Waiting to Live Campaign

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

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Food for Thought: Join Gleaners Spring Drive Against Hunger

This blog has been a popular place for food fodder….but this time around we’re not talking about the hospital cafeteria.

In health care we spend a lot of time bantering about healthy foods vs. unhealthy foods, sometimes forgetting that some people have no food at all.

Last year, Gleaners Food Bank served more than 209,000 people in Wayne County alone. Around 45,200 people receive assistance in any given week and 40% of those emergency food users are children.

With more than 250,000 children in Michigan receiving two out of three meals a day at school, they often do not receive these meals when school is not in session.

To combat this, Henry Ford Hospital is partnering with Gleaners Food Bank for its Spring Food Drive, April 11 – 17. Food bins will be located throughout the hospital.

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