SGH donates money to victims of apartment fire

We are pleased to report, as a result of the generosity of DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital employees, we have collected a total of $1,657.75 to donate to the victims of the Jason Manor Apartment fire.As you know, eight victims of the tragic fire were treated at Sinai-Grace and our employees, struck by the enormity of the loss these individuals suffered, decided to set up a collection for them, in an effort to provide them with hope and healing beyond our medical care.

We are humbled by the response you’ve shown and appreciate your generosity.

Going The Extra Mile


This past Wednesday we honored Harper-Hutzel employees who provide exceptional customer service at the 2014 GEM (Going the Extra Mile) Awards. The ceremonial presentation took place place in the Kresge Auditorium and was followed by a  reception for honorees and their guests, managers and directors.

The GEM Award is our highest employee honor at Harper and Hutzel Hospitals. Department managers and directors select employees for each award. The honorees are role models who fulfill customer service standards and are willing to provide service beyond expectations.  Congratulations to our 2014 GEM honorees!

“My instincts kicked right in, I didn’t hesitate.”

1524814_10152126943319219_270027824_nAlisha Noel, RN, a nurse educator at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital, was working out at her local gym last week when she saved a man’s life.

Noel sprang to action when she noticed a commotion in one of the racquetball rooms. A man was lying on the ground, unresponsive, without a pulse. Noel immediately began performing CPR and did so for five minutes, ultimately using the automated external defibrillator. The man came to just before EMS arrived on the scene and transported him to the hospital. Noel, who has worked at Sinai-Grace for 17 years, said it was the first time she’d encountered a situation like this while off-the-clock.

“My instincts kicked right in,” she said. “I didn’t hesitate.”

Noel has since been in contact with the victim, who is doing fine and will be released from the hospital today. He was grateful she was there and wants to meet her in person to show his appreciation.

“I’m so happy he’s doing well,” Noel said.

Join us in congratulating Noel for her heroic efforts in and out of the hospital.


Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse. Henry Van Dyke

Today, on the eve of my return to work, please allow me share a few thoughts and express my deep gratitude for the wonderful team we have here at Harper-Hutzel.

As an Administrator, our role, every day, is to support the people that work here in the hopes that they will, in turn, provide the best possible care and experience to each patient that comes through our doors. Every patient deserves nothing less than that. It is one thing to come to these doors as an Administrator. We live it every day, on the weekends, on vacation (at least this Administration does…no shrinking violets here!). And, because we do this every day, we are the pros (or, we like to think that we are). However, it is completely different to see our institution through the eyes of a patient, until you become a patient.

When I walked through these doors the other Friday with my parents, I did not feel my “all Miss Confident self”…how could I?…my role had significantly changed. I went from always helping others and being a resource, to being the person in need of help and answers. It was clear to me what needed to be done, but I had little (beside prayer) to do with getting to the “done” part. It is in this position that you have to rely on the experts and trust that you have made the right decision in the selection of where you should receive your care. And this is what each patient, weather they know it or not, goes through when they enter the hospital.

My total experience here was wonderful. I could have not written a script for a better outcome! From registration, Pre-Op, the Doctors, Post/Op, transportation, 2 Brush Staff, food service, Patient and Family Centered Care, housekeeping, all points of service were top notch! In addition, I can’t say thank you enough for all of you who made Helen and Henry feel so comfortable, at ease, and like family. They were very impressed with everyone. They feel that I work at a very special place (and trust me…it ain’t easy to impress Queen Helen…trust me!). I can’t agree more. I am also appreciative of all of you who came by to visit me while in house, and that have checked in on me while at home last week. All your thoughts and acts of kindness are so deeply appreciated.

So tomorrow, I come to work (if the badge still works), with a deeper appreciation for the work we do every day. And while I would not want to have to be a patient again to feel this way, I will always have something to remind me of why I do what I do every day. God bless you all and see you in the AM!

Tonita R. Cheatham, Director
Public Relations & Marketing
Harper University Hospital
Hutzel Women’s Hospital

 Thank you is the best prayer that anyone can say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility and understanding. Alice Walker

Seeing cancer with blue light


Seeing cancer in a whole new light — literally. A brand new technique used at DMC Sinai-Grace hospital is helping doctors to find hidden cancers and remove them.

You can see video of WDIV Local 4’s Dr. Frank McGeorge interviewing DMC’s Dr. Ranko Miocinovic about Blue Light Cystoscopy by clicking on this link: Seeing cancer with blue light.

More Than Medicine

Patients want to feel special and to know that we care about them as a person, not just a patient. They want to know we care about what is going on in their life. At the DMC we want to be about more than medicine, we want to make a patient feel good as a person too.

Celebrating a patient’s birthday by surprising them with a balloon and card not only affects the person receiving it, but it also brings a smile to the face of others who witness it. I’m very proud to be a part of this video.