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Detroit Medical Center

The Detroit Medical Center is the largest private employer in the city of Detroit with more than 12,000 employees. It operates 9 hospitals and institutions. Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center, Harper University Hospital, Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, Hutzel Women’s Hospital, DMC Surgery Hospital, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Sinai-Grace Hospital, and Kresge Eye Institute.

Established as a nonprofit corporation in 1985, the DMC is a leading academic healthcare system with a mission of excellence in clinical care, research and medical education. The DMC is a comprehensive, integrated medical system that can handle virtually any healthcare need. With more than 2,000 licensed beds and 2,600 physicians, DMC is a leader in advanced technology and medical techniques.

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Child Life specialists bring normalcy for kids hospitalized at Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Date: 3/21/2006

Have you ever been hospitalized even though you didn’t understand why? Or had others decide what kind of medical treatment you should receive without including you in the process? Finally, imagine that everyone else is about three to four feet taller than you. Now, you have a child’s view of a hospital. At Children’s Hospital of Michigan, there are people solely dedicated to helping kids understand their hospital experiences and illnesses.

Throughout March, Children’s Hospital of Michigan is celebrating National Child Life Month to increase awareness about the child life profession. Children are invited to join child life specialists at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, located at 3901 Beaubien Blvd, for medical play sessions on March 21, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and March 23, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. During these sessions, kids will make finger casts, play with medical equipment, view dolls with intravenous (IV) lines and more. Each session will take place in the main lobby and is open to the public.

“A child’s imagination can run wild while in the hospital and unlike adults, kids don’t often understand what’s happening or why they’re in the hospital,” said Courtney Hillyard, coordinator, Child Life Services at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. “Our goal is to help reduce fears and anxieties that many patients feel by helping them understand and positively cope with their hospital experience.”

Child life specialists use play as a non-threatening way to help patients process information related to stressful medical events. During “Medical Play” specialists may use cloth dolls to show where IV lines may be placed on the patient and even what happens on the inside of the body when a shunt is implanted. In addition, child life specialists frequently provide distraction using a variety of techniques such as counting, deep breathing, imagery, play, and musical toys to divert attention during procedures. “By reducing the child’s anxiety about the upcoming procedure and rehearsing of coping techniques for use during the procedure, child life specialists can increase patient compliance. This creates a positive experience not only for the patient, but also for the hospital staff involved,” comments Hillyard.

During the week of March 20, patients and their families will also participate in special activities and receive added perks, such as ‘don’t bug me passes’ that patients can turn in for a five-minute break before having a treatment or therapy and creation of art projects using medical equipment such as syringe painting or medical collages.

For more information about Children’s Hospital of Michigan Child Life Services, call (313) 745-KIDS or visit


The Detroit Medical Center will be known for:

  • Quality, cost-effective care.

  • Accessible, responsive, and personalized service.

  • Innovation and academic stature.

  • Mutually beneficial relationships with medical staff.

  • Management leadership and a positive work environment.

  • Community service and stewardship.

  • Fiscal control, responsibility and efficiency.

  • Culture

    Detroit Medical Center facilities employ best practices and conduct business in an atmosphere of respect and professionalism. Our recognition of and attention to diversity in our business operations and healthcare services in unparalleled. The Detroit Medical Center is committed to improving the health of the population served by providing the highest quality health care services in a caring and efficient manner without invidious discrimination, regardless of the person's religion, race, gender, ethnic identification or economic status. Together with Wayne State University, the Detroit Medical Center strives to be the region's premier health care resource through a broad range of clinical services, the discovery and application of new knowledge and the education of practitioners, teachers and scientists.


    We are the leading academically integrated delivery system in metropolitan Detroit and the largest health care provider in southeast Michigan. The DMC has more than 2,000 licensed beds, 3,000 affiliated physicians, and is the teaching and clinical research site for Wayne State University School of Medicine, the nation’s fourth largest medical school.

    Detroit Medical Center Facilities

    Children’s Hospital of Michigan – an international leader in pediatric neurology and neurosurgery, cardiology, oncology, diagnostic services including Positron Emission Tomography and MRI. Southeast Michigan’s only pediatric Level One Trauma Center. Experts in pediatric critical care, rehabilitation and neonatal and perinatal medicine who care for thousands of children every year.

    Detroit Receiving Hospital – Michigan’s first Level One Trauma Center. Areas of expertise include a burn center, hyperbaric medicine, emergency psychiatry, medical and surgical emergencies, and traumatic brain surgery. Detroit Receiving trains nearly 60 percent of Michigan’s emergency department physicians.

    Harper University Hospital – known for its specialty services such as bariatric (gastric bypass surgery) cardiology, vascular procedures, neurosurgery, neurology and kidney and pancreas transplants. As the hospital with the first mechanical heart, Harper has always been a leader in state-of-the-art technology. Today, Harper continues that trend with Michigan’s only iMRI machine, non-invasive cardiac procedures, and new advances in stroke prevention and neuromuscular diseases like Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis.

    Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital – Oakland County's newest hospital and among the top hospitals in the area and nation in patient satisfaction. The hospital features the Harris Birthing Center with all private birthing suites, a regional specialty center, the Charach Cancer Center, a part of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, the Krieger Center for Senior Adults, state-of-the art surgical suites; cardiac services, complete inpatient and outpatient diagnostic care as well as an emergency department ranked among the highest in the United States for patient satisfaction.

    Hutzel Women’s Hospital – nationally recognized for cutting-edge research in high-risk obstetrics, infertility, reproductive genetics, gynecology and neonatology. Hutzel has been ranked as the number one hospital in research grants in the United States, for its OB/GYN physicians who are affiliated with Wayne State University School of Medicine.

    Kresge Eye Institute – internationally known for its contributions to ophthalmology and considered a leading center for the preservation of sight, implant surgery, cornea transplantation, retina disease and treatment of vision problems.

    Michigan Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital – located in Madison Heights, is the only regional hospital focused exclusively on orthopaedic services. This specialty hospital provides patients access to comprehensive orthopaedic services and our expert team of physicians and caregivers recognized as among the best in the United States for orthopaedic care.

    Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan – one of the nation's largest hospitals dedicated to rehabilitation medicine and research. The institute serves as a center of excellence for the treatment of persons with spinal cord and brain injuries.

    Sinai-Grace Hospital – located in northwest Detroit, is a full-service community hospital, offering expertise in emergency medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, gerontology and bariatric surgery. Sinai Grace’s orthopaedic surgery program features total joint replacement surgery, including revolutionary a minimally-invasive knee replacement procedure. Sinai-Grace operates 21 ambulatory sites and surgery centers, including the Oakland Virtual Medical Center.