Beaumont Hospital, Troy, to mark 40 years
By Terry Oparka
Beaumont Hospital, Troy, is shown here when it opened its doors in 1977 with 170 beds and limited services.
Posted May 16, 2017
TROY — As the employees of Beaumont Hospital, Troy, were celebrating the hospital’s 40th anniversary, they wanted to include the community in the celebration.
Beaumont Hospital, Troy, President Nancy Susick said the hospital conducted a community needs assessment last year, which identified heart and vascular conditions, diabetes and obesity as topics about which the community needs knowledge. The result is a community outreach program, “Keeping the Beat,” a free event at the hospital 5-8 p.m. May 23 that will focus on heart health.
“Heart disease continues to rise,” Susick said. “We wanted to bring in the community to the hospital to see the programs we offer.”
The event will feature informational stations with integrative medicine experts, exercise physiologists and dietitians; free blood pressure screenings; stroke education; and CPR education and training, including cardiac demonstrations in a simulation lab.
Dr. James Lynch, senior vice president and chief medical officer for Beaumont Hospital, Troy, said that in 1977, Dequindre Road was a one-lane highway and M-59 was not completely finished.
“It started out as a small community hospital with 277 beds, a small medical staff and fledgling services,” Lynch said. “It, like everything else, matured with the community.”
Lynch said the hospital now “provides full services for everything but treatment for burns and transplants.”
The hospital has 520 beds.
Lynch noted that it’s a Level II Trauma Center with an active acute cardiac surgery program and a “full supporting cast for everything else.”
He explained that Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, and Detroit Medical Center Detroit Receiving Hospital are Level I Trauma Centers, which the American College of Surgeons certifies. The difference between Level I and Level II is that Level I centers have a research requirement, but they are otherwise the same, he said.
“There’s a surgical team immediately available and a helicopter for transport (at Beaumont Hospital, Troy). That was a big step. The cardiac surgery department and robust cardiac program — these services catapulted Beaumont Hospital, Troy, as a destination hospital for north Oakland and Macomb counties. Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, is one of the busiest and biggest hospitals in the nation,” Lynch said. “Anything we cannot provide immediately (at Beaumont Hospital, Troy) can be provided a phone call away.
“Multiple additions have occurred at Beaumont Hospital, Troy, during the ’80s, ’90s and late 2000s,” Lynch said.
In 2008, construction and placement of the bridge over Dequindre Road, linking medical office buildings across the street in Sterling Heights, were completed, and work continues on the most recent addition, the critical care tower.
The emergency room was remodeled in 2009 and is projected to have over 100,000 visits this year, Lynch said.
Renovations of all the operating rooms will be finished soon as work is completed on the last two, which will bring 19 operating rooms “running full steam,” Lynch said. “North Oakland County and Macomb County are the growth centers of southeast Michigan,” he said. “We’ve responded to that need.
“It’s a family-friendly institution. The culture is caring people caring for people. That’s our standard to which we hold ourselves. It’s a proud moment — our 40th birthday. It’s a pretty important moment,” he added.
After the interactive health fair, Beaumont cardiologist Dr. Steven Almany will share his predictions on how heart health care will evolve over the next five years. Nurse Stephanie Eskuri will discuss how to “show your heart some love.” The evening will end with a panel discussion featuring a dietitian, an exercise physiologist and a heart disease survivor.
“Dr. Almany is a wonderful speaker who can really engage an audience,” Susick said.
“What I really want to get across to people are the simple, everyday things they can do to stay healthy,” Eskuri said. “Not smoking, being active — just moving, eating a healthy diet, moving toward reaching a healthy weight are ways to stay heart healthy.”
Eskuri gives healthy cooking classes to heart and vascular patients. She said people are surprised to discover how good healthy food can taste when prepared properly. She said she usually focuses her classes on plant-based foods in an effort to get people to eat more vegetables, especially winter and local produce.
Throughout the night there will be drawings for prizes, including “The Heart-Healthy Handbook,” free health screenings, heart-healthy cooking demonstrations, Sola Life & Fitness passes and an integrative medicine gift basket.
Beaumont Hospital, Troy, will offer its 7 for $70 heart screenings for $40 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the hospital. A coupon for the promotion will be available for 150 attendees.
“We’re just really excited to grow with the community and to serve the community for many years to come,” Susick added.
Registration to attend “Keeping the Beat” is not required. The event will be held at the Moceri Learning Center and Qazi Auditorium at the hospital. Attendees should enter the hospital campus through the emergency drive and continue straight and park in the northwest lot, next to the Moceri Learning Center entrance.
Beaumont Hospital, Troy, is located at 44201 Dequindre Road.
About the author
Staff Writer Terry Oparka covers Troy and the Troy School District for the Troy Times. Oparka has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2000 and attended Oakland University and Macomb Community College. Oparka has won an award from the Michigan Press Association and four awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Chapter.
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