Henry Ford Health System surgeon starts program to mentor Detroit area youth
Henry Ford Health Systems’ Vice Chair of Surgery and System Director of Thoracic Surgery, Dr. Ikenna Okereke, immigrated to Detroit from Nigeria in middle school. He moved away but always remembered Detroit as the place that gave his family a chance. Now that Okereke has returned, he wants to provide Detroit area youth with an opportunity too.
An essential option for the immunocompromised to fight COVID
If you couldn’t receive the vaccine because of an allergy or other reaction, or your immune system is severely compromised because, for example, you’ve had a transplant or you’re on chemotherapy. The vaccine isn’t going to be as protective.
Local Ukrainian Americans watch and worry as Russia Threat looms
Tensions continue to mount on the Russia-Ukraine border as an estimated 100,000 Russian troops are being staged for what some believe could be an imminent invasion. Every Ukrainian American has a different story of why mothers, grandmothers, fathers, and grandfathers left a land they loved.
49 things Henry Ford Health leaders said about current COVID situation in Michigan
Henry Ford Hospital officials spoke Thursday about COVID in Michigan, providing an update on the rapid spread of omicron and revealing that there are both hundreds of patients hospitalized and hundreds of employees out due to the virus.
First look at how Ford Field mass vaccination site plans are going
DETROIT – Local 4 is getting a look at how the plan to vaccinate Michigan residents at Ford Field is going. Michigan residents can register for the COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Ford Field in Detroit. READ: Ford Field mass COVID vaccination site aims to administer 355,000 vaccines over next 2 monthsGov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday that the Ford Field clinic will administer more than 350,000 vaccine doses in the next two months. FEMA’s representative said the Ford Field site is deeply personal to him because family members of his struggled with COVID.
Survivor: Woman with COVID-19 gives birth, gets new lungs
Jackie Dennis, left, and her husband, Ricky Dennis, pose for a photo with their daughter, Mia Rose, at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit on March 17, 2021. She needed a double lung transplant in January 2021 to survive COVID-19. (Ray Manning/Henry Ford Health System Via AP)DETROIT – A suburban Detroit woman infected with COVID-19 gave birth then underwent a double lung transplant just weeks later to save her life, doctors said Wednesday. Two months after the transplant, Jackie Dennis, a teacher in New Boston, said she’s doing well. She and the medical team at Henry Ford Health System shared her remarkable story with 4-month-old Mia Rose in her arms.
Henry Ford Health named medical director for mass vaccination site at Ford Field
DETROIT – Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) has been named the medical director for a mass vaccination site at Detroit’s Ford Field. Officials said Henry Ford will “provide onsite expertise and oversight for the vaccine administrations and medical care as well support for the site’s operations.” Other support partners include FEMA, Wayne County, City of Detroit, Ford Field, the Detroit Lions and Meijer. The health system held a similar position at the TCF Center in 2020. “Henry Ford Health System is thrilled to serve as the health system partner for this mass vaccination effort, joining our local, state and federal partners to expand vaccination opportunities, especially in our underserved communities,” said Dr. Steven Rockoff, service chief of Emergency Medicine at Henry Ford Health System. It was initially reported in February that officials from FEMA were touring Ford Field and planning to turn the home of the Detroit Lions into a vaccination site.
City of Oak Park, Henry Ford Health team up to offer COVID-19 vaccine appointments
OAK PARK, Mich. – In partnership with Henry Ford Health System, the city of Oak Park is providing COVID-19 vaccine appointments at the city’s Municipal Complex. Officials said registration is open to Oak Park residents 65 years of age and older (with or without health issues) as well as residents between 50-64 years of age who have health issues. Once they qualify, residents will receive a phone call or text to confirm their appointment. “We’re doing what we can to return Oak Park to the safe and healthy community we all know and love. If you’re eligible, please take advantage of this opportunity with our great partner HFHS,” read a statement from City Manager Erik Tungate.
Ann Arbor tweens raise funds for COVID relief
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Stella and Maybree are two Ann Arbor girls who have been best friends since kindergarten. The two sixth graders have grown up figuring out ways to help others and when they saw the news reports of health care workers in need, they wanted to help. They saw news stories about health care workers who were struggling to get the personal protection equipment they needed. Stella and Maybree took it all in, not as 11-year-olds, but as humans who simply care about other humans. They decided to raise money to help Henry Ford Health System’s COVID emergency relief efforts.
How one man’s painful mouth sore led to a cancer diagnosis
Now I had to tell my family I have cancer,” Stokes said. Reconstructive surgery“Todd’s cancer was unique because he was a fairly young patient who was very active and full of life,” Ghanem said. Prior to going into surgery, the Henry Ford team gathered his family to explain what to expect along with follow-up care. (Henry Ford Health System)Stokes went through six weeks of radiation therapy after the procedure and some speech therapy to help with recovery. “I owe my life to Dr. Ghanem, Dr. Wu -- everyone I encountered at Henry Ford was truly exceptional.
Henry Ford Health System begins enrollment for 2-dose trial of J & J’s COVID-19 vaccine
This Sept. 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows a scientist in Janssen laboratory in Leiden, The Netherlands. Johnson & Johnson said Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 that in the U.S. and seven other countries, the first single-shot vaccine appears 66% effective overall at preventing moderate to severe COVID-19. More: Henry Ford to carry out phase 3 of COVID-19 vaccine trial in Metro DetroitThat trial showed that the single-shot version of the vaccine was 85% effective overall in preventing severe disease and complete protection against COVID-19 related hospitalization and death. It was 65% effective overall in preventing moderate to severe COVID-19. Anyone interested in volunteering may sign up at this link on the Henry Ford website.
This iPhone feature can deactivate cardiac devices, doctors find
The advertiser paid a fee to promote this sponsored article and may have influenced or authored the content. The views expressed in this article are those of the advertiser and do not necessarily reflect those of this site or affiliated companies. When it was revealed that one of the newest features of the Apple iPhone 12 was a strong magnet that would help maximize charging, it piqued the interest of cardiologist Dr. Gurjit Singh and his colleagues. “So, we began to wonder if the magnet in the iPhone 12 would affect the safe operation of these devices.”When Singh passed the iPhone 12 over the chest of a patient with an implantable defibrillator, he found that it was deactivated. “We saw on the external defibrillator programmer that the functions of the device were suspended and remained suspended,” he said.
Cardiologists say iPhone 12 could pose danger to people with defibrillators, pacemakers
DETROIT – Doctors at Henry Ford said that an iPhone 12 can pose dangers to people with an implanted defibrillators or pacemakers. READ: Henry Ford doctors say iPhone 12 can disrupt defibrillators, pacemakersA recent study found that the magnet in the iPhone 12 has the potential to stop the implanted device from working. “When I first was reading about the new iPhone, they said the magnet was so strong, you could actually attach it to your refrigerator. You know, I wonder what it would do to a potential device,” Dr. Greenberg said. It’s not just the iPhone 12 that doctors are concerned about.
Henry Ford doctors say iPhone 12 can disrupt defibrillators, pacemakers
DETROIT – Cardiologists at the Henry Ford Heart and Vascular Institute said that the magnet in the iPhone 12 can disrupt the function of a defibrillator. Their findings are backed by a warning from Apple that tells people with implanted pacemakers and defibrillators to keep their devices more than 6 inches apart. READ: Metro Detroit doctor encourages people to pay more attention to their heart healthMedical devices such as implanted pacemakers and defibrillators might contain sensors that respond to magnets and radios when in close contact. AppleAccording to Henry Ford, there are more than 300,000 recipients of implanted defibrillators and pacemakers every year. Henry Ford cardiologists, led by Gurjit Singh, M.D., released a manuscript about their findings and submitted it to the medical journal HeartRhythm.
Newly constructed Henry Ford Cancer Institute begins patient care
The newly constructed, state-of-the-art Henry Ford Cancer Institute in Detroit’s New Center area has opened its doors for patients. “The opening of the Brigitte Harris Cancer Pavilion marks the beginning of a new era in cancer care,” said Wright Lassiter, III, President and CEO of Henry Ford Health System. “This investment is a testament to decades of cancer care innovation at Henry Ford Hospital, where we’ve developed and delivered first in the world care. “This is a transcendent moment in the fight against cancer,” said Steven Kalkanis, M.D., CEO of Henry Ford Medical Group and Chief Academic Officer of Henry Ford Health System. “At a time when our society has endured extraordinary challenges, the opening of this new Henry Ford Cancer Institute location in Detroit is a beacon of hope in the lives of everyone affected by this disease.
Thinking about a lung cancer screening? This low-dose CT scan just might change everything
When Vic Thompson saw an advertisement for a lung cancer screening, something prompted him, after about 60 years of on-and-off smoking, to look into it. Once the lung cancer screening clinic determined Thompson was a candidate for the life-saving screening, he set an appointment to do it in March, but COVID-19 hit and elective procedures were postponed. Results from that screening led to a PET scan, which suggested there was a small nodule in Thompson’s lung. Popoff informed me that it was non-small cell lung cancer, stage one.”Thompson’s nodule was removed completely with no need for chemotherapy or radiation. “I want to encourage anyone who meets the criteria, to consider scheduling a lung cancer screening,” he said.
How Michigan hospitals, health departments prioritize COVID vaccine distribution
With demand high and supply low, getting an appointment to receive a coronavirus vaccine in Michigan can be tricky -- even for essential workers. Michigan COVID-19 vaccinations: How to find appointments, info on phasesMeijer will administer COVID vaccines at its Michigan pharmaciesCOVID-19 vaccine questions? Ask the doctorMichigan has released a preliminary timeline to show a projection of when other phases can expect to begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. People between 16-64 with health conditions that put them at high risk for COVID complications and remaining essential workers are expected to be vaccinated between May-September. A national crisis: Governors complain over pace of COVID-19 vaccine shipments
New grant to help reimagine a Detroit neighborhood
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is providing a grant for $48,000 towards a planning study with NW Goldberg Cares. The planned study is called “Reimagining Ferry Park.” The study is to help residents vocalize what businesses they would like to have within the commercial corridor on Ferry Park street between Holden and Lawton. So far NW Goldberg Cares has created three pocket parks, including a literary park funded by Detroit Future City. NW Goldberg Cares is a business community-led group actively seeking to maintain the viability of their neighborhood. If interested in the Reimagining Ferry Park project, you can attend any of their virtual meetings.
How can I manage my risk for breast cancer? A breakdown of 3 major ways
It’s not a comforting statistic: About 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, according to the National Cancer Institute. That makes breast cancer the most common cancer among women, the site goes on to say. In fact, 90% of all breast cancer cases are now treatable, the American Cancer Society says. Breast cancer screening includes mammography and other breast imaging exams. An estimated 5 to 10% of breast cancer cases are hereditary, according to cancer.org.
Dr. Frank McGeorge reveals what it’s like to get the COVID-19 vaccine
One of the health care workers eligible to get vaccinated was Local 4′s own Dr. Frank McGeorge. Dr. McGeorge received an email from Henry Ford Hospital, where he’s an emergency room physician, informing him that it was his turn to receive the vaccine. Dr. McGeorge said in the hours after receiving the shot, he didn’t notice anything different. READ: New tool will help Centers for Disease Control monitor COVID-19 vaccine recipients for any reactionsMcGeorge plans to download the V-Safe app from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Ask Dr. McGeorge
Metro Detroit hospitals prepare timeline for vaccine distribution
PORTAGE, Mich. – The shipments of the Pfizer vaccine out of Portage set in motion the largest vaccination effort in American history. Nearly 3 million doses of the vaccine will be delivered to all 50 states. In Metro Detroit, that includes Ascension Hospital in Warren and Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, which is expecting just under 1,000 initial doses. Beaumont Health is estimating they’ll get about 1,000 doses in the first batch before moving up to about 14,000 Pfizer vaccines as production kicks into high-gear. They have about 11,000 frontline workers who need vaccines, so a lottery system was set up and the first 1,000 workers know who they are.
Nightside Report Dec. 5, 2020: Metro Detroit hospitals stretched thin amid virus surge, election lawsuits still pending in Detroit
DETROIT – Coronavirus hospitalizations have been steadily increasing in Michigan since October, and hospitals are feeling stretched thin. WATCH Local 4 News at 11Metro Detroit weather: Below-average temps with even lower wind chills Saturday eveningSaturday evening will be partly cloudy and cold. Temperatures will be in the low 30s, then the upper 20s. Wind chills will be in the teens. 4 Fast FactsFriday, Dec. 4, 2020 --
Hundreds of frontline workers at Metro Detroit hospitals quarantine due to COVID exposure
COVID-19 continues to cause havoc in our areas and is now affecting hundreds of workers throughout the Henry Ford Health System. Henry Ford Health said 576 of about 33,000 employees are out of work because they either have COVID-19 or been exposed to coronavirus. READ: CDC releases new, shortened quarantine options for certain COVID-19 exposureHenry Ford Health System Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Adnan Munkarah said they are in quarantine. “It’s in the double-digit and it continues to be concerning, which means the number of affected people in the community continues to be high,” said Dr. Munkarah. Henry Ford Health System said two of its six hospitals are more than 90% full, those are in Macomb and West Bloomfield.
Henry Ford receives Eli Lilly antibody treatment, readies freezers for COVID-19 vaccine
DETROIT – There is new hope that a coronavirus vaccine is closer than ever to making its way to Metro Detroit. Henry Ford Hospital said it could see its first doses being delivered in upcoming weeks, and they have the specialized freezers and equipment ready to go for when a COVID-19 vaccine arrives. Additionally, doses of Eli Lilly’s monoclonal antibody treatment have arrived. Dr. Adnan Munkarah, the chief clinical officer of the Henry Ford Health System, discussed the antibody treatment and preparing for the arrival of vaccines. We’re learning more about how quickly the coronavirus vaccine could be rolled out.
Henry Ford prepares to receive COVID-19 vaccine as approval nears
Once a COVID-19 vaccine is approved, Henry Ford says it is prepared to receive and store the vaccine -- which requires storage at extremely low temperatures. So far, Henry Ford has begun installing 12 freezers: six that can appropriately store the Pfizer vaccine, and six that can appropriately store the Moderna vaccine. Henry Ford hospitals in Wyandotte, Macomb, West Bloomfield and Jackson will each have one of each type of freezer. Pfizer formally requested an emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine on Nov. 20. Details about where the COVID-19 vaccine will first be shipped to in Michigan are still being finalized.
Here’s a look inside Henry Ford’s COVID-19 testing lab
The main lab at Henry Ford was the first in Michigan, outside of the health department, to be able to test for COVID-19. Now, the health system tests over 1,500 samples a day and have done roughly a quarter of a million tests since March. Depending on the urgency of the result, the lab can actually choose to do the PCR test on a specific, smaller machine with a rapid turnaround. In general, the majority of tests take less than 24 hours to determine results when they’re done on the larger machines. Dr. Linoj Samuel with Henry Ford Health System explains the process.
Top Henry Ford Health doctor worried about Michigan COVID-19 deaths rising in near future
DETROIT – Michigan announced 8,516 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, smashing the previous single-day record by more than 1,500 cases. A week ago Friday, Michigan reported 3,700 new cases, so the total has more than double. Dr. Adnan Munkarah, Henry Ford Health top doctor, is worried about the possibility of COVID-19 deaths jumping. “From a national data perspective, we’ve had close to 1,200 deaths in the past 24 hours,” Munkarah said. “In fact, in 100% of our testing, we weren’t getting back the results within 24 hours,” Munkarah said.
When was the last time you cleaned out your fridge?
This Sunday is National Clean Out Your Fridge Day, and we spoke with Shaelyn Gurzick, a registered dietician with Henry Ford Health System about things to keep in mind when stocking your fridge. Condiments tend to be a product you use a few times and forget about, so the expiration date can come up before you know it. Where you store the groceries in your fridge can also be very important. The side door is the warmest part of the fridge, so Gurzick recommends you put food there that won’t spoil as quickly like condiments. The upper shelves of the fridge are warmer, because they get hit with warm air every time the door opens.
COVID-19 exhaustion at Michigan hospitals: ‘We got through first surge on adrenaline, now it’s a marathon’
Michigan hospital leaders are worried about health care workers becoming exhausted by eight months of battling COVID-19 as hospitals start to fill up with patients once again. As state officials announce 6,000 new COVID-19 cases daily in Michigan, hospitalizations are starting to trend in wrong direction. During a virtual discussion with the presidents and CEOS of major Michigan health systems, the most pressing concern isn’t space, but staff availability. “It may not be access to a facility need, it may actually be staffing,” Decker said. So that has clearly been our top concern.”LOCAL: Macomb County a ‘pocket’ of Michigan that struggles with mask wearing, Henry Ford Health CEO says