SUCCESS (noun): the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.
My holiday tradition since I’ve been President and CEO of Henry Ford Hospital is to send my colleagues and team a New Year’s card which highlights my hopes for the coming year.
In this edition of Doc in the D, Henry Ford Hospital doctors, nurses and staff share their vision of the future of medicine as Henry Ford Hospital embarks on the next 100 years of patient care and service to the community. Thank you for being a part of it!
Read, read, and read. I read all the time. As much and as often as I can. Newspapers, books, usually old school real paper, but on the Kindle and iPad as well. Reading provides the experiences that you cannot often have yourself, and an opportunity to stimulate your own thoughts and to learn from others.
In the leadership and business realm, I am often asked about which books have influenced me the most. Not the “best” business books of all time, but those that have stimulated me to form my opinions about the direction that we need to go for success.
It’s become an annual tradition each year that I’ve been President and CEO of Henry Ford Hospital to send my colleagues and my team a New Year’s card with a special – and inspiring – message for the New Year.
After celebrating our 100th anniversary in 2015, it is important that we look to the future in 2016 – our destiny. Continue reading
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:
There’s even a bit of controversy behind the creation of the Medical Group insignia. Continue reading
I wanted to share with you my thoughts and hope for the future of Detroit – and the role Henry Ford will play in our city’s future – following Mayor Dave Bing’s State of the City address:
How’s that New Year’s resolution going so far? Are you eating healthier, spending more time at the gym, or finally writing the Great American Novel?
We all know that February can be a time when our resolutions begin to wane. You put in a pretty good effort for the first six weeks of the year, right?
So for those seeking motivation to carry on with their 2013 resolutions, I want you to watch this video:
For the 2012 Henry Ford Hospital Grand Ball, we wanted to make a high-impact video that expresses the passion that we have for our great hospital’s past and its future.
Enter our creative partners from DBA. They donated their time and talent to create a video modeled after the popular TED talk format to serve as that vehicle.
Actors being far too expensive, we found someone else to read the lines. And read the lines…and read the lines. (How do actors do this every day?)
I hope the above video from the 2012 Grand Ball inspires, motivates and excites you about the future of health care at Henry Ford Hospital.
Change is coming, we are ready, we are Henry Ford Hospital.
“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.”
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I grew up in a time when there was a threat of weapons of mass destruction, an unpopular war in a far-away country, economic uncertainty, and violence amongst our people. I was influenced, as a child, by John F. Kennedy, who as President dared us to do what we could only dream.
As the years have passed, I am now more greatly influenced by another noble man, the most eloquent and articulate spokesman of peace and justice and one of the most courageous Americans of our time: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
He dared us to dream of what we could collectively be. His messages are as vibrant, powerful and meaningful today as they were nearly 50 years ago.
His life has special impact for me and every American, for he helped to free us of the illusion that we can somehow lift ourselves up by holding others down.
He filled a great void in our nation, and answered our collective longing to become a country that truly lives by its noblest principles.
He spoke to me when he preached that the yoke of oppression shackled the oppressor as well as the oppressed. He realized that oppression was more the result of a culture afraid of change than the result of hatred, and that the hearts and minds of well-intentioned moderates were more important to change than the actions of extremists.
He knew that a country could not truly be great when it did not live by its professed values, nor could any country truly be free when any of its people were not provided the freedoms and opportunities of the most privileged.
This was the same American dream that my Grandparents sought when they came to this country almost 100 years ago. Continue reading
“Be Great in Act; As You Have Been in Thought.”
— William Shakespeare
Each year that I’ve been President and CEO of Henry Ford Hospital, I’ve made it a tradition to send my colleagues and my team a New Year’s card with a very special message.
In 2011, that message was BELIEVE. Our belief in our mission, each other, our work and our city is what drives our relationships and emotional engagement in what we do every day.
Our belief in what Henry Ford Hospital is, belief in who we are, each other, our work and our city. This special role that we play, although not perfectly fulfilled at all times, is what drives our relationships and emotional engagement in what we do every day. And health care is all about belief.
In 2012, I challenged our team to DREAM big, consider the thoughts and possibilities that our beliefs would create. Dream beyond the limits of our doubts, our fears and our reluctance. Dream the dreams of our forefathers and our children. Dream about the greatness that can be created at Henry Ford Hospital and the Henry Ford Medical Group; true greatness that no one could argue.
And when you truly believe and your dreams do not place limits on yourself, it is time to ACHIEVE.
Each time, every patient, every encounter, everything that we do – ACHIEVE, the word that I hope will inspire all of us in our actions throughout 2013.
Below is my New Year’s card, which I now share with you.
Happy New Year!