Honoring Dr. King with Service

“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.

Martin Luther King, Jr.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

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Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Henry Ford Hospital was honored today (Jan. 16) to host a great celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., not only for the man, but the vision and principles that he continues to inspire in all of us.

The Mosaic Singers perform at Henry Ford Hospital.

This site on West Grand Blvd. has been the home of the Henry Ford Health System for more than 96 years. It houses our flagship, Henry Ford Hospital, a great clinical and academic sciences center in the heart of Midtown Detroit.

One of the reasons we’ve been able to achieve such prominence at Henry Ford is evident each day on our campus; the rich tapestry of our diverse work force is a fundamental advantage in the way in which we conduct our work and view the world around us.

You can see it every day in our hallways, emergency rooms, clinics and operating rooms; individuals within our team working together, as a unit, for one common cause: to restore the health and wellness of those we have the privilege to serve.

We’re far more than just a health care facility; we’re an economic engine for the City of Detroit and a beacon of hope for many of those who have been at disadvantage by financial shackles. Continue reading

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Dr. King: A Legacy of Inspiration

For those of us in health care, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words of social justice and serving have special meaning.

Dr. King stated, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.”  The national debate about health care over the last several years has greatly focused attention on this inequality.

Many would debate whether health care is a right or a privilege. 

 I am not an interpreter of the Constitution.  I am a physician, health care administrator, and concerned citizen who sees the failure of the health care system every day.  

Patients, for want of access to primary care, are falling through the cracks of fragmented and disjointed care. They end up in emergency departments or hospitals for the more expensive treatment of diseases whose progress could have been prevented by earlier and simpler interventions. 

This disproportionately affects certain Americans because of inadequate access and socioeconomic factors.  That is why I hope to achieve access to basic health care for all Americans. 

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