Beaumont Hospitals Adopts Financial Turnaround Plan

Beaumont Hospitals is implementing a plan to increase revenue and reduce costs to improve its financial position by $60 million in 2009. "These are challenging times, and hospital systems across America are not immune to the problems," says Kenneth J. Matzick, Beaumont Hospitals president and CEO. "There's been a dramatic change in

Are Mom and Dad OK? Here's how to Tell

Mom insists she and dad are fine when you're on the phone, but your brother's not so sure after stopping by. Whether it's a weekend visit with your aging parents or an extended trip with elderly relatives, keep an eye out for warning signs they need help. Food in the refrigerator is uneaten or outdated. A quick glance in the fridge can tell

Minimally Invasive Laser Treatment Helps Man Stand Up to Varicose Veins

After standing long hours making presentations for his job as a salesman, Don Zale of Lake Orion couldn't wait to sit down and rest his leg. "After working my right leg started to ache a lot. The pain made me very tired," said Zale, 65. Zale endured chronic pain and cramping in his leg due to varicose veins for more than 20

How to Talk to People with Cancer

Your best friend's doctor has just delivered the news that's guaranteed to send most people reeling - the diagnosis is cancer. What do you say? Ruth Dein, R.N., a licensed/certified counselor and nurse navigator in the Oncology Services program at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, has been talking with cancer patients for 25 years. She's met them

Cardiac Rehab Patients Pump it Up to Help Hearts

As Ronald Vaughn worked through the maintenance phase of cardiac rehabilitation following a heart attack, he jumped at the chance to add rigorous resistance training. "Some programs rehab you to where you were (before the heart attack)," says Vaughn, 60, of Southfield. "I wanted to do something more." The "something

Surgeons Removing Gallbladder via Tiny Incision in Bellybutton

Surgeons at Beaumont Hospitals are taking minimally invasive surgery one step further when they remove gallbladders. Instead of making four small cuts on the stomach, two surgeons have refined their skills to remove the gallbladder through a ¾-inch incision at the bellybutton. Gallbladder removal, or cholycystectomy (KOE-lee-sis-TEC-tuh-mee),

Neurosurgeon's Advanced Minimally Invasive Technique Relieves Severe Face Pain

Jeff Jackson, 49, of Troy, began having face pain about two years ago. At first the pain was annoying, but later it became more frequent and at times intolerable. "It felt like a red hot ice pick with 220 volts running through it," Jackson explained. "And after the pain went away, I always worried when it might return. It was

New Gallbladder Removal Leaves Barely a Scar

Surgeons at Beaumont Hospitals are taking minimally invasive surgery one step further when they remove gallbladders. Instead of making four small cuts on the stomach, two surgeons have refined their skills to remove the gallbladder through a ¾-inch incision at the bellybutton. Gallbladder removal, or cholycystectomy (KOE-lee-sis-TEC-tuh-mee),

BioBank to Help Catch Disease Early and Personalize Treatment for Beaumont Patients

The Beaumont Research Institute has opened a BioBank that uses state-of-the-art molecular and genetic equipment and analysis for early detection and prediction of disease, leading to the development of personalized treatment plans for patients.  "With the BioBank, biomarkers from tissue, blood or fluids are used to develop what we hope

Beaumont Nurses Don Hardhats for Charity

Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak nurses will trade their scrubs and suits for hardhats this week to pick up hammers and raise walls for Habitat for Humanity®. "Beaumont Nurse Build" will also include a handful of other staff and even some of their family members who've agreed to pitch in. They will gather 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesday