Beaumont to reopen Wayne hospital 'soon'

Beaumont hospital exterior
Posted at 6:52 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 18:52:15-04

(WXYZ) — Beaumont Health System says they will be reopening their Wayne facility "soon."

The facility closed last month, causing controversy over why Beaumont would close a hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time Beaumont said the hospital was in "pause" mode and would be kept in reserve in case it was needed to treat coronavirus patients.

Now, officials say the hospital has received regulatory approvals to reopen and will serve both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients.

“Beaumont Health has cared for more COVID-19 patients than any other health system in the state. We’ve proudly responded to the community’s needs during this pandemic and reconfigured our hospitals and redeployed staff to provide high quality and safe care. With the number of COVID-19 patients seeking care at Beaumont decreasing a bit recently, it is now appropriate to begin re-opening the Wayne campus in phases as we carefully prepare for another potential COVID-19 surge,” Beaumont Health Chief Operating Officer Carolyn Wilson said in a news release.

he campus will reopen in phases, with phase one including The Emergency Center, obstetrical services and Observation/ Inpatient medical surgical beds and support services (pharmacy, laboratory, food services and environmental services). In addition, some outpatient surgical and diagnostic services, including the infusion center, will be offered, in compliance with Executive Orders issued by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, to meet the time sensitive needs of patients.

Phase two will ad more inpatient and critical care services as Beaumont reconfigures staffing across their organization. Beaumont says they will notify the community as other services come online.

However, they also say all plans are subject to change, as factors beyond their control, including the need for social distancing and governement order, may come up.