Medical Staff e-Update

Mark Smith, MD

Mark Smith, MD

Clinical Service Chief and Medical Director of Emergency Services, Executive Medical Director of Adult Hospitalist Services & Chief of Staff

Ray King, MD

Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs & CMO

Issue 24 - December 3, 2016

The Good Partner Promise

The Henry Ford Medical Group is committed to providing unsurpassed quality to your patient as well as easy access and communication to you, the referring physician. It is our privilege to partner with you in the care of your patient and our promise is to promptly return your patient after treatment has been successfully completed.

One Phone Call

The Henry Ford Referring Physician Office will assist you throughout the referral process, ensuring your patient has access to the best treatments available and timely appointments.

Online Referral

Available 24 Hours a Day, Seven Days a Week

The referring physician office facilitates convenient access to expertise for you and your patient 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Services include:

  • Rapid physician-to-physician consultation with more than 1,200 Henry Ford Medical Group physicians
  • Coordination of second opinions
  • Coordination of multiple patient appointments (routine and urgent)
  • New patient registration and insurance verification
  • Information about physician-specific areas of expertise
  • Preferred and timely access to our facilities and specialists
  • Critical care transport
  • Shared access to your patient's medical records
  • Concierge services for traveling patients

To learn more, please contact the Henry Ford Referring Physician Office at 1-877-434-7470 or by email.

Residency accreditation is merging into one system, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). All residency programs must achieve ACGME accreditation by June 30, 2020. As we developed our programs, they were built to the highest standards and were poised to be dually accredited (both MD and DO). Single accreditation by ACGME has made our plans easier. 

Our programs include Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, and a Traditional Internship/Transitional Year. The Emergency Medicine residency program received initial accreditation from ACGME in April, 2016.  Emergency Medicine was one of the first seven programs to be approved out of 29. The General Surgery residency program received initial accreditation from ACGME in October, 2016, and was one of five in the country to receive this status. Family Medicine and the Traditional Internship/Transitional Year have been site inspected by ACGME and are waiting for a determination to come in early 2017. Henry Ford Allegiance Health is leading the country in program approval by ACGME.

Henry Ford Allegiance Health is proud to have earned a top rating of “A” on the Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization that monitors hospital safety and quality. We are honored to be one of only three hospitals in Michigan to achieve straight A’s since the inception of this initiative in 2012.

According to The Leapfrog Group, if all hospitals scored A's, 33,000 lives would be saved annually. Congratulations to the entire Henry Ford Allegiance team for making this achievement possible.

What is the Model G gown?

The Model G gown is a wrap-around robe that combines style with patient comfort and privacy, while allowing the access doctors, nurses, x-ray technicians and other care team members need to provide care.

What makes this gown different? Does it have special features?

Instead of using cloth ties, the Model G gown has two rows of plastic snaps for an adjustable fit. Most notably, the gown has a closed back for a more dignified patient experience. An opening on the upper back and in both sleeves make the Model G gown easy for caregivers to place a stethoscope, IV or monitor.

Who designed the Model G?

Product designer Michael Forbes, of the Henry Ford Innovation Institute, created this new patient-friendly hospital gown that is attracting international attention.

What do patients think of this new gown?

In a series of clinical trials performed at Henry Ford Hospitals, participant reaction was very positive. More than 35,000 of the gowns have already been rolled out for use in various clinical units throughout Henry Ford Health System.

When will the Model G be available for patients at HFAH?

At Henry Ford Allegiance, the Model G will be phased into certain inpatient settings, based on where it is most appropriate.

Has there been any interest in this gown outside of Henry Ford’s health system?

Requests have poured in from facilities in and around metro Detroit, throughout the state of Michigan and from cities like New York and Chicago. International interest has come from the Netherlands and all the way to Australia.

The Model G has also attained celebrity status, making appearances on “The Today Show,” “Ellen” and “Live with Kelly and Michael.” Actor Mark Harmon even wore one in an episode of “NCIS.”

Is there more information available?

To learn more about the Model G and the Henry Ford Innovation Institute, go to

The Center for Health Innovation & Education will be a hub for forward-thinking medical residents, experienced physicians, nurses, technicians and students to expand their knowledge and perfect their skills.

“Late September’s groundbreaking was truly something extraordinary because it represents a new vision for our future as a healthy system,” said Henry Ford Allegiance President and CEO Georgia Fojtasek. “This new Center for Health Innovation & Education will help us to attract and retain the highest-quality physicians and clinical staff to our community.”

The Center will be the ideal environment for:

  • Training future health care providers
  • Continuing the education of experienced physicians and clinicians
  • Supporting community education programs
  • Training EMS, fire and rescue teams and other first responders

The new, two-story addition to the Charles Anderson Building will house virtual examination rooms, classrooms, meeting spaces and offices. Most importantly, the Center will feature a technologically advanced simulation laboratory (SIM Lab) that looks and feels like actual inpatient and outpatient settings. Computerized mannequins in the SIM Lab will be programmed to simulate simple to highly complex medical issues and respond to treatment as a human patient would. This will allow learners to gain experience diagnosing and treating a virtually limitless range of diseases and conditions.

Henry Ford Allegiance Chief Medical Officer Ray King, MD, said, “Thanks to your support of generous donors, we will be turning a corner into a new era in medical education—virtual exam rooms, a simulation laboratory, computerized mannequins—will all be available. The students who come here will gain experience diagnosing and treating a virtually limitless range of diseases and conditions. And we will all be better for it.”

The project is scheduled to be complete in 2017.

Our construction-period parking and entry plan for the Anderson Building area has been implemented.

  • The normal entry to the Anderson lot will become a construction-only entrance.
  • Those parking in the Anderson lot or Physicians’ lot will need to use the east entry, down the Homewild hill.

Staff two-hour parking is eliminated for the Anderson Building lot until the site work is completed in the summer of 2017, to provide spaces for patients and visitors. Staff requiring two-hour spaces can park in the Visitor Parking Deck, above the green line at the 2B column.

Physician parking lot – Gates have been ordered for the east side of the physician parking lot, near the Laundry, and will be here in several weeks. Please do not attempt to park in this lot, if you are not authorized to do so.

Construction Contact – If you have questions or concerns about the parking arrangements or construction activities, please contact Brian Utterback on his cell, at (517) 206-5080.

Laugh and let humor enter your life. One of the easiest ways of being healthier is to find a way to relax more and have more fun.