Henry Ford Hospital

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Henry Ford Hospital is a part of the Henry Ford Health System located in Detroit, Michigan. The hospital was founded in 1915 by automotive pioneer, Henry Ford.

Henry Ford Hospital is a 903 bed hospital. Only physicians of the closed practice, Henry Ford Medical Group, can admit to Henry Ford Hospital. There are more than 1,000 physicians and scientists in the Henry Ford Medical Group. This model is the same model used at the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic.

It operates a Level 1 Trauma Center and has one of the busiest emergency rooms in Michigan, treating nearly 100,000 people. Henry Ford Hospital performs organ transplants in many areas, including heart, lung, kidney, bone marrow, pancreas and liver. Henry Ford operates the world's largest robotic prostatectomy program in the world. The robotic prostate surgery was created here at Henry Ford and more than 4,000 men have has successful robotic prostate surgery. Henry Ford also operates one of the region's largest and most honored neuroscience institutes in the country.

Henry Ford also has a robust medical education program, where more than 700 residents in 40 specialties train every day.

The hospital is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best hospitals in the country.

One-third of all physicians in Michigan received training at Henry Ford, and its post-graduate medical education enterprise is among the largest in the country.

Henry Ford is in the top 6% of National Institutes of Health-funded institutions.


Henry Ford Hospital c. 1920

Henry Ford Hospital, located at what was then the edge of the city of Detroit at Hamilton and West Grand Boulevards, opened its doors to patients in October 1915. A Private Patient Building accommodated 48 patients, and several other small buildings housed the surgical pavilion, research quarters, kitchens and laundry facilities, the power plant, and garage.

Within two years, construction of a larger building began on the same 20-acre (81,000 m2) site. The shell of this incomplete building was turned over to the federal government in 1918 for use as U.S. Army General Hospital No. 36, which provided care for returning veterans of World War I while the Henry Ford Hospital staff were away in military service. After the war, the 50,000-square-foot (4,600 m2) building was completed, opening in 1921 and providing 500 new beds for the growing Detroit community.

Today, Henry Ford Health System operates nearly 30 medical centers in the Detroit suburbs and seven hospitals. A new $360 million, 300-bed hospital is under construction in West Bloomfield, MI.

Henry Ford Health System also has a community care division that provides services in hospice care, extended care, dialysis, home health care, 19 retail optical stores, 18 retail pharmacies and a specialty pharmacy.

Some statistics about Henry Ford Hospital and the Henry Ford Health System are: 17,489 full-time equivalent employees, including 3,632 nurses (395 from Canada) and 3,883 allied health professionals; more than 21,500 total Henry Ford Health System employees.

The Henry Ford Medical Group is comprised of physicians and scientists from 60 countries around the globe.

3.1 million patient visits annually and more than 78,000 outpatient surgical procedures performed annually.

93,000 patients admitted to Henry Ford Health System hospitals annually.

Revenue: $3.2 billion; Net Income $134 million; Uncompensated care: $104 million. (2006 data)

More than one million residents in southeast Michigan receive care from Henry Ford Health System.

More than 40% of Henry Ford Health System patient visits are by persons age 50 and over.

20% of ambulatory care and 10% of acute care services in southeast Michigan are provided by Henry Ford Health System.

Major information sources include Henry Ford Health System Innovations, and the book Henry Ford Hospital, The First 75 Years by Patricia Painter.

Notable Physicians

  • Louis Saravolatz

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