Oakwood marks 60th anniversary

Staff and executives from Oakwood Healthcare marked the sixth decade of the healthcare system this week in a ceremony that recognized the importance of the community along with growth and changes in the industry, overall.

“It’s a celebration of history, a celebration f technology and a celebration of all the dedicated professionals that made us what we are today,” said Oakwood President and CEO Brian Connolly.

Oakwood opened its doors on Jan. 5, 1953 on land that was donated by Henry Ford. At the time, it was a single six-floor community based healthcare facility that served Dearborn and the surrounding region. Things have changed a lot in the days since Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House. Oakwood is now among the largest employers in Wayne County, with four acute-care hospitals and 50 medical clinics and facilities that provide care to more than 30 different communities throughout metro Detroit. Through all the expansions and integrations of new technology and ground-breaking procedures, however, Connolly said the focus of the $1.2 billion system has remained the same: the people it serves.

“We are still, at heart, a community hospital,” Connolly said. “Our team of physicians and nurses do more than just heal injuries and treat disease—they take the human approach. We care for the whole person: mind, body and spirit. It’s what our staff embodies every day.”

Parvez Khan, MD, vice-chief of staff at the Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center, said he is proud not only of the technological advances evidenced throughout the healthcare system but the diversity, as well. Oakwood employs physicians and support staff from four different continents who represent all of the major religions in the world.

“It allows us to care for patients with the utmost respect and compassion,” he said.

Connolly also said that it was important to give back to the community, which is why Oakwood regularly partners with its municipal neighbors through community outreach programs, partnerships with police and fire departments that improve safety and healing for the community as a whole as well as sponsorships for events that help improve the quality of life for residents.

“We would not be as successful as we are today without the great partnerships we’ve forged with our communities,” he said.

For more information on Oakwood's history, visit www.oakwood.org/history.

CUTLINES: (Above) Oakwood President and CEO Brian Connolly; Samir Dabbous; MD, Parvez Khan, MD, vice-chief of staff at OHMC; and Gerry Fitzgerald, former Oakwood CEO celebrate 60 years of success for Oakwood Healthcare. (Below) Kim Saris, RN, and George Katta, CSA, review the Medical Education Through the Years poster.