Beaumont, Wayne opened its doors to the community 60 years ago

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Beaumont Hospital, Wayne

Initially part of the People’s Community Hospital Authority, Beaumont Hospital, Wayne was one of three hospitals serving 18 communities in western Wayne County and eastern Washtenaw County. One of two hospitals constructed by the authority, the other, in Lincoln Park, was an exact duplicate of the 122-bed facility and opened a month later. The authority also leased the Beyer Memorial Hospital in Ypsilanti.

Beaumont, Wayne survived several changes of ownership and different names through the decades and is the only one still in operation.

“We’ve come a long way and now offer all the services patients would expect at a large regional hospital,” said Eric Widner, president of Beaumont Hospital, Wayne. “Despite that, we’ve maintained our local roots. We are committed to our community and providing the best in patient and family-centered care.”

Annapolis Hospital — its original name in 1957 — was acquired by Oakwood United Hospitals in 1989. Oakwood Annapolis Hospital underwent several expansions and renovations, including a surgery center, birthing center, breast care center and more. Most recently, the hospital saw an expansion and renovation in its Emergency Center as well as the development of the dedicated Bariatric Surgery Recovery Unit.

After Oakwood’s 2014 merger with Beaumont and Botsford, the hospital became Beaumont Hospital, Wayne. It now has 185 beds, employs more than 1,200 people and has 529 physicians on its staff. The Family Medicine Residency Program, established in 2004, provides care to 27,000 at-risk patients in Wayne and the surrounding communities. The hospital has earned full accreditation in several service lines, with the Cardiac Catheterization Lab capable of handling emergency and nonemergency cases. Beaumont, Wayne also has a Level III Trauma Center that serves Detroit Metropolitan Airport with an expertise in emergency management and disaster preparedness to respond to community trauma events.

The hospital marked its anniversary during the summer with a Family Safety Awareness Day, where it received recognition from the city of Wayne, Wayne County Commissioner Al Haidous and Congressman John Conyers.

“Beaumont, Wayne has long been an invaluable resource for our community,” Wayne Mayor Susan Rowe said then. “They’ve been a great corporate citizen and neighbor.”

“Even with all of the advances in technology and services, Wayne has remained, at its heart, a small community hospital,” said Ashok Jain, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer at Beaumont, Wayne. “We are a family here. Our patients love it because they can get high-quality care right in their neighborhood.”