Health care industry asks Michigan for $650M to address staffing shortages worsened by COVID-19
To address the problem, groups representing the health care industry are asking state leaders for $650 million to better recruit and retain health care workers. Staffing shortages in health care settings existed before spring 2020 due to an aging workforce, but COVID-19 has escalated the problem. To counter the staffing shortages, hospitals and long-term care facilities have intermittently closed beds and units to ensure sufficient care is being provided for patients. The group also included representatives from the Michigan Association of Ambulance Services, Michigan Community College Association, and American Nurses Association of Michigan. As of Wednesday, Nov. 3, Michigan hospitals were treating 2,313 patients with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.mlive.com
CDC’s advisory group recommends use of COVID-19 vaccine in teens 12-15
The CDC’s independent advisory committee is recommending use of Pfizer’s two-dose COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 12 to 15 years old. “Providers across Michigan are preparing to open their vaccine clinics to kids aged 12 to 15 as soon as tomorrow. The vaccine was 100% effective in preventing COVID-19 in the vaccinated participants. In addition to discussing the safety and effectiveness of Pfizer’s vaccine in younger recipients, the advisory committee also noted that the CDC has removed its previous recommendation not to administer the COVID-19 vaccine within 14 days of any other vaccines. Substantial data has since been collected to determine it’s safe to co-administer the COVID-19 vaccines with other shots.mlive.com
Live at 6: Michigan governor to make major announcement regarding efforts to slow spread of COVID
Gretchen Whitmer will make a major announcement regarding efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus as cases continue surging. Whitmer will be joined by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, and MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. Just Sunday on Flashpoint Brian Peters, CEO of the Michigan Hospital Association warned that if coronavirus cases continue surging Michigan will surpass its record high for inpatient hospitalizations within the weeks ahead. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 251,813 as of Saturday, including 7,994 deaths, state officials report. On Friday, Michigan shattered its previous high for single-day COVID-19 cases, with a record breaking 8,516 cases reported.
MHA head warns Michigan on track to surpassing record high for COVID related hospitalizations
DETROIT – Speaking on Flashpoint Sunday CEO of the Michigan Hospital Association, Brian Peters, warned that if coronavirus cases continue surging Michigan will surpass its record high for inpatient hospitalizations within the weeks ahead. “Looking very specifically at the number of hospitalizations, we are on pace, if the current trends continue to surpass our all time record high that we achieved earlier in the year in terms of inpatient hospitalizations COVID related within the next several weeks. Hospitalizations have increased steadily for the last five weeks, including upticks in critical care and ventilator use. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 251,813 as of Saturday, including 7,994 deaths, state officials report. On Friday, Michigan shattered its previous high for single-day COVID-19 cases, with a record breaking 8,516 cases reported.
Flashpoint 11/15/20: Michigan healthcare and education leaders discuss future as COVID cases surge
DETROIT – While you were voting coronavirus cases surged just as many feared they would. Michigan witnessed its highest single daily case count on Friday. Meanwhile, the state is overwhelmed as hospitals and schools try to adjust to the concerning situation fast. Guests on Sunday’s episode which included Michigan education and healthcare leaders discussed the future as cases continue surging. MHA represents all the community hospitals in Michigan.
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.
West Michigan hospitals know the virus better now, but do they have enough staff for another surge?
Coronavirus hospitalizations are trending upwards across West Michigan, and healthcare professionals are bracing for even more patients in the coming weeks. Spectrum Health, Mercy Health and Bronson Healthcare have all hit record highs for coronavirus patients. As of Thursday, Spectrum Health had reported 287 coronavirus patients across its healthcare system. West Michigan patients made up more than half of Mercy Health’s patient intake across eight hospitals statewide. Across the healthcare system, 79 confirmed coronavirus patients were being cared for, spread across Bronson’s four hospitals.mlive.com
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.
Coronavirus overwhelming Michigan hospitals, leaders warn; ‘the system can capsize’
“The health care system can capsize, if we don’t keep it under control,” Fox said. Among the challenges facing hospitals:Hospitalizations have increased five-fold since the start of October, from about 600-some coronavirus patients statewide to more than 3,000 now. Also straining hospitals' resources is the reluctance of long-term care facilities to take coronavirus patients who are ready to leave the hospital but are not ready to go home. Field hospitals potentially could alleviate that issue, but the staffing such field hospitals is a major obstacle. “It’s an accelerating trend that’s very serious,” said Fox, adding that Beaumont has seen the number of coronavirus patients has tripled in two weeks to more than 400.mlive.com
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.”
Michigan Chief Medical Executive: Looks Like A Second Virus Wave
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