After stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis, new treatment puts patient back on stage
As a singer for 28 years in the Dearborn Big Band, she needed a strong voice. And she needed strong lungs to play her flute in the Redford Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Flute Orchestra. But something was wrong.
Couple’s mission to help Ukraine is expanding in St. Clair Shores
About one month ago, Tony Pate left his Saint Clair Shores home and traveled to Ukraine to deliver medical supplies he collected out of his garage. Now he’s set to make another trip as more than 200-tons of supplies have come from Southeast Michigan, and as you can imagine, that type of collection takes up a lot of space.
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.
Michigan hospital official delivers powerful remarks about patients who won’t get COVID vaccine
An official from a small hospital in Michigan delivered some powerful and passional remarks Thursday about struggling to treat unvaccinated COVID patients while knowing that those patients didn’t do everything they could to help themselves.
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.
MHA: Younger age groups driving rise in Michigan COVID-19 hospitalizations
Michigan’s COVID-19 hospitalizations are on the rise again -- but data shows it’s younger age groups who are driving the increase. Inpatient data collected by the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) shows hospitalizations increased by 633% for adults ages 30-39 and by 800% for adults ages 40-49. (MHA)Groups under the age of 50 are among the lowest vaccinated groups in Michigan right now as eligibility expands for the 16 and older groups. AdMore: Tracking Michigan COVID-19 hospitalization data trends“Michigan is making progress at ultimately defeating the COVID-19 pandemic through increasing vaccination rates, but the war is not yet over,” said MHA Chief Medical Officer Gary Roth, DO. While you wait your turn for your safe and effective vaccine, mask up, practice social distancing and wash your hands.”AdDeeper dive: Special COVID-19 data section
Nurse fired after sharing video from inside DMC Sinai Grace Hospital still helping fight COVID pandemic
DETROIT – It was almost exactly a year ago when a wave of COVID patients was starting to overwhelm hospitals. A Metro Detroit nurse took a video inside Sinai Grace Hospital and spoke about the need for more supplies. The hospital said that the cellphone video violated hospital policy and Barkai was fired. Detroit and Sinai Grace got hit by a wave of COVID-19 patients to the point the hospital was running out of space for those who were dying. Barkai is still involved in litigation with the company that owns Sinai Grace.
Michigan hospital investigates organ photos posted on social media
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Spectrum Health launched an investigation into photos posted on Instagram from inside an operating room. It appears the photos were posted by a group of residents training at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids. Spectrum Health released the following statement to WOODTV:The privacy of patients and the confidentiality of their medical information is a priority at Spectrum Health. We were disappointed to learn that surgical images were posted on an Instagram account used by a group of residents and are taking steps to resolve this issue. The Instagram account has been closed and a full investigation is underway.
Newsweek names Ann Arbor hospitals among best in the world
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – On Wednesday, both University of Michigan Hospital and St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor were named on Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals 2021 list. University of Michigan Hospital ranked 23 out of the top 200 hospitals in the world and was the only Michigan hospital to make the global shortlist. AdSaint Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor hospital joined 2,000 hospitals from 25 countries on Newsweek's World's Best Hospitals 2021 list. Credit: Saint Joseph Mercy Ann ArborSt. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor also made it onto the United States list ranking at 334, and its sister hospital in Chelsea ranked 64. Both Ann Arbor hospital systems performed “above average,” according to the 2021 list.
Newly constructed Henry Ford Cancer Institute begins patient care
The newly constructed, state-of-the-art Henry Ford Cancer Institute in Detroit’s New Center area has opened its doors for patients. “The opening of the Brigitte Harris Cancer Pavilion marks the beginning of a new era in cancer care,” said Wright Lassiter, III, President and CEO of Henry Ford Health System. “This investment is a testament to decades of cancer care innovation at Henry Ford Hospital, where we’ve developed and delivered first in the world care. “This is a transcendent moment in the fight against cancer,” said Steven Kalkanis, M.D., CEO of Henry Ford Medical Group and Chief Academic Officer of Henry Ford Health System. “At a time when our society has endured extraordinary challenges, the opening of this new Henry Ford Cancer Institute location in Detroit is a beacon of hope in the lives of everyone affected by this disease.
Tracking massive vaccine operation in Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – On Monday afternoon, the first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrived at facilities in Metro Detroit. The vaccinations at Michigan Medicine and Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital begin the journey toward the eventual safe full reopening of Michigan’s economy, schools and communities. The vaccine arrived at Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor just around 9 a.m. Monday. She then drove to Ann Arbor to get a sense of how the planning and execution was going. Michigan Medicine is working to make sure the process is right and watching for any adverse reactions or side affects.
Michigan Medicine joins country’s top hospitals in #MaskUp campaign as COVID-19 surges nationwide
ANN ARBOR – Michigan Medicine has partnered with about 100 of the country’s top health care systems urging Americans to mask up as COVID-19 cases reach record-breaking highs. Over the past two weeks, more than 900 medical workers at Mayo Clinic tested positive for COVID-19. The message reads:“As the top nationally-ranked hospitals, we know it’s tough that we all need to do our part and keep wearing masks. However now is exactly the wrong time to let up,” Marschall S. Runge, CEO of Michigan Medicine and dean of the U-M Medical School said in a statement. “But for now, we have to use the tools that we know work: wearing masks, staying socially distant and washing hands.
St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor named within top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in US
ANN ARBOR, Mich – Fortune and IBM Watson Health have named St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor one of the 50 best cardiovascular hospitals in the United States. The ranking comes from the annual Fortune/IBM 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study, which highlights top-performing cardiovascular hospitals. It is the third year in a row that St. Joe’s has been recognized by the study, and the hospital’s eleventh year receiving the honor. “Our hospital consistently ranks among the best in the nation when it comes to caring for the cardiovascular needs of those we serve,” said Alonzo Lewis, president of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston in a release. St. Joe’s was also on Fortune and IBM Watson Health’s 100 Top Hospitals list earlier in the year.
How Henry Ford Hospital played key role in Moderna vaccine study
DETROIT – News that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is nearly 95 percent effective has given hope that the pandemic will end sooner. And Henry Ford Hospital enrolled a vast number of minority volunteers. “What we’re seeing in all these vaccine trials is that we see good immune responses to the vaccination,” said Dr. Paul Kilgore, Henry Ford co-principal investigator in the vaccine trial. 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:
State officials urge Michiganders to take precaution as COVID-19 cases rise ahead of the holidays
LANSING, Mich. – On the day that Michigan hospital systems banded together to put out the alert on the rise of COVID-19 cases, Gov. ‘No area of the state is spared’: How COVID-19 is trending in all 8 Michigan regionsA spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey said “Sen. 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. COVID-19 cases in Michigan are at an all-time high, and Gov.
West Michigan’s Spectrum Health says hospitals near capacity amid COVID surge
West Michigan’s largest hospital system says they could be hitting their maximum capacity “in a matter of days,” as new COVID-19 cases and deaths rise across the state. Spectrum Health said during a virtual press conference on Wednesday that they are working to expand intensive care capacity and to create more space for COVID-19 patients. “Even with these actions, the reality is that Spectrum Health and our hospitals across the state will be hitting their capacity in a matter of days,” Spectrum Health President and CEO Tina Freese Decker said, according to WOOD TV. Dr. Darryl Elmouchi, the president of Spectrum Health West, added that Spectrum will be prioritizing those with symptoms when providing COVID-19 tests. New COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise in Michigan.
Henry Ford hospitals tighten visitor restrictions as COVID-19 cases surge in Michigan
DETROIT – Henry Ford hospitals are tightening their visitor restrictions as COVID-19 cases surge in Michigan. On Tuesday, state officials reported a single-day high of 6,473 COVID-19 cases and 84 additional deaths. “While Henry Ford recognizes the importance of the support by loved ones during a patient’s hospitalization or when receiving care, and because we recognize the importance of family engagement to promote healing, any decision to restrict visitation and limit family presence is difficult,” Henry Ford Health System said in a statement. In areas where COVID-19 transmission is not as active, hospitals might maintain the most recent visitation policy: one adult visitor per patient. READ: 4 key data points that show extent of COVID-19 outbreak in Michigan right nowIn areas where COVID-19 transmission and COVID-19 hospitalizations are high, such as at Henry Ford Macomb and Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson, the restrictions are much more stringent.
COVID-19 spike leads to surge at Michigan hospitals
DETROIT – With COVID-19 cases rising exponentially in Michigan, local hospitals are starting to fill with new patients. RELATED: Tracking Michigan COVID-19 hospitalization data trendsBoth the Henry Ford Health and Beaumont Health systems have seen a rise in COVID-19 patients. As of 11 a.m. Friday, Henry Ford Health System had 226 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 at its six hospitals. Physicians are urging residents to take coronavirus seriously. You can watch Paula Tutman’s full story in the video above.
FBI warns ransomware assault threatens US healthcare system
The cyberattacks involve ransomware, which scrambles data into gibberish that can only be unlocked with software keys provided once targets pay up. Sky Lakes acknowledged the ransomware attack in an online statement, saying it had no evidence that patient information was compromised. It said emergency and urgent care “remain available” The St. Lawrence system did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment. Increasingly, ransomware criminals are stealing data from their targets before encrypting networks, using it for extortion. A total of 59 U.S. healthcare providers/systems have been impacted by ransomware in 2020, disrupting patient care at up to 510 facilities, Callow said.
Michigan to require implicit bias training for health professionals to address racial disparities
Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive Directive to develop rules to require implicit bias training for health professionals to address racial disparities. Executive Directive 2020-7 directs the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) to begin developing rules that will require implicit bias training as part of the knowledge and skills necessary for licensure, registration and renewal of licenses and registrations of health professionals in Michigan. Implicit bias training was one of the recommendations made by the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities. The evidence shows that training in implicit bias can make a positive difference, so today we are taking action to help improve racial equity across Michigans health care system. Governor Gilchrist II, chair of the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities.
Gov. Whitmer mandates implicit bias training for all Michigan health professionals
Gretchen Whitmer said she believes those numbers are because of uneven health care delivery and signed an Executive Directive to develop rules to require implicit bias training for health professionals to address racial disparities. Michigan COVID-19 cases by race as of July 5, 2020. (WDIV)The governors task force said people of color suffer in medical settings from the unconscious bias by medical professionals. She turned to Dr. Randolph Rasch, Dean and Professor of the Michigan State University College of Nursing, who spoke extensively about what implicit bias is. The practical impact of Executive Directive 2020-7 means those looking to get a new license or wants to renew their medical license will have to undergo bias training.
Out-of-hospital deaths, emergencies increase due to coronavirus pandemic, Michigan officials say
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan health officials are reporting significant increases in out-of-hospital emergencies and deaths amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Hospitals and medical centers were initially overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients when the pandemic hit in Michigan in March, which led people to avoid seeking care unrelated to COVID-19. Emergency centers remain open and most selective operations have resumed at medical centers across Michigan. Some states are reporting an increase of around 40,000 COVID-19 cases in just the last week. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer moved some counties into “high risk” categories due to recent spikes in COVID-19 cases.
Michigan reports slight uptick in COVID-19 hospitalizations
DETROIT – Michigan reported a slight uptick in hospitalizations for coronavirus (COVID-19) over the weekend. Between June 19 and June 22, the state reported 15 additional inpatients on ventilators, seven more inpatients in critical care and nine inpatients not in critical care. Still, only 5.37 percent of active COVID-19 cases in Michigan are hospitalized, as of June 22. (Active cases always drop on Saturday when recoveries are updated, so the percentage always increases on Monday). Southeast Michigan regions are reporting the most inpatients, followed by Region 6 (Greater Grand Traverse County area) and Region 3 (West Michigan).
Arizona reactivates hospital emergency plan as COVID-19 cases spike after reopening
PHOENIX – For the second time, Arizona is activating its hospital emergency plan as cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in the state following implementation of their reopening plan. Doug Ducey’s stay-at-home order expired on May 15, COVID-19 cases have soared 110 percent - more than doubling to 27,678, as of Monday, according to NBC affiliate KPNX. The governor said last week that an increase in cases was due to an increase in testing. But ICU and ventilator use are rising in state hospitals. Worldwide, more than 400,000 have died from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University, including 110,000 in the U.S.
Beaumont Health updates visitation rules to allow on-site family presence, participation in care planning discussions
DETROIT Beaumont Health has updated its visitation rules to allow on-site family presence and participation in care planning discussions -- the change goes into effect on Friday. Gretchen Whitmer released an Executive Order that loosened visitation restrictions. Restrictions were put in place to mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). READ: Michigan hospital visitation rules relaxed as COVID-19 case, death numbers slowWe know how important it is for families to be together, especially in times of crisis. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges to being together in the effort to prevent the spread of the virus, Beaumont officials said.
Only 70 coronavirus (COVID-19) patients still admitted at Henry Ford hospitals, officials say
DETROIT Only 70 coronavirus (COVID-19) patients remain admitted at Henry Ford hospitals, while more than 1,600 have been discharged in the last two months, officials said. That means the hospitals once housed more than 750 COVID-19 patients at once nearly two months ago, and since then, more than 1,600 total coronavirus patients have been treated and discharged. Michigan stay-at-home order: Heres where entire state stands heading into this weekOfficials at Henry Ford Health System report 1,606 coronavirus patients have been discharged over the last 60 days, while 70 remain admitted. In total, 34,924 people have tested negative, while 7,378 have tested positive at Henry Ford Health Systems hospitals. Patients are spending an average of four days in the hospital, and those who need it are also spending four days in the intensive care unit, according to hospital officials.
6 differences you might notice next time you have a doctors appointment
Henry Ford Health officials said medical centers and hospitals are having to adjust policies to keep workers and patients safe. Chu said the following six changes are taking place at Henry Ford hospitals, specifically. If any symptoms are discovered, the employee is immediately sent home -- no exceptions.Marked entrywaysPay attention to signs outside of Henry Ford locations. You might also notice signs on the floor marking out where to stand in line at pharmacies or front reception desks. For patients, hand sanitizer is available throughout Henry Ford facilities to be used at any point during a visit.
Officials: 2 visiting Northern Michigan from out-of-state test positive for COVID-19
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. Health officials in Grand Traverse County say that two people visiting the area from out-of-state have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The Grand Traverse County Health Department says the two were visiting family this weekend. Both travelers were symptomatic and one has been hospitalized, according to Traverse City Ticker. The Grand Traverse area was included in the first batch of regions reopening in the state, which started last Friday. As of Sunday, Grand Traverse County reported 23 total COVID-19 cases, and five total deaths.
Michigan man plans to steal helicopter for hospital attack to free COVID-19 patients, police say
A Michigan man devised a plan to steal a helicopter from the Coast Guard in order to attack a police station and shooting up a hospital to disrupt the power and free the coronavirus (COVID-19) patients, authorities said.
Henry Ford Health: Only 112 coronavirus (COVID-19) patients still admitted
DETROIT Almost 2,000 coronavirus (COVID-19) patients have been discharged from Henry Ford hospitals in the last two months, and fewer than 120 remain hospitalized, officials said. Officials at Henry Ford Health System report 1,972 coronavirus patients have been discharged over the last 60 days, while 112 remain hospitalized. The number of coronavirus patients still in the hospital dropped from 113 on Wednesday to 112 on Thursday. In total, 28,167 people have tested negative, while 7,203 have tested positive at Henry Ford Health Systems hospitals. Patients are spending an average of 10 days in the hospital, and those who need it are also spending 18 days in the intensive care unit, according to hospital officials.
Henry Ford Health: Only 122 coronavirus (COVID-19) patients still admitted; 1,972 discharged
DETROIT Almost 2,000 coronavirus (COVID-19) patients have been discharged from Henry Ford hospitals in the last two months, and fewer than 125 remain hospitalized, officials said. Officials at Henry Ford Health System report 1,972 coronavirus patients have been discharged over the last 60 days, while 122 remain hospitalized. The number of coronavirus patients still in the hospital dropped from 128 on Monday to 122 on Tuesday. In total, 26,613 people have tested negative, while 7,153 have tested positive at Henry Ford Health Systems hospitals. Patients are spending an average of 12 days in the hospital, and those who need it are also spending 15 days in the intensive care unit, according to hospital officials.
Michigan COVID-19 tracking: Cases, deaths slowing; Hospitalizations decline; Testing doubles
Cases, deaths slowingGrowth in cases started to slow about three weeks ago, and has continued to plateau, while deaths are now starting to slow. Testing spikesMeanwhile, testing has more than doubled in recent weeks, and the positive rate continues to drop. The state is now 16th in testing rate, which is up from 24th just three weeks ago. Hospitalizations show steady declineTracking data in the last month, hospitalizations, specifically critical care patients, have showed a steady decline. As of May 15, only 5.68% of active COVID-19 cases were hospitalized in Michigan, down from nearly 18% on April 12.
Henry Ford Health: Only 128 coronavirus (COVID-19) patients still admitted
DETROIT – Almost 2,000 coronavirus (COVID-19) patients have been discharged from Henry Ford hospitals in the last two months, and fewer than 130 remain hospitalized, officials said. Officials at Henry Ford Health System report 1,965 coronavirus patients have been discharged over the last 60 days, while 128 remain hospitalized. The number of coronavirus patients still in the hospital dropped from 128 on Saturday to 128 on Monday. In total, 25,859 people have tested negative, while 7,132 have tested positive at Henry Ford Health System’s hospitals. Patients are spending an average of 11 days in the hospital, and those who need it are also spending 11 days in the intensive care unit, according to hospital officials.
Henry Ford Health: 1,962 coronavirus (COVID-19) patients discharged in last 60 days
DETROIT More than 1,950 coronavirus (COVID-19) patients have been discharged from Henry Ford hospitals in the last month, and fewer than 130 remain hospitalized, officials said. Officials at Henry Ford Health System report 1,962 coronavirus patients have been discharged over the last 60 days, while 129 remain hospitalized. The number of coronavirus patients still in the hospital dropped from 146 on Friday to 129 on Saturday. In total, 24,892 people have tested negative, while 7,095 have tested positive at Henry Ford Health Systems hospitals. Patients are spending an average of 11 days in the hospital, and those who need it are also spending 18 days in the intensive care unit, according to hospital officials.
1,949 Henry Ford Health System patients discharged within last 60 days
Published: May 15, 2020, 11:29 amDETROIT – On Friday, Henry Ford Health System provided an update on the latest developments in its response to the coronavirus pandemic. Coronavirus cases as of 10 a.m. Friday, May 15:Total number of Henry Ford Health System patients who tested negative: 24,330Total number of Henry Ford Health System patients who tested positive: 7,080Total number of Henry Ford Health System patients currently admitted: 146Total number of Henry Ford Health System patients discharged home in last 60 days: 1,949Average length of stay in hospital by discharge date: 11 daysAverage ICU days by discharge date: 19 daysThe number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 49,582 as of Friday morning, including 4,787 deaths, state officials report. READ: Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 49,582; Death toll now at 4,787READ MORE: Henry Ford Health: 1,920 coronavirus (COVID-19) patients discharged in last 60 days
Clinton Township robotics team creates extra layer of protection for frontliners
A robotics team in Clinton Township is putting their skills to work during the coronavirus outbreak. Team 4810 I.AM.ROBOT, was founded in 2012 at the International Academy of Macomb. Since then, the team has grown from 7 students and 2 mentors to about 66 students and 14 mentors. During the pandemic, the team has worked to create a special intubation shield box for hospitals, providing an extra layer of protection for frontline workers. Watch Nick Monacelli’s feature story on the robotics team in the video player above.
Henry Ford Health: 1,833 coronavirus (COVID-19) patients discharged in last 60 days
DETROIT – More than 1,800 coronavirus (COVID-19) patients have been discharged from Henry Ford hospitals in the last month, and fewer than 300 remain hospitalized, officials said. Officials at Henry Ford Health System report 1,833 coronavirus patients have been discharged over the last 60 days, while 282 others remain hospitalized. The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 has dropped from 679 on April 4, to 486 on April 24, to 371 on Thursday. In total, 17,035 people have tested negative, while 6,705 have tested positive at Henry Ford Health System’s hospitals. Patients are spending an average of 8.6 days in the hospital, and those who need it are spending 11.3 days in the intensive care unit, according to hospital officials.
Michigan issues guidelines on seeking non-COVID-19 related medical care
DETROIT – The State of Michigan released new guidelines on seeking non-COVID-19 related medical or dental care during the ongoing pandemic. As a result, the state has issued new guidelines on seeking care. Related: Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 43,950; Death toll now at 4,135“The Executive Order gives providers broad discretion,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive at MDHHS. “I applaud our frontline health care providers who put their lives at risk, and who are engaged in efforts to continue to care for their patients in the safest way possible. “Providers know their patients best and will understand the safest, most effective ways to manage their care under these circumstances created by the pandemic.”It is also important for patients to understand they should not delay important medical care, especially emergency care.
Henry Ford Health: 1,705 coronavirus (COVID-19) patients discharged in last 30 days
DETROIT – More than 1,700 coronavirus (COVID-19) patients have been discharged from Henry Ford hospitals in the last month, and fewer than 400 remain hospitalized, officials said. Officials at Henry Ford Health System report 1,705 coronavirus patients have been discharged over the last 30 days, while 377 others remain hospitalized. The number of coronavirus patients still in the hospital dropped from 418 on Tuesday to 377 on Wednesday. In total, 13,647 people have tested negative, while 6,362 have tested positive at Henry Ford Health System’s hospitals. Patients are spending an average of 12 days in the hospital, and those who need it are spending 14.6 days in the intensive care unit, according to hospital officials.
Hunches are not hope, COVID-19 studies arent medical advice
DETROIT There are new reports of therapies used to treat COVID-19 every day -- often met with hopeful fanfare. Based on those two loose pieces of information, they are following a hunch and testing very high doses of famotidine in patients with coronavirus. This is science in action, but it is not anywhere near proof enough that people should even consider taking Pepcid. Although the start of these two studies generated hope and interest among the public, the bottom line is that they are nowhere near medical advice. More information on coronavirus (COVID-19):
Henry Ford Health: 1,317 coronavirus (COVID-19) patients discharged in last 30 days
DETROIT – Officials at Henry Ford Health System report 1,317 coronavirus (COVID-19) patients have been discharged over the last month, while 617 others remain hospitalized. As of 10 a.m. Thursday, an additional 43 patients have been released since Wednesday morning. The number of coronavirus patients still in the hospital dropped from 629 on Friday to 617 on Wednesday. In total, 8,491 people have tested negative, while 5,158 have tested positive at Henry Ford Health System’s hospitals. Patients are spending an average of 7.18 days in the hospital, and those who need it are spending 6.54 days in the intensive care unit, according to hospital officials.
Henry Ford Health: More than 1,000 coronavirus patients discharged, fewer than 700 still hospitalized
DETROIT – Officials at Henry Ford Health System report more than 1,000 coronavirus (COVID-19) patients have been discharged over the last month, while fewer than 700 remain hospitalized. As of 11:45 a.m. Friday, 1,007 people have been treated for the coronavirus and discharged -- an additional 154 patients since Wednesday morning. The number of coronavirus patients still in the hospital dropped from 743 on Wednesday to 696 on Friday. In total, 6,698 people have tested negative, while 4,285 have tested positive at Henry Ford Health System’s hospitals. “I’m very cautiously optimistic that she will continue to recover,” said Elissa Fory, M.D., a Henry Ford neurologist who was part of the team of medical specialists involved in the patient’s care.
Michigan offers new hospital data on coronavirus patients, medical supplies
DETROIT – The state of Michigan released new data showing hospitalizations for COVID-19 around the state, as well as available medical supplies. The state has the third most cases in the U.S. Michigan has been criticized for its lack of available data. New hospital data shows how many COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized, how many are in critical care or on a ventilator, and how many have been discharged. The state also released more testing data, showing the daily increases in testing capacity in relation to positive tests. Track the latest COVID-19 Michigan data right here on ClickOnDetroit.
Henry Ford Health: 778 COVID-19 patients discharged in last 30 days; 752 still hospitalized
DETROIT – The Henry Ford Health System reports, as of Tuesday, they are caring for 752 COVID-19 patients at their various hospitals. UPDATE -- April 8, 2020: 853 coronavirus patients discharged, number in hospital dropsHere’s some of the updated numbers released by Henry Ford Health System on April 7:Total # Henry Ford Health System patients who tested negative, 5,954. Total # Henry Ford Health System patients who tested positive, 3,902. Total # Henry Ford Health System patients currently admitted, 752. Total # Henry Ford Health System patients discharged home in last 30 days, 778.
10-year-old western Michigan boy struck and killed by pickup truck
BRIDGETON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A 10-year-old western Michigan boy has been struck and killed by a pickup truck. WOOD-TV reports Saturday that the child was hit about 7:30 p.m. Friday in Newaygo County’s Bridgeton Township, north of Grand Rapids. He later was pronounced dead at a hospital. Sheriff’s deputies say the 20-year-old pickup driver was grading a driveway when the boy was struck.
Detroit’s Henry Ford Health to lead first large-scale US study on drug’s effectiveness to prevent COVID-19
DETROIT – Henry Ford Health System will launch the first large-scale U.S. study to determine a drug’s effectiveness in preventing coronavirus (COVID-19). The study of hydroxychloroquine used prophylactically could begin as early as next week, according to Henry Ford. Dr. Marcus Zervos, division head of Infectious Disease for Henry Ford Health System, will oversee this study with Dr. O’Neill. The study medication was specially procured for this study and will not impact the supply of medication for people who already take the medication for other conditions. Henry Ford Health System is poised to do anything we can to help them stay safe.” The FDA will provide the drug directly to Henry Ford Health System physicians to distribute.
Carhartt shifts production, plans to produce 2.5M masks, 50,000 gowns for hospitals
DETROIT – Dearborn-based Carhartt says it will shift production to produce masks and gowns for hospitals in need during the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, April 6, Carhartt says it will begin producing 50,000 medical gowns, and on April 20, the company will begin manufacturing 2.5 million masks. “Serving and answering the call during times of need has always been an integral part of Carhartt’s history and it’s why consumers have trusted us to have their back for more than 130 years,” said Mark Valade, Chief Executive Officer at Carhartt. “We are humbled and honored to help all the essential workers serving and protecting us right now.”Carhartt says associated from manufacturing facilities have volunteered to produce these items and the company will continue to compensate them for their important contribution to the effort to support the nation’s need for medical personal protective equipment. Over the last few weeks, Carhartt temporarily closed all company-owned stores and implemented temporary rotating paid work schedules in its manufacturing and distribution facilities to encourage social distancing among associates.
How is Michigan doing in terms of medical staff, critical supplies to fight coronavirus (COVID-19)?
DETROIT – In the battle against the coronavirus (COVID-19), the ammunition that matters most is medical staff members and critical supplies. As of Sunday, the state had 27,762 licensed hospital beds -- 25,375 beds that were in place before the state of emergency, plus 2,387 that have been added so far. “We know our hospitals are going to need more beds. We’re going to need thousands more ventilators, and a lot of people are going to get sick.”The levels of other supplies are broken down by region. Although all of the hospitals are required to supply their inventory numbers to the state, Sunday’s report had just 74% of hospitals reporting.
Ann Arbor residents join effort to print medical gear at home
ANN ARBOR – Operation Face Shield Ann Arbor was started by local resident and registered nurse Kevin Leeser. He launched the Facebook group in an effort to rally residents with 3D printers to print face shields as local hospitals face shortages of essential personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 outbreak. It takes three hours to print the base for one face shield. "They don’t cover your nose and they’re disposable.”The homemade face shields can be cleaned and reused. Join the Operation Face Shield Ann Arbor Facebook group.