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By Caitlin Littlefield | Thursday, Jun 27, 2013
Kelly McCutcheon Adams, LICSW Director, IHI Two years ago at a medical appointment, the medical assistant asked me if I have any medication reactions. This was different than asking at prior appointments about medication allergies, so I gave a different answer yes, my brain gets nutty if I take cough syrup with guaifenesin in it. Since that day, every time I show up at a medical appointment at any doctor’s office in my community, at the walk-in clinic or at the emergency depart ... read full post


Tag(s): Conversation Ready, Patient Safety, Quality, Patient & Family Centered Care
By Katharine Luther | Friday, Jun 21, 2013
On a recent visit to the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) in Detroit, we saw an organization that was intent on being faithful to its roots while building toward transforming the future not only of health care, but of their city. In 1925 Henry Ford built the original anchor facility, Henry Ford Hospital, with 500 private rooms (all with private baths), an airy lobby with retail space, a strict no-smoking policy, and an integrated medical staff. He insisted that patients should receive one b ... read full post


Tag(s): Site Visit, Henry Ford Hospital, shared learning, Leadership
By Caitlin Littlefield | Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013
Two weeks ago, my grandmother celebrated her 90th birthday. Sadly, she will not remember the pictures we took, the flavor of the cake she ate (chocolate – her favorite), or the gifts she unwrapped. This is because my grandmother has dementia. You may not know Jewel Estelle, but everyone has someone like her. She’s my grandmother. She isn’t a celebrity, never wrote a book, and never won a beauty pageant. There won’t be a scholarship, park bench, or statue dedicated in her honor. But is this ... read full post


Tag(s): The Conversation Project, Family caregivers and caregiving - all aspects, Family Centered Care
By Caitlin Littlefield | Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013
When people imagine biking 100 miles, a number of words probably enter their mind. Difficult. Exhausting. Brutal. Me? I’d choose privilege. It was truly a privilege to not only participate in something called the Best Buddies Challenge, but to also have the energy and wellness to complete the long, adventurous ride. Throughout my training for the challenge, which took me from Boston to Hyannis Port on two wheels this weekend, I learned many lessons. These three summarize the experience 1 ... read full post


Tag(s): Wellness, National Forum, joy in work, partnerships, shared learning
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