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/
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Beaumont Health is a not-for-profit organization formed by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare in 2014 to provide patients with the benefit of greater access to the highest quality, compassionate care, no matter where they live in southeast Michigan. The organization has budgeted net revenue of $4.1 billion and consists of eight hospitals with 3,337 beds, 168 outpatient sites, nearly 5000 physicians and 35,000 employees and about 3,500 volunteers. In 2014, the combined organizations had 175,675 inpatient admissions, 16,229 births and 492,148 emergency visits. Beaumont Health is the largest health system in Michigan for inpatient admissions and net patient revenue. For more information, visit beaumonthealth.org.
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