Henry Ford Health System Launches Patient Outreach Center


Henry Ford Health System aims to develop innovative ways to personalize health care and to better understand treatment options through its newly created outreach center.

The Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research is one of seven nationwide to be awarded funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The $5-million grant supports the development of the center and three specific studies devoted to women and children’s health and reducing health disparities.

“We’ll be soliciting perspectives from both patients and health care professionals in hope that the work will lead to improving treatments, preventive approaches, and the overall health care experience,” says Dr. Christine Cole Johnson, who will be leading the center.

Johnson says Henry Ford will draw on the expertise of health care professionals in nursing, medicine, surgery, home health care, wellness, education, and research as well as faith-based and community leaders.

IN OTHER HENRY FORD NEWS, a new robotic-assisted procedure at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital will provide patients with an alternative that spares kidneys that otherwise would be removed during a kidney cancer operation.

Called robot-assisted partial nephrectomy, the procedure has also been shown to have fewer complications.

“When you save the kidney, you’re preserving kidney function,” says Dr. Craig Rogers, director of renal surgery at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. “Saving a kidney has been shown to correlate with better medical outcomes, fewer cardiovascular events, even improved survival with better kidney function.”