Henry Ford Health reaches bed capacity at 2 hospitals treating COVID-19 patients

Henry Ford Health System
Posted at 4:43 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 05:22:54-04

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated with clarification from Henry Ford Health System.

Two hospitals that are part of the Henry Ford Health System are at full bed capacity treating patients during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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As of 9 a.m. today, Henry Ford Health System was treating 282 patients across five hospitals. In all, there have been 462 confirmed positive cases at the hospital.

"Today our capacity is quite full in those two hospitals especially the West Bloomfield and the Henry Ford hospital in Detroit," Dr. Betty Chu with Henry Ford Health System said. "We’ve had surgical cases moved from the Henry Ford Hospital campus to one of our other campuses. We fortunately have the luxury of having some additional capacity right now in some of our campuses."

Henry Ford has since issued a statement clarifying those comments, saying that while their bed capacity is quite full at those facilities, they still have the facilities and space to take COVID-19 patients.

With the heightened interest in how health systems’ are managing their bed capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to bring clarity to Dr. Betty Chu’s remarks today during our conference call with news media. Dr. Chu was indeed accurate when she said our bed capacity is quite full at Henry Ford Hospital and Henry Ford West Bloomfield. However, her remarks were reflective of each of the hospital’s overall inpatient population, not specific to our COVID-19 hospitalizations. As was noted on the call, 152 patients are hospitalized at Henry Ford Hospital (which has 877 beds) and 56 at Henry Ford West Bloomfield (which has 191 beds). While we’ve relocated some surgical procedures to another hospital campus, we continue to perform services like baby deliveries, cardiac procedures and other time-sensitive procedures.

At Henry Ford Hospital, 139 patients are hospitalized; 53 hospitalized at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital; 50 hospitalized at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital; 33 hospitalized at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital and seven hospitalized at Henry Ford Allegiance Health.

There are more than 31,600 people working at the hospitals, which have a combined total of 360 ICU beds and about 150 negative pressure isolation rooms. In all, there are more than 2,300 beds at all the five hospitals.

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