High-impact reporting about Beaumont Health at this site since last April has revealed aggressive cost-cutting, internal pushback by medical professionals, a talent exodus, a merger plan of questionable local value (later dropped) and a patient's death last week under unusual circumstances.
"Something's rotten and DD has exposed it," reader Jim Drury of Royal Oak posts Thursday on Facebook.
We appreciate that recognition, as well as credited amplification of our latest report by Fox 2 Detroit on Wednesday night.
Deadline Detroit believes strongly in public service journalism and accountability reporting, such as the dozens of Beaumont exposés by columnist Eric Starkman, a veteran newsman in Detroit and elsewhere and founder of a former public relations agency in New York City.
He explained last September about "why I'm passionate about covering the destruction of Beaumont Health:"
Many doctors and nurses have privately pleaded with me to keep exposing Beaumont’s decline because they say patient care has been compromised. ...
I regard Beaumont's collapse as a national story that's emblematic of all that’s wrong with America. I'm bothered by the disproportion of wealth in America, where the richest one percent have steadily increased their financial holdings at the expense of the 99 percent other Americans. I believe in "healthcare for all," and Beaumont is an obstacle to that goal.
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