2 years of Michigan pandemic: Takeaways from Beaumont official’s review of COVID, its impact
Beaumont Health official Dr. Nicholas Gilpin held a news briefing on Thursday to mark the second anniversary of COVID in Michigan, how it has affected health care workers and the industry, and what to expect as we move forward.
Nurses needed: Beaumont offering signing bonus amid staff shortage
Visit any floor in any hospital, and most of them are going to look like controlled chaos, a constant hustle and bustle of staff and patients.And those keeping that chaos under control are the nurses -- but they’re in low supply these days.
Beaumont nurse recalls ‘horrors’ of working through COVID-19 pandemic
“It was like a horror, it was like in the movies. It was devastating. You wanted to help but you couldn’t help. It was just out of control and it came from nowhere,” said Nurse Green when reminiscing about the early days of the coronavirus.
Beaumont Hospital-Royal Oak president leads way through COVID pandemic
Nancy Susick was the first in her family to graduate from college. But that’s just a small note in her long, inspirational story that leads to this moment amid the COVID pandemic at Beaumont Hospital-Royal Oak. Watch the full story above. View: Nancy Susick, RN, profile from BeaumontCORONAVIRUS RESOURCES
COVID survivor has emotional reunion with Beaumont Royal Oak ICU nurse
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – There’s no doubt that the COVID pandemic has been an emotional time for so many people. There’s been too much heartbreak, but there’s also been moment that can make your heart burst with happiness and gratitude. Coronavirus survivor Heather Elizabeth-Brown spent 120 days in the hospital with 31 of those days on a ventilator in a medically induced coma at Beaumont Royal Oak. In her COVID-19 fog, she panicked, but she remembers a neurotrauma ICU named Zac Mudge. Brown said she never had the chance to properly thank him before the Zoom call.
COVID-19 vaccine scramble: Patients, doctors frustrated by shortages and line-jumping
Gretchen Whitmer and Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun reiterated Michigan is not getting enough COVID vaccine doses to meet the demand. They did say that Michigan is in the top 20 in the nation when it comes to actually getting people vaccinated. READ: Some Michiganders cutting in line for COVID vaccine ahead of those in needAn elderly woman, at high risk for COVID, has been unable to get a vaccine appointment. “We have people who can’t wait to get the vaccine, who feel they are special. The Pfizer vaccine has five doses, but Beaumont said they are getting a sixth dose out of the vile.
Dearborn nurse loses father to COVID-19 at same hospital
DEARBORN – Hamid Alkhalili is a nurse at Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn and has seen the devastation from the coronavirus pandemic up close -- but it did little to prepare him for when his father tested positive for the virus and became a patient. PREVIOUS: Dearborn nurse documents father’s battle with COVID-19 at same hospital“Our family as a whole, we feel broken about it,” Alkhalili said. “But this has brought us together.”Alkhalili and his brother, Abdallah, had been pulling for their father, Issa, every step of the way as he fought against COVID-19. Due to COVID precautions, Alkhalili had to witness his father’s illness through a small window on the hospital room door. He went through almost a month in the hospital, and he was a strong one, not us,” Alkhalili said.
Pregnant women urged to discuss vaccine risks, benefits with doctor
DETROIT – One of the groups carefully weighing the risks and benefits of the COVID-19 vaccines is pregnant women. Pregnant and breastfeeding women are not excluded from receiving the vaccine, but health experts are urging those women to speak with their doctors beforehand. She said pregnant and breastfeeding women were not included in the vaccine clinical trials. “My guidance to my patients is that while the vaccine wasn’t studied specifically in pregnant women, women who did become pregnant after receiving the vaccine had outcomes that were similar to those who were not vaccinated,” Whitten said. “I am more anxious about what getting COVID would mean versus what the unknowns of a vaccine would mean,” Houston-Jones said.
Beaumont Hospitals start administering second dose of COVID-19 vaccine to healthcare workers
DETROIT – On Tuesday, some of the first Metro Detroit frontline workers who got Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine were able to receive their second dose. Three weeks ago Dr. Nick Gilpin, Beaumont Health Director of Epidemiology, was the first at Beaumont to get the COVID-19 vaccine. “We want to get all of our healthcare workers and employees vaccinated as quickly as possible. Half of those are the second doses for frontline workers who already received the first dose. READ: Tracking Michigan COVID-19 vaccine dataRead More:Questions about coronavirus?
Dearborn nurse documents father’s battle with COVID-19 at same hospital
DEARBORN – A 63-year-old man has been at the Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn for more than a week battling COVID-19. It has been extremely hard on his family, especially his son who works as a nurse at the same hospital. “First it started off with chills, body fatigue and it just kind of attacked his lungs,” said registered nurse Hamid Alkhalili. “I’m a nurse at the hospital, but unfortunately the hospital at this time has a no-visitor policy. Alkhalili also wanted to shed light on all of the frontline workers at hospitals taking care of others.
New noninvasive heart procedure at Beaumont Health shortens recovery time
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Imagine heart surgery without anesthesia, breathing tubes and weeks of recovery time. A new noninvasive surgery is being offered at Beaumont Hospital that has the patient awake for the procedure. Mary Olk didn’t have any symptoms when the doctors discovered a new issue with her heart. “It wasn’t scary at all.”Olk is one of only a few dozen Beaumont patients who had heart surgery while she was awake. A group of Beaumont Health Care Heroes received the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday afternoon.
Metro Detroit COVID vaccine rollout plans: Follow updates here
Michigan will receive about 84,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the first round. Here we have a running list of COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans from Metro Detroit health departments and hospitals:Health departmentsWayne County:The Wayne County Health Department is holding a virtual news conference at 11 a.m. Monday. They expect to move to 14,000 Pfizer vaccine doses a week as production kicks into high gear. Henry Ford hospitals:The Henry Ford Health System said it has only been told to expect delivery sometime between Tuesday and Thursday and, of course, they are waiting for an update. This includes Henry Ford Detroit, Henry Ford Wyandotte, Henry Ford Macomb, Henry Ford West Bloomfield and Henry Ford Jackson.
Morning Briefing Dec. 11, 2020: Michigan plans for vaccine (what’s next), federal COVID aid package status, weekend weather update
What to know today 🌅Michigan plans for COVID-19 vaccine: What to expect nextWith the announcement of the Food and Drug Administration vaccine advisory panel recommending the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine needs granted an emergency use authorization, Michigan is developing a distribution plan once the vaccine is authorized. Initially, five Michigan hospitals would be the first to get the vaccine, according to the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 421,137 as of Thursday, including 10,395 deaths, state officials report. Thursday’s update includes 5,937 new cases and 182 additional deaths, including 132 deaths identified during a review of records -- meaning they did not occur between Wednesday and Thursday. According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 5.8 million have recovered in the U.S., with more than 15.4 million cases reported across the country.
Hundreds of frontline workers at Metro Detroit hospitals quarantine due to COVID exposure
COVID-19 continues to cause havoc in our areas and is now affecting hundreds of workers throughout the Henry Ford Health System. Henry Ford Health said 576 of about 33,000 employees are out of work because they either have COVID-19 or been exposed to coronavirus. READ: CDC releases new, shortened quarantine options for certain COVID-19 exposureHenry Ford Health System Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Adnan Munkarah said they are in quarantine. “It’s in the double-digit and it continues to be concerning, which means the number of affected people in the community continues to be high,” said Dr. Munkarah. Henry Ford Health System said two of its six hospitals are more than 90% full, those are in Macomb and West Bloomfield.
What Beaumont Hospital is doing to prepare for potential COVID-19 vaccine distribution
DETROIT – Beaumont Hospital is getting ready to receive, store and distribute both the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines when they become available. The Pfizer vaccine has to be stored at -94 degrees Fahrenheit to be stabilized. Beaumont has supplies and the storage capacity for as many as 300,000 doses of the vaccine. Details on when COVID-19 vaccine could be made public for useWe’re learning more about how quickly the coronavirus vaccine could be rolled out. On Tuesday morning, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services spent about an hour discussing vaccine preparations with physicians and other key people.
Beaumont calls for videos, photos as Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams goes virtual
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Beaumont Hospital has held Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams every December since 2017 -- this year the event will be different due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. READ: Beaumont Hospital holds ‘Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams’ in DecemberThe hospital said it’s not safe for people to gather outside the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak this year -- so instead they’re turning the fourth annual Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams event into a virtual experience. Beaumont will compile the videos and photos to create a video that will be shared with pediatric patients via social media. Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams was created by the Beaumont Children’s Pediatric Family Advisory Council at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. Last year, Local 4′s Devin Scillian sang Christmas carols at Beaumont for Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams.
Beaumont Hospital-Wayne restricts visitation as coronavirus spreads rapidly in Michigan
WAYNE, Mich. – The Beaumont Hospital in Wayne is restricting patient visitation to help prevent the spread of coronavirus as cases and hospitalizations continue to rise throughout Michigan. COVID patients will be allowed visitors if they are nearing the end of life. The Beaumont Hospital in Wayne is the latest of the Beaumont hospitals to issue visitation restrictions as coronavirus spread increases across Michigan. A number of other medical centers have also recently ramped up visitation restrictions as COVID-19 cases climb throughout Michigan. On Wednesday, the state reported 4,273 new COVID-19 cases and 73 new deaths in Michigan since Tuesday.
Life-long advocate for people with disabilities to serve on Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – Sheryl Stumbaugh said she’s been underestimated her entire life, but her tireless advocacy work has caught the attention of the Governor’s Office. Stumbaugh spent her entire life advocating for the disabled and leading by example -- she lives on her own and has built a career helping others. And now she’s been hand-picked by Whitmer to serve on a statewide council for the disabled. She’ll serve on the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council for four years. More information can be found on the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council website here.
Beaumont hospitals in Dearborn, Farmington Hills and Trenton limit visitation to prevent spread of COVID
Beaumont Hospitals in Dearborn and Farmington Hills are limiting the visitation of family and friends effective Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 8 a.m. to protect patients, staff and community as COVID-19 cases in the region and state continue to rise. “We’ve had a notable rise in COVID-19 cases in Metro Detroit,” said Dr. Nick Gilpin, medical director of Infection Prevention and Epidemiology for Beaumont Health. Please note that while every site allows a support person to escort a patient into the Emergency Center, there is site-to-site variation regarding whether the support person may stay after the patient is registered. Our COVID-19 Data section tracks many of the key data points health officials are watching closely every single day. Track key COVID-19 data points in Michigan:
Beaumont Hospital-Taylor reinstates visitor safety restrictions as COVID cases rise
Beaumont, Grosse Pointe, Royal Oak and Troy already reinstated visitor restrictions on Tuesday, Nov. 10. “We’ve had a notable rise in COVID-19 cases in Metro Detroit,” said Dr. Nick Gilpin, medical director of Infection Prevention and Epidemiology for Beaumont Health. Visitors with a person receiving care at Beaumont, Grosse Pointe, Taylor and Troy must leave after bringing that person into the Emergency Center. Our COVID-19 Data section tracks many of the key data points health officials are watching closely every single day. Track key COVID-19 data points in Michigan:
Quick-thinking friends save man suffering heart attack at Farmington Hills golf course
He said if he hadn’t been on that golf course, he likely would have died from a heart attack. “I was actually in shock afterward saying, ‘There’s no way I could have had a heart attack. Collins was on the fourth hole at Glen Oaks Golf Course in Farmington Hills when he collapsed. When Farmington Hills EMTs arrived, they were told they couldn’t drive their ambulance on the fairway. Silent heart attacks may be more common than you thinkWhile you might assume you would know if you were suffering a heart attack, that’s not always the case.
COVID-19 exhaustion at Michigan hospitals: ‘We got through first surge on adrenaline, now it’s a marathon’
Michigan hospital leaders are worried about health care workers becoming exhausted by eight months of battling COVID-19 as hospitals start to fill up with patients once again. As state officials announce 6,000 new COVID-19 cases daily in Michigan, hospitalizations are starting to trend in wrong direction. During a virtual discussion with the presidents and CEOS of major Michigan health systems, the most pressing concern isn’t space, but staff availability. “It may not be access to a facility need, it may actually be staffing,” Decker said. So that has clearly been our top concern.”LOCAL: Macomb County a ‘pocket’ of Michigan that struggles with mask wearing, Henry Ford Health CEO says
Macomb County a ‘pocket’ of Michigan that struggles with mask wearing, Henry Ford Health CEO says
The president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System said Macomb County is a “pocket” of Michigan that struggles with COVID-19 mask compliance. Wright Lassiter spoke about the importance of following COVID-19 safety protocols during a virtual panel conversation among Michigan hospital leaders. He said while most people in the state wear masks, there are “pockets” where compliance isn’t up to par. “I would say that while we do see mask usage in many places, there are pockets where there is not good compliance,” Lassiter said. “In the Henry Ford system, our Henry Ford Macomb Hospital has the highest volume by far.
Hospital association CEO: Michiganders who don’t believe in COVID-19 protocols aren’t going to follow them
The head of the hospital association in Michigan said one of the main problems with the spread of COVID-19 statewide is that people aren’t convinced certain safety measures are necessarily, so they aren’t going to follow them. Brian Peters, the CEO of the Michigan Heath and Hospital Association, joined top hospital officials Thursday for a virtual discussion about the state of Michigan’s COVID-19 pandemic. Yet Michigan is still seeing its largest spike in COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, with case totals and test positivity rates rising statewide. LOCAL: Macomb County a ‘pocket’ of Michigan that struggles with mask wearing, Henry Ford Health CEO saysHe compared COVID-19 protocols to wearing seat belts on the road, saying people won’t follow rules unless they genuinely believe they are saving lives. He and Beaumont Health president and CEO John Fox both said visitors have even resisted simple COVID-19 safety measures while physically inside hospitals.
Michigan hospitals don’t plan to shut down elective surgeries again, but it’s a possible last resort
As the number of Michiganders hospitalized with COVID-19 rises again, hospitals aren’t planning to shut down elective surgeries. But if the health care system gets overwhelmed, that might be a measure of last resort. Most importantly, health care workers don’t want Michiganders to have to delay necessary care. While all the hospital leaders agreed they don’t want to shut down elective procedures, it’s possible the spread of COVID-19 could reach a point where that’s the only option. That means Michigan hospitals won’t easily be able to transfer patients elsewhere if they reach capacity in terms of space or workers.
Here’s where COVID-19 positivity rate, ICU capacity stand in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is seeing its most rapid spread of COVID-19, and hospitals are trying to keep up without the same resources as the more populated areas of the state. Gar Atchison, the CEO of UP Health System-Marquette and market CEO of UP Health System, joined a discussion among state hospital system leaders Thursday to talk about how COVID-19 is being handled in the Upper Peninsula. “We are seeing some pretty rapid increases, some pretty alarming case rates.”Some hospitals and testing centers in the Upper Peninsula are seeing test positivity rates of 30% multiple days in a row, Atchison said. UP Health System-Marquette is the safety net hospital for the Upper Peninsula, so what happens when the region hits capacity is a major concern for Atchison. ICU capacity outside of Marquette is fairly limited, so that’s the number that I’m paying most attention to.”He said 61% of patients in ICU beds in the Upper Peninsula are COVID-19 patients.
What is the level of concern about Michigan hospitals getting overwhelmed again due to COVID-19?
Michigan’s top health officials are concerned about hospitals becoming overwhelmed again as the COVID-19 numbers across the state reach new levels. Early in the-19 pandemic, one of the major problems for Michigan was hospital capacity, as COVID-19 patients filled beds and the state was forced to set up alternate sites. “That’s one of the general concerns,” said Wright Lassiter, president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System. Decker said another concern is staff members who have been fighting COVID-19 for the better part of eight months. LOCAL: Macomb County a ‘pocket’ of Michigan that struggles with mask wearing, Henry Ford Health CEO says“Our team -- they’ve been dealing with this for a very long time, so they are tired,” Decker said.
Henry Ford Health CEO: If ration, science aren’t enough in COVID-19 fight, other steps may be needed
The president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System wants Michiganders to follow the simple safety measures in place to stop the spread of COVID-19, but if they can’t, he said other steps might be necessary. “If doing the right thing and using ration and science isn’t sufficient, then there may be other steps that end up being necessary,” said Wright Lassiter, president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System. LOCAL: Macomb County a ‘pocket’ of Michigan that struggles with mask wearing, Henry Ford Health CEO saysThey said Michiganders should just follow four simple rules: Wear masks, practice social distancing, wash hands frequently and avoid large gatherings. Wright Lassiter, president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System, during a COVID-19 discussion on Nov. 12, 2020. MORE: Hospital association CEO: Michiganders who don’t believe in COVID-19 protocols aren’t going to follow themLassiter said a broad-based shutdown of the state likely would not be effective.
Are stricter government COVID-19 rules inevitable as cases spike in Michigan? Top hospital officials weigh in
As COVID-19 trends worsen dramatically across Michigan, are stricter government regulations inevitable? The presidents and CEOS of Henry Ford Health System, Beaumont Health, Spectrum Health, Munson Healthcare and UP Health System-Marquette joined the discussion to highlight the alarming trajectory of COVID-19 numbers statewide. John Fox, president and CEO of Beaumont Health, said the tools to slow the spread of COVID-19 are already in place. LOCAL: Macomb County a ‘pocket’ of Michigan that struggles with mask wearing, Henry Ford Health CEO says“The tools to control it are there. MORE: Hospital association CEO: Michiganders who don’t believe in COVID-19 protocols aren’t going to follow them“They’ve been much more targeted, where government did intervene,” Anderson said.
Leaders from 4 major hospital systems in Michigan share harrowing COVID-19 numbers
Leaders from four major hospital systems in Michigan came together Thursday to share the alarming trends they’re seeing as COVID-19 cases increase drastically statewide. “Our state is now in a phase of exponential increases in both COVID-19 cases and COVID-19 hospitalizations,” said Gerry Anderson, executive chairman at DTE Energy and a member of Gov. “Over the last five weeks, cases in Michigan are up more than five-fold,” Anderson said. Leaders of Henry Ford Health System, Beaumont Health, Spectrum Health and Munson Health shared some of the COVID-19 trends they’re seeing in their hospitals. Henry Ford Health SystemThe story is the same in Henry Ford hospitals, according to Wright Lassiter, the president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System.
‘The health care system can capsize’: Michigan hospitals rapidly filling with COVID-19 patients
Michigan hospitals are rapidly filling with COVID-19 patients once again, and experts are warning residents that if this trend continues, it will be disastrous for the state’s health care system. The MHA represents all the hospitals and health systems throughout Michigan. “Our hospitals are rapidly filling with COVID-19 patients at a very alarming rate,” Peters said. He and other state health care leaders are concerned about what’s ahead for hospitals if the trends don’t reverse. The health care system can capsize if you don’t keep it under control.”
Farmington Hills police say alcohol, visibility were factors in crash that killed 24-year-old pedestrian
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – A 24-year-old Hamtramck man was struck by a vehicle and killed while walking on M-5 near Halsted Road. The victim was transported to Beaumont Hospital in Farmington Hills where he was pronounced dead. The victim was struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound on M-5. Police said alcohol and visibility were factors in the crash. Anyone with information should contact Farmington Hills police at 248-871-2610.
Video diary: Hank Winchester chronicles colonoscopy experience
Following the passing of longtime Detroit sports voice Jamie Samuelsen, who died in August at the age of 48 after battling colon cancer, Local 4′s Hank Winchester decided to make an appointment for a colonoscopy. Winchester, who is in a similar age group, decided to document the experience, to show those who may be avoiding it what the process entails. Watch Hank’s video blog in the video player above to follow his journey. In 2020, 12% of colorectal cancer cases will be diagnosed in people under 50 – about 18,000 cases. Rates have been increasing since the mid-1980s in adults ages 20-39 years and since the mid-1990s in adults ages 40-54 years, with younger age groups experiencing the steepest increase.
Why you shouldnt be afraid to get a colonoscopy
Hank Winchester got his first colonoscopy to find out what you can expect and to explain why the examination is so critical. The test is easy, Hank said. But like Jamie, Im in my 40s and have a family. Simple, but critical testThe colonoscopy is a simple test, but its critical for early detection. RELATED: Video diary: Hank Winchester chronicles colonoscopy experienceMORE: Health news and resources
Beaumont Hospital in Farmington Hills won’t allow visitors due to rise in COVID-19 case
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – Because of a recent rise in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases at the Beaumont Hospital in Farmington Hills a no visitor policy has been implemented. The policy was made out of an abundance of caution, officials said. All other visitors are also restricted until further notice. Exceptions may apply if a visitor screens negative for symptoms of respiratory infection. Approved visitors will be required to wear PPE at all times and cannot leave the patient room.
Day Five: Winner of the Essential Moms Contest
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City of Wayne says it never approved makeshift morgue at Beaumont Hospital
WAYNE, Mich. – Officials with the city of Wayne say they didn’t approve a makeshift morgue at Beaumont Hospital during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Health Department inspectors, along with Wayne County sheriff’s deputies, found the temporary morgue with about 50 bodies in it while visiting the hospital Tuesday. The city says it referred the hospital to the Building and Engineering director, who would address permitting requirements. Then, in mid-April, the hospital contacted the city’s Building and Engineering Director regarding the placement of a temporary morgue in the former laundry building. The city is working with Beaumont, as it does all its businesses, to ensure any facility is safe for use.”Last week, Beaumont Wayne announced that the hospital had no patients.
City denies claim that it approved temporary morgue for COVID-19 deaths at Beaumont Wayne Hospital
WAYNE, Mich. – The city of Wayne released a statement Wednesday that refutes claims that it approved a temporary morgue at Beaumont Hospital in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Health Department inspectors, along with Wayne County sheriff’s deputies, found the temporary morgue with about 50 bodies in it while visiting the hospital Tuesday. The city says it referred the hospital to the Building and Engineering director, who would address permitting requirements. Then, in mid-April, the hospital contacted the city’s Building and Engineering Director regarding the placement of a temporary morgue in the former laundry building. The city is working with Beaumont, as it does all its businesses, to ensure any facility is safe for use.”Last week, Beaumont Wayne announced that the hospital had no patients.
Beaumont Wayne Hospital temporarily closes after discharging, transferring coronavirus (COVID-19) patients
WAYNE, Mich. – Beaumont Wayne currently has no patients, the hospital system announced Wednesday. Last month, the emergency room at the Wayne hospital closed, and the location began accepting only COVID-19 patients. Read a full statement about the temporary closure below:"Beaumont Hospital, Wayne is important to Beaumont Health and is not permanently closing. Beaumont Health is committed to responding to potential ongoing COVID-19 surges by relying upon our Wayne hospital and other resources. Beaumont is committed to reopening Beaumont, Wayne and making sure the services provided there both meet the community’s needs and fit within our system’s overall strategic plan.
Beaumont: Surge of COVID-19 patients decreases, care plans being adjusted
WAYNE, Mich. – Beaumont announced Tuesday it is seeing a decrease in the surge of COVID-19 patients at its Michigan hospitals and is adjusting care plans accordingly with this new trend. “While the number of COVID-19 patients has decreased recently, we don’t know what the future holds in this pandemic and there could still be a surge of COVID-19 patients,” he said. “Beaumont-Wayne will serve as a reserve COVID-19 hospital in anticipation of those potential needs as a part of the Beaumont surge plan. We will continue to redeploy staff as needed to address the fluctuating needs at all sites.”Beaumont closed its Wayne emergency center March 26 to dedicate it to the influx of COVID-19 patients it was receiving. Related: Beaumont says it will test workers’ blood in study on COVID-19 antibodies
3 confirmed coronavirus deaths at Metro Detroit hospitals
DETROIT – Officials have confirmed three coronavirus deaths in the state of Michigan Thursday -- all three at hospitals in Metro Detroit. ORIGINAL STORY: 3 confirmed coronavirus deaths in Michigan: What we know about the patientsThe most recent was woman in her 50s from Wayne County died at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac. RELATED: Woman at McLaren Oakland Hospital is Michigan’s third confirmed coronavirus deathOfficials said she had underlying health conditions prior to contracting the virus. “It may just be the more testing we do, the more positives we have,” said Oakland County executive David Coulter. He was Michigan’s second confirmed coronavirus death.
3 confirmed coronavirus deaths in Michigan: What we know about the patients
DETROIT – Officials have confirmed three coronavirus deaths in the state of Michigan -- all three at hospitals in Metro Detroit. A man who tested positive for COVID-19 died early Wednesday morning at the hospital, health officials said. Officials with Henry Ford Health System announced the state’s second confirmed coronavirus death before 9:45 a.m. Thursday (March 19). Minutes after the state’s second coronavirus-related death was confirmed, health officials announced the first death from the virus in Oakland County. A woman at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac became the third confirmed death in the state, officials said.
Man at Wayne County hospital is Michigan’s first confirmed coronavirus death
WAYNE COUNTY, Mich. – A man being held at a Wayne County hospital who tested positive for COVID-19 has died, health officials said. He died early Wednesday morning at a Beaumont Hospital in Wayne County, according to health officials. How easily the virus spreadsHow easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. MORE: Beaumont Health launches coronavirus hotline for patients with symptomsPeople who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
Drivers line up for coronavirus (COVID-19) drive-thru testing at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak
Drivers line up for coronavirus (COVID-19) drive-thru testing at Beaumont Hospital in Royal OakPublished: March 18, 2020, 8:34 amDrivers were lined up Wednesday (March 18, 2020) morning for drive-thru coronavirus (COVID-19) testing outside Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. For more on the coronavirus in Michigan, go here: https://www.clickondetroit.com/topic/michigan_coronavirus/
Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe receives $5 million donation
GROSSE POINTE, Mich. – Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe received a $5 million donation that will help create a hybrid surgical suite. The donation by James and Patricia Anderson will also establish the James and Patricia Anderson Advanced Surgical Technology and Training Endowment Fund. “The endowment will help ensure the hospital’s surgical teams stay ahead of the curve – learning and practicing leading-edge, technological advances,” said James Anderson, a Grosse Pointe Shores resident and CEO of Urban Science, in a statement. We feel Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe is the best in terms of quality and service.”The endowment fund will provide ongoing training and continuing medicinal education for surgeons, anesthesiologists, interventionalists, nurses, technicians and other surgical team members. Related: Beaumont breaks ground on $40M mental health hospital in Dearborn
Metro Detroit teen at center of life support battle dies at 16
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – A Metro Detroit teen, who was at the center of a life support dispute, passed away on Friday, according to his family. Titus Jermain Cromer Jr., 16, had been at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak after suffering an injury in October 2019. The family filed a federal lawsuit against the hospital to keep Cromer on life support. In late December 2019, a judge authorized an agreement to allow Cromer Jr. to receive a procedure and transfer to a rehab facility. Reyes’ family fought to keep him on life support at Mott’s Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, but the life support was eventually removed after a legal battle.
Beaumont patients notified about unauthorized access of information by former hospital employee
DETROIT – Beginning on Jan. 24 Beaumont notified 1,182 individuals about an incident involving unauthorized access of patient information by a now former Beaumont employee suspected of disclosing information to an individual working on behalf of a personal injury attorney. Beaumont will work closely with law enforcement if they decide to prosecute this former employee. After an extensive investigation, Beaumont discovered on Dec. 10, 2019 that from February 1, 2017 until Oct. 22, 2019, the former employee accessed and disclosed protected health information without authorization. The information accessed included names, addresses, dates of birth, phone number, email addresses, reason for treatment, insurance information and Social Security numbers. Individuals whose Social Security numbers were contained in the impacted account have been provided with information about enrolling in a complimentary credit monitoring product.
Flu cases increasing: Visitation restrictions in place for Beaumont’s 8 hospitals
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – All Beaumont Health hospitals are experiencing high volumes of patients with respiratory viral illnesses, predominantly influenza, Beaumont Health reports. Related:As a result, visitation restrictions are now in place at Beaumont’s eight hospitals:DearbornFarmington HillsGrosse PointeRoyal OakTaylorTrentonTroyWayneFor the safety of our patients and staff: Visitation by children younger than 13 years of age is limited to extraordinary circumstances, such as severe illness of a parent or sibling, or end-of-life situations. In addition, Beaumont’s Infection Prevention and Epidemiology team strongly urges getting a flu shot. Friends and family of patients should avoid visiting our hospital campuses if they have cold or flu symptoms, such as:
Metro Detroit teen on life support will receive procedure needed to transfer to rehab facility
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – A judge authorized an agreement Monday that will allow a Metro Detroit teen on life support to receive a procedure and transfer to a rehab facility. Titus Jermain Cromer Jr., 16, has been at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak after suffering an injury in October. His family has been involved in a dispute with the hospital after they were told Cromer had lost all brain function and would be taken off life support. The family filed a federal lawsuit against the hospital to keep Cromer on life support. Reyes’ family fought to keep him on life support at Mott’s Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, but the life support was eventually removed after a legal battle.
Dogs are helping patients heal
The advertiser paid a fee to promote this sponsored article and may have influenced or authored the content. Beaumont Therapy Dogs provide comfort, emotional support, and affection to patients. There are 70 dogs in the program that have been certified and underwent training with Beaumont to become a Therapy Dog. To learn more about Beaumont Health’s therapy dogs visit, beaumontproud.org. Watch this video to see how therapy dogs help patients.