Timeline/Milestones

The 2000s

2012

  • Beaumont opens high-tech, hybrid center for cardiovascular interventions and training
  • Beaumont's first comprehensive lung cancer center to open at Royal Oak
  • Beaumont receives award for medication barcoding implementation
  • Beaumont, Henry Ford to implement no-nicotine hiring policy Jan. 1
  • Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak named among top 10 academic medical centers for quality leadership by UHC
  • Beaumont named to list of top technology innovators
  • Beaumont opens Center for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
  • Pancreatic vaccine added to cancer 'arsenal'
  • Craniofacial team performs reconstruction surgery on girl attacked by raccoon
  • Beaumont and PHI Air Medical launch helicopter transportation service
  • Beaumont Health System joins Healthier Hospitals Initiative
  • Beaumont one of U.S. News and World Report's "Best Hospitals" for 18th year in a row
  • Beaumont recognized among 2012 'Most Wired' hospitals
  • Beaumont's liver transplant program earns Medicare approval
  • Beaumont Children's Hospital Opens State's First Hospital-Based Anti-Bullying Program
  • Beaumont First in Michigan to Participate in National Research Study of New Atrial Fibrillation Treatment
  • Beaumont, Troy named to top 100 hospitals list
  • Beaumont Health System named 'Green Leader'
  • Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe Receives Baby-Friendly® Designation
  • Biopsy sample barcoding system enhances patient safety at Beaumont
  • Beaumont Hospital, Troy is First in Michigan to Perform Single-Incision Robotic Surgery to Remove Gallbladder
  • Beaumont, BCBSM and Blue Care Network Reach Agreement

2011

  • Beaumont's Ernst Cardiovascular Center expands its services with a clinic for aortic aneurysm or dissection.
  • Beaumont is first in Michigan and one of the first health care organizations in the nation to attest to being an early user of electronic medical records, achieving "meaningful use" designation.
  • Beaumont Foundation concludes The Campaign for Beaumont Hospitals, raising more than $206 million — far exceeding the campaign's $170 million fundraising goal.
  • Beaumont opens Brain and Spinal Cord Tumor Clinic.
  • A second clinic to treat atrial fibrillation opens at the Beaumont Medical Center, Sterling Heights.
  • Beaumont gains international attention after a Facebook friend donates a kidney.
  • Beaumont is the only Michigan health system selected to join the prestigious High Value Healthcare Collaborative, a national group of health systems created to improve health care quality, lower costs and expand best care practices.
  • Beaumont performs its first multi-organ transplant providing a liver and kidney to a 49-year-old man from Southfield.
  • Beaumont Hospitals changes its name to Beaumont Health System to reflect the full range of inpatient, outpatient, community and home-based health care services.
  • Eighty-eight primary care practices, representing 261 Beaumont physicians, receive Blue Cross' Patient-Centered Medical Home designation.
  • Doctors at Beaumont, Troy perform Michigan's first minimally invasive robotic procedure to correct atrial fibrillation.
  • Beaumont Health and Wellness Center, including Sola Life and Fitness, opens in Rochester Hills.
  • The Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine welcomes its first class of 50 students on Aug. 8, 2011.
  • Beaumont's Healthy Heart Check student heart screening program receives a Ludwig Community Benefit Award from the Michigan Health and Hospital Association.
  • Beaumont, Royal Oak is named a Top 10 Quality Leader by University Health System Consortium.
  • Inaugural Beaumont President's Awards honor team members for service excellence, community service, leadership and for caring for colleagues.

2010

  • Beaumont Foundation launches Caring Spirit program. Patients recognize 225 Beaumont team members.
  • Beaumont, Grosse Pointe opens a new Epilepsy Monitoring Unit to observe and treat people who experience recurrent seizures.
  • Beaumont launches new liver transplant program under the leadership of Alan Koffron, M.D.
  • The myOptimal Health and Performance Center opens at Beaumont, Royal Oak with cardio equipment, weights and fitness classes for Beaumont team members.
  • Ernst Cardiovascular Center opens at Beaumont, Royal Oak with six specialty clinics offering breakthrough surgeries and treatments for people with high-risk heart and vascular conditions.
  • Beaumont, Grosse Pointe opens a hybrid interventional lab offering minimally invasive diagnosis and treatment for heart and vascular conditions.
  • First robotic surgery performed at Beaumont, Troy.
  • Beaumont's nationally recognized Parenting Program expands to Beaumont, Grosse Pointe.
  • Beaumont opens Women's Urology Center, offering specialized treatment and research for incontinence, pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction and other urologic conditions, funded by a gift from Susan Cooper.
  • Beaumont introduces computerized provider order entry.
  • Gene Michalski appointed as Beaumont's President and CEO following the retirement of Kenneth Matzick on May 31.
  • Beaumont launches six Centers of Excellence and 19 Integration Councils to enhance patient care quality, safety, service, efficiency and care coordination.
  • Beaumont announces the creation of seven multi-disciplinary cancer clinics that bring together a team of cancer experts on a single day in one location to develop an accelerated, individualized treatment plan.
  • Beaumont and Covenant Community Care open a federally-qualified community health center on Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak.
  • Beaumont, Troy opens a pedestrian bridge over Dequindre Road that links two cities and two counties and connects its inpatient facilities in Troy with outpatient facilities in Sterling Heights.

2009

  • Beaumont, Royal Oak is ranked first in the country for admissions; second for total surgeries and inpatient surgeries; and third for outpatient surgeries based on AHA data.
  • Beaumont, Troy is third in the country for admissions, fifth for total surgeries; and fourth for outpatient surgeries among hospitals of its size.
  • Kenneth Peters, M.D., Urology chairman, launches the first U.S. trial using adult stem cells for incontinence.
  • Beaumont announces the formation of the Beaumont Children's Hospital.
  • The breast care programs at Beaumont, Royal Oak and Troy receive three-year accreditation by the National Association of Programs for Breast Care.
  • Heart surgeons reduce blood loss during surgery with the use of advanced bypass technology.
  • Dinesh Telang, M.D., performs Beaumont, Grosse Pointe's first robotic surgery-a radical prostatectomy.
  • Trauma research shows that a Beaumont protocol for assessing and treating people on blood thinners who hit their head has reduced the death rate from 40 percent to 11 percent.
  • Beaumont, Troy Emergency doctors patient satisfaction and find it decreases sharply after a 3.5-hour wait for treatment.
  • Consumer's Checkbook names Beaumont, Royal Oak among the nation's top-ranked hospitals, as reported in AARP magazine.
  • Beaumont launches a landmark research trial for women with an aggressive form of metastatic breast cancer.
  • Beaumont, Troy earns Magnet designation for nursing excellence.

2008

  • Beaumont, Royal Oak files a Certificate of Need application to start a liver transplant program.
  • Beaumont joins with Community Emergency Medical Service Inc. to form Beaumont Medical Transportation Service Inc.
  • Beaumont, Royal Oak opens a late-effects clinic for survivors of childhood cancer.
  • Beaumont, Troy installs a 3-Tesla MRI.
  • Cardiologists publish a study showing that CT angiography can identify unstable coronary plaques that can lead to heart attack.
  • Beaumont, Royal Oak is named a Blue Cross Center of Distinction for Complex and Rare Cancers.
  • The Beaumont Commercialization Center is established to help medical device developers bring their products to market.
  • Beaumont, Grosse Pointe opens a renovated pediatrics unit.
  • Beaumont, Royal Oak opens a multidisciplinary liver and pancreas cancer clinic.
  • Robert Folberg, M.D., named first dean of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.
  • Beaumont, Royal Oak opens an epilepsy monitoring unit.
  • Beaumont and Wayne State University collaborate on research for retraining military surgeons returning from active military duty.
  • AARP names Beaumont Hospitals a best place to work for workers 50 and older.
  • Beaumont, Royal Oak receives chest pain accreditation.
  • Beaumont, Royal Oak opens a guest services center.
  • Beaumont, Royal Oak is the top choice among consumers in a five county area, as designated by the National Research Corp.
  • Beaumont breaks ground for a health and wellness center on South Boulevard between John R and Dequindre in Rochester Hills.
  • Beaumont nurses start building a house for Habitat for Humanity.
  • A BioBank opens at Royal Oak for the prediction and early detection of disease.
  • President and CEO Kenneth Matzick announces a financial turnaround plan in anticipation of losses in a poor economy.
  • Beaumont, Troy opens a center for pulmonary hypertension.
  • Beaumont becomes a member of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions.
  • Ernest Krug, M.D., receives the Clarence S. Livingood award from Sparky Anderson's CATCH charity for his work caring for children.
  • Beaumont, Royal Oak and Troy are designated as Breast Centers of Excellence by the American College of Radiology's Commissions on Quality and Safety in Breast Imaging.

2007

  • Beaumont acquires Bon Secours Cottage Hospital and its affiliated nursing care and outpatient facilities on the East side; hospital renamed Beaumont, Grosse Pointe.
  • On April 5, Oakland University and Beaumont Hospitals announce plans to create a new, private allopathic (M.D. granting) medical school.
  • Beaumont and Oakland University announce plans to open a Medical Marvels gallery in the Detroit Science Center with more than 120 interactive exhibits. It will be the largest exhibit focused on medical technology in any science museum in North America.
  • Beaumont research in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology shows CT heart scans to be accurate, faster and less costly for chest pain diagnosis.
  • Ghesquire Family Center for Children's surgery opens at Beaumont, Royal Oak. The $5.2 million center offers the most advanced technology, a highly trained children's surgery team in an atmosphere designed to surprise and delight children.
  • Beaumont, Troy breaks ground for a major expansion including an Emergency Center addition, a critical care tower, a comprehensive outpatient services center, expanded Family Medicine program and a professional office building. The plans call for an elevated bridge linking the main hospital in Troy (Oakland County) with outpatient buildings in Sterling Heights (Macomb County).
  • Beaumont, Troy celebrates 30 years of serving the community on May 1.
  • Beaumont launches a free student heart screening program to prevent sudden cardiac death in young athletes.
  • Beaumont is first in the world to treat cancer patients with an advanced radiation treatment called Omnibeam, powered by 3-D CT imaging and robotic technology.
  • Beaumont, Royal Oak launches gamma knife program offering advanced radiation treatment for brain tumors and neurological conditions, l becoming a regional and national referral center for gamma knife radiation therapy.
  • Center for Children's Rehabilitation opens at Beaumont Medical Center, West Bloomfield.
  • Beaumont, Royal Oak selected as one of a few centers in the world to be a multi-specialty training center for robotic surgery.
  • Beaumont research establishes link between cardiac problems and kidney disease.
  • Beaumont launches new community publication called Housecall.
  • Beaumont, the MHA Keystone Center for Patient Safety and Quality and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan hold a joint press conference announcing an initiative to make surgery safer through best practice, evidence-based medicine.
  • The state Certificate of Need Commission approves Beaumont, Royal Oak's application to begin a liver transplant program.
  • J. Peter and Florine Ministrelli designate a $30 million bequest through their estate to endow heart and vascular and urology programs and research at Beaumont Hospitals. This brings their cumulative giving to Beaumont to $50 million - making it the largest philanthropic commitment to Beaumont.
  • Beaumont, Royal Oak is one of 41 U.S. hospitals named 2007 Leapfrog Top Hospitals based on results from the Leapfrog Hospital Quality and Safety Survey, a rating system of hospital quality and safety.
  • The Bariatric Surgery program at Beaumont, Royal Oak receives Level I accreditation by the American College of Surgeons.

2006

  • Beaumont, Royal Oak receives Joint Commission stroke certification.
  • Safety City U.S.A. opens as Michigan's first permanent safety education center - a collaborative effort of Beaumont and the Royal Oak Fire and Police departments.
  • Nation's first closed-chest (percutaneous) heart valve replacement is performed at Beaumont, Royal Oak.
  • Beaumont opens the $4.5 million Marcia and Eugene Applebaum Surgical Learning Center as a regional and national resource to enhance patient safety and surgical skills and expertise.
  • Beaumont, Royal Oak is first in Michigan and third in the U.S. to offer dual source CT imaging.
  • OneContact registration, billing and scheduling system goes on line.
  • Sleep Evaluation Center opens in Berkley.
  • Beaumont Medical Centers open in Macomb Township, St. Clair Shores and Warren.
  • Beaumont reports dramatic results of "Arctic Sun" body cooling therapy for cardiac arrest victims.
  • Beaumont cardiologists test new Watchman heart implant to prevent strokes caused by irregular heartbeat.
  • Beaumont cardiologists first in U.S. to use a new left ventricular assist device to make angioplasty safer for high-risk patients.
  • Beaumont oncology chief Frank Vicini, M.D., leads a National Cancer Institute trial of targeted, short-term radiation therapy for early-stage breast cancer.
  • Beaumont performs nation's first experimental nerve rerouting surgery to restore bladder control for patients with spina bifida or spinal cord injuries.
  • Beaumont purchases Parker School property in Royal Oak for a future medical building on the site.

2005

  • The Royal Oak hospital celebrates its 50th anniversary with the theme, "50 Years of Serving Others."
  • 50th year statistics: admissions 79,734; births 9,342; surgeries 75,790; emergency visits 179,257
  • Board of Directors approves free parking at Beaumont, Royal Oak to start Jan. 1, 2006. Other service improvements include wi-fi for visitors; room service for pediatric and mother-baby care patients; and new inpatient welcome card and get-well cards.
  • Beaumont Hospitals is selected for second consecutive year as one of the nation's "Best Employers for Workers 50 and Over" by AARP.
  • Crain's Detroit Business names Beaumont as one of the "Cool Places to work" in Michigan for younger employees.
  • Integrative Medicine establishes programs to teach oncology massage and Reiki therapy within the Beaumont Schools of Allied Health.
  • Longtime CEO and President Ted Wasson retires after 43 years of service and Kenneth J. Matzick is appointed to succeed him.
  • The Weight Control Center receives site certification by the American Board of Bariatric Medicine.
  • Nutrition and Retail Services opens new retail shops and dining outlets in the South Tower Concourse at Beaumont, Royal Oak.
  • Public Relations holds six press conferences, including announcements of a first-in-the-U.S. percutaneous heart valve implant; the results of a national study on digital mammography at the Vattikuti Breast Diagnostic Center; and press conferences to promote organ donor awareness and launch a new child health stamp.

2004

  • Beaumont is the first hospital in Michigan granted Magnet status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the highest form of recognition for nursing excellence.
  • Beaumont is first in Michigan to use MRI-guidance for breast biopsy.
  • Beaumont neurology nurse Barb Coslow is named Nurse of the Year by the Detroit Newspapers for her efforts in helping to establish a health care clinic for the working poor in southwest Detroit.
  • Beaumont is named the second largest employer in Oakland County.
  • Beaumont's Surgical ICU's launch the Keystone project, a two-year effort with the Michigan Hospital Association's Keystone Center for Patient Safety and Quality.
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is introduced at the Beaumont Health Center for patients with non-healing wounds. The service is provided with the largest non-military hyperbaric oxygen chamber in the country.
  • Beaumont opens the $227 million South Tower that replaces 50-year-old facilities in the original hospital with contemporary patient rooms and high-tech operating rooms. The eight-level, 432-bed tower is designed to enhance the patient experience with greater comfort, convenience, service and efficiency of care. Its creation was supported by more than $20 million in philanthropic donations.
  • Beaumont serves as the official medical care provider for the 35th annual Ryder Cup matches at Oakland Hills Golf Club.
  • Beaumont is named to AARP's list of the nation's best employers for workers 50 and over.
  • Beaumont is first in the country with a 64-slice CT scanner exclusively dedicated for cardiac care. The new high-speed coronary artery scan can rapidly detect heart blockages.

2003

  • Sterling Heights police officer Michael Zawojsky, critically injured in the line of duty, leaves Beaumont to cheers from 100 fellow officers.
  • Frank Vicini, M.D., radiation oncology, is quoted in media stories around the country on new "partial breast" radiation therapy for breast cancer.
  • Beaumont staff step up during an area-wide power outage with heroics to ensure patients get the care they need.
  • Beaumont's Ministrelli Women's Heart Center hosts a "Red Dress" event to raise awareness about women and heart disease. The event features a collection of red dresses by famous fashion designers.
  • Beaumont's Family Birth Center is renamed for Robert Reid, M.D., who retired as Corporate Medical Director after 45 years with Beaumont.
  • The Beaumont Hospitals are honored with the American Hospital Association's 2003 "Quest for Quality" award for leadership and innovation in quality and patient safety.

2002

  • Beaumont, Royal Oak is ranked sixth nationally as a top hospital by AARP.
  • The Ministrelli Women's Heart Center opens - the first in Michigan dedicated exclusively to the prevention, diagnosis, research of heart disease in women. It's made possible by a $5 million donation by J. Peter and Florine Ministrelli of West Bloomfield.
  • Beaumont plastic surgeons and neurosurgeons join forces to treat a young Caribbean boy named Demetri James who has a facial disfigurement.
  • Beaumont heart surgeons are first in the state to perform minimally invasive, robotic assisted heart bypass surgery.
  • Outpatient rehabilitation programs and the Weight Control Center move into the new Beaumont Health Center on Coolidge north of Fourteen Mile Rd.
  • Ken Peters, M.D., Urology, uses the InterStim device to treat people with urinary incontinence.

2001

  • Beaumont opens a five-story building housing a state-of-the-art robotic laboratory and Research Institute.
  • Raj and Padma Vattikuti of Bloomfield Hills donate $20 million over ten years to support Beaumont's cancer research and treatment programs.
  • Beaumont and Oakland University form a nursing recruitment partnership to encourage students to choose nursing as a career.
  • Beaumont is first in North America to offer a unique heart-cooling treatment to reduce damage from heart attacks, pioneered by William O'Neill, M.D., cardiology.
  • Beaumont radiation oncologists combine heat with high-dose radiation implants to maximize treatment for prostate cancer. The new treatment is announced at a press conference by Alvaro Martinez, M.D.
  • Wesley Lee, M.D., fetal imaging, is featured in a story on ABC World News Tonight on 4D ultrasound imaging.
  • An article by Ronald Irwin, M.D., published in the American Journal of Orthopedics, demonstrates the benefits of sea coral for bone replacement in patients with bone tumors.
  • Fraser firefighter Rob Kokko fights his way back to his career with the help of Beaumont's Workability program after being severely burned while rescuing an elderly women from an apartment fire.
  • Beaumont heart surgeons are first in Michigan to treat patients with a new suture-less connector device for heart bypass surgery.
  • Beaumont, Royal Oak is named the most preferred hospital for the sixth consecutive year in a consumer study by the National Research Corporation.

2000

  • 45-year statistics: 53,404 admissions, 7,011 births, 47,725 surgeries, 105,182 emergency visits
  • Beaumont is first in Michigan to offer women the benefits of ImageChecker, a computer-aided digital detection system for screening mammography.
  • Charles Main, M.D., pediatric hematology/oncology, receives the 2000 Physician leadership Award from the Michigan Hospital Association for his career and community contributions.
  • A Beaumont study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology finds that surgeons may not be removing enough breast tissue to prevent cancer recurrence in younger women. The paper was authored by Frank Vicini, M.D., radiation oncology.
  • Jamie Maes of Alaska brings her premature daughter Maria to Beaumont for specialized eye surgery to save her sight. Antonio Capone, M.D., ophthalmology, performs the surgery.

1999

  • Beaumont, Royal Oak ranks first in the nation for inpatient admissions based on data from the American Hospital Association.
  • Beaumont is featured as the area's top choice for health care in a two-day, front-page series of articles in the Detroit Free Press based on a survey of area residents.
  • Beaumont opens an 118,000-square-foot Heart Center supported by the Schlafer Cardiology Institute made possible through the generous donations of Shirley M. Schlafer.
  • Beaumont is one of few hospitals in the country offering Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), a more precise form of radiation therapy for breast cancer. Frank Vicini, M.D., and John Wong, M.D., radiation oncology, pioneered the development of this new treatment.
  • The Beaumont Diet, offered by our Clinics of Preventive and Nutritional Medicine, helps area residents lose weight and keep it off.
  • Beaumont is among the nation's leading centers for recruiting participants in the STAR breast cancer prevention research trial.
  • U.S. News and World Report ranks Beaumont, Royal Oak among the top 50 hospitals in the United States in 10 medical specialties.
  • Beaumont is named one of the "Best Places to Work in southeastern Michigan" by Crain's Detroit Business.
  • Donald and Jody Petersen donate $1 million to create a volunteer breast cancer support network called Sharing and Caring.

1998

  • Beaumont is named one of the "100 Best Companies To Work For in America" by Fortune magazine.
  • Beaumont becomes the first hospital in Michigan, and one a few in the nation, to use gene therapy as a heart treatment, through a study led by cardiologist Cindy Grines, M.D.
  • Beaumont, Royal Oak is named a "100 Top Hospital" by HCIA-Mercer.
  • Beaumont wins two Community Benefit Awards from the Michigan Hospital Association for the Parenting Program and Beaumont's school-based health clinic at the Newton Elementary School in Detroit.
  • Beaumont earns Level I Trauma designation from the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma - one of only six hospitals in Michigan with the designation and the only one in Oakland County.
  • Detroit Red Wings Coach Scotty Bowman enters Beaumont for heart treatment.

1997

  • Beaumont launches the nation's first study of expandable metal "stents" coated with heparin, a medication to block the formation of blood clots. Cindy Grines, M.D., is the chief investigator of the study involving 65 centers in 15 countries.
  • The Beaumont Eye Institute's Vision Rehabilitation Team receives the "Advancement of Sciences Award" from the Neuro-Ophthalmic Rehabilitation Association, the top professional award in their field.
  • Beaumont gains international attention when it cares for three members of the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings after a June 13 limousine accident. Two critically injured team members - Vladimir Konstantinov and Sergei Mnatsakanov - stay at the hospital until November. News organizations around the world cover the story.
  • William O'Neill, M.D., cardiology, performs a new laser therapy called Percutaneous Transluminal Myocardial Revascularization (PTMR) and is featured in a major story on "Dateline NBC."
  • The National Research Corporation names Beaumont the most preferred hospital in southeast Michigan based on a survey of area residents.

1996

  • Beaumont is named to Working Mother magazine's list of 100 top companies supporting working mothers.
  • Beaumont Cardiac Rehabilitation's research on the dangers of hunting and heart attack receives extensive local and national media coverage.

1995

  • Statistics for 40th anniversary year: 43,771 admissions, 5,508 births, 33,117 surgeries, 85,582 emergency visits
  • Beaumont's Radiation Oncology department is one of two hospitals in the country offering a new four-day outpatient treatment for women with breast cancer. The treatment called brachytherapy uses high-dose radiation implants to kill cancer cells at the tumor site following lumpectomy surgery.
  • The Imaging Center opens to provide more convenient patient access for outpatient treatment and diagnosis.
  • Beaumont's Gastroenterology department is named to U.S. News and World Report's list of Top 100 hospitals. This is Beaumont's first appearance on this prestigious list.

1994

  • Jeffrey Altshuler, M.D., cardiovascular surgeon, transplants the heart of Patti Szuber, who died in a car crash in Tennessee, into her father Chester Szuber, a Berkley resident. The story is carried by news outlets around the world.
  • The East Tower and Family Birth Center open at Beaumont, Royal Oak.

1993

  • Radiation Oncology begins treating patients with the state's first linear accelerator with an integrated multi-leaf collimator, a computer-driven feature that eliminates the need for lead blocks during treatment.
  • The Primary Angioplasty in Myocardial Infarction (PAMI) study is published in the New England Journal of Medicine establishing angioplasty as a safe and effective treatment for heart attack. The Beaumont study was led by cardiologists Cindy Grines, M.D. and William O'Neill, M.D.
  • The Beaumont Orthopedic Center opens.
  • The resuscitation and recovery of Allison Lawrence of Clarkston in Beaumont's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is the subject of national media stories on NBC "Today", CNN, in the Reader's Digest and Redbook magazines.
  • Michigan Governor John Engler comes to Beaumont to sign a bill establishing a cap on medical malpractice awards.
  • Beaumont wins a Community Service Award from the Michigan Hospital Association for Communications Station, a hospital-based preschool program for speech and language impaired children.

1992

  • William O'Neill, M.D., Cardiology, uses an X-ray imaging technique to identify a fractured artificial heart valve that is successfully removed from the patient. This first-in-the-world procedure is featured in the New York Times and other news media outlets around the country.
  • Alvaro Martinez, M.D., radiation oncology, pioneers a new form of outpatient treatment for prostate cancer that spares patients from surgery and a hospital stay of up to eight days. Beaumont is first in the country to offer "High-Dose Rate Brachytherapy" as an outpatient treatment for men with locally-advanced prostate cancer.
  • A study by Barry Franklin, PhD, cardiac rehabilitation, uncovers the dangers of heart attack associated with snow shoveling.
  • The Grimes quadruplets are born at Beaumont.
  • Ananias Diokno, M.D., Urology, is an author of national physician guidelines for the treatment of urinary incontinence.
  • Beaumont Pastoral Service's "God Squad" is featured in an article in the Oakland Press.

1991

  • The Oakland University/Beaumont Nurse Anesthetist program opens with 12 students.
  • The Molecular Probe Laboratory opens, performing DNA analysis that can help pathologists with diagnosis and oncologists with treatment decisions. Beaumont is one of a few hospitals in the country with this sophisticated methodology.
  • Beaumont's Nuclear Medicine department installs a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner that will help physicians diagnose and plan treatment for heart, cancer and brain-disorder patients.
  • A C-section study conducted at Beaumont is featured on CNN News.
  • Shootings at the Royal Oak Post Office bring patients to Beaumont's Emergency Center and result in widespread media attention.

The 1990s

  • Statistics for 35th anniversary year - 37,910 admissions, 5,762 births, 28,921 surgeries, 76,576 emergency visits

The 1980s

1989

  • Beaumont performs its first heart transplant on a 51-year-old man from Sterling Heights.
  • Beaumont's Low Vision Center introduces the M Lens, a small telescopic system that helps low vision patients view objects magnified to four times normal size.
  • Beaumont Medical Building, West Bloomfield opens for patient care.
  • The Rose Cancer Treatment Center opens at Beaumont, Royal Oak.
  • Beaumont opens the orthopedic oncology service - the only one of its kind in Michigan.

1988

  • The first quintuplets conceived through in-vitro fertilization in the US are born at Beaumont Jan. 11 to Michele and Raymond L'Esperance of Clarkston.
  • Beaumont is the first U.S. hospital to use rotational atherectomy to open heart blockages.
  • Beaumont begins to offer Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine in the department of Radiology.
  • Beaumont becomes a Children's Miracle Network hospital.

1986

  • Beaumont installs a lithotripter in the department of Urology one of just five in Michigan. The machine uses sound waves to pulverize kidney stones.
  • Beaumont launches a spine service - the first of its kind in Michigan.
  • Beaumont creates the Beaumont Foundation to increase its fundraising and community support activities.

1985

  • Statistics for 30th anniversary year - 40,109 admission, 5,683 births, 25,514 surgeries, 64,910 emergency visits
  • Beaumont becomes one of the first Michigan hospitals to offer cementless, total joint replacement surgery

1984

  • Beaumont conducts the first randomized study of angioplasty as a treatment for heart attack.

1983

  • Michigan's first In-Vitro Fertilization program is founded at Beaumont, directed by S. Jan Behrman, M.D.
  • Beaumont buys the former Barnum Junior High School in Birmingham and renames it the Barnum Health Center. The building is renovated to offer outpatient rehabilitation and health education for completion in mid-1985.

1982

  • Beaumont's Ophthalmology dept. receives National Institutes of Health grant to evaluate new surgery for correcting near-sightedness.
  • Residency program established in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, a rare achievement for a non-university hospital.

The 1980s

  • Statistics for 25th anniversary year: 5,206 births, 48,238 inpatient admissions, 38,502 surgeries, 92,723 emergency visits

The 1970s

1979

  • Computerized full-body scanner installed.
  • 26-bed Rehabilitation Unit opens

1978

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Center established.
  • Michigan Lions Club forms Silent Children's Speech Fund to provide scholarships for children needing speech and language treatment.

1977

  • Ardmore and Warren Memorial hospitals close. Beaumont, Troy opens as six-story, 200-bed community hospital.
  • Nine-story, 300-bed North Tower expansion at Beaumont, Royal Oak opens, raising bed total to 940 and doubling operating rooms to 21.

1976

  • Beaumont graduates its first group of orthopedic surgery residents.

1975

  • Statistics for 20th anniversary year: 4,135 births, 30,135 inpatient admissions, 21,939 surgeries, 75,885 emergency visits.
  • Women's Service Committee becomes Volunteer Service Committee upon welcoming its first male volunteers.
  • EMI brain scanner provides radiologists with more advanced and accurate X-ray images of the inside of the brain.
  • Beaumont cardiologists first in the US to implant "tined" and endocardial screw-in leads in pacemaker patients. These leads often eliminate the need for open-heart surgery.
  • Beaumont is the first hospital in the country to use Motorola Page Boy 2 pocket pagers. It's part of the hospital's noise abatement program to reduce overhead paging.

1974

  • Ground broken for Beaumont, Troy.
  • The first World Symposium on Congenital Hip Dislocation in Children is organized and hosted by the department of Orthopedic Surgery at Beaumont. It's attended by more than 500 participants from five continents.
  • Beaumont opens its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to care for patients with complex health problems in the region.
  • Dr. Sri Ram, plastic surgery, performs the first successful thumb reimplantation in Michigan at Beaumont on 18-year-old Richard Brovage of Troy.
  • April 4 - Mrs. Raymond Rutkowski of Manistee becomes first Michigan resident to receive a rechargeable cardiac pacemaker.

1973

  • Ardmore Hospital (45 beds) and Warren Memorial Hospital (52 beds) merge with Beaumont, Royal Oak.
  • Beaumont implants Michigan's first nuclear-powered heart pacemaker. Patient Stanley Hare from Hazel Park was selected by a Beaumont committee of doctors from 60 applicants for the new device for a surgery performed by Dr. Gerald C. Timmis and Dr. Lyle Jacobson. .
  • Dr. M. D. Poulik, chief of Immunochemistry, receives a National Institutes of Health grant to continue research of a new gamma globulin, proteins in the blood containing antibodies to help fight disease.

1972

  • Retina service founded.
  • Beaumont's first kidney transplant performed by John Ingold, M.D.
  • First total hip replacement performed by Stanko Stanisavlijevic, MD

1971

  • Astronaut Alan Shepard, crew Commander of Apollo 14 and the first American to enter space in 1961, visits Beaumont.

1970

  • Two Autoanalyzers are installed in the Clinical Laboratory. They perform 17 different blood tests at a cost of only about $25 to the patient.

The 1960s

1968

  • An article by Paul Lahti, M.D., published in the journal Surgery, helps to establish the safety of earlier postoperative discharge for surgeries such as appendectomy, hernia and gall bladder removal. The research is later featured in the medicine section of Time magazine.

1967

  • Pediatric hematology service begins.
  • Lyle Jacobson, M.D. and Prescott Jordan, M.D. perform Beaumont's first open-heart surgery on Oak Park resident George Gurin.
  • Richard Galpin, M.D. founds the Neuro-Education Center for learning disabled children.
  • Hemodialysis unit for kidney patients receives funding.

1966

  • Radiologic technology school established.
  • Research Institute founded.
  • Michigan Governor George Romney dedicates $11 million expansion tripling Beaumont's size from 263 to 700 beds and from five stories to ten. Seven-story Medical Office Building opens.

1965

Stats for first decade: 29,000 births, 125,000 inpatient admissions, 62,000 surgeries, 280,000 emergency visits

1963

  • Dr. Longyear named chief of staff. Establishes medical administration division.

1962

  • Beaumont establishes its first residency programs in obstetrics/gynecology, surgery, internal medicine.

The 1950s

1958

  • Plan announced to expand to 700 beds.

1957

  • Dr. Walter Kratzenstein is first Beaumont intern.

1956

  • Board of Trustees adopts resolution for Beaumont to develop from community hospital into "medical care center available to patients regardless of place of residence."

1955

  • January 24 - Beaumont Hospital opens with 238 beds. Daily room rates are $16 children's ward; $18 semi-private; $22 private, $26 deluxe private.

1954

  • Building materials mistakenly delivered to Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn prompts decision to rename hospital after Fort Mackinac army surgeon Dr. William Beaumont.
  • Women's Service Committee formed with Lola Jennings Erb as chairman.

1953

  • Groundbreaking held for "Oakland Hospital" at 13 Mile and Woodward.