Join us for a LIVE Web Chat on Incontinence, Thursday at Noon

Are you or a loved one having
problems with a leaky bladder?
Do you suffer from an urgent need to urinate?

More than 13 million women and men in the United States, young and old, have urinary incontinence issues. Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control. Many suffer in silence because they are too embarassed to talk about it. There are many effective treatments. Learn more during a FREE one-hour web chat on Thursday, Dec. 11 at noon. Visit and click on the web chat button at noon. Get the facts from DMC incontinence experts so you can get relief and stop letting incontinence affect your daily activities.

Moderated by DMC Communications Director Emery King.

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5517Conrad Maitland, M.D., is a urologist at the DMC, an Assistant Clinical Professor in Urology at Michigan State University College of Medicine and currently the Director of Urology Residency Program at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital. He has been successfully treating urological problems for patients for more than 35 years.

11490Serge Marinkovic, M.D., is a urologist at the DMC. He is fellowship trained in both neuro-urology and uro-gynecology, and he is double board certified in general urology and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. Over the last several years, Dr. Marinkovic has written many research papers on incontinence.

‘Make Your Date’ program gives moms-to-be and babies help and hope

In observance of November as Prematurity Awareness Month and World
Prematurity Day on Nov. 17, Wayne State University and the Detroit Medical Center are
encouraging area moms-to-be to take advantage of a powerful and free nonprofit
program that is helping moms throughout the city deliver healthy full-term babies on or
after their due date.

Premature babies can face serious health challenges throughout their lives. The city’s
Make Your Date program provides a consistent approach among local health care
providers in how they deliver support and care to expectant mothers to help them carry
their babies to full term. The initiative was launched in May by Mayor Mike Duggan,
Wayne State University, Detroit’s leading health systems and other key partners.
Sign up is easy: Visit or call 313-577-1000.

The Make Your Date campaign asks expectant mothers to do three simple things:
• Make a doctor’s appointment to begin regular checkups.
• Work with their Make Your Date Provider to develop a healthy mom, healthy
baby plan, which includes everything from testing and treatment to nutrition and
• Join group prenatal care or pregnancy education classes, where they can share
questions, ideas and concerns and learn more about their pregnancy.

In celebration of Prematurity Awareness Month, individuals and organizations are
encouraged to further the mission and donate to this important program. Go to to make a tax-deductible contribution.

“The Make Your Date program already has shown its effectiveness in getting women
connected to help them carry their babies to full term. Every at-risk expectant mother
should take advantage of the medical and peer support this wonderful program
provides,” said Mayor Duggan.

“Being born full term is critical to long-term health,” said Sonia Hassan, M.D., associate
dean for Maternal, Perinatal and Child Health for the Wayne State University School of
Medicine and co-leader of the Make Your Date program. “Babies born preterm have a
higher risk of breathing complications, cerebral palsy and difficulty in school. We want
Detroit moms to know they can get the care they need, to give their babies the greatest
chance at a healthy start.”

In Detroit, 18 percent of babies are born prematurely, nearly 6 percent higher than the
state average. Studies show that low birth weight accounts for almost 50 percent of the
city’s infant mortality rate of 14 deaths in every 1,000 births, twice the national average.

Researchers at the Perinatology Research Branch (PRB) of the of the Eunice Kennedy
Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development of the National
Institutes of Health, which is housed at Wayne State University and Hutzel Women’s
Hospital in the Detroit Medical Center, have made seminal discoveries in the prevention
of preterm birth over the past 22 years.

“The prevention of preterm birth is a major priority for the PRB,” said Dr. Roberto
Romero, Chief of the Perinatology Research Branch. “We are committed to supporting
the efforts to reduce preterm birth in the City of Detroit and abroad.”
Learn how your business or organization can get involved to make a real difference to
our moms, families, and neighborhoods. Inquire at

About Make Your Date
The mission of the Make Your Date campaign is to implement evidence-based strategies
to reduce the rate of preterm birth. This strategy is executed through education,
collaboration and partnerships with health care systems, universities and other
established programs. For more information, visit or call 313-577-1000.

DMC is Tops Again in Leapfrog Patient Safety Scores


All four adult care DMC hospitals earned A’s for Patient Safety in scores just released today by The Leapfrog Group. This is the sixth year DMC hospitals have been honored with top grades.

The A grades mean that DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, DMC Harper University/Hutzel Women’s Hospital, DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital and DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital excel nationally in protecting patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.

The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) received the top grade in The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2014 Safety Score, representing the DMC’s continued commitment to delivering safe, high-quality healthcare services to the Metropolitan Detroit community. The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score is a rating system designed to give consumers information they can use to make healthcare decisions for themselves or a loved one.

“Every day, our team of more than 13,000 colleagues is focused on improving outcomes and enhancing the safety of the care we deliver,” said DMC CEO Joe Mullany. “We are proud to receive “A” grades in safety again from The Leapfrog Group, as we believe it reflects the hard work of our team to position our hospitals as leading, trusted providers of care for the patients we are privileged to serve.”

“Leapfrog’s continued recognition of DMC’s best patient safety practices demonstrates our focus and adoption of key processes across all our DMC facilities,” said DMC Chief Medical Officer Suzanne White, M.D. “We are committed to being a high reliability organization and this is an acknowledgement of our aspiration to deliver patient care with zero harm.” she said.

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in fall 2014, with about 31 percent receiving an “A” grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, with a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades available online.

The Leapfrog patient safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay. See the Complete List of Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores

DMC named among Top Social Media Friendly Hospitals

badge_2014_social_mediaThis month, DMC was named one of the Top Social Media Friendly Hospitals by Nurse Journal. The DMC was one of more than 800 hospitals reviewed across the country. “Our social media presence is strong – with more than 10,000 likes on both Facebook and Twitter, and a large following on Youtube, Instagram, Vimeo, Google Plus, and LinkedIn,” said DMC Social Media Manager Ed Bottomley.

In an article on the rankings at, the group stated: “Having a strong social media presence is a great way to connect with your customers and build your brand. This is especially important for hospitals because patients often seek out the hospitals they perceive to be the most competent and advanced. Publishing cutting-edge information about new treatments and therapies provides convincing evidence to prospective patients that the hospital they are considering is keeping up with the latest advancements.”

You can read the article HERE.

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DMC Heart Hospital first in U.S. to use new device to treat vascular disease

DMC Heart Hospital and CardioVascular Institute specialists, l-r, Drs. Kaki, Schreiber and Elder

DMC Heart Hospital and CardioVascular Institute specialists, l-r, Drs. Kaki, Schreiber and Elder

Doctors at the DMC Heart Hospital this week became the first in the United States to use a new device that allows minimally invasive treatment for advanced peripheral arterial disease.

When a patient arrived at DMC Heart Hospital complaining of severe leg pain, DMC’s Dr. Theodore Schreiber and Dr. Mahir Elder treated her using the Lutonix ® 035 Drug Coated Balloon PTA Catheter (DCB), the first and only DCB approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“This demonstrates the dedication of DMC Heart Hospital to provide cutting edge technology which is cost effective in combating cardiovascular disease,” said Schreiber, President of DMC Heart Hospital. “In the U.S., this advanced technology was available first at DMC Heart Hospital.”

When Dr. Elder discovered the patient had an 85 percent blockage in a femoral artery, he used the Bard Lutonix to remove the blockage, providing a painless procedure that lasted only 30 minutes.

Dr. Elder is an award-winning physician who has performed thousands of successful procedures for patients with threatening arterial blockages or PAD, Peripheral Arterial Disease. “This new, non-surgical technology will help improve circulation in the leg. DMC Heart hospital is the number one metro area hospital treating PAD with minimally invasive techniques,” he said. “This new tool is going to help PAD patients greatly, because the medication that is included on the balloon significantly enhances its ability to remove arterial blockages.”

Peripheral Arterial Disease in the femoropopliteal artery, a life-threatening condition, affects millions of Americans by narrowing arteries and reducing blood flow to the limbs, according to American Heart Association (AHA) estimates.

“Just For You” – A Free Program for Women Living with the Cancer Experience

DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital is hosting a free program for women living with the cancer experience.

The 12th Annual Just For You event will take place on Friday, October 17 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Mystic Creek Golf Club, located at 1 Champions Circle in Milford.

DSC02472Through a collaboration with the hospital’s Charach Cancer Treatment Center, up to 180 women will have an opportunity to attend this one-day educational symposium to share experiences and knowledge on cancer care. The day will include:

A speakers panel featuring:

A resources panel with representation from:

Musical as Therapy from Three Men and a Tenor, local comedy-vocal a cappella group.

Free lunch and valet parking is available for all attendees. Those who are interested in registering for the event should call (248) 937-3514.

Alta Gordon’s CNOtes

IMG_3650Here it is, my inaugural blog. First, I want to thank the many staff who participated in assisting me with naming my blog. The enthusiasm was overwhelming and greatly appreciated. There were a total of forty-six suggested names submitted for consideration. After receiving input from the nursing directors, the list was paired down to the top five. The top five suggestions were presented to the members of the Coordinating Council who voted for the final name selection.

Jason Spaulding MICU RN, is the nurse who submitted CNOtes as the suggested blog title. Jason, Bunmi Oyeleye, Director, and myself celebrated by dining at the Cadillac Grille. We had a great time getting to know each other.

So my blog begins. My purpose for starting this blog is to communicate key and essential information related to nursing and nursing practice. I want to keep you informed. My plan is to update you bi-monthly. Your feedback is essential as to how nurses deliver care and how we as an institution care for you.

Feel free to approach me when I am rounding or come to my office in Nursing Administration to share your concerns, ideas, and/or celebrations. I do have an open door policy but if I am not currently in the office, please ask one of the assistants to schedule an appointment.

I do have one request, please take the time and complete the DRH Employee Engagement Survey. (September 29th – October 19th). As a reminder, these survey results are confidential. With your valuable feedback, together we can implement the appropriate changes that will optimize nursing practice and our work environment.

Remember to check the blog for my next message during the holidays in December.