Roz Thompson “Knocks the Ball Out of the Park” As 2015 DMC Health Challenge Comes to a Close

        Have you heard that old saying, “Time really flies when you’re having fun?”

        In the case of the 2015 DMC 61 Day Health Challenge, that ancient maxim seems especially true. Has it really been more than eight weeks since we launched our exciting journey together through the world of “Less sugar, more steps, eat more fruit”?

Indeed it has.

But before we declare the DMC’s 2015 holiday health-education campaign to be a ringing success and start wishing each other a Happy New Year, I want to take a moment to salute yet another Challenge participant for her outstanding diet-and-exercise accomplishments during the past two months.

Her name is Rosalind (“Roz”) Thompson – and she recently told me (with totally understandable pride) how she managed to lose about 20 pounds during the Health Challenge, while also improving her score on a blood-sugar test designed to help measure her risks for developing adult-onset diabetes.

For Ms. Thompson – a veteran nurse (RN, MSN) who also owns an MBA and has enjoyed a fabulous, 37-year career as a care provider at the DMC – the Challenge began in earnest after she received an alarmingly high blood-sugar score during a similar test back in October.

Troubled by that score and by the fact that she was also significantly overweight, the hard-working Ms. Thompson (who currently serves as Clinical Coordinator of Inpatient Psychiatry at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit) decided eight weeks ago that she was going to take the Challenge “Pledge” – and would therefore refrain from consuming the “empty calories” contained in candy, soda pop, doughnuts and other “junk” foods . . . while also engaging in moderate exercise frequently and including more fruit in her daily diet.

And she did!

“I gave up my Ruby Red Squirt [soda pop],” a proud Roz Thompson told me the other day, “along with my fried chicken and other sweets. And I want to thank you – and the DMC Challenge – for providing me with the motivation I needed to better manage my blood sugar and lose weight!”

Like the triumphant Roz Thompson, hundreds and hundreds of Detroit-area residents in recent weeks have benefited from the lowered health risks and the sense of empowerment that can flow from making the decision to cut out the nutrition-less sugar in their lives and begin exercising more often in order to improve their overall health.

Among the beneficiaries of this year’s challenge, we can also include many of the 1,600 officers and staffers at the Detroit Police Department.  Led by their health-savvy Chief James Craig, hundreds of DPD members worked enthusiastically to meet the goals of this year’s challenge – and will now go on to continue meeting them in a year-long health-and-fitness partnership with the Detroit Medical Center.

As the third annual version of the DMC Challenge winds down and the New Year looms, it’s good to know that so many Detroit-area residents have “gotten the message” – and that many of them will continue to work hard in the coming year at “eating healthier” and “exercising more often” in order to enjoy better health.

Here’s wishing all of us a healthy and happy New Year . . . and I’ll see you again in October for the DMC 61 Day Health Challenge of 2016!

[To learn more about the DMC Challenge and how you can continue to benefit by eating better and exercising more during 2016, just click on www.dmc.org/61days.]

Enrolling Detroiters in the My Healthy Michigan Plan

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Yesterday, our in-house Certified Application Counselors at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital successfully enrolled local Detroiters in the My Healthy Michigan Plan, the state’s new, expanded Medicaid program that begins April 1. If you or someone you know is interested in enrolling, call (888) DMC-2500 or visit www.dmc.org/pathtohealth for more information or to make an appointment. The DMC is also hosting an enrollment event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 26 at Cass Technical High School.

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.

“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.

Seeing cancer with blue light

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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.

I Have A Feeling

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Dr Eadie’s Sinai-Grace Hospital Emergency Department Grand Opening Speech
January 31, 2014 10:00am

238 years ago, the Declaration of Independence was signed stating: WE ALL have the inalienable right to LIFE.

11 years later, the preamble of our constitution was written as:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, and promote the general Welfare – and that Detroit…. suggests that Healthy living for all is a right! NOT A PRIVILEDGE!

Yet, 173 long years after that, the Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr was heard saying:

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

But today I smile. I smile for our Forefathers,
I smile for Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr,
I smile for this Community
And I smile for our physicians at Sinai-Grace Hospital

I have a feeling today!

I have a feeling this morning, Detroit!

I have a feeling that the ideals of our forefathers are finally being addressed,
I have a feeling!
I have a feeling that the dreams of Dr Martin Luther King Jr are finally coming true,
I have a feeling!
I have a feeling the healthcare needs of this community are finally being met,
I HAVE A FEELING THIS MORNING!

This feeling is that the emergency room physicians that work at this great institution will FINALLY have the space and technology they need to continue to provide the high quality and safe care they have done for years with very little, I have a feeling!

I have a feeling and this feeling feels very very very good!

I have a feeling that with the passing of the Affordable Care Act, and the Governor agreeing to the expansion of healthcare in Michigan, WE are getting closer to the PROMISED LAND.

Because, WE, the people of the Detroit Medical Center-Sinai-Grace hospital, believe that in order to form a more perfect Detroit- WE, MUST DO OUR PART TO PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE OF THIS GREAT CITY

Under the direction of Justice Conrad Mallett, I have a feeling that WE will now be able to provide navigators to connect the uninsured … with insurance.

In partnership with the county, Mayor Duggan and spiritual leaders like Pastor Solomon Kinloch, WE, will go to the churches, go to the schools and go out into the community and prove this land to not only be the land of the free and the home of the brave, but as a land free without unnecessary death and diseases like obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and heart attacks.

I have a feeling!

I have a feeling that under the leadership of Joe Mullany, WE, will maintain an unwavering commitment to the largest city in the state of Michigan.

Settled in 1701, We were here before the declaration of independence was signed and before the construct of the preamble of the constitution and with the right to LIFE and the promotion GENERAL WELFARE,WE will be here living longer and healthier lives.

I have a feeling!

That today symbolizes the end to the over crowdedness of our emergency department
Today symbolizes the end to less than ideal patient privacy
Today symbolizes the end for Detroiters to have to leave this neighborhood in order to experience a state-of-the art emergency department with continued high quality and safe care

AND BECAUSE YOU DESERVE MORE DETROIT-

We now have special treatment rooms for our pediatric and aging community

And, there are still more improvements to come:

  • Like our new Intensive Care Units
  • A new radiology department
  • And a new main entrance and front lobby

Detroit, WE, the people of the DMC have always and will always be here for you!