DBusiness Daily Update: Henry Ford Hospital Receives Stroke Certification, First Detroit Historical Society Podcast Covers Local Beer, and More

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Our roundup of the latest news from metro Detroit and Michigan businesses as well as announcements from government agencies, including updates about the COVID-19 pandemic. To share a business or nonprofit story, please send us a message.

Henry Ford Hospital Re-certified as Comprehensive Stroke Center
Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit has been re-certified by The Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stoke Center, the highest distinction of its kind which recognizes hospitals that have the ability to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases.

An independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 22,000 healthcare organizations and programs in U.S., The Joint Commission conducted a rigorous review of more than 130 elements of performance, including quality measurements, and guidelines, before awarding the re-certification, which Henry Ford Hospital first earned in 2016.

“By utilizing the most advanced diagnostic tools available, we are able to diagnose stroke within minutes and rapidly begin treatment,” says Dr. Alex Chebl, director of the Division of Vascular Neurology for Henry Ford Health System and director of Henry Ford Hospital’s Comprehensive Stroke Center. “This commitment to excellent care has not only earned us re-certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, but also the Gold Plus and Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite designation from the American Heart Association, which recognizes our commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.”

The Comprehensive Stroke Center certification from The Joint Commission is backed by Henry Ford’s Stroke Interdisciplinary Team, as well as the Ford Acute Stroke Treatment Team — or FAST Team, which can rapidly evaluate a patient with suspected stroke at any Henry Ford Emergency Department and determine in minutes if the patient should be sent to Henry Ford Hospital for advanced surgical or catheter-based treatments. One of those advanced treatment options is endovascular thrombectomy, which is the insertion of a tiny catheter directly into the brain to retrieve stroke-causing blood clots, restoring normal blood flow in seconds.

As pioneers in stroke research, Henry Ford experts were instrumental in the development of the drug commonly known as tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), serving as the national coordinating center and one of the primary sites for the national clinical trials. Administered within the first four-and-a-half hours of ischemic stroke onset, tPA targets and dissolves blood clots and improves blood flow. The results of the trial appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine and changed the way hospitals cared for stroke patients nationwide. Henry Ford clinicians and researchers continue to participate in ground-breaking clinical trials related to the treatment of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.

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First Detroit Historical Society Podcast Focuses on Local Brewers
The Detroit Historical Society has produced and published its first podcast, “Untold Detroit: Beer.” The six-episode season is available on all major podcast platforms, including Spotify, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts.

The premier season of the society’s first podcast focuses on the long history of beer and brewing in Detroit — from before French colonization to current events in Detroit’s beer scene.

Timed to compliment one of the Detroit Historical Museum’s newest exhibitions, “Detroit’s Brewing Heritage,” the podcast explores the thoughts of those directly involved creating today’s brewing history. Each episode also features plenty of interesting Detroit brewing history, and heritage.

Interviews from brewing giants like Larry Bell, founder of Bell’s Brewery, John Stroh from the Stroh family and Annette May, a female-certified Cicerone, the podcast brings together a variety of industry leaders and historians to tell the comprehensive history of Detroit’s brewing story.

The podcast is designed to position the society as a thought leader in the museum digital media and ties in directly with its mission of telling Detroit’s stories and why they matter.

“We’re excited to delve into the world of podcasting and expand our museum-based tradition of storytelling into the digital space,” says Elana Rugh, CEO of the society.

The society has partnered with Michigan Podcast Production company to bring this podcast to life.

“This podcast gives fans of Detroit history a new way to learn, and it offers the museum a new way to engage with its patrons, especially during a time of social distancing,” says Seth Resler, co-founder of Michigan Podcast Productions.

National Coney Island Offers Free Retail Chili Feb. 25
National Coney Island will celebrate National Chili Day on Thursday, Feb. 25 by including a free 12-oz. retail chili in carryout orders of $25 or more at each of its participating locations.

“At National Coney Island, we certainly appreciate your business, and we look forward to celebrating National Chili day as a way to thank our guests for their continued support during this time,’’ says Tom Giftos, president of National Coney Island.

National Coney Island has been serving their famous hot dogs and chili in Michigan for more than 55 years. NCI currently operates 17 locations with more than 900 employees throughout southeast Michigan, including within Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW).

Homebuilders Association Founds Skills Trades Scholarship
The Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan’s Charitable and Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the endowment of the Paul C. and Cheryl Robertson Honorary Scholarship as part of its Skilled Trades Scholarship Fund.

The foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity whose mission includes support of programs to improve the availability of housing opportunities for all persons, to combat community deterioration, and promote educational programs in support of housing. The foundation provides HBA members and others who are active in the residential construction industry the option of supporting a charity that is aligned with their profession.

The Skilled Trades Scholarship Fund was formed specifically to provide opportunities in support of young people who will become the next generation of construction workers in southeastern Michigan.

“For 75 years Robertson Homes has depended on our great trade base to enhance our reputation for high quality homes,” says Paul C. Robertson Jr. “Cheryl and I want to provide scholarships and encouragement to young people to get the education and skills to explore a career in the trades. We feel it is a wonderful way to earn a good living and provide employment stability for their family and future.”

Beginning later this year, the fund will provide annual scholarships to deserving individuals, aged 18 to 25 years, who are pursuing a construction career by either working for a residential builder or subcontractor, studying in post high school trades training, or enrolled in a two-year college degree program in the area of construction. Paul C. and Cheryl Robertson of Robertson Homes are founding members of the fund.

“The generous endowment made by Paul C. and Cheryl Robertson is a significant contribution to the future of the residential construction industry in our area,” says Michael Stoskopf, CEO of HBA. “The annual scholarship awarded in honor of the Robertsons will not only help a deserving individual to get started in a career in construction but will help insure the future of skilled trades for the industry, as well.”

Scholarship applications and donations to the foundation are being accepted here.