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Beaumont Health paid CEO $2.6 million bonus weeks before bailout

Beaumont Health paid CEO $2.6 million bonus weeks before bailout

November 17, 2020 | Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press

Beaumont Health paid its chief executive a $2.6 million bonus weeks before the state's largest hospital system turned to the federal government for a financial bailout.

Michigan hospitals paid bonuses amid COVID, then took bailouts, cut jobs

Michigan hospitals paid bonuses amid COVID, then took bailouts, cut jobs

October 23, 2020 | Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press

Beaumont Health and Henry Ford Health System, two of the state’s largest nonprofit systems, awarded executive bonuses in March, as the pandemic descended on the state. They then laid off thousands and accepted more than $700 million in U.S. taxpayer funds.

Nurses condemn McLaren Health Care for lack of transparency on finances, protective gear

Nurses condemn McLaren Health Care for lack of transparency on finances, protective gear

May 21, 2020 | Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press

10 unions representing nurses at McLaren hospitals in Michigan say the health care provider is not transparent about finances, PPE.

Michigan coronavirus medical deaths at 16, more than some hospitals say

Michigan coronavirus medical deaths at 16, more than some hospitals say

April 27, 2020 | Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on nurses, doctors and other health care workers. Health systems aren’t always eager to publicly acknowledge those who died.  

Beaumont CEO says he's taking a 70% pay cut as layoffs sweep through administrative staff

Beaumont CEO says he's taking a 70% pay cut as layoffs sweep through administrative staff

April 21, 2020 | Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

With Michigan's largest hospital system "financially hemorrhaging" and under a cloud of uncertainty for at least the next two years, the CEO of Beaumont Health says he's taking a 70 percent cut to his base pay and is forgoing any bonuses.

Detroit hospitals resuming surgeries, procedures after weeks of red ink

Detroit hospitals resuming surgeries, procedures after weeks of red ink

April 16, 2020 | Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

Henry Ford Health System, DMC and others say they are expanding surgeries and other procedures that had been halted for weeks during the coronavirus crisis.

As Michigan fights coronavirus, hospitals gush money and workers lose jobs

As Michigan fights coronavirus, hospitals gush money and workers lose jobs

April 16, 2020 | Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, Robin Erb, Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

From metropolitan health systems to independent rural hospitals, hospital budgets are taking big financial hits as surgeries and other money making medical procedures are put on hold.

McLaren Medical to furlough many of its 500 doctors, health practitioners

McLaren Medical to furlough many of its 500 doctors, health practitioners

April 15, 2020 | Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press

The CEO said the pandemic has significantly affected operations but did not say how many employees would face shortened hours.

Oakland County scouts ice rinks for potential storage of coronavirus remains

Oakland County scouts ice rinks for potential storage of coronavirus remains

April 15, 2020 | Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press

Oakland County is scouting ice rinks to store bodies during the coronavirus pandemic if its morgue runs out of space, county officials said Wednesday.

Macomb County hospital to lay off nurses unrelated to coronavirus care

Macomb County hospital to lay off nurses unrelated to coronavirus care

April 14, 2020 | Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

Dwindling surgeries at McLaren Macomb blamed for layoffs of nurses as the coronavirus impacts the finances of hospital systems around Michigan.

Detroit-area hospitals need refrigerated trucks for the coronavirus dead

Detroit-area hospitals need refrigerated trucks for the coronavirus dead

April 13, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press

These metro Detroit hospitals, hard hit by a surge of coronavirus patients, are now storing the bodies of the dead in refrigerated trucks.

Ascension doctor becomes 7th Michigan health care worker to die of coronavirus

Ascension doctor becomes 7th Michigan health care worker to die of coronavirus

April 10, 2020 | Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press

 Dr. Chris Firlit, a senior resident and father of three, was a member of the Wayne State University’s class of 2018. ‘His dedication to assisting patients during this pandemic drives home the seriousness of this virus,’ a dean says.

Detroit Medical Center laying off 60 amid coronavirus; McLaren eyes furloughs

Detroit Medical Center laying off 60 amid coronavirus; McLaren eyes furloughs

April 10, 2020 | Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, Robin Erb

As the coronavirus decimates hospital revenues, the Detroit Medical Center notifies 60 lab assistants and more they are being laid off, while McLaren is exploring cost-cutting measures and furloughs.

Detroit Henry Ford nurse dies at home alone from coronavirus

Detroit Henry Ford nurse dies at home alone from coronavirus

April 4, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, Kelly House, Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, Gina Kaufman, Detroit Free Press

Lisa Ewald believed she was exposed when treating a patient who later tested positive. She had no mask, and could not get tested until she showed symptoms. She is one of three Detroit nurses who lost their lives this week while helping others.

Divina Accad, 72, Detroit VA nurse, first coronavirus health care death

Divina Accad, 72, Detroit VA nurse, first coronavirus health care death

April 3, 2020 | Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press

Accad had spoken of retiring from the nursing profession after decades of serving military veterans. “My mom was a hero,” her son said.