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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Living Wall Interviews: What attracted you to your current position?

Doc in the D’s Dr. John Popovich interviews Henry Ford Hospital staff and physicians to learn why they chose their current positions. Their responses are interesting and speak to the reason we are all here.

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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Living Wall Interview with Audrey Bondar

In the next edition of the new Doc in the D segment, “Interviews in front of the Living Wall,” Dr. John Popovich spends a few minutes getting to know Henry Ford Hospital Sladen Librarian Audrey Bondar who is retiring this month.

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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Interviews in front of the Living Wall

We created a new Doc in the D segment to help you get to know our Henry Ford Hospital physicians and staff outside of the normal medical and academic environments in which you may be used to seeing them. “Interviews in front of the Living Wall” was filmed in the hospital’s atrium as indicated – in front of the Living Wall. Our team put together this fun video to give you a taste for what’s to come. Watch for full interviews with each staff member over the next few months. Enjoy!

To view other “Interviews in front of the Living Wall” segments, click the “Living Wall Interviews” tag at the bottom of this post.

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Workplace violence in a sanctuary of healing

The unfortunate but extraordinarily serious problem.

The emotions that are heightened during health care encounters and the
number of patients with behavioral issues make healthcare workers at a significantly increased risk for workplace violence. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported from 2002 to 2013 that serious workplace violence resulting in an injured worker requiring days off to recuperate were four times more common in healthcare than in private industry.

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Farewell to the one who made things happen

Our individual professional success is greatly dependent on the many people who assist and partner with us along the way. To arrange our days, to keep us on track, and to serve to make us more effective in what we do. To represent us and to cheerlead for us. To make us far better than we can be when left to our own devices.

My great fortune is to have had Pat Pillon as my right hand. No one has had a greater impact on my ability to get things done during my HFH career.

Pat Pillon (front row, fifth left) is pictured with her husband and colleagues at her retirement party.

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The Yuck Factor

All of us in health care know the importance of cleaning and washing our hands when we care for others. This simple act can prevent injury to patients and save lives.

I am going to give you another reason to wash your hands.

Take a good look at the bacterial cultures of the hands of two of our employees. Hand2You can see those areas that represent growth of bacteria. Bacteria that can be transmitted to others, including our patients, our co-workers, our friends, our spouses, our children and ourselves.

This phenomenon qualifies by a very precise scientific term, YUCK. Continue reading

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Henry Ford at 100

The year, 1915…

The one millionth Model T rolled off the assembly line at Ford Motor Company.

Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas A. Watson conducted the first cross-coastal telephone conversation between New York and San Francisco.

A German U-boat submarine sunk the Lusitania.

Babe Ruth hit his first major league home run, and the Tigers narrowly lost the AL pennant to the Red Sox.

Henry Ford Hospital opened as a 48-bed facility in Detroit.

Not that many institutions last 100 years.

Henry Ford Hospital

Henry Ford Hospital. Image courtesy of the Conrad R. Lam Archives

It’s unbelievable at times to look back at the events of 1915, which point out how far we have come.

From the Model T to the Shelby Cobra, from the first phone call to cell phones, from the Tigers not winning to the pennant to…well, you get the picture.

Since Henry Ford Hospital officially opened on Oct. 1, 1915, each page of our history has been filled with groundbreaking achievements in medical science and patient care, all made possible by the amazingly talented people who walk the halls of Henry Ford Hospital. Continue reading

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