Henry Ford Health System surgeon starts program to mentor Detroit area youth
Henry Ford Health Systems’ Vice Chair of Surgery and System Director of Thoracic Surgery, Dr. Ikenna Okereke, immigrated to Detroit from Nigeria in middle school. He moved away but always remembered Detroit as the place that gave his family a chance. Now that Okereke has returned, he wants to provide Detroit area youth with an opportunity too.
49 things Henry Ford Health leaders said about current COVID situation in Michigan
Henry Ford Hospital officials spoke Thursday about COVID in Michigan, providing an update on the rapid spread of omicron and revealing that there are both hundreds of patients hospitalized and hundreds of employees out due to the virus.
Morning Briefing March 31, 2021: Concerns grow as more younger Michigan adults are hospital ICUs with COVID, state has new vaccination goal of 100,000 doses a day
Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday a new COVID-19 vaccination goal of 100,000 doses per day, up from the previous goal of 50,000 doses per day. Michigan has reported more than 4.2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered, as of Tuesday, with 32% of residents having received at least one dose. The state has been reaching its 50,000 daily doses goal for about a month now. More: Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine protects younger teensAdWe’re gathering information on COVID-19 vaccination efforts across Metro Detroit as more and more people become eligible across the state. Michigan has reported more than 4.1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered, as of Monday, with 32% of residents having received at least one dose.
Michigan COVID hospitalizations: Concerns grow as more younger adults are in ICU
I have seen a very clear increase in COVID patients at the ER in Detroit, and many of them need to be hospitalized. Tatem is a critical care specialist in the ICU at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. They’re about 5 years or so younger than we’ve seen in the past,” said Tatem. “The fact that they’re critical ill and in an ICU means that they’re going to have pretty much a protracted course. New: Michigan governor has new COVID vaccination goal of 100,000 doses per dayCoronavirus resources:
Meet Dr. Celeste Williams: Head of Michigan’s largest cardiac transplantation program
DETROIT – Dr. Celeste Williams is the head of Michigan’s largest cardiac transplantation program. Williams is the first person a heart failure patient would see before being placed on the transplant list. Williams is a nationally-known cardiologist from Henry Ford Hospital. She’s a leading authority on advanced heart failure and transplants. Williams is tasked with leading the cardiac transplantation program, the largest in the state of Michigan.
Nightside Report March 17, 2021: Henry Ford Health preforms Michigan’s first COVID-linked double lung transplant, Veterans now having more success getting vaccinated through VA
Henry Ford Health preforms Michigan’s first COVID-linked double lung transplantDETROIT – Doctors at Henry Ford Hospital performed the first double lung transplant in Michigan that was linked to COVID-19. I was getting sick so fast,” Jackie Dennis said. Special education teacher Jackie Dennis was diagnosed with COVID in November of last year. Ad4 Fast FactsBe InformedMichigan has second-highest number of COVID variant cases in USMultiple variants of the COVID-19 virus are spreading throughout the United States. There is growing concern that they are not only more transmissible but might be able to evade the vaccines.
Henry Ford Health performs Michigan’s first COVID-linked double lung transplant
DETROIT – Doctors at Henry Ford Hospital performed the first double lung transplant in Michigan that was linked to COVID-19. I was getting sick so fast,” Jackie Dennis said. Special education teacher Jackie Dennis was diagnosed with COVID in November of last year. Doctors said Dennis needed a double lung transplant. She underwent the transplant at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit on Jan. 16.
Loved ones gather to remember Metro Detroit nurse believed to have been killed by her granddaughter
She’s been taking care of patients and us, all of us for a very, very long time,” said Erin Jedrusik. “She was loved by so many people,”Mosby also worked at Henry Ford Hospital as the Nurse Manager in the ER for the last 35 years. That’s why the prayer vigil started with a dedication from the local fire and police departments. She made sure that when we didn’t have time to eat, she had food there for us,” said Linda McCormick. AdCanton Police said Mosby was stabbed to death on Feb. 21 by her 14-year-old granddaughter, who she had custody of.
Here’s what makes J&J vaccine different than the others
Here’s what to know about the J&J vaccine:The J&J vaccine can be stored in a normal refrigerator unlike the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines -- it’s not a mRNA vaccine. Testing, efficacyThe Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been tested on nearly 44,000 people in United States, Latin America and South Africa. Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit also was one of the clinical sites for the J&J vaccine, so many Metro Detroiters have already received the vaccine. Johnson & Johnson is running an additional trial to test effectiveness of a second dose of its vaccine. AdFeb. 24: FDA says J&J 1-dose shot prevents COVID; final decision soonFeb. 4: Johnson & Johnson asks US regulators to OK its one-shot COVID-19 vaccineMore: Local 4′s Dr. Frank McGeorge answers COVID vaccine questions
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.
Metro Detroit woman regains hearing after 50 years with new device
DETROIT – Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit has been at the forefront of a lot of different kinds of surgery and medical treatment. One in particular is called piezoelectric sound conduction, which is a new electronic way to help those with hearing loss and restore full hearing. Holland grew up in Roseville, and at age 12, she needed a growth inside her ear surgically removed. That meant the loss of the hearing structures inside her left ear. The device also connects to Bluetooth, which Holland can answer the phone and no one else can hear.
Dr. Frank McGeorge reveals what it’s like to get the COVID-19 vaccine
One of the health care workers eligible to get vaccinated was Local 4′s own Dr. Frank McGeorge. Dr. McGeorge received an email from Henry Ford Hospital, where he’s an emergency room physician, informing him that it was his turn to receive the vaccine. Dr. McGeorge said in the hours after receiving the shot, he didn’t notice anything different. READ: New tool will help Centers for Disease Control monitor COVID-19 vaccine recipients for any reactionsMcGeorge plans to download the V-Safe app from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Ask Dr. McGeorge
Michigan hospitals discuss plans for COVID-19 vaccine distribution
DETROIT – Metro Detroit hospitals have been preparing for weeks for a potential COVID-19 vaccine. Over at Henry Ford Health System, Dr. Adnan Mukarah said his five hospitals are gearing up as well. The first to receive the vaccine are the people who have put their lives at risk throughout this pandemic, health care workers. Four of the Henry Ford Hospitals have freezers prepared to store the Pfizer vaccine. He said there is fatigue setting in and he’s also facing a front line health care worker shortage.
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.
Top Henry Ford Health doctor worried about Michigan COVID-19 deaths rising in near future
DETROIT – Michigan announced 8,516 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, smashing the previous single-day record by more than 1,500 cases. A week ago Friday, Michigan reported 3,700 new cases, so the total has more than double. Dr. Adnan Munkarah, Henry Ford Health top doctor, is worried about the possibility of COVID-19 deaths jumping. “From a national data perspective, we’ve had close to 1,200 deaths in the past 24 hours,” Munkarah said. “In fact, in 100% of our testing, we weren’t getting back the results within 24 hours,” Munkarah said.
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.”
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.
Michigan health officials sound alarm on COVID-19 as cases surge
DETROIT – Some of the state’s top health officials are warning people about the threat of the coronavirus as cases continue surging. It marked the state’s highest single day increase in COVID-19 cases. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 161,907 as of Monday, including 7,211 deaths, state officials report. While Michigan was able to flatten the curve initially, hospitals have been preparing for a second surge. But officials warn this time around hospitals will not likely be able to focus solely on COVID-19 patients.
Study proves Henry Ford sterilization method makes N-95 masks safe to reuse
The ultraviolet light method is what officials at Henry Ford Health System have been studying. “Back in March, it was a pretty rough time for all of us,” said Dr. David Ozog, the chair of dermatology at the Henry Ford Health System. “Our department does a lot of ultraviolet light therapy, as do a lot of dermatology departments.”Using their expertise in ultraviolet light, they quickly determined UV-C lights could be used to kill SARS-CoV-2 on masks. “We started implementing these devices at Henry Ford,” Ozog said. “I had to be honest and say we really don’t know because we’ve never tested SARS-CoV-2,” Ozog said.
How Henry Ford Hospital has adapted to overcome shortages during COVID-19 testing
DETROIT – From the beginning of the pandemic, testing for the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been a challenge for hospitals. Before COVID-19, when hospitals ran low on supplies, they would simply order more from their usual vendor. The Henry Ford Health System runs more than 1,500 COVID-19 tests each day, so keeping supplies in stock is a challenge. Flu season will put even more strain on labs when they have to test for both the flu and COVID-19. Any combined flu and COVID-19 test will have its own set of supply requirements specific to the testing method, so do-it-yourself solutions will be limited.
Proposed Henry Ford Hospital parking garage raises concerns for Detroit neighbors
DETROIT – Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) has proposed a seven-story parking garage for its location in Detroit -- which is raising some concerns for residents in the area. HFHS in Detroit currently has a parking lot with about 300 spots for its employees and patients. While the current parking lot may not be big enough, the significantly-larger proposed parking garage may pose some issues for its Detroit neighbors. HFHS’s proposed parking garage would accommodate approximately 2,000 vehicles -- a solution to a parking problem that was addressed in a community outreach meeting. Residents said that a parking garage is needed, but the proposed plan could decrease their property values and increase their taxes.
Proposed Henry Ford Hospital parking garage causes concerns for Detroit neighbors
Proposed Henry Ford Hospital parking garage causes concerns for Detroit neighborsPublished: September 16, 2020, 6:32 pmA proposed 7-story parking garage for a Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit is causing concern for residents in the area.
Metro Detroit family shocked by massive ambulance bill after child transported with dog bite
DETROIT – A Metro Detroit family was stunned by a massive ambulance bill after their child was taken less than 25 miles at normal traffic speeds with a non-life-threatening dog bite. Little Kenna’s family was stunned when they received a bill for more than $5,000 from the ambulance company. They’ve been battling the ambulance company for months, and the issue wasn’t resolved until Help Me Hank stepped in. They claim they tried to negotiate with Superior Ambulance, but didn’t have any luck. “We’re thankful to Help Me Hank,” Saltzman said.
4 ways to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) this fall in Michigan
The start of fall is expected to bring new challenges in fighting the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan. READ: Whitmer signs bill to cover $300 weekly unemployment bonus for Michiganders during pandemicHere are four ways we can fight the spread of COVID-19 this fall. Dont fall into normal routineEvery activity that youre thinking about doing really needs to be thoughtful now, said Dr. Allison Weinmann, an infectious disease specialist at Henry Ford Hospital. Fight the frustrationThe third method of stopping the spread of COVID-19 is to fight the frustration that this pandemic isnt yet over. What are ways you can reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 but still keep some of your family traditions alive?
Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield fully functional, providing care despite power interruption
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. – Late this Monday morning, a utility contractor working on a public infrastructure upgrade on the easement near Maple Road hit the main power line that supplies electrical power to the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital campus. The hospital is fully functional and providing care for patients. If their condition warrants, some patients may be transferred to Henry Ford Hospital. We will update the community when the main power line is restored and all operations return to normal. We continue to provide safe, quality care to our community at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital.”
Detroit nurse who survived severe COVID-19 symptoms describes hectic early stages of pandemic
DETROIT A Detroit nurse who almost died from severe coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms shared her story about the hectic early days of the pandemic and how she went from hero to patient and back. One day we went to work and the hallways were cleared. Were taking care of regular patients, and then the next week, it was just everything in the hallways. We were all just trying to figure it out.Morris is a nurse at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. I couldnt leave this world, leave him alone.Its been more than five months and Morris has survived her scare.
The voice of survivorship: A veteran hockey broadcaster’s cancer story
Then he took a deep breath and told Higgins, who had been the radio voice of Michigan hockey for 25 years, that a biopsy would determine if he had oropharyngeal cancer. (Used with permission from Henry Ford Health System)After radiation, taste usually returns in three months and dry mouth often reverses within a year, Siddiqui said. Al Randall Higgins. (Henry Ford Health Systems.) I want to live to help other people,” said Higgins, who volunteers to drive cancer patients to their appointments.
Owner of Madison Heights green ooze building finally starts cleaning up worrisome Detroit property
DETROIT The owner of the Madison Heights building linked to green ooze that seeped onto I-696 has finally started to clean up his worrisome Detroit property after months of pressure from city and state officials. The battle between Gary Sayers and officials has been going on for months. EGLE and Detroit officials said Sayers ignored repeated calls about getting the work done over the last several months. Any clearing of debris on the property helps facilitate our ability to assess the site for possible contamination.Sayers is also battling state and city leaders in Madison Heights, where green ooze seeped from his building and onto I-696. Testing and cleanup at the Madison Heights site are ongoing.
Henry Ford study indicates early use of steroids for COVID-19 prevents need for ventilator
DETROIT Researchers at Henry Ford reported seeing promising results in March when they used corticosteroids to treat patients early in the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Metro Detroit. According to Henry Ford, the drug is typically used to decrease immune response that results in swelling, pain, and allergic-type reactions. The study looked at 213 patients who were admitted to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit in the early days of the pandemic. It compares 81 patients admitted between March 10 and March 19 to 132 patients admitted later in the early stages of the pandemic, between March 20 and March 27. They have saved lives, there is no doubt about it.READ: Henry Ford Health is enrolling for prophylactic hydroxychloroquine study
Who was most severely affected during peak of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Metro Detroit?
DETROIT Its been several weeks since the peak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Metro Detroit. On March 10, the state confirmed its first two cases of COVID-19. The first two reported cases in the Henry Ford Health System were identified March 11. Experts said 77% of patients required hospitalization, while 40% required the intensive care unit. Overall, 16% of COVID-19 patients died within 30 days of being seen.
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.
Recent findings on hydroxychloroquine as coronavirus (COVID-19) treatment not favorable
DETROIT As more studies of possible new coronavirus (COVID-19) treatments continue to ramp up, more unfavorable findings about hydroxycholorquine have streamed in. Local 4s Dr. Frank McGeorge is still involved in a hydroxycholorquine study at Henry Ford Hospital. The WHIP COVID-19 study is still enrolling people. But its notable that other recent studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association also failed to identify any benefit to hydroxycholorquine. The WHIP COVID-19 study is looking at something that hasnt been well examined: preventative use of hydroxycholorquine before infection.
Michigan State coaches meet doctor who ended up on ventilator after treating COVID-19 patients
DETROIT Michigan State coaches Tom Izzo and Mel Tucker paid a virtual visit to a doctor who ended up on a ventilator after treating patients with the coronavirus (COVID-19). Dr. Scott Kaatz survived his battle with the coronavirus, but his father did not. Kaatz cared for some of the first COVID-19 patients at Henry Ford Hospital while he was fighting the virus. His father, Dick Kaatz, a longtime funeral director in Michigans Thumb, was also hospitalized with the coronavirus. Ive seen that as a physician.
Michigan doctor fighting for life with coronavirus among first to receive plasma treatment
DETROIT – New medications and treatments for coronavirus (COVID-19) are being tested in medical centers across the country. READ: FDA approves plasma therapy treatment for coronavirusHenry Ford Hospital physician Dr. Scott Kaatz took care of some of the first coronavirus patients admitted to the hospital. He was enrolled in the convalescent plasma study while he was being treated at the hospital. “I was unconscious, paralyzed, on a ventilator.”Before he went on the ventilator, Kaatz was able to video chat with his family via Skype. So far 14 coronavirus patients have undergone transfusions of convalescent plasma at Henry Ford.
WATCH LIVE: Vehicle procession salutes frontline health care workers in Detroit
DETROIT – A vehicle procession to salute frontline healthcare workers will be led by Detroit police on Friday. The procession is set to start from Henry Ford Hospital. Watch live here at 6 p.m.Detroit Police Chief James Craig is expected to speak after the procession.
Cleveland Clinic sends 13 nurses to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit
The Cleveland Clinic has sent 13 nurses to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit for COVID-19 response assistance and relief. They will spend up to four weeks at various Henry Ford Hospital locations treating COVID-19 patients, according to the Cleveland Clinic. This video shows their sendoff:On Wednesday, Henry Ford Health System announced that it would be laying off about 2,800 workers temporarily due to the coronavirus pandemic, while executives will donate a percentage of their salary to help workers. According to officials, the health system lost $43 million in operating income in March, and that loss is expected to be even greater in April. Officials cite the postponement and cancellation of services and procedures, temporary site closures, and an increased need for resources to care for COVID-19 patients, including personal protective equipment for team members as reasons for the losses.
Want to get more use out of your groceries? Here’s how you can!
Are you finding your groceries aren’t standing the test of time? There are ways you can extend the life of your produce and stretch how many your recipes will feed. Bethany Thayer, a nutritionist for Henry Ford Health System, spoke to Tati Amare about ways you can make your groceries last longer and go further. Also, freeze fruits and veggies when getting close too ripe. Consider cooking the fruits and veggies before freezing and purée them or freeze them whole.
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.
Here’s how you can send well wishes to patients, staff at Henry Ford Hospitals battling COVID-19
DETROIT – One of the many heartbreaking aspects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is that patients battling the virus are forced to do so without their loved ones by their side. Click here to support a Karmanos Cancer Institute patientHow COVID-19 SpreadsPerson-to-person spreadThe virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. 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. Prevention & TreatmentThere is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
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.
Hospital staff hosts Christmas party for terminally ill Trenton man
WYANDOTTE, Mich. – Staff at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital provided a terminally ill patient and his family with a Christmas celebration. Henry Dietz, 56, of Trenton, was in hospice care for metastatic liver cancer. Medical oncologist Dr. Jessica Schering, the hospital’s Oncology Team and the Progressive Care Unit threw a party for Dietz and his family Dec. 13. The Dietz family opens Christmas gifts provided by Dr. Jessica Schering and Henry Ford Wyandotte’s oncology team as staff members look on. (Photo: Henry Ford Hospital)Nurse Alexandra Sciacca raised $1,500 for the family in three hours, and Dr. Balbir Gandhi donated pizza and pop.
ClickOnDetroit NIGHTSIDE report -- Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019
Medical officials said this is believed to be the first double lung transplant due to vaping in the United States. While the boy is doing as well as can be expected, he has a long, intense recovery ahead, according to officials. Wilborn was standing in line when Jones shot him in the back of the head, according to officials. A walk around Detroit today reveals a different world than five years ago, when the city was exiting bankruptcy. The young woman was found dead at Bentler and Pilgrim streets in the middle of the street Sunday night with apparent gunshot wounds.
17-year-old boy has double lung transplant in Detroit due to irreparable damage from vaping, doctors say
DETROIT – A 17-year-old boy underwent a double lung transplant at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit after his lungs were irreparably damaged from vaping, doctors said. Medical officials said this is believed to be the first double lung transplant due to vaping in the United States. “This teenager faced imminent death had he not received a lung transplant,” Dr. Hassan Nemeh said. Here’s a statement from the boy’s family:"We asked Henry Ford doctors to share that the horrific life-threatening effects of vaping are very real! When the boy’s condition worsened, doctors contacted Dr. Lisa Allenspach, pulmonologist and the Medical Director of Henry Ford’s Lung Transplant Program, to see if he would be a lung transplant candidate.
Woman alleges doctor sexually assaulted her at Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. - A woman is accusing a doctor of sexually assaulting her at Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield. Lori McKee said Vivek Loomba sexually assaulted her when she visited the hospital for back pain. McKee alleges Loomba started touching her without a nurse practitioner in the room. McKee claims Loomba continued to touch her inappropriately until she moved, and he backed away. I'm supposed to recognize what's right and what's wrong, but I trusted him," she said.
Woman shot and killed in Dearborn during apparent armed robbery, police say
Police say 29-year-old Saha Aljanbi died after being shot in an apparent armed robbery Friday night. DEARBORN, Mich. - Dearborn police are investigating an apparent armed robbery that claimed the life of a 29-year-old woman Friday night. Between 9:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, in the area of Steadman and Morross, officers responded to a report of an armed robbery. Later, in the area of Bingham and Tireman (Schaefer and Tireman), Dearborn officers responded to a report of a woman being robbed at gunpoint. The investigation into the incident on Bingham and Tireman involving the woman revealed she was approached by people on the street, and shot during the apparent robbery.
Cat with gunshot wound wanders into Henry Ford Hospital emergency room
Henry the cat after wandering into Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit on April 30, 2019. (Photos: Victoria Ziraldo)DETROIT - A nurse at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit said a cat with a gunshot wound to the tail happened to wander into the hospital's emergency room. Victoria Ziraldo, a registered nurse and certified emergency nurse at Henry Ford Hospital, said the cat walked into the hospital April 30 when it was raining heavily. Henry the cat after wandering into Henry Ford Hospital on April 30, 2019. (Photo: Victoria Ziraldo)Henry the cat after wandering into Henry Ford Hospital on April 30, 2019.