BY KATHY KANE
Mary Zatina, senior vice president for government relations and community affairs for Beaumont Hospital, brought some positive news about the future of the health care organization’s Trenton facility when she visited the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber’s Business Forum last month.
Addressing a crowd of more than 150 guests at Crystal Gardens, Zatina announced a plan to significantly expand and enhance the care services at the Trenton hospital’s obstetric and gynecology floor.
“(The) Beaumont Trenton campus will be able to welcome more families to the area with the expansion of its OB-GYN floor.” Zatina said. “We are adding 18,000 square feet, eight to 10 new delivery rooms and 16 private post-partum rooms at our Level 2 trauma center.”
She noted how Beaumont no longer provides care “to” families but is creating a culture of providing care “for” families, and cited a recent family medical emergency to demonstrate her point.
“I recently had a tragic family health experience when my sister had a heart attack as she was driving,” Zatina said. “The passenger put the car in neutral on the expressway and took the wheel to get the vehicle over to the shoulder. The 9-1-1 emergency response team took my sister to the closest hospital — our competitor, Henry Ford Hospital.
“Our family, which consists of doctors, healthcare providers and administrators, packed the ICU as we struggled with what to do with our sister, who was diagnosed as brain dead and was being kept alive artificially.” Zatina said. “It was then that I realized that this hospital was also practicing the very patient/family patient care ideology that Beaumont also is committed to — to work “with” the patient and “with” the family to make an informed health plan. The care, dignity and compassion we received for my sister was stellar.”
Patient/family care is a practice of clear communication between patient/family with respect, dignity and taking time to listen. Unfortunately, Zatina’s sister did die but was an organ donor and the family felt at peace with the process.
In the question-and-answer part of the program, Zatina was asked about the current state of health insurance. In her government relations position, she is hopeful to help improve/repair the health care legislation and not to re-invent what has already been started and improve basic coverages.
She also hopes to continue to inspire her team and others within the Beaumont system to assure Trenton/Taylor and Downriver area residents that they do have a Level 2 Trauma team as well as caregivers dedicated to going through health-related issues “with” the patient and “with” the family with dignity, respect and compassion for all.
The Chamber Business Forum, coordinated by the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber, is a series of programs designed to inform and inspire business members. For information about future programs, visit swcrc.com.