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: Cathy Jackman and Jean Talley

Henry Ford Hospital President and CEO Dr. John Popovich, Jr. interviews Clinical Nurse Specialists Cathy Jackman and Jean Talley about their roles in the Henry Ford Hospital Magnet Recognition Program journey.

“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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The Legends Interviews: Gwen Gnam and Madelyn Torakis

Henry Ford Hospital (HFH) President and CEO Dr. John Popovich, Jr. interviews Gwen Gnam and Madelyn Torakis in the next edition of “Interviews in front of the Living Wall: Legends Interviews.” In this segment, HFH Chief Nursing Officer Gwen Gnam and Clinical Nurse Specialist Madelyn Torakis share details of the hospital’s Magnet® Recognition Program designation journey for the Department of Nursing. Magnet® designation is the most prestigious distinction a hospital can achieve for nursing excellence, innovations in professional practice, and quality patient care.

“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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2018: Reflections on gratitude

Cover of the card reads "1.1.18"

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.

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Wishing you the joy and peace of the holidays

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.

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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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