Oakwood promotes ongoing Random Acts of Kindness

People everywhere are connecting with one another through random acts of kindness, a movement that has gone viral with the help of social media. Physicians, staff and patients of Oakwood Healthcare System, who are rightfully wary of anything “viral,” have joined in by stepping up to promote the spread of kindness.

“An act of kindness doesn’t have to be something extraordinary to make a difference,” said Richard Grucz, MD, medical director of Oakwood Healthcare Center – Canton. “All that is required is a little extra effort to connect with those around us.”

Oakwood has been making this extra effort in the form of encouraging, hand-colored cards for patients undergoing cancer treatment at the Oakwood Centers for Hematology & Oncology in Brownstown and Dearborn.

In February, patients and staff at three Oakwood physician offices in Canton, Dearborn and Westland created more than 100 cards, which were taken to patients at the Oakwood Center for Hematology & Oncology – Dearborn and the Oakwood Center for Hematology & Oncology – Downriver. The cards are now available as a PDF on oakwood.org, for patients and visitors to print, color at home and mail in. At the end of each month, the cards will be delivered to the two centers for distribution to patients. Oakwood employees are hoping that making the cards available online will draw an overwhelming response.

“It’s so important to focus on our patients’ emotional wellness—and that’s where small, random acts of kindness can help tremendously,” said Halima Ali, MD, medical director of Oakwood Healthcare Center – Westland.

You can also create your own Random Acts of Kindness card. For more information about Oakwood become a fan of “Oakwood Healthcare System” on Facebook.

CUTLINE: Vaishnavi Gulati, 2, of Westland (above), colors a card with her mother, Kusum Gulati.