Eric Starkman of Deadline Detroit writes an appreciation of retiring Crain’s Detroit Enterprise well being care reporter Jay Greene.
Starkman writes, “Greene has been overlaying well being care for therefore lengthy that I believe Hippocrates was certainly one of his sources. He’s spent the final 13 years at Crain’s Detroit, and earlier than that lined nonprofits for Crain’s Fashionable Healthcare, an business bible. Greene’s institutional well being care data is unequalled, not solely in Michigan however throughout the nation. He’s a stickler for element, his reporting painstakingly correct.
“Greene’s many accomplishments embody being the primary to reveal that Beaumont Well being, Michigan’s largest hospital community, underneath CEO John Fox and COO Carolyn Wilson was extra centered on income than high quality affected person care.
“Greene in December 2019 reported on funds cuts and staffing points at Beaumont Trenton. He quoted Zachary Lewis, chairman of the hospital surgical procedure division, saying this: ‘We simply need to deal with extra sufferers. We’ve been accused of not doing sufficient, the nurses not working exhausting sufficient. … My solely conclusion is they’re attempting to chop prices any approach they will — saving cash by not hiring nurses — to extend their margins.’
“Underscoring the accuracy of Greene’s reporting about issues at Beaumont Trenton, the Facilities for Medicare and Medicaid Companies lately assigned a two-star high quality ranking to the hospital, out of a potential 5.”
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