Henry Ford Allegiance Health is proud to provide our community with the highest-quality care, top-notch physicians and clinicians, and the most advanced technology—close to home. Many exciting projects related to renovation and construction, as well as technology and innovation, have taken place over the last year, including:
Center for Health Innovation & Education
Henry Ford Allegiance Health is committed to making sure our community has access to physicians and clinicians who are educated in the latest medical technologies and practices, and who treat their patients with compassion and understanding. The Center for Health Innovation & Education is one more way to honor this commitment.
This new two-story addition to the Charles Anderson Building makes it possible for forward-thinking residents, experienced physicians, nurses, technicians and students to embrace a new era in health care education and research. At the heart of the Center is a simulation (SIM) laboratory that looks and feels like actual inpatient and outpatient settings. The SIM Lab provides a controlled environment where individuals and teams can practice on computerized mannequins and refine the latest techniques without risk to patients.
The Henry Ford Cancer Institute
The cancer program at Henry Ford Allegiance Health is now officially part of the Henry Ford Cancer Institute, a leader in cancer treatment that is building new hope and improving outcomes across the region. This partnership further elevates our comprehensive cancer services, and it allows Henry Ford Allegiance Health to provide local access to such advanced technologies as precision medicine. In addition, our patients will now have the advantages of Henry Ford’s leading clinical trials, research programs and pioneering care for complex and rare cancers.
“As cancer care continues to evolve, individualized treatment plans will improve outcomes. Joining forces with the Henry Ford Cancer Institute will further enhance our ability to provide safe, high quality cancer care locally by connecting our dedicated physicians and staff with innovative resources,” said Georgia Fojtasek, President and CEO, Henry Ford Allegiance Health.
New Patient Tower
An exciting hospital expansion project that will add 66 private rooms began in February 2017, and is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2018. Part of our continuing effort to provide an exceptional patient experience, the three-story, 59,000 square-foot patient tower will be built above the Henry Ford Allegiance Heart & Vascular Center.
“This endeavor represents the biggest investment in our community Henry Ford Allegiance Health has made to date,” said HFAH President and CEO Georgia Fojtasek. “It may be one of the most important as well, because the addition allows us to create an enhanced healing environment with all private rooms, reflecting our dedication to being a truly patient-centered health system.”
Level II Trauma Verification
Following a multi-year process, Henry Ford Allegiance Health joined the ranks of the 22 hospitals in Michigan verified as a Level II Trauma Center to provide comprehensive trauma care to severely injured patients, including those who have had major automobile accidents, sporting accidents, falls, head injuries and spinal injuries. Although Henry Ford Allegiance Health has been recognized by independent organizations as one of the best hospitals in Michigan for emergency care, being officially verified assures that we have met the rigorous requirements necessary to care for critically injured patients.
Trauma Program Medical Director Lawrence Narkiewicz, MD, said, “For the most severely injured, eliminating that transport time can mean the difference between surviving or not. Now, very few patients will have to experience the 40-minute ambulance ride or helicopter transport ride to another facility. Meeting the rigorous verification standards was challenging, however, when lives are at stake – nothing less than excellent quality is acceptable.”
Mentor Site for Robotic Thoracic Surgery
Henry Ford Allegiance Health and thoracic surgeon Mohan Kulkarni, MD, have earned international recognition in the field of robotic surgery. In December, Yei-san Hsieh, MD—a thoracic surgeon from Taiwan—observed Dr. Kulkarni and his surgical team as they performed a three-hour lung biopsy using their newest surgical robot, the da Vinci Xi.
Last spring, HFAH was designated as a Mentor Site for Robotic Thoracic Surgery by Intuitive Surgical Inc., the manufacturer of the da Vinci robot. The manufacturer also recognized Dr. Kulkarni as a leader in the field of thoracic robotic surgery, inviting him to share his expertise with other thoracic surgeons from across the United States.
Epic and MyChart
In August, Henry Ford Allegiance Health upgraded its electronic medical record system for further coordination and expansion of care to the patients and communities we serve. This exciting advanced technology includes MyChart. More than 410,000 patients have experienced more convenient access to their medical records and an elevated level of coordinated care thanks to this new, easy to use online tool.
The MyChart feature allows patients to conveniently and securely:
- Renew prescriptions
- Review account information
- Look up past and future appointments
- Request new appointments
- Review health history, medication lists and allergies
- View most lab and radiology results within 24 hours
- See after-visit summary and care instructions
- Send questions or messages to a doctor’s office
This year, we began using Xenex LightStrike™ Germ-Zapping Robots™ to destroy dangerous germs, bacteria, viruses, fungi and bacterial spores on hospital surfaces and further reduce the potential for hospital-acquired infections. Henry Ford Health System is the only health system in the United States to use the Germ-Zapping Robots in every one of its hospitals.