Jackson’s Henry Ford Allegiance Health Has Open House

By Mary Hall  mhall@thesuntimesnews.com

The heat and humidity on Sunday, August 26, 2018 did not seem to hinder attendance to the Open House at Henry Ford Allegiance Health (HFAH) to celebrate the grand opening of the much-celebrated patient towers, slated to be open for business as early as September 6, 2018.

At the start of the open house, back to back tours of the new facility were given to anyone interested in seeing the 22 new spacious, private rooms each on three floors, for a total of 66 rooms that feature a mini-fridge and lockable locker in each.  The rooms also feature patient-controlled heating and cooling systems, as well as inboard bathrooms for privacy and to reduce noise. Also included are device charging stations and desk space. The areas for family to stay with patients have been made equally impressive, with a large, comfortable rocking chair next to each bed, and a large couch that pulls out for sleeping in each room as well. Overheard from other tour attendees were words like “beautiful”, “wow” and “oh my.”

Each floor features a comfortable family waiting area with a fireplace, and a private consultation room for medical professionals to speak to family members in private when necessary.

The new floors are there to serve Cardiac Surgery patients, Thoracic Surgery patients, and Stint patients according to Michelle Massnick, tour guide and a Clinical Unit Leader for CUB SICU of HFAH.  She went on to explain that the new additions were part of a $45 million investment for the hospital.  One of the main points of these floors is to take in a patient and keep them in the same place until the end of their stay.  Before, as patients would get better, they would be moved to another part of the hospital.  That will not happen with the new additions.

Back outside, families and couples alike were piling in to enjoy the festivities.  With such activities as face-painting, a rock- climbing tower, a bounce house, a bounce slide, arts and crafts, a caricature artist, and more, kids of all ages had plenty to do.

They did it to the music provided by Pro DJ’s of Jackson, who provide light, stage and sound.  They played upbeat, dance type music from several genres all through the event.  You could look in just about any direction and see anything from heads bobbing to people out-right dancing right where they were.  The music seemed to help keep the mood lifted.

There were several special visitors to the celebration including Ms. Michigan Emily Sioma who arrived wearing her crown and delighting every little girl in sight.  They quickly formed what became a long line to get their picture taken with the charming young woman, who seemed happy to give her time.

Next to visit were the Detroit Lions Cheerleaders, waving their pom-poms and taking pictures with the kids as well.  But the big hit with the younger crowd was Roary, the Detroit Lions Mascot.  He took picture after picture with fans, and even did some dancing despite the climbing heat. Finally, Detroit Lions’ legend Jason Hanson made an appearance and posed for photos as well.

Then came the Detroit Pistons Mascot Hooper.  Not to be outdone by Roary, he too worked the crowd and was a big hit with the youngsters. Folks were then treated to a performance by the Detroit Pistons Dancers.  Even in the high heat and humidity they did not disappoint.  To complete the Pistons trio, legend Earl Cureton made an appearance.

The open house, it appeared, was a success.


Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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