It’s time to end this chapter

Well, it is finally time to end this chapter. This will be the last Doc in the D posted as CEO, as I officially retire as of Sept. 4.

I have said this before but my foremost thought is gratitude. I am grateful for all of you, and grateful I had the opportunities presented to me during my career at Henry Ford. It was a great run.

You remain part of one of the greatest health care organizations in the country. Never forget the reason that you are here, for our patients and for each other.

I wish you nothing but personal and professional successes. Blue skies, calm winds, green grass, smiles and warmth.

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Why we’re here is really simple

I often try to see if something very simple can best describe a very complex set of ideas. One of these complex ideas is our purpose as a hospital and medical group.

I recently heard Dr. John Noseworthy talk about the purpose of the Mayo Clinic, and his words resonated with me because they similarly described the heart and soul of Henry Ford Hospital.

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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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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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Why heart and soul should be valued the most

I had the honor of speaking to this year’s graduating class of the Henry Ford Health System Leadership Academy. It was a wonderful opportunity to congratulate this diverse and talented group of individuals, chosen for their current and potential leadership, and to see the many projects that they had initiated during their nine-month training.

Henry Ford Health System Leadership Academy – 2017 Graduates

I was asked to provide words of wisdom to share with them on their leadership journey. Quite honestly, the older I become the less wise I believe I am and the more humble I am about giving others advice.

I did share my thoughts about careers and organizations, despite a world in which ties to an organization for a career or even for long periods of time are a thing of the past. Many of the young tell me they expect to be employed by many organizations in their career. More experienced leaders talk about the need to be in many organizations to become the best leader possible.

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Doc in the D’s Favorite Business Books

Read, read, and read. I read all the time. As much and as often as I can. Newspapers, books, usually old school real paper, but on the Kindle and iPad as well. Reading provides the experiences that you cannot often have yourself, and an opportunity to stimulate your own thoughts and to learn from others.

In the leadership and business realm, I am often asked about which books have influenced me the most. Not the “best” business books of all time, but those that have stimulated me to form my opinions about the direction that we need to go for success.

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2016: Focused On Our Destiny

2016 holiday card front“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

  • William Jennings Bryan

It’s become an annual tradition each year that I’ve been President and CEO of Henry Ford Hospital to send my colleagues and my team a New Year’s card with a special – and inspiring – message for the New Year.

After celebrating our 100th anniversary in 2015, it is important that we look to the future in 2016 – our destiny. Continue reading

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The History Behind the Henry Ford Medical Group Insignia

Henry Ford Medical Group InsigniaYou see it every day at Henry Ford Hospital – on lab coats, hanging in the clinic building lobby or on a business card.

But what do you really know about the Henry Ford Medical Group Insignia, a symbol of our heritage and continuing mission of research, education and exemplary patient care?

While the Medical Group was established nearly 100 years ago, the insignia is a relatively new addition, having only been created within the past decade.

The insignia also is composed of several meaningful elements:

  • Shield: Truth and loyalty
  • Banner: Reward for valiant service
  • The word Invenio: Discovery and innovation
  • The word Committo: To unite, collaborate and work as a team
  • Branches with leaves: Symbolizes the reward of saving lives
  • Henry Ford Hospital and Model T Ambulance: Symbolizes the rich heritage of innovation represented by its founder.
  • Microscope: Symbolizes innovations in medical research and education.
  • Caduceus: Represents the medical profession and its commitment to healing. The snake symbolizes knowledge and wisdom.

There’s even a bit of controversy behind the creation of the Medical Group insignia.  Continue reading

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