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Beaumont Farmers Markets Are Growing

Beaumont Farmers MarketThursday, June 13 marks the sixth anniversary of Beaumont, Royal Oak’s Farmers Market. The growing success of the farmers market has been a joy to watch over the past few years. Our market has attracted more shoppers, vendors and a greater variety of goods each year and 2013 will be no different.

Taking place each Thursday (through October) outside the South Tower entrance, the Beaumont market has a diverse group of products and vendors – from fresh produce to homemade desserts to bath and body products and much more. The market is open to visitors, patients, Beaumont employees and the entire community.

Starting tomorrow, Beaumont Hospital, Troy will host their first farmers market as well. Every Tuesday through October, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., join vendors on the ground level outside of the parking deck (under the covered walkway).

Currently in season are a variety of leafy greens, herbs, asparagus, snap peas and hydroponically-grown tomatoes. If you’re looking for lunch, Ned’s TravelBurger food truck will be back and if you’re just looking for a quick snack, Mystic Kettle will be popping fresh kettle corn at each market.

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8 questions with a hospital interior designer


Behind every great interior is an interior designer… even at a hospital. Geraldine Drake is the Interior Design Program + Standards Manager with Jones Lang LaSalle at Beaumont Health System (Royal Oak and Grosse Pointe). Geraldine been with Beaumont for five years and currently lives in Northville, MI. Geraldine gives us a glimpse of what her job entails.

How did you come to work for Beaumont?
I was working at an architectural firm, where I was the director of the interior design group and lead designer for the health care sector. I wanted to pursue an opportunity that would allow me to continue in my management career path, yet also allow me to practice health care design at a hospital. A friend of mine (the interior design manager for Beaumont Hospital, Troy) introduced me to the team and I have been now been here for five years.

How is being an interior designer in a hospital different than other spaces?
The projects are extremely diverse. I can work on an office, a patient room and an operating room all in one day. Also, being in the hospital gives you the opportunity to observe everyone who uses the hospital, respond to the unique challenges of a large health care facility and consider how the design of the facility affects all of the users differently.

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Around Beaumont – “The Beaumont Family”

After taking a quick picture of this sculpture (depicting a mother, a father and two children) on the Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak campus this fall, I wanted to find out a little more about its history. Here are some interesting facts I learned:

  • It was created by world-renowned sculptor Marshall Fredericks.
  • Fredericks’ other notable works include “Spirit of Detroit” outside of Detroit city government headquarters; “Christ on the Cross” in Indian River; and the “Star Dream” sculpture in downtown Royal Oak.
  • The sculpture was a gift to the hospital in 1954 from Lola Jennings Erb in memory of her late husband.
  • It stands 16-feet tall and weighs over 300 pounds. It is made of polished aluminum.

What is your favorite piece of art on Beaumont’s campuses? Are there other pieces of art around Beaumont that you’ve wondered the origin of?

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A new look for Woodward Ave. in Royal Oak

The median at 13 Mile Road and Woodward has been transformed by the City of Royal Oak, in partnership with the Woodward Avenue Action Association, MDOT and the Federal Highway Administration with a spectacular solar-powered, 30-foot glass and concrete interpretive public art piece to commemorate Woodward’s designation as an All-American Road.

The Royal Oak Tribute is the third Tribute on Woodward. Currently, two Tributes are located on Woodward: one in the City of Ferndale and the other in the City of Pontiac. In addition to the Royal Oak Tribute, the WA3 is installing a Tribute in the City of Highland Park.

Designed by local artist Kyle Evans, the Royal Oak Tribute features images reflecting an auto cruising and drive in theme. Each Tribute is designed to symbolize various themes depicting the history and future of Woodward Avenue including automotive history, music, arts and culture heritage, transportation, labor and innovation.

What do you think of the Tributes?

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Angioplasty: time is a factor

Robert Swor, M.D., emergency medicine, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, talks about a recent article appearing in the Wall Street Journal about evidence showing that, “every minute hospitals can shave off ‘door to balloon’ time lowers a patient’s risk of death and serious damage to the heart muscle.”

The sooner a heart attack patient arriving to an emergency center gets an angioplasty, the lower the patient’s risk of serious damage to the heart muscle or death. At Beaumont, Royal Oak, we average 67 minutes for standard treatment with angioplasty when entering our emergency center. That entails the time it takes from the patient entering the hospital to getting the angioplasty completed, which is a procedure where a catheter with a small balloon is inserted and inflated to open a blocked artery.

According to the article, the standard for hospitals to meet is 90 minutes or less. Beaumont has been a leader in providing such “reperfusion therapy” for heart attack patients and was one of the first hospitals in the world to routinely provide emergency angioplasty to these patients. Beaumont has a multidisciplinary team that continuously works to shorten our “door to balloon” times.

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