2017 was a very important year in our history. It marked our first full year as part of Henry Ford Health System and also led to our 100th Anniversary of serving this region. As we celebrate this milestone, we are excited to imagine all we will be able to offer in health services and care in the years ahead. Our commitment to you—our family, friends and neighbors—is to bring even higher levels of quality and safety as each year passes.
This past year, we planned improvements with you in mind and with input from people in our community. With the completion of our new patient tower this summer, all patients will be cared for in private rooms with space for loved ones, who provide all-important supportive care. In response to patient requests, we increased access to services such as obstetrics/gynecology, dermatology and plastic surgery—including breast reconstruction for women who have undergone a mastectomy. We also enhanced neurosurgery, vascular surgery, orthopedics and sports medicine specialties, adding a total of 12 physicians and 14 advanced practice providers (nurse practitioners and physician assistants).
In August of 2017, after two years of planning, preparation and training, we transitioned to Epic—a new electronic health record designed to improve communication about your care and provide you with access to this information, when and where you need it. Epic connects our local providers with all divisions of Henry Ford Health System. The MyChart feature allows people more active involvement in their own health by providing 24-hour access to care plans, test results, prescription medication information and scheduled appointments—as well as direct communication with our providers.
Also in 2017, Henry Ford Allegiance Health successfully completed a three-year process to earn verification by the American College of Surgeons as a Level II Trauma Center. This designation brings peace of mind to area families, because we can now treat and admit the most severely injured patients, reducing the need for transport out of town by ambulance or helicopter. For those who have experienced a vehicle crash, sporting accident, head or spinal injury, or other major trauma, receiving medical treatment within the first 60 minutes can be the difference between life and death.
Our annual Report to the Community highlights some of these 2017 accomplishments, along with stories of community members whose quality of life has improved as a result. I hope you find it inspiring.
With gratitude for allowing us to serve you and your family as we work together to build a healthier community,
President and CEO, Henry Ford Allegiance Health