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June 9, 2014- Detroit Medical Center Names Andrei Soran Chief Operating Officer
 
The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) announced today that it has selected Andrei Soran as the new DMC Chief Operating Officer, effective July 1. Soran, who has a broad-based portfolio of experience in the health care industry, will work directly with DMC hospital presidents to focus on DMC's future strategic growth.

Soran was named President of DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital and DMC Surgery Hospital July 2013. He came to DMC from Massachusetts, where he was Vice President of Growth for Vanguard Health Systems' New England region and Chief Executive Officer for MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, Mass.

"I've known and worked with Andrei for more than 12 years. He is a seasoned and highly-skilled professional with experience on the front line, in management and at the executive level," said DMC CEO Joe Mullany. "He has brought tremendous energy and excitement to the DMC. His well-rounded expertise will be essential to DMC's growth in the competitive Metropolitan Detroit health care community."

As CEO of MetroWest, a teaching affiliate of Harvard and Tufts Universities, Soran presided over the opening of five outpatient satellites, helped build the hospital's first Physician-Hospital Organization, as well as a Shared Savings ACO, designed the hospital's Lean Management strategy and helped recruit more than 275 new physicians to the market. He has experience in accountable care, acquisitions, new hospital planning and execution, physician recruiting and relationships, and many other areas that are valued in today's new health care environment.
Soran earned his Bachelor's in Physical Therapy from Tel Aviv University in Israel. He completed his Master's in Science of Management at Boston University and Ben Gurion University, Israel.

He has been affiliated with several medical, educational, and professional organizations, including his role as a current member of Oakland County’s Medical Main Street Board of Directors, past member of the Malcolm Baldrige National Board of Examiners and the Massachusetts Hospital Association - Clinical Practice Steering Committee. While at MetroWest Medical Center, Soran was a board member for the New England Quality Health Alliance, the second largest physician organization in Massachusetts, with more than 1,500 members. He is a member of the Boston University, Metropolitan College Advisory Board, and a former trustee on the Mass Bay Community College Board.

Soran will remain in his leadership role at DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital and DMC Surgery Hospital while a search is initiated to replace the position.


WHAT IS H1N1 INFLUENZA?
H1N1 influenza is a respiratory disease that is caused by a type A influenza virus. The current H1N1 virus contains unique genes from pig and human influenza viruses and hence is called the “Novel H1N1 Influenza Virus”. This strain of flu germ spreads from human to human and can cause illness.



Does H1N1 INFLUENZA pose special risks for pregnant women?
Pregnant women are at an increased risk of catching H1N1 or seasonal flu. Pregnant patients with H1N1 infection have an increased risk of complications. Although influenza viruses do not infect the baby while in the uterus, the high fever and any complications caused by the flu can potentially be harmful to the baby.



WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN I TAKE TO PROTECT MYSELF AND MY UNBORN BABY?
The best way to protect yourself and your unborn baby is to have a vaccination (which is safe during pregnancy). You should also make sure you follow good hygiene practices including:

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Alcohol-based gel hand cleaners are also good to use.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Talk to your doctor about your concerns.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF H1N1 INFLUENZA?
The symptoms of H1N1 flu are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and may include acute onset of:

  • Fever (greater than 100 F or 37.8 C)
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Stuffy nose
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with H1N1 flu.


WILL THE SYMPTOMS BE THE SAME IF I AM PREGNANT?
Yes, the symptoms of flu will be the same as in women who are not pregnant.




WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I GET SICK?
If you get sick with flu-like symptoms, stay home, limit contact with others, and call your doctor as soon as possible.

  • Treat any fever right away. Tylenol® (acetaminophen) is the best treatment of fever in pregnancy.
  • Get plenty of rest and drink clear fluids.
  • Your doctor may test you for flu or will decide if you need medications to treat the flu.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash and cleanse your hands.
  • Clean hands often with soap and water or alcohol- based hand rub.
  • Do not go to work, school, or other public places while you are ill.
  • Avoid close contact with other people.
  • Get emergency medical care right away if you have trouble breathing, chest pain, purple or blue lips or skin, severe vomiting and are dehydrated and/or dizzy, unresponsive or confused.


IS IT OK TO BREAST FEED MY BABY IF I AM SICK?

  • Do not stop breastfeeding if you are ill. This will help protect your baby from infection.
  • Be careful not to cough or sneeze in the baby’s face, wash your hands often.
  • Your doctor might ask you to wear a mask to keep from spreading this new virus to your baby.
  • If you are too sick to breastfeed, pump and have someone give the expressed milk to your baby.


IS THERE A VACCINE FOR H1N1 INFLUENZA?
Yes, an H1N1 virus vaccine is expected to be available in mid- to late October 2009. The CDC recommends this vaccine for pregnant women when it first becomes available. This vaccine has been tested in pregnant women and found to be safe and effective.


REMEMBER: The seasonal flu vaccine is not expected to protect against the H1N1 flu, therefore individuals are encouraged to get both types of vaccines.

 

 

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