Botsford News Release
Farmington Hills, Mich. (November 16, 2011)--- Botsford Hospital is joining healthcare facilities around the country this week in an awareness campaign to improve quality of care and patient safety through the appropriate use of antibiotics.
Get Smart About Antibiotics Week is an initiative through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to raise awareness about the use – and misuse – of antibiotics. Patients, physicians, hospital administrators and the public are receiving targeted messages about strategies for improving antibiotic use.
"Antibiotics are powerful tools when we are combating life-threatening bacterial diseases," said David Walters, D.O., Botsford Hospital Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. "However, antibiotic resistance is one on the world's most pressing public health threats."
The CDC program places a spotlight on the development of drug-resistant bacteria caused by antibiotic overuse. "We want antibiotics to work when we need them so efforts to decrease antibiotic resistance are vitally important," said Walters.
To learn more about this national program, visit http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/
Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330 bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center and a comprehensive care cancer center. Botsford Hospital is also home to an extensive medical education program and is part of Michigan State University's statewide campus system. Botsford Hospital each year cares for approximately 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and more than 600 physicians. A not-for-profit hospital, Botsford provided almost $10.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.
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