It’s time to call in a refill on that prescription I wrote last Thanksgiving. No, not the one where I encourage extra helpings of turkey and pumpkin pie (though, it’s okay to indulge just for one day).
As you’ll see in this video, many members of our outstanding health care team have already filled the prescription and shared their reasons for being thankful.
So now it’s your turn.
To our team who gives so much each and every day to care for others at Henry Ford, please consider sharing in the comments section below what you’re thankful for this Thanksgiving.
And let’s not forget the “giving” part of Thanksgiving!
I know that many of you will use your time off work this holiday weekend to give back to the community. I’d love to read about your plans in the comments section.
I’d also like to give a heartfelt “thanks” to everyone on our health care team who will be working over the holiday weekend. We are so grateful to have you on our team and for all that you give of yourselves to return our patients to good health.
This week marked Henry Ford Health System’s 21st Annual Quality Expo.
The Quality Expo, hosted at Henry Ford Hospital, offers an opportunity for all of Henry Ford Health System to showcase the innovations and improvements made by our employees, departments and hospitals in the areas of health care quality, patient safety and care delivery.
Leo, a therapy dog at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, is one of the most remarkable therapists that I have ever encountered. Leo and HFWH’s Pet Therapy Program were featured at the Quality Expo.
Henry Ford is the only health care provider in southeast Michigan to host such an event.
The Quality Expo’s features 70projects, all of which are aimed at reducing medical errors and improving patient safety, quality and satisfaction.
As always at this event, I was truly impressed, as I walked through the poster presentations and spoke with colleagues, by the tremendous work being done by our health care teams to continuously enhance quality and safety throughout the system.
I did stop to see one of our employees, Leo, a therapy dog at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital.
Leo is one of the most remarkable therapists that I have ever encountered. He is calm, friendly, and extraordinarily soothing, and part of a great program of pet therapy throughout our System. Within minutes of being with him, all of my concerns and anxieties were gone.
Patient Bernie Mack with hospital volunteer Lizette W. on Monday during the Bedside Voting Project.
It is a day that can change the course of our nation, merely by what you choose to do on that day.
Many in our country may be disillusioned by politics. Many may feel that an individual vote may not matter in a sea of other voters in a national election.
I will not bore you with the details of the times in which one person, one action or one vote changed the course of an election or the course of history.
Others have fought, been imprisoned and died for the right to vote. Each of our votes are a critical acknowledgment of the importance of those sacrifices.
I do not care for whom you vote.
I trust in the collective wisdom of our people to choose wisely and in the best interest of our City, State and Nation.
My message is simple: Take time to vote on Tuesday.
The voting process is so vital that Henry Ford Hospital has taken major efforts to ensure our patients who are hospitalized on election day can still get out their vote.
Our volunteers on Monday assisted countless patients with emergency ballot applications, faxing it to the patient’s respective clerk’s office where a ballot is generated, and then driving to the clerk’s office to pick up the ballot and returning the sealed ballot after the patient completes it.
It’s quite an amazing process.
I want to thank all of our volunteers and staff involved with the bedside voting project for their work to make every vote count this election.
I was looking at an email blast last July promoting the 20th Anniversary of the Concert of Colors at the Max M. Fisher Music Center.
Rather than being drawn to the great artists like the Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue, Tito Puentes and George Clinton, I immediately looked at the Detroit-based food trucks that would be attending the concerts.
You can see how Maslow’s hierarchy works in the Popovich brain: Physiological needs (food, drink), stop there.
You also know that I love the past, and food trucks make me think of the great experiences I had when I was younger, in a distant century, far, far away.
Trucks like “the ice cream truck.” Ice cream just tasted better after running headlong to the curb and waving down the driver who looked like Steve Buscemi on a bad day. Creamsicle, ice cream sandwiches – wow!
Or, seeing the food trucks outside of the auto plants (my grandfather called them “car shops”), serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner. Big men, gathered around the truck, to get coffee, donuts, sandwiches and the latest gossip before going on or off shift.
So the convergence of these needs, memories and Detroit-based pride created the idea: Henry Ford Hospital Food Truck Rally.
After a bit of thought and negotiation, our first rally happened on a cool, crisp fall day on the tennis courts on our hospital campus.
It’s not every day you can walk outside for lunch and enjoy some of Detroit’s finest, homemade food truck cuisine: spinach pierogi, braised beef short rib tacos, cookie monster ice cream and lightly fried dill pickle spears called “frickles.”
An invitation to Stephen Colbert to come to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit
Dear Mr. Colbert:
I am a particular fan of your political commentary. You appear to be much more insightful than other television personalities, such as Bill O’Reilly and Rachel Maddow, although both of them seem to interject greater humor into their shows.
What I do like is your emphasis on Detroit in your comments. I particularly like the way in which you use satire to emphasize the great aspects of this city. Bravo!
See more great photos of Detroit, like the one posted above at HFH, on Facebook.
Clearly, your admiration of our city is drawing you and your entourage to “The D.” I heard several Detroiters had created a light-hearted and fun social media group called “Colbert Does Detroit (and so can you!)” aimed at bringing Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report”and you to Detroit.
I felt it was a great opportunity for me to invite you to Henry Ford Hospital to show our pride in the flagship of the Baldrige Award winning Henry Ford Health System and for the city that’s been our home since 1915.
We are in Midtown, where young people are moving in record numbers, revitalizing this part of the city, which includes Wayne State University, the Detroit Medical Center, Detroit Institute of Arts, Orchestra Hall, the Detroit Public Library, and numerous other cultural and social sites.
So, Mr. Colbert, I know you want to come to Detroit to experience these great things first hand, but perhaps need a bit more prompting. You have an open invitation to come visit us.
Dr. John Popovich, Jr.
CEO and President
Henry Ford Hospital
By the way, Henry Ford Hospital loves Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show.” Really talented and funny guy! Please give him our best!
I thought I could not watch the fifth game of the ALCS after the game four heartbreak. I rationalized it in many ways: Too late, too tired for the early morning meeting on Friday, what happens happens.
It actually is simply because I couldn’t take the emotional wringing. My television was in danger of damage from objects I was throwing.
I know I have been told that this is simply not something that a man of my age and responsibilities should feel; a childhood game having that kind of hold.
Then Justin Verlander took the mound, and it clicked on – it was not too late, I will not be tired, and, as I have said on many occasions in this blog, IBELIEVE.
I have been following the Tigers for over 50 years.
I learned to love them from my Mom putting me to sleep with the transistor radio tuned to Ernie Harwell and George Kell.
Seen them in Briggs Stadium, then Tiger’s Stadium, and now Comerica Park. Shared every victory and endured every loss. Continue reading →
Did you know that roughly one-third of the more than 3,000 Michigan residents waiting for organ transplants live in Wayne County, yet only 25 percent of the county’s adults are registered organ, tissue and eye donors?
(By comparison, more than 37 percent of adults statewide and about 43 percent nationally are registered as donors.)
That’s a tremendous gap, one that our partner in organ donation, Gift of Life Michigan, hopes to close through its new ad campaign, “Waiting to Live – Wayne County.”
The campaign features five Wayne County residents – two of whom are Henry Ford Transplant Institute patients – all waiting for life-saving organ transplants.
Henry Ford Hospital has pledged our support to this campaign and our community by asking residents to consider adding their names to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, a confidential database of people who want to give the gift of life.
I should also note that the Henry Ford Transplant Institute has joined Gift of Life Michigan, the Michigan Eye-Bank, the Michigan Health & Hospital Association and the Donate Life Coalition of Michigan to add one million names to the Michigan organ donor registry too.
As I’ve said before, transplantation of human organs is one of the great accomplishments of modern medical science.
Although still requiring lifelong care with medications and oversight, the transformation of patients, from failing organs to full of life, is truly remarkable. Continue reading →