Month: January 2021

Detroit to triple COVID-19 vaccine supply at TCF Center, expand eligibility

Detroit’s drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site at the TCF Center garage expects to nearly triple the number of shots it can give starting Monday.

Mayor Mike Duggan announced the update Thursday afternoon at a news conference, saying he expects Detroit’s alloted vaccine count to go from 5,100 to 15,000 doses per week from the state and federal governments.

As such, the city will now allow Detroit residents ages 65 and older to get the vaccine, lowering the threshold from 68. It also opened appointments to any health care workers including those at veterinary centers, physical therapists and those in dentists’ offices and will expand hours.

“We have finally busted loose the supply chain on vaccines for the city of Detroit,” Duggan said.

The downtown site started administering vaccines since Jan. 13 to residents 75 or older and essential workers, but has continued to bring down the age requirement. Those eligible must

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Financial details outlined in final affiliation agreement between Henry Ford Health, MSU

Dr. Norman Beauchamp Jr. would serve as the initial chair of the company and health sciences center and serve for at least the first two years. Beauchamp is MSU’s executive vice president for health sciences.

“By virtue of this partnership, we see substantial improvements in cancer outcomes, patient satisfaction and other quality measures of real value to patients,” Beauchamp said.

The health sciences company’s 12-member governing board would include six members from each partner. There would be six board committees, including finance and administration, diversity equity inclusion, research, education, cancer and clinical.

In an interview with Crain’s on Wednesday, Beauchamp discussed the financial details and timetables for the various projects.

On the annual administrative support payments Henry Ford will make to MSU, which start out at $3.25 million, Beauchamp said the money will help fund MSU science and education across the board.

“Ultimately, the goal of these funds isn’t just

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Henry Ford Health, Michigan State ‘solidify’ 30-year affiliation agreement

Henry Ford Health System and Michigan State University announced Friday they had “solidified” plans to sign a 30-year affiliation agreement that would lead to an expansion of cancer research, primary and specialty care, and health sciences education.

The two partners will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. Monday to unveil details of the affiliation, which Crain’s reported last June was a primary affiliation that could lead eventually to a new research institute and a regional campus building for MSU.

Officials attending the Zoom teleconference will be Henry Ford President and CEO Wright Lassiter III and MSU President Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr.; Dr. Adnan Munkarah, Henry Ford’s chief clinical officer and Dr. Norman Beauchamp, MSU’s executive vice president for health sciences.

Michigan Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow are also expected to attend.

In a media advisory released Friday about the announcement, the two partners said the

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Michigan health systems could run out of vaccines by middle of next week

Health systems asking Michigan state officials to speed up COVID-19 vaccine deliveries have an ally now in U.S. health secretary Alex Azar, who announced Tuesday he has authorized release of all Pfizer and Moderna doses the federal government has warehoused for second doses.

But Azar also said the earliest states could receive the hundreds of thousands of extra doses is two weeks, after Joe Biden is inaugurated as the nation’s 46th president.

This week, Michigan received one of the lowest number of doses since mid-December, 60,450, which resulted in fewer distributions by five-fold than what health systems, local health departments and federally qualified health centers requested, system executives said.

Spokesperson Lynn Sutfin of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services told Crain’s Wednesday morning that the federal government has only promised 62,400 doses of the Pfizer vaccine for next week.

Until the end of the month, the state’s Moderna

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Mich. health systems adjust for vaccine increase, ask state to give them more

Dr. Adnan Munkarah, Henry Ford Health System’s chief clinical officer, said the six-hospital health system plans to ramp up the number of vaccine doses between 4,000 to 5,000, up from about 1,100 to 1,300 per day, but only if the Detroit-based system receives more Pfizer doses from the state.

“We received a very small allocation this week. We are identifying people in our medical records over age 65 who fit the criteria for vaccination,” Munkarah said. “We are working with the state on vaccine availability. The state’s doses are based on what they receive from the federal government and the numbers are not enough.”

Munkarah said Henry Ford would also run out of vaccines by Tuesday or Wednesday if it doesn’t receive another large shipment. He said the system asked the state for 20,000 doses last week and only got about 6,000.

“We need to have more consistency” and advance

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Beaumont’s new anesthesia model in place at additional hospitals

Irving, Texas-based NorthStar Anesthesia has taken over anesthesia services at Beaumont Health’s three northern hospitals in Royal Oak, Troy and Grosse Pointe and associated ambulatory surgery centers and pain clinics, a move that angered some anesthesia nurses, surgeons and physicians when the contract was announced last summer.

With the consolidated contract, which began Jan. 1, NorthStar now offers comprehensive anesthesia services to seven of Beaumont’s eight hospitals. Last August, NorthStar started managing anesthesia services at Beaumont’s Dearborn, Taylor, Trenton and Wayne hospitals and their associated ambulatory surgery centers and pain clinics.

NorthStar replaced Anesthesia Associates of Ann Arbor for Beaumont’s four southern hospitals and North American Partners in Anesthesia for its three northern hospitals. Both anesthesia groups worked at Beaumont for many years and a number of long-serving anesthesiologists left to practice elsewhere over objections to the contract switch.

“NorthStar is proud to serve Beaumont, a pillar of Michigan health

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