Get Caught Up: Takeaways from expert’s Metro Detroit COVID update amid ‘4th virus surge’
A Beaumont Health expert provided a concerning update about COVID and hospital trends in Metro Detroit, calling this the “fourth surge” and sharing three reasons why he believes numbers are once again on the rise.
Justice Department Seeks to Shut Down Texas Return Preparer
The United States has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas seeking to bar a Beaumont, Texas, tax return preparer from owning or operating a tax return preparation business and preparing federal income tax returns for others. According to the complaint, Johnston filed the fabricated return with the IRS, which deposited the inflated refund with a third-party vendor. According to the complaint, Johnston prepared over 3,100 tax returns in aggregate for tax years 2018 through 2020. As a result, the complaint alleges, Johnston has cost the United States significant losses of tax revenue. Return preparer fraud is one of the IRS’ Dirty Dozen Tax Scams, and taxpayers seeking a return preparer should remain vigilant.justice.gov
Beaumont Health says emergency rooms are nearly full, has to close beds due to staff shortages
Beaumont Health, based in Southfield, is reporting its 10 emergency departments are nearly full, a problem intensified by staffing shortages and serious COVID-19 illness among people who are unvaccinated. The health system, with eight hospitals and 155 outpatient locations, is encouraging patients with nonemergent medical conditions to visit physician offices or urgent care sites. Most patients now populating Beaumont’s emergency departments have medical conditions and concerns other than COVID-19. Add in staffing shortages and “you have a perfect storm.”Earlier this week, Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System announced it too had to close beds at its five hospitals, mostly in Jackson and Detroit, because of staffing shortages. To ease the burden on emergency rooms, Beaumont urges patients to consider what justifies a visit and what does not.mlive.com
The Michigan Connection: How a near-fatal shooting on Mackinac Island changed medical knowledge forever
Have you ever noticed that there’s always a Michigan connection in nearly every major story? Or that when you go on vacation, you always seem to meet other people from Michigan? Whether it’s some sort of statistical bias of some kind or not, it feels right, right?
Delayed care and surge in coronavirus cases overwhelms Michigan hospitals for a third round
This means coronavirus patients take up 21.79% of occupied beds. As Michigan is in the midst of a surge, coronavirus cases severely tax health systems’ staff and resources, said Dr. Nick Gilpin, medical director of infection prevention for Beaumont Health in Southeast Michigan. Beaumont Hospitals are between 90% and 95% capacity, however capacity issues are different than they were during the December surge, Gilpin said. Read more on MLive:Whitmer wants vaccines, not restrictions, to end Michigan coronavirus surge. Michigan coronavirus data for Friday, April 16: Oceana, Mason counties move into top 10 for new casesmlive.com
Nightside Report March 30, 2021: Mental health care backlog leaves 12-year-old stuck in emergency room for 26 days, Demand for appointments at Michigan SOS offices high as extension on renewing IDs to
Beaumont responds to mental health care backlog that left child stuck in emergency room for 26 daysMental health care backlog leaves Lake Orion child stuck in emergency room for 26 daysDETROIT – For months, school administrators have been sounding alarms about a growing mental health crisis amongst students who feel isolated and depressed as a side-effect of the coronavirus pandemic. Her 12-year-old son, who battles depression, was overwhelmed and announced he was ready to end it all. She believed COVID and the changes the pandemic exacerbated the stresses of a boy who was already going through changes. WATCH Local 4 News at 11Metro Detroit weather: Miserable Opening Day forecast, but better weekendIt’s one-and-done for the unseasonable warmth, and Opening Day looks downright miserable. As you will see the demand is high because we are approaching a significant date and many may have been procrastinating.
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
Newsweek names several Michigan hospitals as best in the country, world in 2021
Several Metro Detroit and Michigan hospitals have been recognized as some of the best in the country and in the world by American news magazine Newsweek. For its third consecutive year, Newsweek has published its list of the “World’s Best Hospitals 2021,” in which global data is used to identify the top 2,000 hospitals across 25 countries, including the U.S., Japan, Germany, the U.K., India, Australia, Thailand and more. Michigan did not breach the top five, or the top ten, in the world, but it has breached the world’s top 30, with the University of Michigan Hospital’s Michigan Medicine ranking as 23rd in the world. AdNo other Michigan hospitals were among the top 200 in the world -- but several were still included on Newsweek’s list. But if you do, this ranking of the World’s Best Hospitals 2021 can help you feel confident as you make a critical choice about medical care.”Click here to see Newsweek’s entire “World’s Best Hospitals 2021″ list.
Unexpected shortage of second dose of COVID-19 vaccine forces Beaumont to cancel appointments
Beaumont recently learned of an expected and significant reduction in Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine allocation from the state of Michigan. COMMUNITY — Beaumont recently learned of an expected and significant reduction in Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine allocation from the state of Michigan. As a result of the reduction, Beaumont Health Systems had to cancel 1,884 second dose appointments scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18. The Pfizer vaccine originally called for three weeks between two doses of the vaccine, however, the CDC says the vaccine remains effective when the patient receives the second dose up to six weeks after the first dose. “Our teams worked around the clock and throughout the weekend with the state to try and secure the second dose vaccine we requested.arabamericannews.com
Beaumont Health cancels 1,884 second dose appointments due to ‘unexpected’ vaccine shortage
SOUTHFIELD, MI -- A significant reduction in Michigan’s Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine allocation forced Beaumont Health was forced to cancel 1,884 second dose appointments scheduled for Feb. 18, the health system said Monday. In addition, the health system will not be able to open any more Pfizer first dose vaccine appointments at the Beaumont Service Center until additional vaccine is received. Our teams worked around the clock and throughout the weekend with the state to try and secure the second dose vaccine we requested,” Beaumont Health Chief Operating Officer Carolyn Wilson said. Beaumont says its working diligently to get more vaccine from the state to provide the required second dose in a timely manner. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the vaccine remains effective when patients receive the second dose up to six weeks after the first dose.mlive.com
Beaumont Health cancels 1,884 second dose vaccine appointments due to unexpected low supply
DETROIT – As a result of an unexpected supply shortage Beaumont Health is canceling 1,884 second dose appointments scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18. According to Beaumont Health, it was notified about the significant reduction in Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine allocation from the State of Michigan on Friday. Beaumont is also seeking more clarity from the state on these much needed second doses,” a statement from Beaumont Health read. The health system will not be able to open any more Pfizer first dose vaccine appointments at the Beaumont Service Center until additional vaccine is received. Our teams worked around the clock and throughout the weekend with the state to try and secure the second dose vaccine we requested,” Beaumont Health Chief Operating Officer Carolyn Wilson said.
Beaumont Health revises pandemic visitation policy, makes exceptions for patients without COVID-19
DETROIT – Beaumont Health has updated COVID-19 visitation guidelines across the health system. Beginning 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 15, visitation will be permitted for patients who do not have or are not suspected of having COVID-19. “If the number of cases climbs at Beaumont or in the community, the health system will adjust its COVID-19 visitation guidelines as appropriate,” the news release read in part. No one is permitted to visit patients with pending or positive COVID-19 tests, except for:End-of-life. To read the complete text of Beaumont’s newly updated visitation guidelines, click here.
Beaumont Health changes visitation policy after inpatient COVID-19 numbers decline
Visitation will be permitted for patients who do not have or are not suspected of having COVID-19 at all Beaumont Health locations starting Monday, Feb. 15, according to an update from the health system. The change was made to support “on-site family presence and care planning discussions.” It comes as inpatient COVID-19 numbers have declined. This new guidance still has limitations due to continued coronavirus spread in metro Detroit, as well as Oakland and Wayne counties, said Beaumont Health Chief Nursing Officer Susan Grant in a release. The update was made as coronavirus cases decline statewide. Michigan health leaders reported 852 new coronavirus cases and 88 deaths for Saturday, Feb. 13, as the seven-day average of cases is the lowest since the first week of October.mlive.com
Beaumont Health revises pandemic visitation policy, makes exceptions for patients without COVID-19
In a news release issued Sunday, the hospital system stated the policy change, “supports Beaumont’s commitment to on-site family presence and care planning discussions.”DETROIT – Beaumont Health has updated COVID-19 visitation guidelines across the health system. Beginning Monday, Feb. 15 at 8 a.m. visitation will be permitted for patients who do not have or are not suspected of having COVID-19. “If the number of cases climbs at Beaumont or in the community, the health system will adjust its COVID-19 visitation guidelines as appropriate,” the news release read in part. No one is permitted to visit patients with pending or positive COVID-19 tests, except for:End-of-life. To read the complete text of Beaumont’s newly updated visitation guidelines, click here.
Online ‘backdoor’ used by 2,700 to schedule vaccinations in Michigan
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Michigan’s largest health care provider canceled COVID-19 vaccine appointments for about 2,700 people after learning they jumped the line while registering online. “This allowed 2,700 people to ‘cut in line,’” the eight-hospital health system said Sunday. AdThe issue will not affect properly scheduled vaccine appointments, it added. Epic’s corporate office also was notified so it could communicate with other health systems to prevent this from occurring elsewhere. “We are also notifying the Michigan Hospital Association and other Michigan health systems about the issue.”
Beaumont shuts down scheduling vulnerability that allowed people to ‘cut in line’ for vaccinations
Beaumont Health System’s IT team detected and shut down unusual activity Saturday related to online COVID-19 vaccination scheduling, the hospital announced Sunday. The Beaumont team determined a user took advantage of an Epic scheduling tool vulnerability and shared an unauthorized scheduling pathway publicly that allowed 2,700 people to “cut in line” and register for an unauthorized vaccine appointment. AdBeaumont notified the national Epic corporate office so it could communicate with other health systems to prevent this from occurring elsewhere. We regret 2,700 people in our community became victims of this unfortunate incident,” said Beaumont Health Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Hans Keil. We are also notifying the Michigan Hospital Association and other Michigan health systems about the issue.”READ: Michigan COVID-19 vaccinations: How to find appointments, info on phases
Beaumont opening two new vaccine clinics; expanding COVID-19 call center
Starting Jan. 20, Beaumont Dearborn and Beaumont Troy will open additional COVID-19 vaccine clinics at their facilities. DEARBORN — Starting Jan. 20, Beaumont Dearborn and Beaumont Troy will open additional COVID-19 vaccine clinics at their facilities. In addition to the new vaccine clinics, Beaumont is also expanding its telephone call center. The call center staff will help individuals without computer access schedule their vaccine appointments, navigate online scheduling and help to set up a myBeaumontChart. The Beaumont call center can be reached at 800-592-4784 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.arabamericannews.com
Beaumont COVID-19 scheduling system back up and running after crashing due to demand
DETROIT – Demand to get the COVID-19 vaccine was so high that it crashed Beaumont’s scheduling system over the weekend. Gretchen Whitmer has requested to purchase 100 thousand doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Beaumont officials said they need at least 34,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to keep going. Beaumont’s Chief Operating Officer Carolyn Wilson had to give the order to increase computer service after the scheduling system went down due to so many COVID-19 vaccination requests. READ: Tracking Michigan COVID-19 vaccine dataRead More:Questions about coronavirus?
Beaumont ups server capacity as demand for COVID vaccine increases in Michigan
Beaumont Health is assuring the public that its server capacity has been broadened to account for an influx of patients interested in scheduling appointments for COVID vaccinations after its system crashed Friday night. See: Michigan enters new vaccine phase Monday amid lagging rolloutAvailability of the COVID vaccine in Michigan varies depending on the region. The expansion of eligibility criteria creates an even higher demand for the vaccine -- which has already been struggling to meet demand since its nationwide authorization. On Wednesday, Michigan Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun told Michigan residents that when it comes to getting vaccinated, they’ll need to be patient. Eligible residents should not go to any of the clinics for a vaccine without an appointment.
Beaumont website crashes due to demand for COVID-19 vaccine
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Michigan officials said adults 65 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday, Jan. 11. For now, people will be required to have an online appointment to get a vaccine. Beaumont Health sent out 900,000 emails to seniors already enrolled in myBeaumontChart Thursday night, alerting them that appointments were available. At Beaumont Health, once you’ve secured the appointment, you will be directed to the hospital’s Southfield service center. “We have found this is the safest way to vaccinate the most people at once.”Phone appointments could be possible in the future.
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell hosts virtual town hall to discuss COVID relief, vaccines
U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) hosted a virtual town hall this week with health experts from Beaumont and Washtenaw County to discuss COVID-19. DEARBORN – U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) hosted a virtual town hall this week with health experts from Beaumont and Washtenaw County to discuss COVID-19. “I can’t wait to get back to the things we used to work on instead of COVID 24 hours a day, but it matters,” Dingell said. First and foremost, we are not leaving Washington until we have a COVID relief package. This vaccine is 95 percent effective.”While the vaccine has started being distributed nationwide, Gilpin said there are still many questions.arabamericannews.com
Beaumont Doctor Prepares To Receive Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine
(CBS-Detroit)– The first US doses of the Conoravirus vaccine rolled out of the Pfizer plant in Portage, Michigan on Sunday. 48 Michigan hospitals will receive the vaccines including Beaumont, where its estimated they will get around 1,000 doses initially. Dr. Jonathan Lovy an Internal Medicine doctor at Beaumont Trenton Hospital, is excited to be apart of this historic moment. “I’m not interested in being someone’s guinea pig, I don’t trust it.”The vaccine was a hot topic at Always Hair 4 You beauty salon in Lathrup Village Monday. Customer Toy Banks says, she feels the vaccine was created too fast.detroit.cbslocal.com
Beaumont launches programs to show support for staff
After receiving numerous calls and emails from community members looking to do something to support healthcare workers during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Beaumont hospital system has put together various programs to show support. They were extremely happy to see the blue ribbons out, Muma said of Beaumont staff. Additional options for supporting Beaumont staff include sending an e-greeting via the hospitals website, sending drawings and artwork to email@example.com and donating supplies. Everyones working really hard, Muma said of the morale in Beaumont hospitals. That support really makes a difference and it really lightens the spirits of our team members, Muma said.grossepointenews.com
The essence of teamwork
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Former Supervisory Correctional Officer Sentenced to 24 Months in Federal Prison for Civil Rights Violation
A former Supervisory Correctional Officer at the Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) in Beaumont, Texas, was sentenced today in federal court for aiding and abetting the assault of an inmate. Khristal Ford, 33, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone to 24 months in federal prison followed by one year of supervised release. Ford then told another correctional officer to take care of it and watched as the officer entered the cell and punched A.A. in the head three times without justification. The Department of Justice will not tolerate this abuse of authority, said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division. Ford did the exact opposite when she aided in the assault and civil rights violations of an inmate.justice.gov
Mayors to address public on the state of the community at annual chamber luncheon
Both mayors will give a business recap of 2019 and a brief forecast for 2020 followed by a question and answer session. We have so much happening in and around the Dearborn area, new developments including infrastructure and businesses speak to our regions appeal, said Jackie Lovejoy, president of the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce. To register and for more information, please visit the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce online at www.DearbornAreaChamber.org or by phone at 313-584-6100. The Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/DearbornAreaChamber and on Twitter @DbnAreaChamber and the Chamber website for all the latest Chamber news and events. The Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce provides nearly 600 members with the opportunities and resources to engage and network with other businesses, enhancing financial growth, professional development and the ability to contribute to a thriving community environment.arabamericannews.com
Former Texas Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty to Civil Rights Offense for Assaulting Inmate
Tavoris Bottley, 34, a former Senior Correctional Officer at the Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) in Beaumont, Texas, pleaded guilty in court today to assaulting a federal inmate housed at the facility. According to documents filed in connection with the guilty plea, on June 8, 2017, Bottley, while on duty as a federal correctional officer at FCC Beaumont, punched A.A, an inmate, in the face and head multiple times without justification. Bottley admitted that he then punched A.A., even though the inmate did not pose any threat at the time. This conduct by a federal correctional officer erodes public trust, said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division. The Department of Justice will continue to vigorously prosecute those who violate the civil rights of inmates.Correctional officers have an obligation to be professional said U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown of the Eastern District of Texas.justice.gov
Beaumont offers Health Insurance Marketplace
Beaumont will host several Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment events through Sunday, Dec. ...An active subscription to the Grosse Pointe News is required to view this article. Please login or purchase a subscription by clicking here. Subscribers who want to reset their password can click heregrossepointenews.com
Fifth death linked to storm that walloped Houston area
Authorities raised the storm's death toll to five, saying it is believed to have killed a 52-year-old Florida man who was found dead Thursday in his stranded pickup truck along Interstate 10 near Beaumont, which is near Texas' border with Louisiana. Jefferson County spokeswoman Allison Getz said that although floodwaters seeped into Mark Dukaj's truck, investigators don't believe he drowned, though they do believe his death is storm-related. An autopsy will determine the cause.chicagotribune.com