At Henry Ford, we stress the importance of our employees treating patients like family.
But this week, I heard a story about two Henry Ford Hospital employees that reminded me of the equal importance of treating our colleagues as such.
Kim Alexander and Erika Bomar
And these amazing women not only treat each other like family, but will do anything – and I mean anything – to support each other.
After working together for five years in the Neuroscience Department at Henry Ford Hospital, Kim Alexander and Erika Bomar are both friends and colleagues.
When Erika’s husband, Damon, was diagnosed with kidney failure in January 2010, the Neuroscience team gave Erika immense amounts of prayers, love and support; Kim took it one step further.
Kim was tested to learn her blood type and found that she was a match for Damon, Erika’s husband of 16 years.
Without hesitation, Kim decided to donate her kidney, the ultimate gift of life
But the giving doesn’t end there.
After hearing about Kim’s decision, our Neuroscience team and several other departments rallied behind the two women, and donated more than 300 hours of their vacation time to the pair, so they would have enough time to recover and care for loved ones.