Midtown Momentum

Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars.
Henry Ford

Midtown is a growing and vibrant area, fueled by an influx of young people and new businesses, restaurants and housing.

Sustaining that momentum is critical.

In the above video, the second in our Midtown “webisode,” Sue Mosey, President of Midtown Detroit, Inc., details some of the exciting plans to keep the Midtown momentum moving forward.

A large part of that plan is to continue to encourage small, independent business development, as well as attract national businesses like Whole Foods which recently opened in Midtown.

Building infrastructure is another key to Midtown’s future. The M1 Rail Line, along with rewiring streets for new LED lighting and building greenways and neighborhood gardens, provides a sense of community, security and well-being. Continue reading

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Nothing Stops (Midtown) Detroit

Budding businesses. Innovative technology. Unique eats. Arts and culture. Renovated and historic housing.

No, it’s not Chicago or New York City. It’s all happening in our neighborhood – in Detroit’s booming Midtown.

For the next week, Doc in the D will be on location in Midtown, offering you a first-hand look at some of the new shops and restaurants, as well as plans for future growth and development. And, most importantly, we’ll show you how everyone at Henry Ford Hospital can play a role in Midtown’s success.

Our tour guide: Sue Mosey, the President of Midtown Detroit, Inc. who has been affectionately dubbed the “Mayor of Midtown.”

A native Detroiter, Sue’s worked since 1990 to develop Midtown into a thriving area that today continues to grow and amaze. Continue reading

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Detroit’s Future is in Our Hands

The future of Detroit is in all of our hands. We are a city of purposeful and persistent people.

The bankruptcy was the most important moment in our journey to recovery. In clinical medicine, uncertainty is often times worse than the diagnosis itself.

I have heard my patients say that they cry and dry heave prior to an appointment in which they are awaiting confirmation of a diagnosis. Once they hear the words, the dry heaving stops and they begin the process to concentrate on what to do from that point forward in their lives.

Kubler-Ross identified the stages of grief for dying patients and others, and we collectively, as all who call ourselves Detroiters, follow a similar path of grief for the city that has been lost.

Response Graphic

From ChangingMinds.org

Or changed.

Or isn’t what it could be or once was.

This extended grief cycle has been described as a roller coaster of activity and passivity in a fight against unavoidable change. Continue reading

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The History Behind the Henry Ford Medical Group Insignia

Henry Ford Medical Group InsigniaYou see it every day at Henry Ford Hospital – on lab coats, hanging in the clinic building lobby or on a business card.

But what do you really know about the Henry Ford Medical Group Insignia, a symbol of our heritage and continuing mission of research, education and exemplary patient care?

While the Medical Group was established nearly 100 years ago, the insignia is a relatively new addition, having only been created within the past decade.

The insignia also is composed of several meaningful elements:

  • Shield: Truth and loyalty
  • Banner: Reward for valiant service
  • The word Invenio: Discovery and innovation
  • The word Committo: To unite, collaborate and work as a team
  • Branches with leaves: Symbolizes the reward of saving lives
  • Henry Ford Hospital and Model T Ambulance: Symbolizes the rich heritage of innovation represented by its founder.
  • Microscope: Symbolizes innovations in medical research and education.
  • Caduceus: Represents the medical profession and its commitment to healing. The snake symbolizes knowledge and wisdom.

There’s even a bit of controversy behind the creation of the Medical Group insignia.  Continue reading

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My Gift, My Hero

“How do you thank somebody who has saved your life?”

It is a question often contemplated among organ donor recipients.

Many recipients devote their lives to giving back and taking care of their health. Some reach out to the donor family.

While others proudly (and bravely) share their stories, experiences, feelings and even fears as a transplant recipient with their communities to bring about awareness and to honor the individuals and families who made the decision to give the gift of life.

That’s just what members of our Transplant Living Community (TLC) Group at Henry Ford Hospital did recently in the above video shared at our annual Donor Memorial Ceremony which honors the families of organ donors.

TLC is a community comprised of transplant recipients and families who have known and experienced the tribulations of living with life-threatening illness prior to transplant, and have experienced success in the healing period that follows. Their experiences, reflections, and practical tips are helpful and comforting to those just beginning the transplant process.

The group also encourages recipients to make health their No. 1 priority. Something that, frankly, we could all learn from. Continue reading

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A Thank-You to Henry Ford Nurses

In celebration and appreciation of National Nurses Week, employees from across the Henry Ford Hospital campus took part in this special video message to thank our nurses for all they do:

Thank you to all of our nurses at Henry Ford Hospital and throughout the Health System!

If you have a special message for our nurses, please share it in the comments section below.

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Dr. Abouljoud Named Arab American of the Year

This past weekend, I attended the 42nd ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services) Anniversary Dinner, honoring Marwan Abouljoud, M.D., director of the Transplant Institute at Henry Ford Hospital, as Arab American of the Year.

ACCESS presents the Arab American of the Year Award to individuals or groups that exemplify the organization’s mission to empower and engage Arab Americans. This year’s other awardee was National Public Radio journalist Diane Rehm.

ACCESS – an organization that focuses on empowering and enabling individuals, families and communities to lead informed, productive, culturally sensitive and fulfilling lives – has a long-standing partnership with Henry Ford. We’ve worked together to provide free health screenings and education, and so much more, in the community. And, its executive director, Hassan Jaber, is a member of the Henry Ford Hospital and Health Network Board of Trustees.

As Arab American of the Year, Dr. Abouljoud will take his place among a distinguished group of past honorees that includes former White House correspondent Helen Thomas; U.S. Sen. Spencer Abraham; entertainers Casey Kasem and Tony Shalhoub; U.A.W. International President Stephen Yokich; U.S. Congressman Nick Rahall; the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee; and St. Jude Hospital.

Dr. Abouljoud has led transplant surgery at Henry Ford to national and international recognition. He performed the first split liver transplant in Michigan in 1996, and in 2000 developed the first adult-to-adult living donor liver transplant program in Michigan. Continue reading

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The New Patient Gown

A couple of years ago, I posted on the blog – in 140 characters or less, as if I was live-tweeting from the hospital – about my experience as a patient undergoing an MRI.

You may recall a few of my “tweets” from that post: “Are any hospital gowns made for someone over 6 feet?” and “Need two gowns, you don’t want to see what’s behind #youtube.”

These are the same complaints we’ve heard for decades about the standard patient gown – it’s ill-fitting, uncomfortable and has a very drafty backside.

And now, we have a solution: A newly designed patient gown that’s comfortable, warm and keeps patient covered, yet still accessible to clinical staff.

Michael Forbes, a product designer at the Henry Ford Innovation Institute, talks with patient Ismail Khalil, M.D., a vascular surgeon from Lebanon who traveled to Henry Ford Hospital for a liver transplant. Dr. Khalil is wearing the new patient gown.

Michael Forbes, a product designer at the Henry Ford Innovation Institute, talks with patient Ismail Khalil, M.D., who traveled to Henry Ford Hospital from Lebanon for a liver transplant. Khalil is wearing the new gown.

The new patient gown – resembling a wrap-around robe that completely closes in the back and front – is being rolled out on several inpatient floors at Henry Ford Hospital.

It is among the first inventions to be made public by the Henry Ford Innovation Institute in collaboration with the College for Creative Studies.

The newly designed gown is:

  • Completely closed in the back, creating more privacy for patients
  • Made of a thicker, cotton/polyester blend material, which keeps patients warmer than the previous patient gowns
  • Double-breasted in the front, using three snaps, instead of ties, to close the gown
  • Intuitive in design, with different colored snaps and stitching along the left and right sides of the gown, making it easy for patients to put on
  • Accessible for IVs and other medical lines. The health care teams say it offers them uncompromised clinical access to the patient without needing to remove the gown

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Expanding Medicaid in Michigan

Henry Ford Hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer, Gwen Gnam, lent her voice and her more than 34-years of nursing experience to an important topic facing our state: The expansion of Medicaid in Michigan.

Gwen took part in the Michigan Health & Hospital Association’s campaign to expand Medicaid, sharing her story as a registered nurse in this video:

The decision of how federal money will be spent impacts our patients and our hospital.

The Expand Medicaid coalition – made up of Michigan hospitals, mental health care providers, physicians, community-based health centers, health plans, human service organizations and others – urges the state Legislature to join with Gov. Rick Snyder to expand Medicaid as states are authorized to do under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). Continue reading

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