“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 →
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 →
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., 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
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 →
Henry Ford Hospital’s 100th anniversary is still two years away, but here’s something we can celebrate now: The 100th blog post on Doc in the D.
While it comes with a little less fanfare than our planned celebration in 2015, it’s still an important milestone in our journey at Henry Ford Hospital.
I’ve been blogging since 2010 when I became the President and CEO of Henry Ford Hospital. I saw this blog as an opportunity to share with our employees and the community my experiences running a hospital that serves as a national leader and a beacon of hope in our city.
It’s also given me a chance to share YOUR stories; the people on our campus who work so hard every day to provide the best care and support to our patients and their families.
I’m really looking forward to the next 100 posts. Thank you for reading Doc in the D!
Here’s a look back at the first 100 blog posts on Doc in the D: