Michigan Medicine to resume construction on new 12-story hospital in Ann Arbor
Architectural rendering of the new inpatient hospital on Michigan Medicine's Ann Arbor campus. ANN ARBOR – Michigan Medicine announced it will soon resume construction on a new 12-story hospital that was paused due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Michigan Medicine)With current facilities operating at more than 90% capacity, the new 690,000 gross square foot building will provide adult patients at Michigan Medicine more access. “As a result, all Michigan Medicine inpatient beds will be single private rooms. According to Michigan Medicine, the new facility will include:Family spaces throughout and space for loved ones to visit in each patient room.
Michigan Medicine’s first COVID patient reflects on his experience one year later
ANN ARBOR – Paul DeWyse was known only to the public as “Wayne County man with history of domestic travel” after he became Michigan Medicine’s first confirmed COVID patient last March. Placed in an isolation room on the sixth floor, 58-year-old DeWyse knew this illness could have a negative outcome. “I wanted to help him feel more human when the world wasn’t treating him like one,” she said in the same interview. When he was discharged, he was struck by how the once-empty Regional Infectious Containment Unit was suddenly full with sick patients. In a video of DeWyse recently released by Michigan Medicine, he says he makes a point to enjoy the outdoors and physical activities as much as possible.
Michigan Medicine resumes first-dose COVID-19 vaccine appointments after two week pause
ANN ARBOR – In a letter sent to patients on Thursday, Michigan Medicine announced that it resumed a limited number of first-dose appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine this week. The university health system had postponed all first-dose appointments for two weeks in a row due to low vaccine supply. After receiving more vaccines from the state, Michigan Medicine opened approximately 1,000 new first-dose appointments on Tuesday, which were quickly filled by patients age 65 and older as well as some health care workers at Michigan Medicine. Michigan Medicine sends out invitations to those who meet the current eligibility phases using information from patient records. Although first-dose vaccinations have resumed, Michigan Medicine still recommends checking with local health departments and retail pharmacies to see if vaccination opportunities are available elsewhere since supply fluctuates week to week.
Michigan Medicine: Limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine forces pause of first dose appointments
ANN ARBOR – In an email sent to patients on Wednesday, Michigan Medicine announced that it will not be administering additional first-dose COVID-19 vaccinations this week due to low supply. “On behalf of all the physicians and staff at Michigan Medicine, thank you for your patience,” read the letter. AdThe state of Michigan is currently prioritizing sending the majority of its vaccine supply to local health departments, with about 40% going to hospitals around the state, officials said. AdMichigan Medicine patients do not need to take action to receive a vaccine through the health system. Established patients are already in the system and will receive invitations to get the vaccine once supply becomes available.
Here are the 21 largest employers in Washtenaw County
Pizza Prep School in the Domino's Pizza World Resource Center in Ann Arbor. The advertiser paid a fee to promote this sponsored article and may have influenced or authored the content. ANN ARBOR – One way to reflect on a regional economy is to check out the top employers and their industries, including public and private organizations. Here’s the latest list identifying the top employers in Washtenaw County compiled by Ann Arbor SPARK. Ann Arbor SPARK updates the list annually in January.
Donors endow Michigan Medicine’s hospital dog program
ANN ARBOR – A gift from donors Lainie and Kenny Lipschutz and the Lipschutz Family Fund has made Michigan Medicine’s Paws4Patients a permanent program in the health system. To honor the family’s generosity, the program has been renamed the Lipschutz-Danzansky Family Paws4Patients Program. Established in 2016 with the support of several donor families, the program -- and its four-legged caregivers -- provides support and comfort to Michigan Medicine patients and their families. (Courtesy: Michigan Medicine)The Lipschutzs are also members of the Michigan Medicine C.S. Each dog was matched with Michigan Medicine based on the types of patients that receive care and the health system’s needs.
Michigan Medicine will begin vaccinating limited number of adults 65 and older this week
(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)ANN ARBOR – Michigan Medicine announced in an email to patients on Monday that it will begin vaccinating a group of “randomly identified patients age 65 and older” this week against COVID-19. After receiving a new shipment this week, it is starting up efforts again to vaccinate older adults, although supplies are still limited. All COVID-19 vaccinations at Michigan Medicine require an invite-only appointment. Delays in appointments possibleIn its email to patients, Michigan Medicine said that appointments may be totally booked even if you receive an invitation to schedule a vaccine. Michigan Medicine hopes to vaccinate all individuals who wish to receive the vaccine in this age group within two to three months.
Henry Ford to carry out phase 3 of COVID-19 vaccine trial in Metro Detroit
Henry Ford Health System is partnering with Janssen Pharmaceuticals to carry out the third phase of a COVID-19 vaccine trial. The Metro Detroit health system is one of three sites in Michigan, and one of many around the world, that will test the “safety and efficacy” of a single dose of Janssen’s potential COVID-19 vaccine, also known as JNJ-78436735 or Ad26.COV2.S, officials said. The clinical study, also called the “ENSEMBLE trial," is recruiting individuals who are not immunocompromised to receive either a single dose of the investigational vaccine or a placebo. Participating health systems in the U.S. and around the world are expected to recruit about 60,000 adults to carry out the third phase of the COVID vaccine trial. Related NewsAstraZeneca to deliver vaccine trial data by year’s endFeds issue coverage plan for COVID-19 vaccine and treatmentsProtests in Brazil support president in anti-vaccine stanceNearly 2.4 million Michigan residents have received flu vaccine this season
Beaumont Health announces plan for partnership with Advocate Aurora Health
Beaumont Health and Advocate Aurora Health announced Wednesday that the two health systems are exploring a potential partnership.The organizations say they signed a non-binding letter of intent that paves the way to deeper discussions to create a leading health care system that would span across Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois. We are excited to explore this option with an organization as highly regarded as Advocate Aurora Health known for their track record in health outcomes, population health and consumer experience, said John Fox, president and chief executive officer, Beaumont Health, in a news release. Advocate Health Care and Aurora Health Care organizations merged in 2018 to create Advocate Aurora Health. The health systems say they will work closely with state and regulatory agencies throughout the process, which began with notifications to all three Attorneys General earlier this week. Advocate Aurora Health is one of the 10 largest not-for-profit, integrated health systems in the United States and a leading employer in the Midwest with more than 70,000 employees.
What the potential Beaumont-Advocate Aurora merger could mean for patients, employees
Wednesday brought big news for the 38,000 employees working for Beaumont Health. READ: Beaumont Health announces plan for partnership with Advocate Aurora HealthBeaumont announced it is in merger talks with Advocate Aurora Health, a major health care system in other parts of the Midwest. Advocate Aurora has a strong presence in Illinois and Wisconsin -- the merger could change the face of health care in Metro Detroit. Beaumont has 38,000 employees and Advocate Aurora has about 70,000. Beaumont serves about 178,000 inpatient discharges and Aurora works with an estimated 3 million patients a year.