Beaumont Health System is a three-hospital regional health system with more than 1,725 beds and more than 3,700 physicians along with numerous community-based medical centers throughout suburban Detroit -- in Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties. Additional facilities include nursing homes, a home health care agency, a research institute, and primary and specialty care clinics, as well as rehabilitation, cardiology, and cancer centers. Beaumont is the exclusive clinical teaching site for the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. The system draws on a rich history of pioneering medical research to serve the health needs of southeastern Michigan and advance healing techniques nationwide.
In 2012 Beaumont Health System committed to a performance-based hospital payment model (in contrast to a fee-for-service model) by entering a five-year agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michiganand Blue Care Network. Under the agreement, Beaumont Health will serve all Blue Cross and Blue Care Network patients, and it will receive increased base reimbursement payments for its services. The agreement also includes an opportunity to enable Beaumont and its physicians groups to better integrate care services through improved infrastructure. To that end, Beaumont Health System chose InterSystems HealthShare as its strategic informatics platform for enterprise-wide connectivity later in the year. Beaumont has gained national recognition for its use of technology and was listed in the InformationWeek 500 list of Top Technology Innovators for 2011.
Also in 2011, the health system welcomed its inaugural class of 50 students in attendance at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine on the Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak campus. The school, which had been in development since 2007, was created in partnership with Oakland University to focus on education and research. It is the first new allopathic medical school to grant M.D. degrees in Michigan in 47 years. Beaumont also has affiliations with The University of Michigan and Wayne State University schools of medicine, as well as nursing affiliations with area schools.
Beaumont Health System opened a liver transplant center in 2010 and performed its first liver transplant shortly thereafter. The new multi-organ transplant program extended the system's kidney transplant program which had been in place for nearly 40 years. It offers both traditional (deceased-donor) and live-donor liver transplant services, laparoscopic liver surgery, and minimally invasive liver donor surgery.
Beaumont is one of a growing number of health systems to benefit from incentives being offered by the federal government for installing electronic health records (EHR) at its facilities. Beaumont Health System received about $10 million in 2011 for meeting "meaningful use" guidelines under the HITECH Act provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Meaningful use, under federal guidelines, basically means that hospitals have to use an EHR that has been federally certified, has a computer physician order entry component, has the ability to share patient records digitally with other health care providers, and create quality reports to track improvements in clinical quality measures. The health system invested about $100 million over a five-year period to digitize its hospitals' medical records systems. Beaumont continues to optimize its EHR system to expand the amount and range of electronic information that it is able to share with other medical care providers.
In 2011 Beaumont's annual revenues topped $2 billion. The health system's Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, is the third-largest Medicare hospital in the US.
The health system traces its roots to Dr. William Beaumont, an army doctor who conducted groundbreaking research on the human digestive system on Mackinac Island, Michigan, in the 1820s. The first Beaumont Hospital was opened in Royal Oak in 1955; the Troy facility was opened in 1977; and its third hospital in Grosse Pointe was acquired in 2007 from Bon Secours Health System. – less