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Backlogged surgeries from coronavirus shutdown could take months to reschedule

Backlogged surgeries from coronavirus shutdown could take months to reschedule

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.

Inflammatory syndrome tied to coronavirus sickens two dozen Michigan kids

Inflammatory syndrome tied to coronavirus sickens two dozen Michigan kids

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.

Bound by faith, a Michigan couple journeys back from COVID-19’s clutches

Bound by faith, a Michigan couple journeys back from COVID-19’s clutches

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.

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.  

Detroit hospital vows quality care but won’t discuss coronavirus issues

Detroit hospital vows quality care but won’t discuss coronavirus issues

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.

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.

Beaumont Health security breach puts personal information of 112,000 at risk

Beaumont Health security breach puts personal information of 112,000 at risk

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. 

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.

Beaumont sidelines one hospital site as coronavirus surge stalls

Beaumont sidelines one hospital site as coronavirus surge stalls

April 14, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, Robin Erb

That slowing of coronavirus cases has prompted the state's largest hospital system to reassess staffing and space.

Michigan Medicine: 22,000 coronavirus surgical masks from feds don’t work

Michigan Medicine: 22,000 coronavirus surgical masks from feds don’t work

April 14, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, Robin Erb

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.

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.

Detroit doctor predicts coronavirus peak in ‘few days' amid hopeful signs

Detroit doctor predicts coronavirus peak in ‘few days' amid hopeful signs

April 9, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, Kelly House

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.

Nurses say Detroit hospital told them to leave after coronavirus protest

Nurses say Detroit hospital told them to leave after coronavirus protest

April 6, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, Robin Erb

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.

Inside Michigan hospitals, a ‘crushingly hard’ week in coronavirus fight

Inside Michigan hospitals, a ‘crushingly hard’ week in coronavirus fight

April 5, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, Robin Erb

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.

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.