Campaign Spreads the Word, "Big Shot" Prevents Spread of Virus

In late 1999, a major flu epidemic sent thousands to emergency rooms around the country. Among the medical facilities hit hardest was Detroit Medical Center (DMC), a seven-
hospital system that had its five emergency rooms filled to capacity for 45 consecutive days. The flu epidemic put the hospital's reputation as a community caregiver on the line
and taxed its financial resources, particularly since many who ended up in the ER were uninsured.