Work Beyond Our Walls

If you follow Doc in the D, you know that I talk a great deal about Henry Ford Hospital being “more than a hospital.”   

In my talks about Henry Ford, I often speak of the academic health sciences center that we represent. The values that are deeply imbedded in Henry Ford are learning and innovation.

Over the last several years, we have created a great deal of the underpinnings to support those values. 

Our relationship with Wayne State University, especially our major affiliation with its School of Medicine, has allowed us to tap into the creativity, enthusiasm and the academic culture driving a learning organization such as ours. 

The Henry Ford Innovation Institute was born from an idea, with our imagination as the only limitation of what can be created. 

It asked the question of all of us at Henry Ford:
“What would you build for the world?”

The short video posted above from the World Health Student Organization of Wayne State University School of Medicine shows the power of learning and innovation, as well as the importance of Henry Ford serving as a facilitator of great work beyond our walls.

In the video, you’ll see how a donation of Aquapaks from the Henry Ford Innovation Institute to the World Health Student Organization made an incredible impact on the village of Agua Blanca in Ecuador.

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One Week Proves Why We’re So Much More Than Just a Hospital

It only took one week to prove a point that I regularly tell people: Henry Ford Hospital is so more than just a hospital, a place to care for patients.

We’re a destination in Detroit for education, culture and some truly unbelievable events for our employees, patients and the community. (And it all happens while our health care teams do what they do best: provide the absolute best care and service to each and every one of our patients – each time, every time, every encounter.)

Many of my regular blog readers have already gotten a glimpse at some of the amazing things that have happened recently at Henry Ford Hospital.

It all started with a community event to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which showcased some of the amazing choral talent in our city (and in our hospital), as well as a keynote address by Bankole Thompson, the senior editor of the Michigan Chronicle.

God's Hands of Praise performs at Henry Ford Hospital

If you have not heard Mr. Thompson speak, you have missed the brilliance of passionate commitment and challenge. Sam Logan, rest in peace; your charge will continue.

And the choirs from the Mosaic Singers, Detroit Rescue Mission, God’s Hands of Praise, and our own Martina Gifford and the Henry Ford Health System Choir stirred the blood as much as the soul.

Each year, this event is better than the last, and serves as an important reminder of how Dr. King’s visions and principles continue to drive and inspire us in the work we do every day. 

Only a few days later, our employees welcomed the Detroit Tigers 2012 Winter Caravan to our hospital. With Miguel Cabrara, Brennen Boesche and several other Tigers stars in attendance, we were reminded why baseball is such an important part of the growing excitement surrounding our city.

Ramon Santiago with Marla Hull, Inpatient Case Management.

Baseball is one of the constancies in American life (all respect to James Earl Jones and Field of Dreams).

Those of us around in 1968 know the way baseball and the Detroit Tigers calmed and soothed a battered city. 

Dr. King’s vision was seen in the stands of every home game, and showed us that how even in the most polarizing situation most of us are alike with common goals, aspirations, and dreams.

Countdown to Opening Day at Comerica Park: 11 weeks. Continue reading

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