Legends interviews: A few extra questions

Henry Ford Hospital President and CEO Dr. John Popovich, Jr. has a little fun with his Doc in the D Legends Interview guests and asks them “a few extra questions.” Enjoy!

“The Legends Interviews” segments were filmed in the Henry Ford Hospital Atrium. To view past videos, click the “Legends Interviews” tag at the bottom of this post.

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“Speak up” for the safety of all

I have seldom used guest columns in Doc in the D, but I found this story so compelling and indicative of such a positive safety culture that I wanted to share it with you. 

This is a piece written by Dr. Manu Malhotra, one of our Associate Chief Medical Officers at Henry Ford Hospital and a long-standing member of our Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Malhotra provides a “speak up” story that could have had a much different interchange between the physician and a respiratory therapist. He astutely observes the power of honoring someone speaking up, not in the circumstances that prevented an error but honoring the environment that empowers all to speak up, even if not correct.

Great tribute to all and indicative of a culture we wish to build and a behaviors we wish to have second nature. Continue reading

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Resiliency in the face of tragedy

No day shall erase you from the memory of time.  -Virgil

At 36-feet high, the Last Column is a 58-ton beam that was part of the core structure of the South Tower and is covered with mementos, memorial inscriptions and missing posters.

It started like a typical late summer day at work, with the exception of the unusual clarity of the sky and the brilliance of the blue.

I was passing the residents’ lounge in Clara Ford Pavilion where two doctors were intensely absorbing the television report. A plane had been reported to have crashed into the World Trade Center.

Having traveled to LaGuardia the month before, I was trying to remember our flight trajectory during landing and contemplating how an aircraft could have gone so far off course.

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The Legends Interviews: Gwen Gnam and Madelyn Torakis

Henry Ford Hospital (HFH) President and CEO Dr. John Popovich, Jr. interviews Gwen Gnam and Madelyn Torakis in the next edition of “Interviews in front of the Living Wall: Legends Interviews.” In this segment, HFH Chief Nursing Officer Gwen Gnam and Clinical Nurse Specialist Madelyn Torakis share details of the hospital’s Magnet® Recognition Program designation journey for the Department of Nursing. Magnet® designation is the most prestigious distinction a hospital can achieve for nursing excellence, innovations in professional practice, and quality patient care.

“The Legends Interviews” segments were filmed in the Henry Ford Hospital Atrium. To view past videos, click the “Legends Interviews” tag at the bottom of this post.

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Have you met any of your heroes? I did.

In 1997 I had the good fortune to meet up close and personal two of my heroes outside of the field of medicine. Both of these individuals would be considered, by all both fully or marginally knowledgeable about their fields, as masters of their crafts.

The first of these was in the field of sports. Golf specifically. The Ford Senior Players Championship was held annually at the TPC Dearborn course. Henry Ford Health System was a tournament sponsor, and, as such, was provided a team spot in the pro-am event that proceeded the tournament. Three Henry Ford trustees were chosen to play with a yet to be determined professional in a tournament before the tournament. About a week before the event, one of the trustees suffered an injury that prevented him from playing. Continue reading

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The Legends Interviews: Dr. Lisa Newman

Henry Ford Hospital President and CEO Dr. John Popovich, Jr. interviews Dr. Lisa Newman in the next edition of “Interviews in Front of the Living Wall: Legends Interviews.” In this segment, Dr. Newman, Director of the Breast Oncology Program at the Henry Ford Cancer Institute, discusses advances in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

“The Legends Interviews” segments were filmed in the Henry Ford Hospital Atrium. To view past videos, click the “Legends Interviews” tag at the bottom of this post.

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2018: Reflections on gratitude

Cover of the card reads "1.1.18"

GRATITUDE (noun): Thankfulness or gratefulness, from the Latin Gratus, pleasing, thankful

In following with tradition during my tenure as President and CEO of Henry Ford Hospital, I am pleased to share my annual holiday card with you.

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Wishing you the joy and peace of the holidays

We have entered the holiday season with the early force of nature bringing us a cold and snowy run through the winter solstice. It is a time of high spirits and joy, but also a time that is filled with various emotions of past times and memories. It is a time of gifts and giving, but also a time of reflection on others, some who may not be as fortunate, and some who are simply gifts to all of us.

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Doc in the D discloses e-reader favorites and more

Dr. John Popovich relaxes with a good book – on his e-reader.

Reading is one of my great passions. Next to hitting a small white ball down the middle of a green fairway, it is how I love go to spend my free time. To say my reading inventory is eclectic would be an understatement. I read for pleasure, for fun, for knowledge, for growth.

Electronic readers have enriched my reading experience. I know many of you insist on a paper book, newspaper or pamphlet as the only way reading should be experienced. Don’t get me wrong, there is something comforting about having the Sunday New York Times or Saturday Wall Street Journal in the morning sitting alongside a fresh cup of coffee, but electronic readers have transformed access and accessibility to all forms of literature and news. It is just so easy to acquire new books and the latest papers, whether by purchase or going to the library.

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The Legends Interviews: Dr. Joseph Hoegler

Henry Ford Hospital President and CEO Dr. John Popovich, Jr. interviews Dr. Joseph Hoegler in the fourth edition of Interviews in Front of the Living Wall: Legends Interviews. In this segment, Dr. Hoegler, a Henry Ford Hospital orthopedic trauma surgeon, reviews advances in trauma and orthopedic medicine.

“The Legends Interviews” segments were filmed in the Henry Ford Hospital Atrium. To view past videos, click the “Legends Interviews” tag at the bottom of this post.

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