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Henry Ford Health System to open $38M medical center in Bloomfield


Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) is planning a new medical center at the 87-acre Village at Bloomfield development in Oakland County.

The $38-million dollar project involves an 83,000-square-foot facility, located along Telegraph and Square Lake Road. Construction is expected to begin before the end of the year, with a planned opening in the fall of 2019.

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Beaumont moving forward on $160 million Farmington Hills expansion


As a member of the Beaumont, Farmington Hills advisory committee and from his position as mayor of Farmington Hills, Ken Massey can see both the business and the community sides of the massive hospital renovation Beaumont is doing.

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Medical Main Street to debut expanded supply chain directory

Medical Main Street has doubled the size of its medical device directory to help global manufacturers find suppliers in Oakland County and Michigan.

The 50-page Michigan Medical Device Manufacturers Directory will be distributed to attendees at the Medical Main Street annual meeting and networking event Nov. 3 at Oakland Community College’s Highland Lake Campus student center.

“We make things here: cars, products for the defense industry and a range of consumer products,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “The infrastructure to support that manufacturing and the supply chain is all here. If you’re in the medical device industry, you need to be here designing and making those products. We can help you do that.”

The free directory will also be made available Nov. 3 online at MedicalMainStreet.com. It includes an alphabetical listing of 136 companies, with websites for each company. Sixty of the companies have locations in Oakland County. County staff can connect interested people directly to those companies. It has easy-to-read charts that identify companies by manufacturing processes such as injection molding, machining, engineering or precision cutting. It follows the inaugural directory that was created seven years ago. It was compiled with research done by the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center and is the only directory of its kind in the state, said Irene Spanos, the county’s director of economic development.

The event will be held at OCC’s Highland Lakes Campus is at 7350 Cooley Lake Road in Waterford and runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon. There is no charge to attend but registration is required at MedicalMainStreet.com. A panel will discuss “Insights into the Health Care/Life Science Ecosystem.”

Medical Main Street is an alliance of world-class hospitals and health systems, universities, medical device, biopharma companies and some of the country’s leading medical professionals creating a global center of innovation in health care, research and development, education and commercialization in the life science industry.

Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak opens new Emergency Center

Southeast Michigan’s most preferred Emergency Center is expanding to improve its patient and family accommodations and meet the growing need for emergency care. The new Emergency Center at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, opening Aug. 31, features private rooms in a patient and family-centered environment that better supports Beaumont’s delivery of high-quality emergency care.

The four-phase, 125,000-square-foot, $120.8 million expansion and renovation project will be complete by the end of 2018.  At that time, the Emergency Center will have 73 private adult rooms, 20 semi-private, 10 private behavioral health rooms and 16 private pediatric rooms. During the first phase of the renovation, portions of the former center will remain in use, but 53 new private adult beds will be available for patients. The renovation also includes four expansive trauma care bays and an area offering expedited care for patients with minor injuries and illnesses.

Fifty-four new, private medical observation rooms on the lower level of the center will allow caregivers to monitor, treat and test patients admitted to the Observation Unit. There is also a new rooftop medical helipad for direct, easy access to Oakland and Macomb counties’ only Level I adult trauma center and Level II pediatric trauma center.

Beaumont looked across the country for the best ideas in designing the center, also consulting with patient and family advisors on the new center and its accommodations.

“We wanted to provide a patient and family-centered environment with accommodations and amenities that better support the high-quality emergency care that consumers have come to expect from Beaumont,” said Rosanna Morris, president, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. “The Emergency Center is our front door and is often the first impression patients have of Beaumont. We want their stay in Emergency to be a positive experience.”

Amenities and accommodations in the new center
In the new center, private rooms with glass doors and walls provide quiet accommodations for patients and family members. The center’s “Beau to Go” café offers hot food and refreshments in a family lounge, keeping families closer to patients. Communication boards in patient rooms provide caregiver and plan of care information. Cellphone charging stations are among the amenities recommended by patient and family advisors.

There is natural lighting via skylights and comforting artwork for a healing environment. The entire center is designed to meet the needs of our patients, in particular our senior patients, including contrasting colors, easy-to-read signage, elevated toilets and grab bars.

Growing to meet community need
“When the expansion and renovation is fully complete, we will have doubled the size of the Emergency Center,” said Terry Kowalenko, M.D., chair, Emergency Medicine, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak and Professor and Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. “Emergency patient volume at Beaumont, Royal Oak continues to grow. Since 2011, we have seen a nearly 12 percent increase in patient visits. We are expanding and renovating in phases so that we don’t disrupt care for our community. This means that some patients will continue to be served in the older, existing areas until our renovations are complete at the end of 2018.”

A future phase also includes a newly renovated pediatric emergency center with special accommodations and amenities for children and their families.

Technology and process improvements
Dr. Kowalenko added, “The new center is also designed to bring diagnostic testing closer to or at the bedside to enhance patient comfort and convenience, as well as safety and efficiency of care.”

MRI and CT imaging is located right inside the center and there will be more point-of-care testing available at bedside including portable X-rays, echocardiograms and Doppler ultrasounds to test for blood clots.

Other improved messaging technology allow caregivers to share vital patient information, such as test results, with each other and physician offices.

Beaumont’s construction and design partners in the project include: architect and engineer Harley Ellis Deveraux of Southfield; construction manager Barton Malow of Southfield; and design architect FreemanWhite of North Carolina.

Beaumont’s Royal Oak Emergency Center is among the highest volume centers in the country with 130,902 visits in 2016.
Beaumont Health also offers emergency services at its seven other hospitals in Southeast Michigan and at a freestanding emergency center in Canton.

Gifts expand pediatric disease support at Beaumont Health in Royal Oak


In support of the recent opening of a new Proton Therapy Center at Beaumont Health in Royal Oak, the hospital group announced that gifts from two local families will support an expansion of family-centered facilities and services for children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer and blood disorders at Beaumont Children’s health center.

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Beaumont Hospital Children's Center opens new facility in Southfield


Children with autism now can receive treatment at the Beaumont Hospital Children's Center in Southfield, thanks to a $1 million gift from the Ted Lindsay Foundation.

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$1 million donation helps launch Beaumont project


At a groundbreaking ceremony, Beaumont Hospital-Farmington Hills announced a $1 million gift from Farmington Emergency Medicine Associates PLC, for the new construction and renovations coming to the 51-year-old campus.

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Par Sterile Products receives Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant

Par Sterile Products, LLC, a subsidiary of Par Pharmaceutical, Inc., located in Rochester, was recently named the recipient of a $350,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant designated for an upgrade to the Par Sterile Products facility in order to accommodate a new line of high tech filling equipment as well as the training and qualification of its valuable workforce.  As a result, Par Sterile has committed to invest $58.4 million at the site to expand operations and to hire up to 30 new employees.
“This is a very exciting time for our Rochester facility and our local community,” said Mike Rutkowski, Par Sterile’s Senior Vice President and General Manager. “We want to thank the city of Rochester, Oakland County, and the state of Michigan for all of their support. We believe the grant will help us create more jobs and build a long-term sustainable business in the Rochester community, where our site has proudly operated for 108 years.”
For more information or career information regarding Par Sterile Products please visit http://www.parsterileproducts.com.

Royal Oak's Beaumont Hospital receives cancer-killing medical device for new proton therapy center


The Gantry, a medical device that directs a cancer-killing proton beam at tumors  — used for the treatment of tumors of the brain, central nervous system, and lung, among other tumors — has arrived at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. Beaumont's new proton therapy building that will house the Gantry is expected to open next spring.

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McLaren Oakland to open new emergency center in Clarkston


McLaren Oakland will open its new, larger emergency center on the campus of the McLaren Health Care Village in Clarkston later this month.

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Beaumont's proton center gets closer to completion


Beaumont Health System put the final steel beam into place Tuesday on its $40 million Proton Therapy Center, about seven months after it broke ground on the project.

The Proton Therapy Center at Beaumont Hospital’s Cancer Institute in Royal Oak will provide a high-tech alternative to destroy cancerous cells while keeping intact healthy tissue with fewer side effects. When completed, it will be the first single-room proton treatment facility in Michigan

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Beaumont Health celebrates its first birthday

One year ago this month, Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare combined forces to become a new organization: Beaumont Health.
“In 2014, we came together because of our common commitment to make high quality, compassionate care accessible to everyone in southeast Michigan,” explains Chief Executive Officer, John Fox. “Now, we’re in a position to be the leading, value-based health care network, focused on innovation, compassion and extraordinary clinical outcomes.”
During the week of Sept. 7, employees are celebrating this historic event with 35,000 slices of birthday cake being served at all eight hospitals, outpatient and business locations throughout the organization.
Beaumont Health has a net revenue of $4.1 billion, eight hospitals with a total of 3,337 beds, 168 outpatient sites, nearly 5,000 physicians, 35,000 employees and about 3,500 volunteers.
Notable accomplishments achieved throughout the first year include:
  •          John Fox of Emory Healthcare, named as president and CEO
  •          Executive team establishes its headquarters at the Southfield Towne Center
  •          Employee job transfers begin between Beaumont Health sites
  •          Legacy Beaumont and Oakwood go-live with same version of the Epic electronic medical record system for seamless sharing of patient information; Farmington Hills hospital launches Epic conversion Oct. 1
  •          Beaumont Hospital – Farmington Hills announces $160 million expansion
  •          Beaumont Health receives Crain’s Mergers & Acquisitions award
  •          Beaumont Health finalizes new logo, color and hospital names
  •          Hospital entrances receive new signage
  •          Community presence grows with new, Beaumont Health, billboard campaign 
  •          Beaumont Health begins strategic plan development
  •          Financial synergies result in year-to-date savings of $31 million
Beaumont Health is a not-for-profit organization formed by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare to provide patients with the benefit of greater access to the highest quality, compassionate care, no matter where they live in southeast Michigan. The organization has net revenue of $4.1 billion and consists of eight hospitals with 3,337 beds, 168 outpatient sites, nearly 5000 physicians and 35,000 employees and about 3,500 volunteers. In 2014, the combined organizations had 175,675 inpatient admissions, 16,229 births and 492,148 emergency visits. For more information, visit beaumonthealth.org.

Time2Talk announces receipt of US Patent for its 'talking' software suite

Time2Talk, LLC has introduced its Talking Power Management Unit (TPMU) software to the medical industry. The recent patent issuance, several years in the making, covers unique aspects of battery and power management used for the growing number of mobile computers in healthcare. “On behalf of the entire team at Time2Talk, we are thrilled to receive protection on our IP, providing further validation to our efforts, said Dean Figlioli, Founder and CEO. Our progress thus far is a real testament to the technological prowess and healthcare leadership in our region and state.

Healthcare IT professionals immersed in a clinical setting hatched the technology. After repeatedly experiencing the problem first hand, a comprehensive solution was created to solve it holistically. The server-deployed software is aimed at shared mobile computing assets like Medical Computer Carts, Laptops, Tablets and Thin Clients used extensively in hospitals.

The problem originates from computer units that run on costly, commercial-grade rechargeable battery systems. Unfortunately, due to shared use and the hectic nature of a clinical setting, plugging them in and allowing adequate time for recharge is an often-neglected task. Thus, deep battery discharge frequently render the assets inoperable and set off a string of costly and inefficient activities within the facility.

TPMU corrects this phenomena using a unique on-screen alert as well as a “talking” feature, both fully configurable, that remind busy clinicians to simply ‘plug in’ assets prior to reaching critical discharge phase. Compliance results are astonishing, reducing incidents by over two-thirds as Clinicians’ respond to on-screen alert and human voice as opposed to blinking lights or alarms that are inherent in many mobile computing assets. TPMU also meets The Joint Commission (TJC) compliance pertaining to noise reduction and associated clinician ‘alarm fatigue’ in hospitals. The company projects an 8:1 Return on Investment for hospitals.

The software suite also includes a comprehensive reporting console to empower decision makers with valuable information capital. “In a development world that supports producing a minimally viable product, pushing it to market to gain initial traction, then fixing the bugs, Time2Talk has taken the opposite approach”, said Figlioli. “Not only was the software fully patented, version 1.3 is the prerelease version that has been meticulously designed and tested to ensure customers needs are met. The company is one-hundred percent market ready to support leading hospitals throughout our region and across the country."

Henry Ford West Bloomfield, Premier Private Physicians form alliance to expand access to health care

Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital and Premier Private Physicians Management of Troy and Clarkston today announced an affiliation agreement to expand access to direct primary care in southeast Michigan.
Direct primary care, or concierge medicine, is a relatively new kind of medical practice, where patients receive direct access to their personal private physician 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Primary care physicians provide personalized service with extensive clinical education.  Patient appointments are longer (approximately one hour) and can be scheduled on short notice with little wait time.  Patients receive unlimited office visits with no co-pays or deductibles throughout the year. Since there is very little insurance involved, providers have the necessary time required to develop a meaningful patient-physician relationship built on trust.
For a fixed monthly fee, patients have direct access to their doctor, whether it’s in person, or by phone or email.  Primary care physicians handle routine health care, like physicals, infections, vaccinations and flu shots, as well as helping their patients with chronic conditions like diabetes or heart disease maintain their health and experience better outcomes.  The goal is to provide cost-effective health care with exemplary service.
“This model is a win-win for patients and physicians,” says Lori Washe, M.D., a family medicine specialist at Premier Private Physicians.  “My patients appreciate having more time to spend with me and I appreciate having more time to devote the care necessary to create individualized plans for each of my patient’s optimal health and well-being.”
Physicians like the model, as it allows them to practice medicine the way they intended, and the financial need to see 30 patients a day is eliminated.  In addition, the complication of third party reimbursement is reduced.  Freed from insurance paperwork, the doctor can focus completely on the patient.
Patients like the personalized service and, as deductibles and co-pays rise, the enhanced service comes without much additional cost.  Employers like it because the improved preventative care will reduce their health care costs in the long run and protect their most valuable human resource assets.
“My doctor takes a personal and sincere interest in my health,” says patient Michael Brown.  “Having a physician like him, who is accessible 24 hours a day and takes the time to explain my medical health status to me in simple, easy to understand terms has inspired me to improve my health.  I am so grateful to have Dr. Keith Christmon as my personal physician.”
Americans are required by law to have health insurance, but those who use direct primary care have less-expensive policies, because they only need coverage for surgery, hospitalization, and specialized care. 
Nine states, including Michigan, have direct primary care laws, and five more have legislation pending.
Physicians at Premier are able to provide exceptional access and care because each physician limits his or her practice to 500 patients, instead of the traditional 2,500 patients.
Premier Private Physicians currently serves approximately 2,000 patients, and has corporate contracts with companies for their executives, including FIAT Chrysler Automobiles, United Shore Financial Services, Continental Automotive, MASCO and FANUC. 
The program has great potential to grow.  A similar program in the Seattle area started at the same size and currently has more than 50,000 patients in a broad socio-economic group.
“We are extremely proud of our affiliation with Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital,” says John Blanchard, M.D., CEO of Premier Private Physicians Management, LLC. “This affiliation gives our patients access to the world-class hospital services and specialists of the Henry Ford Medical Group. When it comes to quality health care, access is everything.  We look forward to working with Henry Ford to expand access to the enhanced private physician services we offer.”
For 100 years, Henry Ford has established itself as an innovator and leader in healthcare excellence. The affiliation with Premier Private Physicians is a reflection of its commitment to find value-based health care solutions and give patients access to an innovative model of primary care delivery. 
Both organizations recognize the importance of maintaining the integrity of the physician-patient relationship, as health care delivery moves from volume to value.
“There are many ways to access health care,” says Betty Chu, M.D., vice president of Medical Affairs and chief medical officer of Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. “We want to deliver primary care the way patients want it. This affiliation gives Henry Ford patients more options.”
About Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, part of the Henry Ford Health System, is a 191-bed LEED silver-certified hospital and community center for well-being. Opened in 2009, the hospital is staffed by the Henry Ford Medical Group, the Henry Ford Physician Network, and community physicians. Visitors discover a health care experience unlike any other, offering the latest in medicine, technology and patient safety, integrated with wellness and prevention programs. Specialties include cardiology, neurology, orthopedic surgery, women’s health, and treatment for prostate, breast and lung cancers. Additional services include complementary medicine in Vita, the wellness center, a healthy food culture, cooking classes for the community in the Demonstration Kitchen, an organic greenhouse, and a healing arts program. 
About Premier Private Physicians
Premier Private Physicians Management provides operating and management services to Premier Private Physicians PLC.  Premier offers people of all ages unrestricted access to comprehensive, preventive, acute, and chronic illness care for one low monthly membership fee.  Premier limits the number of patients cared for by each physician to 1/5 of a traditional doctor’s office.  The practice does not exclude anyone for preexisting conditions and offers 60- minute same or next day no-wait appointments, and direct access to the patient’s private physician 24/7 by cell and email. Studies show the Direct Primary Care model gives patients and employers access to exceptional care, while saving up to 30 percent on comprehensive health care costs when bundled with a lower premium insurance plan.  For a low monthly fee, Premier Private Physicians is a great way for employers and individuals to improve medical access and quality while decreasing cost. For more information, please visit premiermd.com.

After merger, all hospitals get Beaumont name


The new health care behemoth formed by the merger of Beaumont Health System, Oakwood Healthcare and Botsford Hospital announced details of its new identity, including name changes for some hospitals.

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