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It's strange to
see Sinai empty and abandoned. It must cost a heller amount for them to
keep it at a minimally functional level. I figured someone would have reopened
it by now...
was born at Sinai in 1962, and had 3 major surgeries there, most recently
in 1998. My understanding was that DMC (Detroit Medical Centers), which
owned both Sinai and Grace hospitals, hit major financial trouble during
this time. Many DMC centers were closed in the 1990's, including a large
DMC center on Van Dyke in Sterling Heights, as well as many smaller buildings.
Sinai was unfortunately chosen because it was the older of the two hospitals
(Grace being the other).
hope someday another group, better managed and financed than DMC, will
come along and reopen Sinai. It seems a huge waste, all that property,
those buildings, and no one using them.
the way, some of the buildings on-site are still used, like the Hechtman
son was born there only 6 yrs ago. Such a shame for the building to go
to waste when so many people need medical care and a place to live.
grew up two blocks from Sinai Hospital. My first job was as a candy-striper
there in the medical records department. We used to walk our dog on the
lawn as seen in the view from Outer Drive. My girlfriend and I used to
babysit for the children of the hospital interns when we were teenagers.
have memories of Sinai even though I am only 19 years old. This was much
of my family's main hospital. I remember going there and spending countless
hours, in the waiting rooms and with my dad when he had his second open
heart surgery in 1991, still a great place with great doctors and nurses.
Many births of cousins and other relatives. This hospital and Beaumont
in Royal Oak were the two main hospitals for the jewish community to go
to in the late 20th century, however this one had a special place in jewish
people's hearts because it was built for them.
grandpa was in Sinai in the early 1970s when he had cancer of the jaw.
My grandparents lived in Lincoln Park, we lived in Wyandotte, neither
of us ventured into Detroit very often. I remember feeling guilty because
I was excited about being in Detroit, during a time when I was supposed
to be sad. To us Downriver Rats, Sinai looked incomparably majestic.
Hospital was bought out by the Detroit Medical Center about 5 years ago.
Then for cost cutting they combined Grace Hospital And Sinai into Sinai-Grace
Hospital using the Grace facility. Sinai could not survive on its own
due to lower insurance Reimbursements and the fact that many of the Jewish
patrons had Moved up Southfield Fwy and Northwestern Hwy out of Detroit
and The once flourishing Outer Drive area.
Hospital of Detroit was like no other hospital in Detroit. It was a place
where sick people went to get healed with the philosophy "to save
a single life is to save the world!" In 1990, Michigan healthcare
statistics revealed it had the lowest morbidity of any Michigan hospital.
My first job as a pharmacist was at Sinai; skills learned that established
a successful professional career for me. Sinai saved my fathers' life
in 1995 through an aggressive ventilator wein program like no other...none.
I always felt rich driving every morning onto the plush campus to work
and then greet such dedicated, intelligent co-workers. Legend had it that
when the original founding fathers met to select a location, one futurist
wanted then to build at 13 and Woodward (site of Beaumont!) but the Jewish
community was at Outer Drive/Sheaffer...the rest is history. Internal
turmoil boiled over through the 1990's when Sinai wanted to sell, it appears
it literally became a feeding frenzy by all parties and the actual physcical
plant took the beating! Another theory has it that "a patient felt
they were mistreated in about 1997 and the DMC quickly rectified the situation
and closed the original Sinai to keep the press happy." I don't know,
others felt the ICU's needed remodeling etc. We all lost when Sinai disbanded,
it's more than a building, it's a serious loss for all of us requiring
healthcare. Lastly, go right ahead and believe it, it's like the future
shock reality of American healthcare. Sadly this mess was associated with
the Jewish community of Detroit whom bankrolled decades of losses to preserve
the Sinai Hospital of Detroit.