As more and more people are looking to receive state-of-the-art medical services closer to home, Botsford is working with physicians to aggressively bring new technology and treatments to our community. Often we’re leading the way. If you think the most advanced care is available only at large academic medical centers, you haven’t visited Botsford lately. Community hospitals like Botsford are playing a much larger role in introducing new medical technology.
David Walters, D.O., vice president and chief medical officer at Botsford, discusses how the hospital has grown and changed over the years to meet the needs of those who live in or visit the area.
Question: What are some of the major changes and improvements at Botsford?
Dr. Walters: In January 2009, we opened the Botsford Cancer Center on Grand River Avenue. This 30,000-square-foot, eco-friendly facility has advanced diagnostic capabilities and offers leading-edge cancer treatments, including intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT). Both help doctors deliver radiation to tumors with great precision.
We acquired the state-of-the-art da Vinci® Surgical System, which is a robotic-assisted device that enables our expert surgeons to perform complex surgery in minimally invasive ways. This improves safety and outcomes. Another exciting addition is our next-generation, 128-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner. It’s helping Botsford doctors diagnose and treat conditions, such as cancer and heart disease, with more accuracy than ever before.
And, now, we’re offering a new treatment for severe, persistent asthma called bronchial thermoplasty. Just recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, bronchial thermoplasty is an outpatient procedure that involves treating the lungs with thermal energy to reduce the frequency of asthma attacks. Philip Kaplan, D.O., an interventional pulmonologist on our staff, was instrumental in bringing this therapy to Botsford and will be the physician performing the procedure. Botsford is the first hospital in southeast Michigan to offer this FDA-approved treatment—a remarkable achievement for a community hospital.
Question: In this challenging economy, how do you decide which new technology or treatments to offer at Botsford?
Dr. Walters: Medical administrators and physicians, working together, make decisions on what new technology or treatments to offer based on quality. Any innovation we are considering must be supported by research that demonstrates its safety and effectiveness. And, though introducing a new service may be very expensive initially, if it improves people’s health, it saves everybody money in the long run.
Question: Larger academic hospitals offer specialty care. what is Botsford doing to expand these services?
Dr. Walters: In addition to our team of highly experienced primary care physicians, Botsford is continually growing the specialty services it offers so patients can receive high- level care close to home. Some of the medical specialty services we’re pleased to offer include:
It’s also important to note that Botsford is a teaching site for the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Students come from all over the country to train with us. When residents are close to graduating, we skim the “cream of the crop.” We want the best and most promising doctors who we’ve trained in our hospital to stay here and help us implement innovative programs that will benefit our community. And, we’re successful: Sixty percent of our medical staff are graduates of our program.
Question: What are your expectations for Botsford in the coming years?
Dr. Walters: We will continue to advance our clinical programs and move forward with having the latest technology available for our patients always with an emphasis on quality, efficiency and improving patient satisfaction.