Pathology User's Guide
The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, founded in 1917, is a corporate level service line overseeing clinical laboratory testing at all hospitals and clinic delivery sites of the Henry Ford Health System. It is composed of 42 senior staff pathologists and clinical and research scientists, complemented by 780 technical staff, who annually perform more than 12 million clinical laboratory tests. This is one of the largest hospital-based clinical laboratories in the nation with anatomic pathology volumes over 80,000 surgical pathology cases, 2,500 frozen sections, 85,000 cytology specimens and over 200 post mortem examinations a year. The professional staff is subspecialty-trained to provide all pathology services required in the tertiary care practice and serve as expert consultants across the 6 hospitals and 30 regional medical centers of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine service line of the Henry Ford Health System. The Department's outreach laboratory services are international and provided by the Henry Ford Medical Laboratories division.
The Department has a strong commitment to education, offering a free-standing pathology residency program in anatomic and clinical pathology and fellowships in Cytopathology and Pathology Informatics. The pathology residency ranks in the top 5 percent of all academic institutions world-wide for first authored, peer-reviewed scientific abstracts accepted to the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology annual meeting, the premier association of anatomic pathologists.
The Department is noted for its service activities at the national level with staff members in key leadership positions within the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, College of American Pathologists, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, the American Association of Blood Banks and the Michigan Society of Pathologists. These endeavors promote our departmental focus on education, quality and the development of tools and publications for the practice of pathology.
Numerous clinically applied, translational and NIH-funded basic science research investigations are carried out and supported by the staff. The Department of Pathology has received major funding from the National Cancer Institute to expand its tissue procurement activities for research purposes. This service is a core of the Josephine Ford Cancer Institute and is available to internal and external investigators through the Tissue Procurement Facility website.
The Department has been a pioneer in bringing manufacturing-based quality management and engineering to the laboratory environment. The department has founded the Henry Ford Production System to drive the relentless pursuit of perfection in laboratory services through the implementation of LEAN methodology based on the principles of our founder, Henry Ford, W. Edward Deming and the Toyota production system. All laboratory employees are LEAN trained and work in a blame-free environment that continually promotes thousands of worker empowered improvements and innovations. The Department hosts annual LEAN training courses for others to learn from these experiences. The Department's quality journal is featured in "The Toyota Way to Continuous Improvement" by Dr. Jeffrey Liker.
Henry Ford Hospital
Chair and Senior Vice President: Richard J. Zarbo, MD, DMD
Vice-Chair: John L. Carey, MD
Vice President: John Waugh
Henry Ford Macomb Hospital - Clinton Township
Chief: George Kucy, MD
Administrative Director: Madeline Stoetzer
Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
Chief: Bruce Jones, MD
Administrative Director: Debbie Chapman
Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital
Chief: Eve VanEgmond, MD
Administrative Director: Coleen Hoffman
Henry Ford Medical Group Laboratories
Director: Frederick A. Meier, MD
Administrative Manager: Judy Shipley
Henry Ford Medical Laboratories (Outreach)
Sales Manager: Fiona MacPhail
Operations Manager: Martha Wiseheart