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 Grosse Pointe Shores residents James and Patricia Anderson recently gave $5 million to Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe, for the creation of a hybrid surgical suite and ongoing training for medical staff.

Grosse Pointe Shores residents James and Patricia Anderson recently gave $5 million to Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe, for the creation of a hybrid surgical suite and ongoing training for medical staff.

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Couple’s gift to Beaumont will bring new technology, training to hospital

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published February 18, 2020

 This rendering shows the exterior of what will be the James & Patricia Anderson Surgical Center at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe, in Grosse Pointe City.

This rendering shows the exterior of what will be the James & Patricia Anderson Surgical Center at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe, in Grosse Pointe City.

Image provided by Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe

GROSSE POINTE CITY/SHORES — A local couple is helping to make sure Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe, in Grosse Pointe City is on the cutting edge of technology.

James A. “Jim” and Patricia “Patti” Anderson, of Grosse Pointe Shores, donated $5 million to the hospital this month to support the creation of a hybrid surgical suite and create the James and Patricia Anderson Advanced Surgical Technology and Training Endowment Fund. According to a Beaumont spokesperson, this is the largest single gift ever received by Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe.

Over the course of eight phases and 2 1/2 years, Beaumont will spend $19 million to renovate the hospital’s surgical center, whose centerpiece will be the 900-square-foot hybrid surgical suite.

“A hybrid surgical suite, or operating room, is larger than traditional operating rooms and combines surgical equipment, tables (and) lights with fixed advanced imaging systems,” Dr. James Lynch, president of Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe, explained in a press release. “Surgical teams have the capability to perform a wide array of procedures ranging from a traditional open approach to a minimally invasive procedure.”

Having a larger operating room will enable medical students, fellows and residents to watch and participate in medical procedures, and the hybrid suite will offer features such as a C-arm imaging system that can rotate to provide multiple live views during surgery.

“When complete, the hybrid suite will enable our surgeons to quickly and efficiently move between minimally invasive and traditional surgeries,” Dr. Nick Gilpin, chief medical officer of Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe, stated in a press release. “It will allow our surgical teams to address a broad range of conditions and injuries, including vascular, thoracic and trauma.”

The hospital has a special place in the hearts of the Anderson family, Jim Anderson said, because their two daughters gave birth to the couple’s four grandchildren there.

By email, Jim Anderson said he hopes the gift will “provide area residents with great patient care: access to leading-edge technology, surgical equipment and techniques ensuring best medical practices. Our gift will also focus on educating and training staff in the latest medical innovations and breakthroughs.”

Anderson received both his bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1966 and his master’s degree in engineering with a minor in operations research in 1970 from Wayne State University. He was a member of the WSU College of Engineering faculty when he founded his company, the global consulting firm Urban Science, circa 1977.

According to WSU, Urban Science “takes a scientific approach to help companies identify where they should allocate resources in order to increase their market share, profitability and customer loyalty in the most effective and efficient manner.” Headquartered in the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit, the Urban Science website states that the company has grown to more than 850 employees in 20 offices around the world. Jim Anderson is Urban Science’s president and CEO.

“I’m in the technology business, and I like state-of-the-art technology, especially in Grosse Pointe,” Anderson said by email. “It doesn’t matter the industry: health, auto or music — technology and data analytics are important and changing rapidly. I want my gift to be used for continuous improvement, not only the equipment and medical technology, but educating those people using the technology. It costs a lot more to maintain state-of-the-art than it does to buy it. The pace of change only gets faster every year. It’s not one and done. Things advance. We need to advance with them.”

To that end, the James and Patricia Anderson Advanced Surgical Technology and Training Endowment Fund will allow medical professionals to receive ongoing training and continuing medical education, and it will help the hospital to invest in new technologies.

Hospital officials are grateful to the Andersons for their gift. The couple has been involved in other philanthropic endeavors over the years as well, including a $25 million gift in 2014 to the WSU College of Engineering.

“We are extremely grateful to the Andersons for their generosity, community support and vision for Beaumont, Grosse Pointe,” Beaumont Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer Margaret Cooney Casey said in a press release. “Their gift, the hospital’s largest, will enhance care and save lives.”