Detroit Medical Center honours Canadian employees

Friday, November 30, 2018

The Windsor Star/Dave Battagello


For decades Windsorites have played a critical role in aiding patients across an array of Detroit area hospitals.

On Thursday, Detroit Medical Centre took time to honour those employees with a special Canadian Awareness Day to recognize the 580 employees from this side of the border who provide care at its eight facilities.

“They fill critical positions for us and we are very pleased to have them as part of our team,” said Cynthia Edwards, DMC’s director of international services.

“We wanted to say thank you and keep our relationship strong.”

Canadian hospital workers make up roughly seven per cent of its entire workforce and fill a variety of roles that include nurses, clinical managers, social workers, medical technologists and physical therapists, she said.

There are also between 200 and 300 patients annually from the Windsor area who require care at DMC’s hospitals — often seeking intensive care for trauma, pediatric or cardiac treatment, Edwards said.

“We are pleased to be a good neighbour in time of need,” she said.

Mayor Drew Dilkens was invited to participate and presented the hospital’s CEO Dr. Anthony Tedeschi with a special collector’s edition gold bottle of Canadian Club in honour of Hiram Walker.

The whisky entrepreneur provided a financial gift that launch Children’s Hospital of Michigan in 1886 which is now under the umbrella of DMC’s operations.

“We are very fortunate to have so many Canadian team members who work at our hospitals at DMC,” Tedeschi said.

Added Dilkens: “I know this hospital and many others in Michigan would have a difficult time doing business without all the Canadians who come over every day. We are very thankful of the relationship.”

Registered nurse Sherry Falsetta of Tecumseh has worked 20 years for DMC at three different facilities dating back to 1998.

“I love working here,” she said. “It’s challenging and interesting at the same time. You see a lot of complex cases, but the knowledge base we have here makes it very rewarding.”

Raegan Deschamps, a cardiovascular technician from Windsor, joined DMC a year ago at its downtown Heart Hospital just off Woodward Avenue soon after completing school.

“It’s so exciting (working in Detroit) compared to Windsor,” she said. “It’s a big city and everything is fast-paced. We can walk to Ford Field on our lunch. It was kind of a culture shock at first to look at all this.

“I just love working here. Shifts go quickly and we have a lot of fun along the way.”

Co-worker Aiyan Oraha of Windsor, also a cardiovascular lab specialist, appreciated DMC going out of its way to stage a Canadian Awareness Day.


“It helps makes you feel more appreciated,” he said. “Maybe every day should be Canadian Day.”