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.
Beds scarce at Illinois hospitals struggling with COVID-19 surge
Illinois hospitals are being flooded with patients more than at any other time of the pandemic, a Tribune analysis of state data has found, with fewer beds open now than during the deadliest COVID-19 surge a year earlier.chicagotribune.com
Michigan hospitals struggle with shrinking staffs, but vaccine mandates have little to do with it
Hospitals throughout Michigan have a numbers problem as they continue to handle increased patient levels in the face of a prolonged health care worker shortage and rising fourth wave of coronavirus infections. But health systems say their newly-adopted employee COVID-19 vaccine mandates aren’t a significant contributor to the staffing issues. Rather, it’s a case of heightened demand for care during the pandemic and an aging workforce not sufficiently replaced by the younger generations.mlive.com
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.
Southern California hospitals overwhelmed amid worsening pandemic
Southern California hospitals overwhelmed amid worsening pandemic Coronavirus cases are rising in 40 states while California hospitals are overwhelmed from a surge of infected patients putting them at a breaking point. Lilia Luciano reports.cbsnews.com
Hospitals in crisis amid record number of coronavirus cases
Hospitals in crisis amid record number of coronavirus cases Health systems across the country are overwhelmed as coronavirus cases continue to climb amid the holiday season. In California, hospitals are running out of beds and rooms to treat patients. Carter Evans shares more.cbsnews.com
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.
Hospitals to begin COVID-19 vaccine distribution today
Hospitals to begin COVID-19 vaccine distribution today Hospitals around the country are expected to start giving COVID-19 vaccinations to health care workers today. Dr. Stephen Parodi, associate executive director of the Permanente Medical Group at Kaiser Permanente, joins CBSN AM to talk about rolling out the vaccine.cbsnews.com
Hospitals practice for unprecedented coronavirus vaccine distribution
Hospitals practice for unprecedented coronavirus vaccine distribution Hospital workers across the country are practicing how to distribute the coronavirus vaccine once the shipments from Pfizer arrive. Meg Oliver takes a closer look.cbsnews.com
DuPage County expects to receive and start administering 13,000 COVID vaccines next week
It will be up to hospitals and care facilities that receive the vaccine to determine who in the top-priority group will be vaccinated first, DuPage County Director of Community Health Resources Chris Hoff said. Most likely emergency room and ICU staff, COVID-19 care unit workers and those who handle inpatient services will receive the first shots, he said.chicagotribune.com
6 Michigan hospitals at 100% capacity; 18 more at 90% or higher as coronavirus crisis deepens
Coronavirus cases currently comprise 41% of adult patients in Michigan’s intensive-care units, and 25% of all adult in-patients in Michigan hospitals, the MDDHS numbers indicate. Now, 24 Michigan hospitals are at 90% capacity or more. The real problem isn’t bed capacity, health-care officials say. Staffing shortages limit the ability to open field hospitals, health officials say. That follows a months-long struggle among Michigan hospitals to rebuild their clientele after they were forced to curtail non-emergency care last spring because of the pandemic.mlive.com
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.
Feds: Suburban Chicago businessman formed company as pandemic hit, then swindled more than $2.6 million from hospitals in Chicago and Iowa City
Though the hospitals are not named in the complaint, a spokeswoman for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City confirmed officials there contacted the U.S. Attorney’s office and the Federal Bureau of Investigations “after At Diagnostics did not return the funds sent in escrow when the purchase was canceled.”chicagotribune.com
Are American hospitals ready to fight Ebola?
Are American hospitals ready to fight Ebola? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is assuring the public that the nation's hospitals stand ready to handle cases of Ebola, but in a survey, nurses across the country say they fear their hospitals are not ready. John Blackstone reports.cbsnews.com