Henry Ford Hospital CEO Launches Blog


Nov. 8, 2010

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Henry Ford Hospital CEO Launches Blog

DETROIT- Ever wonder what it's like to run a hospital? How about a non-profit hospital in Detroit, one of the country's economically hardest-hit cities?

How do you survive, let alone grow business and revenue, all while keeping your employees happy?
Recently appointed Henry Ford Hospital President and CEO John Popovich Jr., M.D., is ready to answer all of those questions and more on his new blog, "Doc in the D" (www.DocInTheD.com).

As Dr. Popovich takes the helm at Henry Ford Hospital, he's telling all: The challenges and rewards of being a doctor running hospital; what gets him up in the morning, and keeps him up at night; his ideas to keep Henry Ford - and Detroit - a destination for medical care as health care reform takes shape.

Having worked at Henry Ford Hospital for nearly 35 years, Dr. Popovich offers a unique perspective on health care in Detroit, and has countless stories to share.

He'll also use the blog to answer questions from the health care community, the public and Henry Ford employees.

Dr. Popovich became CEO of Henry Ford Hospital in July 2010. The first physician to lead the hospital in more than 60 years, he oversees the entire clinical and financial operations of the 805-bed hospital, the medical, educational and research flagship of Henry Ford Health System.

A nationally respected pulmonary disease and internal medicine specialist, Dr. Popovich also is a national leader in health care policy.

After graduating from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1976, he began his career at Henry Ford with a medical internship followed by residency training - which included serving as chief medical resident - and then a fellowship in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine. He joined the hospital as a senior staff physician in 1980.

Since that time, he has been instrumental in the growth of intensive care and critical care at Henry Ford Hospital. While serving as director of the medical intensive care unit, he developed the critical care training program and led the expansion of critical care medicine.

He served for 10 years as division head of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, before becoming chair of the Department of Internal Medicine in 1999. He became the health system's senior vice president for Clinical Affairs in 2008.

Dr. Popovich is past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation and is a past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine, the nation's largest physician-certifying board.

During his tenure as chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine, he led efforts to expand the recertification program for internal medicine physicians, as well as initiate the development of certification in hospitalist medicine. In his Foundation role, he led the organization's efforts to advance medical professionalism, and worked with different health care policy makers and constituents to develop environmental conditions that encourage clinicians to do the right thing in the service of improved quality of care.

Dr. Popovich is a highly respected lecturer and has authored more than 150 journal articles, abstracts and book chapters.

Follow Dr. Popovich on his blog, "Doc in the D," at www.docinthed.com.

About Henry Ford Hospital
Henry Ford Hospital, the flagship facility for Henry Ford Health System, is an 805-bed tertiary care hospital, education and research complex. The hospital is staffed by the Henry Ford Medical Group, one of the nation's largest and oldest group practices with 1,200 physicians in more 40 specialties. The hospital, which opened in 1915, is a Level 1 trauma center, recognized for clinical excellence and innovations in the fields of cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, sports medicine, organ transplants, and treatment for prostate, breast and lung cancers. The hospital annually trains more than 500 residents and 125 fellows in 46 accredited programs. More than 400 medical students train at the hospital each academic year. In 2009, Henry Ford Hospital received more than $70 million in research funding. The hospital and campus is led by CEO John Popovich Jr., M.D. To learn more, visit HenryFord.com.