Memorial continues to invest in the latest medical technology to provide our patients with the best care available.
Recent Tech Advancements
Memorial Healthcare was awarded an ‘A’ in fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Memorial Healthcare’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.
Out of 76 participating hospitals throughout Michigan, Memorial Healthcare was 1 of just 23 hospitals, and the only one in our region, to receive an ‘A’ rating—just 1 of 3 hospitals within a 50 mile radius to receive this recognition.
“It isn’t enough to do ‘good enough’ when it comes to patient safety and other key quality metrics. That’s why this designation matters—because it demonstrates our patients are getting the safe, advanced and dedicated care we promise them we’ll deliver,” said Brian Long, FACHE, President/CEO of Memorial Healthcare. “It demonstrates the commitment our Memorial team members have made to constantly work toward excellence in patient safety.”
“‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this A.”
Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
The Memorial Healthcare Institute for Neurosciences is the first in the United States to use Neurofilament Light Chain (NfL) testing for research in a real world cohort.
NfL testing remains investigational at this point however recent data shows that these biomarkers may help predict the disease course in a variety of different neurological conditions from Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, Stroke, and traumatic brain injuries amongst others.
The Institute for Neurosciences at Memorial Healthcare will be using this technology in their day-to-day practice, the first in the country to do so. The Institute will be conducting investigational research longitudinally across multiple neurologic conditions with a large focus on multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease.
“Every patient with multiple sclerosis experiences their neurological disease differently. Their presentation, degree of disability, and symptoms all make up a unique fingerprint to their disease. Given these differences there is no standardized algorithm for treating MS. We are cautiously optimistic to learn of the potential value of measuring NfL and in turn hopefully be able to provide more targeted treatment regimens on an individual level,” said Dr. Rany Aburashed, Chief of Neurology and Director of Multiple Sclerosis at the Institute for Neurosciences at Memorial Healthcare.
Da Vinci X Robotic Surgery System
Memorial Healthcare is the first hospital/surgery center in the State of Michigan to use the daVinci X™ robots. This is the newest technology in robotic surgery available today.
This new technology enables a surgeon better mobility and visualization to perform more intricate procedures. Operations are completed using a few small incisions which benefits patients by less blood loss, fewer complications, less pain, shorter hospital stays, smaller incisions for minimal scarring, and faster recovery to return to daily life.
Robotic surgeries performed at Memorial may include colon, hernia, gallbladder, hysterectomy, cancer, and prostate.
UV Technology Implemented to Fight Infection-Causing Pathogens
Multi-drug resistant organisms that can cause healthcare-associated infections such as CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae), MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) continue to be a problem among the nation’s healthcare facilities. As these infections continue to threaten patient populations, Memorial Healthcare is adding an extra innovative precaution to existing infection control protocols: the addition of ultraviolet (UV) technology to treat patient rooms and other key areas in the facility.
Memorial Healthcare purchased a Clorox Healthcare® Optimum-UV Enlight® System with funds raised through the Memorial Healthcare Foundation 2017 Annual Dinner Dance. This system uses UV light to kill microorganisms by inactivating their DNA, rendering them harmless and unable to replicate. The Clorox Healthcare® Optimum-UV Enlight® System was selected based on its ability to kill key organisms associated with increased hospital-acquired infections, its ease of use and its advanced data collection and reporting capabilities. The device is effective against a range of dangerous pathogens, including MRSA and C. difficile spores, in just five minutes at a distance of eight feet.
The adoption of the UV devices has not only shown initial reductions in Memorial Healthcare’s already low infection rates but also gives patients peace of mind that their safety is what is most important to our staff.
Around-the-Clock Care Available to ICU Patients
Memorial Healthcare’s critically ill patients now have the benefit of the most advanced telemedicine program available in hospital intensive care units today. Memorial has partnered with Advanced ICU Care®, the nation’s largest provider of Tele-ICU services, to deliver monitoring by highly trained intensivist physicians and critical care specialists 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing an extra layer of care that enhances patient safety.
In March 2017, Memorial Healthcare was the first hospital in the State of Michigan to implement this program which is demonstrated to improve patient care and to meet the best practice standard of 24/7 intensivist oversight in the ICU.
The Latest in MRI Technology
The Optima MR450w’s addition to our repertoire means Memorial Healthcare isn’t solely providing state-of-the-art technology to its patients, but also the best user-friendly experience.
MRIs tests use a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body. Compared to the typical X-ray, MRIs provide different information about structures in the body. It’s a critical tool in diagnosis, and by updating our unit we can continue to provide effective treatment.
This new system delivers uncompromised imaging capability for the most advanced and demanding exams. Its soft, flexible GEM Suite coils follow body contours while facilitating high resolution, signal-to-noise (SNR) imaging from the top of the head down to the feet. Plus, Advanced functionality provides the tools that effectively assist in rendering definitive diagnoses.