Too afraid to go to the hospital: How health workers have dealt with non-COVID patients avoiding care 

BY: - January 26, 2021

At first, it was the silence that was most jarring. When the pandemic arrived in Michigan last March, paramedics and other emergency medical technicians braced themselves for an onslaught of calls to bring individuals battling COVID-19 to the hospital. And while there was certainly a flood of COVID-19 patients to some hospitals, mostly in metro […]

A ‘trauma tsunami’: COVID-19 takes its toll on Michiganders’ mental health

BY: - October 27, 2020

When a patient is dying from COVID-19, nurse Molly Nixon will hold their hand. She will tell them they are loved. And, often, she will be the last person they see as they take their final breaths. “I’m there with them as their last human contact; I’m the last person they see on this earth […]


Hugh Madden: What I learned about social distancing in a hospital waiting room

BY: - April 12, 2020

“See you soon,” I said as I clasped his hand and mustered all the confidence I had in me to smile at him. My dad was heading into surgery for heart valve replacement and I was heading out to the waiting room. It should be just a few hours and he’d be out. I walked […]

Gov. allows more types of health workers to treat COVID-19 patients

BY: - March 30, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed Executive Order 2020-30, which relaxes scope of practice laws to give hospitals and other health care facilities the flexibility they need to successfully deploy qualified physician assistants, nurses and other health care providers to combat COVID-19, a disease caused by a new coronavirus.  “Responding effectively to the urgent and […]

Health care workers using expired gear during pandemic and ‘hoping for the best’ 

BY: - March 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — States are receiving old or expired medical supplies from the federal stockpile. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s advice: Use them anyway. The shortage of vital medical supplies, such as masks and ventilators, in the face of COVID-19 has led public health officials to advise hospital workers to reuse personal […]

Slotkin bill would force Trump to use Defense Production Act for life-saving medical supplies

BY: - March 25, 2020

A bipartisan bill led by U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) would force President Donald Trump to take advantage of a wartime-era law that would speed production of critically-needed medical supplies, easing shortages in states that are already running out just weeks into the country’s COVID-19 outbreak. Slotkin and fellow U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and […]

School, STEAM-based learning center use 3D printers for N95 masks

BY: - March 25, 2020

One Michigan school is working to help local health care workers in need of personal protective equipment (PPE) as Michigan residents continue to become ill with COVID-19, a disease caused by a new coronavirus. As previously reported by the Advance, nurses and health care workers are reporting shortages of PPE in Michigan and across the […]

Working through a pandemic: Many health care workers face health risks, can’t take time off

BY: - March 24, 2020

Doctors, physicians, nurses, certified nurses’ aides (CNAs), medical technicians and medical assistants are just some of the people working on the front lines when it comes to helping sick patients and seniors. A statewide coronavirus hotline is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136. Information can be found on […]