Dearborn Mayor helps Oakwood celebrate Hospital Week

Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly praised the partnership between the city and Oakwood Healthcare on Monday during ceremony to honor National Hospital Week.

The mayor presented Oakwood officials with a proclamation to honor the hospital for its contribution to the community and celebrate the collaboration that has helped save lives throughout the city and its neighbors.

“Dearborn and Oakwood have grown together,” said O’Reilly. “I’m very proud of that partnership.”

The relationship dates back more than 60 years, to when the hospital first opened its doors to the community. The city and hospital have a long tradition of cooperation, he added, as he referenced partnerships that have brought life-saving technology to the Dearborn Fire Department, such as the portable 12-lead LifePak EKG monitors that can help cut heart attack treatment times in half.

“This is the latest in technology and a significant investment in the community,” said O’Reilly. “It has helped save lives.”

Doug Welday, executive vice president of operations for Oakwood Healthcare and the division president of the Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center, thanked the mayor for his support as well as the proclamation honoring the hospital for its service. He also thanked the many staff members and volunteers on hand for the celebration.

“We’re proud of the work we do,” said Welday. “All of the staff and our volunteers are really what makes Oakwood who we are.”

The ceremony also included free blood pressure screenings, a tour of a specialized HealthLink ambulance and demonstrations of theDaVinci surgical robot and the Cyberknife unit.

CUTLINE: Doug Welday, (left), executive vice president of operations for Oakwood Healthcare and division president of the Oakwood Hospital & Medical center; Dearborn Mayor Jack O'Reilly, Mary Zatina, senior vice president of government relations and Dr. Parvez Khan, vice-chief of staff at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center, celebrate the partnership between the hospital and the community to honor Hospital Week.