Real Facts: Hospitals in America at or Near Capacity…Unstaffed

    Ali Ghasham, a hospitalist, visits with a patient while wearing a Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) on the 6 West floor COVID unit at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. Sparrow Hospital has four COVID floors, including an intensive care unit. (Mike Mulholland | Mulholland |

    MI Live: Six Michigan hospitals — including facilities in Grand Rapids, Saginaw and St. Joseph –are at 100% capacity and another 18 are at 90% or more, according to data posted Tuesday, Nov. 24, by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

    Statewide, hospitals now have almost 4,100 in-patients with suspected or confirmed coronavirus, a 26% increase in less than two weeks, according to the MDHHS data.

    Coronavirus cases currently comprise 41% of adult patients in Michigan’s intensive-care units, and 25% of all adult in-patients in Michigan hospitals, the MDDHS numbers indicate.

    The current surge of coronavirus patients is stressing Michigan’s health-care system, a point repeatedly made by the hospital officials across the state in recent weeks.

    On Nov. 13, a day after a press conference by five hospital CEOs, the state had one hospital at 97% capacity and another at 90%, defined as occupancy of staffed in-patient beds. Now, 24 Michigan hospitals are at 90% capacity or more.

    The six hospitals at 100% capacity: Mercy Health St. Mary’s Main Campus in Grand Rapids; Covenant Healthcare in Saginaw; Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph; Ascension St. Joseph Hospital in Tawas City; Ascension Standish Hospital, and McLaren Bay Special Care in Bay City.

    The other 18 hospitals at 90% capacity or more:

    • Detroit Receiving Hospital (97%),
    • McLaren Greater Lansing (95%),
    • Mercy Health Mercy Campus in Muskegon (95%),
    • St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor (95%),
    • Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw (94%),
    • Ascension Providence Hospital Southfield (93%),
    • Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township (93%),
    • Hurley Medical Center in Flint (93%),
    • Spectrum Health – Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids (93%).
    • Bronson Battle Creek (92%),
    • McLaren Macomb in Mount Clemens (92%),
    • War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie (92%),
    • Ascension Genesys Hospital in Grand Blanc (90%),
    • Ascension Macomb-Oakland Warren (90%),
    • Harper University/Hutzel Women’s Hospitals in Detroit (90%),
    • Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital (90%),
    • McLaren Bay Region in Bay City (90%),
    • McLaren Port Huron Hospital (90%).
    The real problem isn’t bed capacity, health-care officials say. It’s staffing.  read more


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    1. Just to say we really appreciate your posts over here in UK Carol; we wouldn’t have a clue what’s actually going on over there without a reliable word from your good self.

    2. Insurance and income tax collection was installed as the responsibility of the employers, because nobody would pay it if they didn’t do it that way.
      A nationwide boycott of health insurance would be a good place to start. Taxing the income of the poor , is actually a net loss.

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