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No. 100: Beaumont's Kidney Transplant Program reaches milestone

Kathryn Harvard, 60, of Ortonville, became the 100th patient to receive a kidney transplant at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak on Wednesday, Dec. 13. This marks the first time Beaumont Health’s Multi-Organ Transplant team has performed 100 kidney transplants in one year, doubling the number from a decade ago. Less than a quarter of the 244 kidney transplant programs in the U.S. perform 100 or more kidney transplants in a calendar year.

Alan Koffron, M.D., transplant surgeon and chief of Beaumont Health’s Multi-Organ Transplant Program, said, “This is monumental for several reasons, but mainly indicative of the enormous amount of effort and drive the team has put forth becoming a large kidney transplant program nationally, while maintaining superior results during this growth.”

Medical Director of the Beaumont Multi-Organ Transplant Center, Dilip Samarapungavan, M.D., attributes this growth to the pioneering efforts of the Kidney Transplant Program. He explained, “It is the combination of an innovative use of scarce donor organs, along with major efforts at finding the appropriate live donor so they might save a life, but also with donor safety a priority. We also have an incredible team that works relentlessly to ensure a successful outcome for every patient.”

The Beaumont Transplant Program offers advanced protocols tailored to the individual patient, balancing risk and benefit to provide the best possible results for each person. Based on Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients data, Beaumont has the shortest average wait time of 2.9 years for adult kidney transplants in Southeast Michigan – about two years shorter on average.

Since the inception of Beaumont’s kidney transplant program in 1972, more than 2,500 transplants have been performed.
Year to date, the Beaumont Multi-Organ Transplant Center has performed 100 kidney transplants and 26 liver transplants.

Beaumont’s Multi-Organ Transplantation Program
Beaumont Health’s Multi-Organ Transplantation program offers the latest technology and minimally invasive surgical techniques for kidney and liver procedures with a team comprised of highly trained surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, technicians, kidney specialists, liver specialists, social workers, dietitians and financial consultants. The transplant team has pioneered innovations such as minimally invasive liver-directed therapy (liver tumors) and laparoscopic liver donation. Find out more at www.beaumont.org/transplant.

Beaumont Health expands thriving Integrative Medicine program to West Bloomfield

In search of relief from the cluster headaches that were dominating his life, Howard Sikora, 66, of Farmington Hills, made an appointment with Maureen Anderson, M.D., medical director of Beaumont Health’s Integrative Medicine program, after seeing her on a morning talk show.
“It felt like someone was sticking a knife in my head,” said Sikora, of the powerful headaches that occurred nightly at 3 or 4 a.m. “The pain medication other doctors prescribed barely touched it.  This went on every night for maybe a month, then they’d taper off before starting all over again. I’d been dealing with it for four or five years.”
Dr. Anderson recommended Sikora eliminate beef, dairy, gluten, artificial preservatives and sugar from his diet, sticking to other proteins, healthy fats, fruits, veggies and nuts for 90 days.
“Within two weeks, the headaches were gone,” Sikora said.
Slowly, with Dr. Anderson’s guidance, he began re-adding food groups one at a time.  
“Today I eat what is called a Paleo diet,” he explained. “If it comes from a box or a package, I don’t go near it.”
For Sikora, who continues to visit Dr. Anderson for maintenance, chemical additives – including artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, soy sauce, dairy and gluten -- appear to have been the trigger for his headaches.
“To say I’m thrilled with the outcome is an understatement,” Sikora said. “Dr. Anderson was the only one looking to prevent, not medicate.”
As demand for gentler, non-pharmacologic treatments continues to grow Beaumont Health is expanding its popular Integrative Medicine program to the West Bloomfield ambulatory care site at 6900 Orchard Lake Road.
“Last year our program provided 24,000 patient appointments from clinical massage to acupuncture to naturopathic doctor visits across three locations,” said Gail Elliott Patricolo, director of Integrative Medicine, Beaumont Health.
“We are so excited about this new location and proximity to our patient-base in the West Bloomfield area.”
Integrative medicine, based on ancient healing techniques and the most modern evidence-based methods, concentrates on mind, body and spirit to improve quality of life. These therapies can help people cope by enhancing wellness, relieving pain and managing anxiety and stress.
Treatments offered at the West Bloomfield location include acupuncture, clinical massage, medical facials, reiki, cupping and reflexology, along with integrative medicine consults with either a medical or naturopathic physician.
“People who are healthy or fighting an illness will find benefits to the services offered at Beaumont’s Integrative Medicine Program,” Elliott Patricolo said. “All of our services are offered by highly skilled and specially trained practitioners who understand our patients’ unique needs and are also overseen by a medical doctor.”
Integrative Medicine programs at the Royal Oak and Troy hospitals also offer acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, guided imagery, reflexology, cupping, gentle yoga and yoga therapy.  In addition to the new West Bloomfield facility, Beaumont Health has integrative medicine programs in Royal Oak, Troy and Grosse Pointe.

Beaumont Health first in Michigan to treat cancer patient with protons

Bill Baker, an 86-year-old Mid-Michigan man with brain cancer, is the first patient to receive treatment at Beaumont Health’s new Proton Therapy Center in Royal Oak, Michigan.
Said Craig Stevens, M.D., Ph.D., chairman, Radiation Oncology, Beaumont Health, “Beaumont’s Proton Therapy Center is the first in Michigan to treat cancer patients with this powerful and precise form of treatment that deposits energy directly in the tumor, sparing nearby healthy organs and tissue from harm. It was many years in the making, but we never gave up in our efforts to bring this advanced cancer therapy to patients and families in Michigan.”
Beaumont’s center is one of just 25 operational proton therapy centers in the U.S.
“This means that cancer patients from other states and countries will travel to Michigan for proton therapy, making Beaumont even more of a destination center for cancer care,” said Dr. Stevens.
According to independent research, conducted by NRC Health, Beaumont Health is one of the most preferred providers of cancer care in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
How proton therapy works
Proton therapy is a high-tech alternative to X-ray radiation. A scanning beam of proton radiation with online image guidance offers greater precision to destroy cancerous cells, sparing adjacent healthy tissue with fewer side effects.
Proton therapy uses positively charged atomic particles, traveling up to two-thirds the speed of light, to fight cancer. A cyclotron, or particle accelerator, creates protons from hydrogen molecules. The proton beam is sent to the treatment room through a transport system consisting of magnets, called the beam line, finally arriving in the gantry, a device that rotates around the patient. The beam is directed to the patient through a nozzle that targets the tumor.
While proton therapy is not effective against all cancers, Dr. Stevens explained it is effective in treating many solid and localized tumors, including:
• pediatric cancers
• soft tissue cancers that develop in bone or muscle
• brain and skull base tumors
• eye tumors
• head/neck cancers
• abdominal/pelvic tumors
• liver tumors
• lung and thoracic cancers
• left-side breast cancer
“Proton therapy is an ideal treatment option for many patients, especially those with tumors close to vital organs,” added Dr. Stevens. “For children, those most vulnerable and susceptible to the damage of traditional radiation therapy, proton therapy offers less radiation exposure while reducing side effects.” 
Advanced technology
“Our IBA ProteusOne single-room treatment system includes precision technologies,” said Dr. Stevens. “Intensity Modulated Proton Therapy, which combines Pencil Beam Scanning and 3-D Cone Beam CT, can target a tumor within less than a millimeter.”
Pencil Beam Scanning refers to the delivery of protons in a thin beam. Like a pencil, the beam uses back and forth motions to target the treatment area – the shape, size and depth. It “paints” a radiation dose on tumors layer by layer. Compared to X-ray beams, which pass through a patient, proton beams deliver targeted radiation to the tumor and then stop – resulting in no exit dose.
Radiation oncologists at Beaumont are well versed in precise image guidance, having developed cone beam CT technology almost 20 years ago. Image guidance allows doctors to analyze soft tissue and bone contrast to see tumor changes.
Single-room facility
Unlike larger, multiroom proton treatment facilities, Beaumont’s compact, single-room treatment center is more affordable to build and maintain. Along with advanced, image-guided technology, Beaumont’s facility includes the Philips Ambient Experience system that lets patients select a color theme, music and video for relaxation during treatment.
“Our center offers the most advanced proton technology available anywhere in the world,” said Dr. Stevens. “We will have the ability to potentially cure patients that have failed conventional treatment at other centers.”
In February 2015, construction began on the $40 million Proton Therapy Center. The two-story building is 25,200-square-feet, including a basement. The first floor houses the Proton Therapy Center, including a cyclotron and gantry that produces and delivers proton beams to a single-room treatment area. The second floor will soon be the home of Beaumont’s Center for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders.
Beaumont chose Ion Beam Applications S.A., or IBA, of Belgium, to manufacture, install and maintain the proton system. An Atlanta-based proton therapy development group, Proton International, is lending its operational expertise. 
Beaumont’s Facilities Management department oversaw design and construction, with Kasco Construction as the contractor and SmithGroupJJR, as the architect.
Comprehensive cancer care
Proton therapy is an important addition to Beaumont’s comprehensive arsenal of leading-edge cancer treatments. Beaumont’s Radiation Oncology department is ranked among the nation’s best for advanced technology, innovative treatment and research. Advanced radiation treatments developed at Beaumont include adaptive radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy, intensity-modulated arc therapy, high-dose rate brachytherapy and hyperthermia therapy.
To learn more about the new center and its capabilities, call Beaumont’s Radiation Oncology program at 248-551-8402 or go to www.Beaumont.org/proton-therapy.

Beaumont Health supporting crisis text and chat

Beaumont Health has provided a gift of $40,000 to support expanding the Crisis Text and Chat service at Common Ground.    
A Resource and Crisis Helpline telephone service is free and available 24-hours per day, seven days a week. However, due to limited funding, text and chat service has only been available from 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Monday through Friday. Beaumont’s gift will more than double the current coverage, expanding the text and chat service to 4 p.m.–2 a.m., seven days a week.

“Providing an avenue for troubled and confused youth to reach out for support will help prevent tragedies such as teenage suicide,” said David Wood, M.D., chief medical officer, Beaumont Health and a longtime supporter of Common Ground. “Teenagers are often more comfortable and feel ‘safer’ texting than speaking with someone on the phone. Our hope is that the expansion of the text and chat line will save lives.”

Common Ground’s 24-Hour Resource and Crisis Helpline added text and chat service approximately five years ago to reflect societal shifts in communication. The Oakland Community Health Network is the primary funder of the Resource and Crisis Helpline. 

Common Ground has a stated goal of providing text and chat service 24/7 and hopes the Beaumont sponsorship will serve as a springboard to secure additional funding. The benefit of text and chat is to provide a lifeline to those seeking crisis support, but who prefer not speaking on the telephone, or are in situations which do not permit them to do so safely. Expanding the hours will provide greater access to crisis intervention services, particularly to those in greatest risk age group of 10-14 years old.     

Beaumont Health
Beaumont Health is Michigan’s largest health care system, based on inpatient admissions and net patient revenue. A not-for-profit organization, it was formed in 2014 by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare to provide patients with the benefit of greater access to extraordinary, compassionate care, no matter where they live in Southeast Michigan. Beaumont Health has total net revenue of $4.4 billion and consists of eight hospitals with 3,429 beds, 174 outpatient sites, nearly 5,000 physicians and 36,000 employees and 3,500 volunteers.  In 2016, Beaumont Health had 177,508 inpatient discharges, 17,536 births and 567,658 emergency visits. For more information, visit beaumont.org.

Common Ground
Common Ground is a nonprofit organization that has served as an expert on mental health issues and crisis intervention since 1971. Through its 24-hour Resource and Crisis Helpline and in person, Common Ground uses a trauma-informed approach to provide professional, compassionate services to over 80,000 people annually. Common Ground’s core purpose is to move people from crisis to hope through three impact areas: responding to crisis, providing safety and advocacy, and building communities of support.  For more information, please visit www.CommonGroundHelps.org or call 248-456-8150.

Oakland County's high-tech prowess on display in 2017

Oakland County’s best accomplishments lay ahead especially in high-tech investment, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said during his annual State of the County address before an audience of more than 600 guests at the Auburn Hills Marriot Pontiac at Centerpoint. He began by spotlighting the new $40 million Proton Therapy Center at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak slated to open this spring.

“It is a giant leap forward in cancer treatment – one that Oakland County’s Medical Main Street played a significant role in supporting,” Patterson said. “We personally lobbied Lansing so that Beaumont could receive state approval for its Certificate of Need for the Proton Therapy Center. We did so because we recognized the value of having advanced cancer treatment in the heart of Oakland County, both from a quality of life and business attraction standpoint.”

The Proton Therapy Center, which will be one of only 36 in the world, is a high-tech alternative to standard radiation treatment. Proton therapy’s greater precision destroys cancer cells but spares adjacent healthy tissue and reduces side effects.

Medical Main Street, Oakland County’s initiative to drive medical tourism to the region, continues to evolve. In 2017, it will have an additional focus on commercializing medical technologies. Medical Main Street’s Advisory Roundtable will partner with Oakland County’s One Stop Shop to provide key services to help academia, hospitals, and private businesses take that next step after researching and developing their medical advancements.

“Oakland County will become a pipeline for delivering 21st Century medical innovations to market,” Patterson said. “That, my friends, is 21st Century progress.”

Oakland County is also becoming the premier location in the United States for developing advanced vehicle technology. Patterson cited Uber’s announcement in January that it has selected a site in the city of Wixom where it will test autonomous driving technology as well as Google’s opting last year to locate its 53,000-square-foot research and development center for self-driving cars in Novi.

“Why are leading Silicon Valley companies turning their eyes toward Oakland County as the place to develop advanced vehicle technology? Certainly, it’s the fact that 75 of the top 100 global tier one automotive suppliers in advanced vehicle technology have locations in Oakland County,” Patterson said.

“In addition, we have the Oakland County Connected Vehicle Task Force which we launched back in 2014,” Patterson said. “In three short years we already have a couple dozen companies working in this space.”

To continue to attract these companies to Oakland County, the Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs recently conducted a skills needs assessment in the connected mobility sector. The report uncovered a new job classification that was previously unknown to workforce development professionals. The position is a hybrid of electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and software developer. Plus, it provided insight into the greatest challenges faced by hiring managers in advanced automotive technology. One that stands out is that some engineering degrees outdated because the complexity of connected mobility requires a hybrid of engineering, computer, and technical skills.

“Information is power,” Patterson said. “Rest assured now that Oakland County has these survey results, we will be sharing them with industry leaders, colleges and universities, high schools, and workforce development professionals. And if the previous three skills needs assessments are an indication, there will be a strong response from our educational and training institutions to modify and create curriculum that will feed a new generation of highly skilled young people into the advanced automotive technology sector.”

Oakland County is making strides to attract the next generation of thinkers, doers, and dreamers in its Oakland Next initiative. Oakland Next is the county’s branding effort to harness young talent in Oakland County - to introduce high school and college students to the fact that so much of what they are looking for both in terms of quality of life and careers they will find right here in Oakland County.

One example is Manufacturing Day. For two years in a row, hundreds of Oakland County high school students the opportunity to tour dozens of advanced manufacturing plants at companies such as BASF, DENSO International, Hirotec America, Lear Corporation, Magneti Marelli, and more.

“You should really see how the faces of these students light up the first time they walk into one of these advanced manufacturing plants,” Patterson said. “They are in awe when they walk in and see robotics and advanced engineering hard at work. Many experience a moment when they realize that they don’t need to leave Michigan to pursue a high-tech career. It certainly is not their grandfather’s manufacturing plant.”

Manufacturing Day tours have been so effective that this year, using it as a model, Oakland County will launch “Info Tech Day,” when hundreds of high school students from around Oakland County will tour numerous Information Technology companies to see that their aspirations to pursue that high tech career can be fulfilled right here at home.

Patterson said the knowledge-based economy jobs are not just in private industry. Some are right here in Oakland County government. For example, the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s office is now a teaching facility after it signed a contract with Wayne State Medical School and the Detroit Medical Center to instruct their medical students who are studying pathology. In addition to those students, 25 to 30 medical students from all over the United States come to our Medical Examiner’s Office every year for weeks at a time in order to complete their pathology rotation in medical school. “Though it is a handful of students, we think it is a tremendous opportunity to highlight both the availability of knowledge-based careers and the quality of life here in Oakland County to young talent from other parts of the country,” Patterson said.

The city of Pontiac is making a comeback.

“Pontiac has come to represent an often told America story: An urban center in America’s heartland falls on hard times, at least in part because of the changes in U.S. manufacturing, in particular the auto industry. But like so many urban centers, Pontiac is seeing a renewal because of private investment by individuals with vision. Individuals who see the potential, the future,” Patterson said.

Patterson recognized and thanked a number of entrepreneurs who are helping Pontiac rebound. Among them was Pete Karmanos, Jr., whose MadDog Technology subsidiary Lenderful, an online mortgage buying experience, is investing $1.75 million in downtown Pontiac and creating 52 jobs. Patterson quoted Karmanos’ words about investing in Pontiac in his speech:
"Establishing a core technology hub in Pontiac will draw many more technology-centric companies in the near term. For employees this represents a close, convenient place to work. This competitive location will draw people from all around the region.”

Patterson said he can make assurances of technology growth in downtown Pontiac in the future because it has plentiful underground fiber optic infrastructure – a necessity to attract and retain tech companies.

Other Pontiac investors he praised:
  • Vince Deleonardis and Auch Construction for building its new 20,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in Pontiac
  • Brad Oleshansky and partners for investing $50 million in the M1 Concourse project at South Boulevard and Woodward
  • Kyle Westburg and partners for investing in and restoring the Flagstar Strand Theatre and Performing Arts Center
  • Ed Lee of Lee Contracting who has been investing in the Pontiac area for over 25-years, bringing much-needed jobs to help revitalize the city and has purchased the old Wisner School, Wisner Stadium, and the former Pontiac Central High School to turn those buildings into usable space for a variety of purposes.
  • And Southfield-based REDICO and Pacific Coast Capital Partners who are investing $180 million to transform the defunct Bloomfield Park project on Telegraph near Square Lake.
A significant sign that Oakland County continues a significant recovery from the Great Recession is significant private investment at Oakland County International Airport. Corporate Eagle is investing $8 million for a new 80,000-square-foot hangar facility. Edsel Ford’s Pentastar Aviation is exploring building lifestyle hangars – the aviation equivalent of M1 Concourse for cars. Kirt Kostich of Royal Air expanded by 43,200 square feet with the completion of two passenger buildings and a third to store aircraft with a total price tag of $3.2 million. Plus, the airport itself will invest $8 million in the coming year to rebuild taxiway Charlie or taxiway C, the busiest taxiway in all of Michigan.

“Dave VanderVeen, Oakland County’s director of central services who oversees the airport, often opines that aviation is the first sector into a recession and the last out of one. So, when I report to you tonight that Oakland County International Airport is expanding its footprint for corporate business development projects this year - projects worth millions of dollars in private investment - you get the sense that Oakland County’s economy continues to strengthen from the days of the Great Recession,” Patterson said.

Finally, Oakland County will see a number of improvements in public safety in 2017. The county has begun to replace the county’s 911 infrastructure from a copper network which has reached the end of its useful life as it dates back to 1963. A new regional fiber optic network called Emergency Services Internet-protocol Network or ESINet will prepare the way for the Next Generation 911 system in Oakland County. ESINet 911 calls will be routed using geographic information system coordinates. It will enable 911 callers to not only make voice calls to emergency dispatchers, but also they will be able to send photographs, videos, in-car crash system data, and texts from emergency scenes.

Oakland County continues to prepare for active shooters. Over the past five years, Sheriff Mike Bouchard and Oakland County Homeland Security Division, under the leadership of Ted Quisenberry, have leveraged federal grants to help equip and train our local police departments to neutralize an active shooter. Across nearly the entire county in virtually every department are police officers who are part of “OakTac” response teams. OakTac stands for Oakland County Tactical Response Coordinating Group. They are trained and equipped to enter a building and contend with an active shooter.

OakTac is comprised of 36 agencies and serves over 96 percent of the population in Oakland County. There are over 2,100 Oakland County law enforcement officers who have received this training.

In 2017, we are going to implement additional training which could increase the likelihood of survivability for victims of an active shooter. Oakland County Homeland Security Division will begin to train firefighters and emergency medical personnel to strap on bullet-resistant vests and enter an active shooter scene not far behind an OakTac team, even as that OakTac team continues to locate the threat to neutralize it. In these “warm zones,” firefighters and EMS personnel will triage, treat, and evacuate victims. In recent active shooter scenes, it has been found that victims who were alive when firefighters and emergency medical personnel were able to enter the building ultimately survived.

Oakland County Children’s Village is playing a key role in our region in the fight against human trafficking. As law enforcement on all levels continues to fight human trafficking and rescue local children from forced prostitution, Children’s Village is providing services and a safe haven for these rescued underage victims.

McLaren Clarkston introduces online, self-scheduling ER visits


While it’s not the nature of emergency medicine to schedule treatment, McLaren Clarkston has introduced InQuicker, an online two-click scheduling platform that lets patients with non-life threatening conditions check in, view estimated wait times, and stay at home until they can be seen by a provider.

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Beaumont first in Michigan to offer new breast cancer treatment


Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak is the first health system in the state to offer the Intrabeam intraoperative radiotherapy system, a new partial radiotherapy treatment option for breast cancer patients.

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OU INC client successfully spins off innovative Company and launches Into new market

The Oakland University Incubator (OU INC), a Smart Zone Business Accelerator, took occupational therapist, Nathan Barnett, under its wing and mentored him on how to transform his idea of creating an objective system for accurately testing an elderly person’s balance and devising treatment suggestions to minimize the risk of falls. Out of Barnett’s collaboration with OU INC, he will officially launch his revolutionary new “Safe Balance” concept this coming Friday into an emerging health care market for addressing the needs of the elderly in preventing debilitating or deadly falls.

OU INC gave Barnett the tools needed to realize his goal. The Incubator provided Barnett with access to resources and networks, as well as funding through the Business Accelerator Fund along with guidance from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.While balance testing has been around a while, the subjective measures utilized lacked reliability, consistency and ability to accurately detect the presence of a heightened risk of debilitating or deadly falls. Barnett believes that without a proper metric to identify risk, fall related injuries will continue to skyrocket.

Barnett created the Dynamic Arc: Functional Balance Testing System. The Dynamic Arc is a portable device with a software component that identifies the presence of a fall risk, quantifies the impairment severity and provides clarity to the physician and/or therapist to facilitate focused treatment.

Barnett’s company, Functional Innovation Enterprises soon became an attractive business investment. In the spring of 2016, Avantius Medical Equipment was formed as a joint venture between Barnett and entrepreneur Frederic Jouhet.

This is a new concept for a very old problem,” said Barnett. “ Safe Balance” is revolutionary because of the many ways it can prolong independence for the elderly and create peace of mind for them and their loved ones. An unexpected fall can have catastrophic consequences. Safe Balance plays a key role in preventing this from happening. I couldn’t have taken my idea to a market-ready position without the guidance and resources of OU INC.”
Surging growth and opportunity in the balance testing market, led Barnett and Jouhet to spin off the old company into a new one called Safe Balance.
Safe Balance currently serves all levels of senior communities from Independent Living, Senior Living and Nursing Home/Rehabilitation Centers. The advantages of Safe Balance are decreased liability exposure, and greater peace of mind to family/residents.  More information can be found at www.safe-balance.com.
About OU INC
OU INC is a Smartzone Business Incubator and Innovation Center, in collaboration with the City of Rochester Hills, Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), and strategic industry partners. With a focus on the energy, medical device, and information technology sectors, OU INC provides entrepreneurial resources and strategic business solutions for developing business ventures and accelerating ideas to market. OU INC is a designated Soft Landing Facility through the International Business Innovation Association for international companies. For more information go to http://www.oakland.edu/ouinc.

Medical Main Street in United Kingdom and Ireland on trade mission

A business development team from Oakland County’s Medical Main Street is spending the week in the United Kingdom and Ireland selling medical device and life science companies on the benefits of expanding their operations into Oakland County.

Deputy County Executive Matthew Gibb and business development representative John Wolf-Meyer are meeting with nine Ireland-based companies on Thursday and Friday, making the business case for locating in Oakland County. Gibb and Wolf-Meyer are also accompanying state officials, including Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, in business attraction meetings with automotive and aerospace companies during the week.

“Medical Main Street has matured to the point that it’s opening doors around the globe,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “We have a waiting list of companies wanting to meet with us in Ireland. It’s an international recognition of the approach we’ve taken to assisting companies who want to expand into Oakland County. This proves the strength of Medical Main Street.”

Ireland is fertile ground for the medical device and diagnostic manufacturing industry as 20 of the world’s top 30 medical technology companies have significant operations in Ireland, according to the state of Michigan. The sector is the second largest exporter of medical devices in Europe and accounts for eight percent of the total, with most of the manufactured products destined for the United States and other foreign markets. The industry employs 25,000 people.

More than 100 companies are involved in developing, manufacturing and marketing a diverse range of products. Thirty-three percent of the world’s contact lenses and 50 percent of the ventilators worldwide are manufactured in Ireland and 30 million people rely on injectable devices made there, according to state statistics.

Launched in 2008, Medical Main Street is branding the region as a global center of innovation in health care and the life sciences. It has helped 53 companies expand or locate in Oakland County, generating investment of more than $1 billion while creating or retaining more than 8,500 jobs.

Medical Main Street is also taking on an increasing international flavor. In May, Patterson signed a “Friendship City” relationship with the People’s Republic of China and its life science program, China Medical City, to explore opportunities for promoting and commercializing new products and technologies in life science, business, education, energy and the environment.

The county itself has gained national attention because of its foreign business footprint. More than 1,050 foreign-owned companies from 39 countries have business locations in the county. Foreign Direct Investment in the county (investment from a company headquartered outside the U.S.) for 2015 totaled about $357 million – more than double the $171 million from 2014 – and accounted for about 43 percent of the county’s total private business investment of nearly $835 million, said Economic Development & Community Affairs Director Irene Spanos, .

Through the first five months of 2016, 23 international companies from 11 countries either located or expanded in Oakland County, investing more than $144 million and creating over 1,000 jobs, Spanos said. The countries are Germany (seven companies), Japan (4), China (3), Italy (2) and one company each from Australia, India, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Mexico, and Switzerland.

In October, a team from Medical Main Street will be attending the Innovation Summit at the Cleveland Clinic, which focuses on the next wave of growth in the industry and the best practices for commercialization, Spanos said.

Rochester Hill's Crittenton Hospital opens senior emergency department


Rochester Hills-based Crittenton Hospital Medical Center has created an emergency department that focuses specifically on the needs of seniors.

“Our goal is to enhance the care we provide to the growing senior population in our community,” says Glenn Garwood, director of emergency services at Crittenton. “We can better meet the needs of our older patients by offering this dedicated, senior-focused care environment.”

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23 Michigan hospitals place on U.S. News and World Report top hospitals list for 2016


Twenty-three hospitals in Michigan won recognition as best hospitals in the nation — led again by Ann Arbor-based University of Michigan Hospitals, Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak and DMC Harper University Hospital in Detroit — by U.S. News and World Report in its 27th Best Hospitals report.

The nation's No. 1 hospital was the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.; No. 2 is the Cleveland Clinic; No. 3 is Massachusetts General Hospital; followed by Johns Hopkins Hospital and UCLA Medical Center.

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Euro-Peds Foundation announces $40,000 in grants for special needs kids

Euro-Peds Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, today announced it will award $40,000 in treatment and travel grants during 2016 to assist children from Michigan and nationwide with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury and other gross motor challenges receive treatment at Euro-Peds® National Center for Intensive Pediatric Physical Therapy in Pontiac. Grant applications and donation opportunities are available on the Euro-Peds Foundation website: www.europedsfoundation.org.
While Euro-Peds National Center accepts insurance, often large deductibles and travel costs prevent families from seeking treatment. Grant applications must be received at least four weeks prior to starting a treatment session. In 2015, Euro-Peds Foundation assisted 14 children with treatment and/or travel grants that totaled $26,100. The Euro-Peds Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
“Euro-Peds Foundation grants provide important access to intensive physical therapy for children who can benefit from longer treatment sessions and a unique approach that increases mobility and improves functional skills and can lead to greater independence and health,” said Michelle Haney, PT, MSPT, Director of Euro-Peds National Center for Intensive Pediatric PT and Euro-Peds Foundation Founder and President. “We look forward to expanding our grant program and supporting more children, as we truly believe every child deserves a first step.” 

In July 2015, Euro-Peds National Center purchased and moved to a new facility at 3000 Centerpoint Parkway in Pontiac, Mich.; near I-75 and M-59 at the intersection of Square Lake and Opdyke roads. The new facility has large, private therapy suites for the entire family and features close, front entrance parking and extra-wide hallways for mobility equipment, biking, bowling and other fun therapy games at the one-level, 8,400 sq. ft. building.  The Center previously was located in leased space at Doctor’s Hospital of Michigan, also in Pontiac. Euro-Peds is privately owned and is no longer associated with Doctor’s Hospital of Michigan.
Established in 2013, the Euro-Peds Foundation (EPF) raises funds and disburses treatment and travel grants to families of children with gross motor disorders in need of financial assistance for specialized, intensive physical therapy at Euro-Peds National Center for Intensive Pediatric Physical Therapy in Pontiac, Michigan. Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, the Foundation also assists in providing education about therapeutic interventions for the children and their caregivers. EPF believes every child deserves a first step. For more information, visit www.EuroPedsFoundation.org or call 1-844-EURO-PEDS (844-387-6733).
ABOUT EURO-PEDS® National Center for Intensive Pediatric Physical Therapy
Euro-Peds® National Center for Intensive Pediatric Physical Therapy has helped more than 1400 children and young adults with cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, spina bifida and a variety of other gross motor disorders learn new skills to improve mobility, self-esteem and independence.

Located in Pontiac, Michigan, the Center opened as North America’s first intensive pediatric physical therapy center in 1999 for families throughout the U.S. and beyond seeking a specialized regimen of practice conditions, including use of the Universal Exercise Unit and optional patented suit therapy to optimize motor training and significantly improve motor skills. For more information about Euro-Peds’ individualized programs based on intensive therapy techniques originally pioneered in Eastern Europe and blended with best practices developed in the United States, visit www.EuroPeds.org or call (248) 857-6776. Most insurances accepted. 

Medical Main Street Open House to feature panel Discussion by top executives

Top executives from some of the leading health care systems in Michigan will discuss the future of health care and innovations in the industry during a Medical Main Street open house.

The event is set for March 16 from 8 – 11 a.m. at Priority Health, 27777 Franklin Road in Southfield. There is no charge to attend but registration is required. Register at MedicalMainStreet.com.

“This is a singular opportunity to hear from the leaders of some of the finest health care and hospital systems in the Midwest,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “Attendees will also be able to connect with hundreds of health care and life science professionals in one room and see some of the latest health care innovations – all for free. This is a must-attend event.”

Panelists for the health care discussion are:
  • Joan Budden- CEO, Priority Health
  • Andrei Soran- COO, Detroit Medical Center
  • Lynn Torossian- CEO/President, Henry Ford Health System West Bloomfield
  • Jack Weiner- CEO, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
  • Dr. Michael Weimann- CEO/President, St. Johns Providence Oakland
Attendees will have the opportunity to network with more than 200 members of the health care, medical device, life science, bio tech, pharmacology and mHealth industries. They can also view new health care innovations in Medical Main Street’s Demonstration Alley. Featured companies include:
  • Bio-Grid Systems
  • Coherent RX
  • Delphinus Medical Technologies
  • DPro Healthcare 
  • Health Net Connect
  • Invisi-T ag
  • Infection Prevention Technologies
  • JEMS Technology
  • Logic Solutions
  • OU Inc.
  • Online-T ech
  • Oxus, Inc.
  • Phoenix Imaging
  • Physician Referral Marketing
  • RG Medical Diagnostics
  • Safety in Motion
  • Teloregen
  • Time2Talk
The Medical Main Street Open House is provided in partnership with Priority Health and sponsored by Delphinus Medical Technologies, Online-Tech, Brooks Kushman, Health Law Partners and Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C.

Medical Main Street, powered by Oakland County, is a collaboration of world renowned hospitals, universities and health care and life science companies in Southeast Michigan. Patterson created the initiative in 2008 to harness the strength of the area’s health care, life science, research and development, education and manufacturing assets. 

Student's innovative company earns her elite award in Oakland County


Class of 2017 student Florence Doo was named to the Oakland County “40 Under 40” list, making her the youngest member, at 26, and distinguishes her work as founder of her own medical device company, Surgerati.

“I'm feeling incredibly lucky to be considered part of this award group. This is a very meaningful award -- it recognizes not only accomplishments and talent, but also is an affirmation and inspiration to keep making a difference in our community (and the world),” says Doo. “It motivates me to work harder, to continue pushing the boundaries of what's possible for the future.”

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Physician donates $2 million to Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital


The $2 million donation that Bloomfield Hills physician Gerald C. Timmis has pledged to Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital is being trumpeted as the largest ever given to the hospital by a physician.

For Timmis, the gesture is more than a gift. It is a love letter to his wife Dorothy, who died in 2004. The donation will honor her through the creation of the Dorothy Susan Timmis Endowed Chair of Cardiology.

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