Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press
May 22, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press
Catching up on backlogged appointments — like delayed mammograms, prostate exams, colonoscopies, knee and hip replacement surgeries, and other procedures — won't happen overnight, hospital officials warn.
May 14, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press
Doctors are warning parents to watch for symptoms of pediatric multi-inflammatory syndrome tied to COVID-19 that can impact the heart. They urge parents to call their pediatrician early if symptoms appear.
May 10, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press
The Inkster couple who did everything together journeys back from the brink of death. Their story demonstrates that leaving the hospital is just one step in a long way back from COVID-19.
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.
April 22, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press
DMC CEO Audrey Gregory said the Detroit-based system has invested meaningfully in medical education and hospital facilities. She would not talk about controversies that made headlines during the coronavirus surge.
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.
April 17, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press
Among the details that may have been leaked to "an unauthorized third party" include names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, medical conditions, and in some cases, bank account information and driver's license numbers.
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.
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.
That slowing of coronavirus cases has prompted the state's largest hospital system to reassess staffing and space.
The Ann Arbor-based health system said 2,000 of the masks were distributed to health workers but were found to be unusable, so they are not using any of them. This follows similar mask complaints from Alabama and Oregon.
Dwindling surgeries at McLaren Macomb blamed for layoffs of nurses as the coronavirus impacts the finances of hospital systems around Michigan.
These metro Detroit hospitals, hard hit by a surge of coronavirus patients, are now storing the bodies of the dead in refrigerated trucks.
Fewer COVID-19 patients are entering the Henry Ford and Michigan Medicine health systems and, at Henry Ford, more people are coming off ventilators than are going on.
Night-shift nurses staged a protest at the hospital over heavy patient caseloads that they said were dangerous. Hospital officials asked the nurses to leave, they said.
In the toughest week yet in Michigan's fight against coronavirus, hospital workers share their fears, anxieties and triumphs of treating patients and ensuring they don't bring the highly contagious virus home to their loved ones. "You don't know what you're walking into, and you don't know if you'll be able to walk away without being sick, yourself," one says.
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.