Some of you know I have dual roles – that of “Doc in the D” and “Doc in the HS,” as the Chief Medical Officer of Henry Ford Health System.
In that role, we are making some great strides in linking our physicians and clinicians in a more integrated sense.
This is by no means a solo effort.
Dr. Joanna Pease, the Assistant System Chief Medical Officer and Chief Medical Officer of Henry Ford Macomb, has been an amazing partner in moving forward these efforts. She is a warrior for extraordinary care, quality and support of our clinical work in the System.
A major goal is to get all of our programs and services working together throughout the System.
This is called clinical program integration.
And, as challenging as it is, it offers us tremendous opportunity to capitalize on the strengths of the Henry Ford Medical Group, employed physicians, and private practice physicians working together with the care teams, as well as the potential for seamlessness of care within our System.
Some of these activities are occurring right now.
For example, Dr. Steven Harrington, the lead cardiovascular surgeon at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, is now an affiliate staff at Henry Ford Hospital, bringing his most complex cases to Detroit; a great surgeon and a great story.
It is wonderful to hear Steve talk about the expertise of the Henry Ford Hospital cardiovascular team — from pre-op to the OR to the ICU.
We’re very glad to have him on the team. He brings innovation and a way of thinking about quality that is priceless.
Don’t worry: The “Doc in the D” team has been at work on the Boulevard as well. Continue reading