Newman in the next edition of “Interviews in Front of the Living Wall: Legends Interviews.” In this segment, Dr. Newman, Director of the Breast Oncology Program at the Henry Ford Cancer Institute, discusses advances in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.
GRATITUDE (noun): Thankfulness or gratefulness, from the Latin Gratus, pleasing, thankful
In following with tradition during my tenure as President and CEO of Henry Ford Hospital, I am pleased to share my annual holiday card with you.
We have entered the holiday season with the early force of nature bringing us a cold and snowy run through the winter solstice. It is a time of high spirits and joy, but also a time that is filled with various emotions of past times and memories. It is a time of gifts and giving, but also a time of reflection on others, some who may not be as fortunate, and some who are simply gifts to all of us.
Reading is one of my great passions. Next to hitting a small white ball down the middle of a green fairway, it is how I love go to spend my free time. To say my reading inventory is eclectic would be an understatement. I read for pleasure, for fun, for knowledge, for growth.
Electronic readers have enriched my reading experience. I know many of you insist on a paper book, newspaper or pamphlet as the only way reading should be experienced. Don’t get me wrong, there is something comforting about having the Sunday New York Times or Saturday Wall Street Journal in the morning sitting alongside a fresh cup of coffee, but electronic readers have transformed access and accessibility to all forms of literature and news. It is just so easy to acquire new books and the latest papers, whether by purchase or going to the library.
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.
- the plunging of a body into a liquid.
- the use of the microscope with the object and object glass both covered with a liquid.
- a state of being deeply involved in something.
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.