Tenth Annual Joseph O. Reed, M.D. Endowed Lecture a Success

IMG_1468The auditorium at Children’s Hospital of Michigan was full of interested physicians, fellows, residents and other health professionals eager to hear visiting presenter, Ronald A. Cohen, M.D. discuss “Diagnostic Abdominal Pain in Children: How Times have Changed,” presented through Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Wayne State University.
Dr. Cohen was invited by current Chief of Pediatric Radiology, Aparna Joshi, M.D. after meeting Dr. Cohen at a lecture and learning that he studied at the same program as Thomas Slovis, M.D. at Columbia University. Dr. Slovis, in turn, studied under Joseph O. Reed, M.D., Chief, for whom the endowment is named.

A special breakfast was hosted by Mrs. Barbara Reed, who was also present for the lecture in honor of her late husband.
In addition to discussing how pediatric radiology has evolved over the years, a common thread was how newer generations of physicians learn from previous generations and build on the knowledge they impart. “We’re a tight-knit community and we learn from one another,” said Dr. Slovis.

The lecture provided a unique opportunity for those attending to learn about best practices in the field of pediatric radiology.
Dr. Joshi explained how pediatric radiology differs from adult radiology, “When imaging children, we’re dealing with different pathologies. Children are also more sensitive to radiation, so we take care to use certain modalities that minimize ionizing radiation. And, we tend to interact with parents and the children to provide a distraction and because children are smaller and more vulnerable.”

“The value of what we, as pediatric radiologists can do, is create an impact that may last many years over the life of the child and into adulthood,” said Dr. Cohen.

Reflections From the Giving Path


April 2016

If I recall my civics lesson in seventh grade correctly, it was the multi-talented colonist Benjamin Franklin who coined the phrase, “In life, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” And, as tax day just passed and I dutifully paid my taxes, I can prepare no argument to the contrary.

One passage in the tax code, the charitable deduction section, does provide tax savings for gifts to qualified charities. Factoring in tax savings in advance is sometimes just the encouragement we need to give a little more than planned.  Nowhere is this more beneficial than the charitable estate tax deduction, which provides significant tax savings for including one or more charities as beneficiaries in your estate.

In reflecting on several of the largest charitable estate gifts  in 2015, I was inspired by the variety of purposes funded: seniors, individuals with special needs, victims of child abuse, disaster relief, K-12 education, libraries, parks, museums, public radio, public television, medicine, healthcare, medical research, and support for the blind and visually impaired. The list goes on and on.

Certainly there is no shortage of needs in our community or in our world. What cause touches you deepest? Is reaching out to others a core mission in your life? Your estate plan reflects the values you hold dearest — it is an opportune time to provide for others who are less fortunate.

Perhaps accomplishing something charitable is on your bucket list. The tax code will give you a helping hand to reach your goal, especially if you choose to include a child named “charity” in your estate plan.

~ Tony Werner, President & CEO, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation

Reflections From the Giving Path

The eyes of the nation gazed on southeastern Michigan recently as the presidential primary campaigns continue to heat up. Many charged moments have been witnessed on both sides of the political fence as debates and campaign speeches have dotted the media landscape here the past few weeks.

Many wild and memorable quotes have come from this marathon of political rhetoric, but somehow, some voices of reason emerged from the storm. One candidate hinted that whoever ends up being elected, no matter who it is, isn’t going to be able to address all the challenges that lie before us as a nation and claimed the answers will be found through engaged local citizenry, neighborhood by neighborhood.

It reminded me of a statement credited to President John F. Kennedy, “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”  It reminded me of the importance of rising above the fray to reflect on what’s most important in our communities – each other.

Living a life on the giving path means there is no waiting for Detroit, Lansing, or Washington to solve community issues. It means instead of looking far away, we turn our gaze inward and ask what we can do to make a difference.

Southeast Michigan is home to many active and vibrant nonprofit organizations seeking help to accomplish their missions. In addition to the positive energy these organizations bring to the table, it’s clear so much more needs to be done. They need industrious people to pitch in and help. Each of us has something to give. At the very least, we can be tireless givers.

Interestingly, I tuned into the coverage to learn more about the candidates running for President, but I came away more motivated than ever to jump in and do more in my own community.

~ Tony Werner, President & CEO, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation


One of my favorite passions is reading books. The old fashioned kind that you hold in your hands and turn the pages with your fingers. The kind that need bookmarks.

One of the most intriguing of my latest reads is by Bronnie Ware, an Australian hospice nurse. She booksspends her work time caring for those who are dying. During her duties she realized many of her patient’s reminisce while receiving care. She listened intently. Then she wrote a short book “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.”

At the very top of her list is “I’d wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” It struck a chord with me because during my career I’ve worked with individuals establishing their personal legacy by funding an endowment. In most of those cases, the donor fulfilled somewhat of a lifelong dream, a dream they carried for many years until the day they sat down and carved out their legacy. Their inner passions flowed as they described the motivation behind creating the endowment, a permanent, lasting legacy to something precious they valued. Some spoke to fulfilling a commitment they made to themselves years in the past. A few felt the weight of promises made in the past lifted off their shoulders now that they had fulfilled their dream.

Is there an inner dream you have that you want to craft into your legacy? Find the courage today to fulfill your dream!

A Message from Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Presedent & CEO, Tony Werner:


Every January we’re inundated with fresh resolutions from friends, colleagues, and via mass marketing, as a way to start off the new year. The optimism is palpable. The commitments admirable.

Resolutions run the gamut from fairly simple and straightforward to downright ambitious. From a philanthropic point of view, committing to help just one other individual during the year is most welcome. Support one individual in his or her quest to become literate; support a local food pantry or homeless shelter by giving a warm meal and place to sleep to someone down on their luck; or jump in at a moment’s notice when a natural disaster strikes a nearby community.

Caring for others as a centerpiece of your resolution results in a unique phenomenon — you will revel in the joy of giving. The joy of giving remains yours forever. It cannot be lost. It cannot be taken away. It won’t even expire, not even after December 31, 2016.

As January nears to a close, it’s not too late to join in the movement. Take a long walk in silence. Sit quietly in meditation. Select a way to help just one person and forge the determination to carry it out.

Now there is a way to multiply your commitment twelve times over but this opportunity only comes along every January so the window of opportunity is narrowing. Many charities offer monthly giving programs that can facilitate your commitment to make a difference by inviting you to make one contribution every month so by the time the end of December rolls around, you’ve made twelve times the impact. Now that’s a resolution worth keeping!


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Tony Werner
President & CEO
Children’s Hospital of Michigan FoundationJanuary 2016



Contact: Krista Clark, 313-863-2427 FREE, kclark@wchap.org

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