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Detroit Medical Center

The Detroit Medical Center is the largest private employer in the city of Detroit with more than 12,000 employees. It operates 9 hospitals and institutions. Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center, Harper University Hospital, Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, Hutzel Women’s Hospital, DMC Surgery Hospital, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Sinai-Grace Hospital, and Kresge Eye Institute.

Established as a nonprofit corporation in 1985, the DMC is a leading academic healthcare system with a mission of excellence in clinical care, research and medical education. The DMC is a comprehensive, integrated medical system that can handle virtually any healthcare need. With more than 2,000 licensed beds and 2,600 physicians, DMC is a leader in advanced technology and medical techniques.
Detroit Medical Center facilities employ best practices and conduct business in an atmosphere of respect and professionalism. Our recognition of and attention to diversity in our business operations and healthcare services in unparalleled. The Detroit Medical Center is committed to improving the health of the population served by providing the highest quality health care services in a caring and efficient manner without invidious discrimination, regardless of the person's religion, race, gender, ethnic identification or economic status. Together with Wayne State University, the Detroit Medical Center strives to be the region's premier health care resource through a broad range of clinical services, the discovery and application of new knowledge and the education of practitioners, teachers and scientists.
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Child Life specialists bring normalcy for kids hospitalized at Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Date: 3/21/2006

Have you ever been hospitalized even though you didn’t understand why? Or had others decide what kind of medical treatment you should receive without including you in the process? Finally, imagine that everyone else is about three to four feet taller than you. Now, you have a child’s view of a hospital. At Children’s Hospital of Michigan, there are people solely dedicated to helping kids understand their hospital experiences and illnesses.

Throughout March, Children’s Hospital of Michigan is celebrating National Child Life Month to increase awareness about the child life profession. Children are invited to join child life specialists at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, located at 3901 Beaubien Blvd, for medical play sessions on March 21, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and March 23, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. During these sessions, kids will make finger casts, play with medical equipment, view dolls with intravenous (IV) lines and more. Each session will take place in the main lobby and is open to the public.

“A child’s imagination can run wild while in the hospital and unlike adults, kids don’t often understand what’s happening or why they’re in the hospital,” said Courtney Hillyard, coordinator, Child Life Services at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. “Our goal is to help reduce fears and anxieties that many patients feel by helping them understand and positively cope with their hospital experience.”

Child life specialists use play as a non-threatening way to help patients process information related to stressful medical events. During “Medical Play” specialists may use cloth dolls to show where IV lines may be placed on the patient and even what happens on the inside of the body when a shunt is implanted. In addition, child life specialists frequently provide distraction using a variety of techniques such as counting, deep breathing, imagery, play, and musical toys to divert attention during procedures. “By reducing the child’s anxiety about the upcoming procedure and rehearsing of coping techniques for use during the procedure, child life specialists can increase patient compliance. This creates a positive experience not only for the patient, but also for the hospital staff involved,” comments Hillyard.

During the week of March 20, patients and their families will also participate in special activities and receive added perks, such as ‘don’t bug me passes’ that patients can turn in for a five-minute break before having a treatment or therapy and creation of art projects using medical equipment such as syringe painting or medical collages.

For more information about Children’s Hospital of Michigan Child Life Services, call (313) 745-KIDS or visit
The Detroit Medical Center will be known for:

  • Quality, cost-effective care.

  • Accessible, responsive, and personalized service.

  • Innovation and academic stature.

  • Mutually beneficial relationships with medical staff.

  • Management leadership and a positive work environment.

  • Community service and stewardship.

  • Fiscal control, responsibility and efficiency.
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    We are the leading academically integrated delivery system in metropolitan Detroit and the largest health care provider in southeast Michigan. The DMC has more than 2,000 licensed beds, 3,000 affiliated physicians, and is the teaching and clinical research site for Wayne State University School of Medicine, the nation’s fourth largest medical school.

    Detroit Medical Center Facilities

    Children’s Hospital of Michigan – an international leader in pediatric neurology and neurosurgery, cardiology, oncology, diagnostic services including Positron Emission Tomography and MRI. Southeast Michigan’s only pediatric Level One Trauma Center. Experts in pediatric critical care, rehabilitation and neonatal and perinatal medicine who care for thousands of children every year.

    Detroit Receiving Hospital – Michigan’s first Level One Trauma Center. Areas of expertise include a burn center, hyperbaric medicine, emergency psychiatry, medical and surgical emergencies, and traumatic brain surgery. Detroit Receiving trains nearly 60 percent of Michigan’s emergency department physicians.

    Harper University Hospital – known for its specialty services such as bariatric (gastric bypass surgery) cardiology, vascular procedures, neurosurgery, neurology and kidney and pancreas transplants. As the hospital with the first mechanical heart, Harper has always been a leader in state-of-the-art technology. Today, Harper continues that trend with Michigan’s only iMRI machine, non-invasive cardiac procedures, and new advances in stroke prevention and neuromuscular diseases like Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis.

    Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital – Oakland County's newest hospital and among the top hospitals in the area and nation in patient satisfaction. The hospital features the Harris Birthing Center with all private birthing suites, a regional specialty center, the Charach Cancer Center, a part of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, the Krieger Center for Senior Adults, state-of-the art surgical suites; cardiac services, complete inpatient and outpatient diagnostic care as well as an emergency department ranked among the highest in the United States for patient satisfaction.

    Hutzel Women’s Hospital – nationally recognized for cutting-edge research in high-risk obstetrics, infertility, reproductive genetics, gynecology and neonatology. Hutzel has been ranked as the number one hospital in research grants in the United States, for its OB/GYN physicians who are affiliated with Wayne State University School of Medicine.

    Kresge Eye Institute – internationally known for its contributions to ophthalmology and considered a leading center for the preservation of sight, implant surgery, cornea transplantation, retina disease and treatment of vision problems.

    Michigan Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital – located in Madison Heights, is the only regional hospital focused exclusively on orthopaedic services. This specialty hospital provides patients access to comprehensive orthopaedic services and our expert team of physicians and caregivers recognized as among the best in the United States for orthopaedic care.

    Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan – one of the nation's largest hospitals dedicated to rehabilitation medicine and research. The institute serves as a center of excellence for the treatment of persons with spinal cord and brain injuries.

    Sinai-Grace Hospital – located in northwest Detroit, is a full-service community hospital, offering expertise in emergency medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, gerontology and bariatric surgery. Sinai Grace’s orthopaedic surgery program features total joint replacement surgery, including revolutionary a minimally-invasive knee replacement procedure. Sinai-Grace operates 21 ambulatory sites and surgery centers, including the Oakland Virtual Medical Center.
    DMC Hospitals

    DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital
    in Oakland country, is committed to providing outstanding customer service and remarkable medical care. This hospital features the Harris Birthing Center with all privatc birthing suites, the Charach Cancer treatment Center (afilliated wiih the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center), cardiac services, and comprehensive impatient and outpatient diagnostic care. For emergency, obstetrics and ambulatory surgery, Huron Valley-Sinai consistently ranks among the top hospitals in the nation.

    DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan has more than 40 clinical specialties and is an international leader in pidiatric and adolescent medicine. Surgical scrviccs include general. neurosurgry. orthopedics andcardiovascular. Imagine technology designed especially for children provides
    advanced diagnostic scrvices such a Position Emission Tomography(PET) and MRI. The Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s Emergency Department is a verified Level 1 Trauma center dedicated exclusively to children. Experts in pediatric critical care, rehabilitation, nconatal and perinatal medicine provide care for thousands of children every year.

    DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital.
    Michigans first Level I Trauma Center has played a pioneer role in the evolution of emergency medicine. Receiving hosts one of the busiest and most well— equipped emergency departments anywhere. The oldest and largest verified burn center in the state is at Receiving,and is one of only 43 in the country. Receiving also boasts the state’s leading 24/7 hyperbaric oxygen program, Merro Detroit’s first certified primary stroke center, and the nationally recognized Rosa Parks Geriatric Center,

    Detroit Receiving offers expertise in emergency medicine, complex trauma. critical care. orthopedics. neurosciences, nephrology, pulmonology, diabetes, geriatrics and urology. Detroit Receiving is also home to a Center of Excellence for disaster preparedness that has been the model for regional state, national and federal agencies.

    DMC Harper University Hospital has distinguished irself in surgery and and medicine and is known for its clinical expertise, innovative research and advanced education. A speciality referral hospital. Harper has established Centers of Excellence in ncurosciences, bariatric
    surgery, vascular services, multidisciplinary cardiovascular services hypertension.
    stroke prevention and heart failure. Harper is home to the revolutionary Cardio Team One, the new standard of excellence in heart care.

    DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan is one of the nation’s largest hospitals specializing in Rehabilitation medicine and research. RIM is known for its clinical expertise in spinal cord injury, brain injuny, stroke, amputee, orthopedics and catastrophic injury care. The institute is home to many innovative programs, including the center for Spinal Cord injury Recovery and the Southeastern Michigan Traumatic Brain Injury System (SEMTBIS),
    one of only 16 centers of Excellence in the U.S. for brain injury research and care. RIM also operates more than 30 outpatient sites throughout southeast Michigan specializing in sports medicine and and orthopedics

    DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital
    is DMC's largest hospital . As a full-service community hospital Located in northwest Detroit, Sinai—Grace offers a comprehensive heart center, cancer care, gerontology. emergency medicine, obstetrics/gynecology and cosmetic services. Sinai—Grace's joint replacement program features a revolutionary minimally invasive knee ,and hip replacement surgery that attracts patients from all over the country. Sinai-Grace also operates more than 25 outpatient care sites and ambulatory urgery centers throughout Wayne and Oakland Countries. Sinai—Grace is onc oF 10 hospitals in the nation to he awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to set the standards of cardiac care for lhospitals and physicians throughout the nation.

    DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital
    is nationally recognized for cutting-edgc research in high—risk obstetrics, infertility, reproductive genetics, neonatology. maternal fetal medicine, midwifery, gynecology, urogvnecology, menopause, permanent bjrh control and alternatives to hysterectomy. With a rich history of morc than 143 years as Michigan’s first and only hospital for women, the patient benifits from Hutzel's commitment to research and education. Home to the National institutes o Health (NIH) Perinatology Research Branch (PRB), Hutzel is recognized as a leader in womens health by physicians and researchers across the country.
    DMC Surgery Hospital is dedicated to the surgical needs of adults and children, Adult services cover the full range of orthopedic, neurosurgery relative to the spine, and podiatric surgeries. Outpatient pediatric surgical needs are provided in association with DMC Childrciis Hospital of Michigan. The major emphasis of DMC Surgery Hospital is orthopedic sports medicine for adults and adolescents. The hospital also offers 24-hour emergency care and psychiatric inpatient services.

    DMC Cardiovascular institute
    Launched in 2OO9 the Cardiovascular institute (CVI) is a world—class heart and vascular treatment center dedicated to clinical care and research in all areas related to the health of the heart and the circulatory system.
    Headquartered at the DMC’s award-winning Harper University Hospital - now ranked among the “Best Hospitals” in America for Heart Care and Heart Surgery by US.News & World Report — CVI provides the most comprehensive cardiovascular services and treatments now available in Michigan.

    In Partnership:
    The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center provides patients throughout Michigan and beyond with comprehensive cancer care certified by the National Cancer institute (NCI) and backed by state-of-the-science cancer research
    In Partnership: Kresge Eye Institute is known internationally for its contributions to ophthalmology and houses the Ligon Research Center of Vision. Kresge has clinical specialties in glaucoma. cataract surgery. cornea trancplaiitaiion, retinal vitreal and macular diseases, plastic and cosmetic eye surgery. diabetes—related eye conditions, neuro-related eye disorders and ocular prosthetics.

    Convenient Services
    24-Hour Health Access Center: 1-888-DMC-2500
    By dialing a single phone number. 24 hours a day, seven days a week, you can find everything you need to know about the many services and healthcare options available at Detroit Medical Center.
    If you’re looking for a physician, there are more than 3.000 to choose from and you can select the one that best meets your needs. when you need an appointment, DMC health access agents make scheduling easy.
    the Nurse Triage service provides direct access to highly trained nurses who can answer your health concerns after hours and on weekends. They work with physicians to provide personal healthcare counseling when the doctor’s office is closed. This service can make all the difference when you or loved ones are ill.

    Advanced Imaging Resources
    DMC has invested millions dollars to acquire the most advanced imaging technology available. With more than 650,000 imaging procedures performed each year’s patients are serviced by the most qualified technicians. Appointments are available 24 hours a day, with some guaranteed to be scheduled within 72 hours. Procedures include MRI, MRA, CT, CTA, Ultrasound and PET imaging. To schedule an appointment call 1-888-DMC-2500.

    Pharmacy Services
    Five DMC hospitals have on-site pharmacies to serve patient. employees or anyone who needs a prescription filled. Pharmacy staff members have quick access to a patient’s physician and treatment protocols. Dial the pharmacy at the hospital of your choice.