High patient volume among highlights at Bay Park in 2022

Kelly J. Kaczala

        Looking back at 2022, Thadius Wadsworth, president of ProMedica Bay Park Hospital, said there had been some challenges in the health care system.
        “It was challenging for health care, with staffing, with costs going up,” said Wadsworth, who gave a report on the state of health care at Bay Park Hospital at a “State of the Communities” event at Mercy-St Charles Hospital. The annual event is sponsored by the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce.
         Despite the challenges, the hospital was able to continue to provide high quality care to communities, he said.
         “We also focused on safety and disaster preparedness. We partnered up with St. Charles and did an evacuation drill, took all our supplies and set them up at our alternate care sites. It was a really good exercise. Last August, we did an active attacker exercise, we partnered with Oregon and Northwood police. They came to our campus for a simulated attack. We learned a lot. I think it prepared our team for those type of incidents. It was great.”
Patient volume
        There was also higher patient volume at the hospital last year, he said.
        “It probably started at the end of the summer until about January,” he said. “Volume was extremely high in all our areas of care delivery, whether it was ambulatory or in-patient. I’m really proud of our Bay Park team for managing those volumes. They worked diligently, pulled people together to make sure we were able to provide care to our community. I’m proud to say our emergency department was online to our local EMS providers more than any other metro hospital. We were on what they call `EMS bypass’ the least. That’s a good thing for our community,” said Wadsworth.
        Also last year, Bay Park received clinical awards, such as the Health Grades 2022 Joint Replacement Excellence award, the Health Grades 2022 Pulmonary Care Excellence award, and the 2022 U.S. News High Performance Hospitals award.
        “They always say women are the ones to dictate health care for their households. So we’re proud of these awards: Best Hospitals Women Choice awards for 2022 emergency care, and Best Hospitals Women Choice awards for stroke center, said Wadsworth.
        “If you’ve been to Bay Park, one of the things we do a lot of is orthopedics,” he said. The joint commission just approved the hospital for total hip and total knee recertification.
        “That really demonstrates the high quality of care that we provide to our total joint patients. We’re one of two hospitals in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan to have that certification. The other one being Wildwood Orthopedic and Spine Hospital at Central Avenue and Reynolds Road,” he said.
        The hospital’s labor and delivery department last year received for the second time an Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies five star designation.  “We’re proud of that,” he said.
        “We also had employee donation drives and gave some charitable contributions to our partners at Oakdale Elementary School and the East Toledo Family Center,” he said.
Making a difference
        In 2022, the American Nurses Association recognized the nurse’s month of May with the theme “You make a difference,” he said.
        “At the end of last summer, someone came to our campus as a visitor. She was bringing her child there for some pediatric care. She had a life threatening event. Our rapid response team was in one of our waiting rooms, they able to assess her, recognized what was happening and performed high quality emergency care, and transferred that person quickly to Toledo Hospital, who then transferred her to Cleveland. Four weeks later, she was home with her family, with little to no deficits at all. If that event hadn’t occurred on our campus, who knows what would have happened. She was honored to come back, and kicked off our holiday season by lighting up our Christmas tree with our staff. That’s just one example of how we feel we make a difference.”
        He thanked “our corporate mission partners” that provide support every year.
        “They help support us, give us direction, raise funds that we give back to the community. Hopefully, we’ll get their support in 2023,” he said.
        He called 2023 a “transition year.”
        “Just trying to get back to some financial stability – the pre-pandemic, pre-inflationary times - and get back to where we were,” said Wadsworth.
        “In 2024, we’ll be making some investments to enhance the health and well-being of our community,” he added.


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