Library, hospital team up for new conversation series

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published March 6, 2018

ROCHESTER HILLS — Patrons of the Rochester Hills Public Library will have a chance to pick the brains of local doctors, thanks to a new partnership with Ascension Crittenton Hospital.

The new conversation series, “The Doctors,” begins March 29.

Amanda Harrison Keighley, the library’s community relations specialist, said the new series will give library patrons the opportunity to learn about the latest advancements in medical research and technology from some of the leaders in the field.  

“We just thought it was a great opportunity, because you don’t always get that one-on-one conversation with people that have this kind of expertise,” she said.

Karen Pfeffer, the hospital’s coordinator of community health and education, said Ascension Crittenton has been a part of the Rochester community for decades, providing education on medical research and advancements to keep the community healthy and informed.

“We’re the health care experts in the community,” she said.

Pfeffer said each presentation, which will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the library’s multipurpose room, allows patrons to meet the doctors and ask questions in “a more comfortable environment.”

“Sometimes taking a doctor out of a hospital just has a softer edge that might make someone more comfortable. That way, people can get the knowledge and follow up with a physician afterwards, if needed,” she said.

Pfeffer said the series focuses on some of the newer and upcoming health care advances.

“We are trying to get the message out to the community about what is new and available,” she said. “Knowledge is power.”

Dr. Daniel Sullivan will kick off the series with a presentation on robotic surgery March 29. Sullivan specializes in the new surgical technique in the metro Detroit area, and Pfeffer said he will be able to answer questions regarding ever-changing surgical techniques.

Additional topics include Adult Stem Cells, by Dr. Robert Keller and Dr. Nicholas Frisch, May 1; and Medical Weight Loss for Women, by Dr. Richard Duff, May 15. The programs are all free, but attendees must register in advance with their library card.

“We think these topics are going to be really interesting for our patrons,” Harrison Keighley said.

The library plans to continue hosting the series in the fall, winter and spring months, potentially year-round.

“We would love to offer it on a regular basis, but we are going to see how this spring goes,” she said.

For more information, call the library at (248) 656-2900 or visit