Beaumont Wayne's decision to close leads to growing concerns among leaders

Posted at 10:02 AM, Apr 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 10:21:31-04

WAYNE (WXYZ) — A shocking and baffling decision made by Beaumont to shut down its hospital in Wayne earlier this week now has many concerned that Beaumont could shut down more of its hospitals.

Beaumont Wayne was designated as a COVID-19 hospital and even said in a statement they planned to keep their designation as a COVID-19 hospital.

A photo reportedly shows COVID patients from Beaumont Wayne in serious condition being transferred against doctors orders, according to several sources.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell says she can't get a straight answer from Beaumont.

"I talked to the COO at the beginning of the week and she gave me one story," Dingell said.

After sending notices of layoffs, Beaumont Wayne emptied the hospital last week, shutting down in the middle of a pandemic and this hospital system so many in the community have trusted, may not be finished pulling the plug on operations.

"And beyond what happened to Beaumont Wayne, I’ve had people call me from Beaumont Trenton and Beaumont Taylor and I'm deeply disturbed," Dingell said.

She added, "I’m really struck by the number of doctors that have called concerned about other Beaumont hospitals in the area."

State Representatives Debbie Dingell and Rashida Talib have teamed up and sent a letter to Beaumont with a list of questions, demanding answers saying they are committed to holding the hospital system accountable.

If Beaumont doesn't respond the representatives say the hospital will be held accountable.

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