Recognition wrap-up

March 29, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

At Michigan Medicine, recognizing the contributions and efforts of colleagues is essential to creating an engaging environment, which results in increased productivity and innovation.

As part of National Recognition Month, Headlines asked you to recognize your peers by saying “thank you” to those who make a difference every day for patients and families.

Here’s a closer look at some colleagues who were recently honored by their coworkers:

7W adult bone marrow transplant team

Not a day goes by that I don’t see each and every employee of the 7W adult bone marrow transplant unit striving to provide the best care possible to patients. I see registered nurses reaching out and assisting each other and patient care technicians going above and beyond to ensure that every patient need is met.

It gives me immense joy to work with every member of the team. I want to say thank you to infinity and beyond for their dedicated care.

Heather Revels, neurosurgery

Heather deserves a big “thank you” for always answering our questions, helping others when they get behind, being our MiChart super user, demonstrating that she is a great teacher for our new employees and being dependable and fun to work with.

She is an awesome team player and such an important part of the neurosurgery team. Thanks, Heather!

Office of Patient Experience

I would like to recognize the entire Office of Patient Experience. We’re a relatively new office with different departments coming together for the singular purpose of improving the patient experience.

I want to thank everyone for their enthusiasm and willingness to launch our office and take on new projects! I’d also like to thank every employee for doing their part to ensure Michigan Medicine takes the patient experience to the next level. Go team!

Department of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery

I’d like to recognize the Department of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery for the department’s dedication to employee engagement. The department’s Employee Engagement and Recognition Committee — or EERC — meets every month to brainstorm how to recognize employees for their hard work. They give out annual staff awards, birthday and work anniversary e-cards and carry out “recognition weeks” for employees in various roles.

Maintaining a robust recognition program is time-consuming and everyone who is active in the EERC often has to complete these activities outside of work hours. These individuals genuinely care about their colleagues feeling appreciated and recognized, which contributes to the culture of camaraderie and appreciation throughout the department!

Research management team, Cancer Surveillance and Outcomes Research Team (CanSORT)

Our fantastic team — which includes Stefanie Goodell, Alex Jeanpierre, Kamaria Lee, Rebecca Morrison, and Dawn Russell — has already completed two major achievements in 2017.

First, the team members submitted a project grant renewal to the National Cancer Institute for $14.7M. Their strong teamwork also resulted in our research group having 12 science journal articles accepted for publication since Jan. 1.

These accomplishments would not have been possible without an incredible amount of hard work and dedication. Thank you!

Amy Schneider, registered dietitian, ambulatory care, Northville Health Center

I want to thank Amy for the fantastic work she does on a daily basis for our patients. We consistently hear feedback on how Amy has helped an individual reach his or her nutrition goal and how she does it in a friendly, positive manner.

For example, one patient recently wrote: “Amy talked with me about what I wanted. At our follow-ups she helped me break down my barriers [to good health] slowly, using scientific jargon in a way I could digest so that the information would become a part of my day-to-day living. Amy made it clear that she was not only here to help me lose weight but to live a healthier, longer life. Thank you, Amy!”

Amy makes a difference in the lives of many people we serve and deserves recognition for all that she does!

Department of General Medicine

In general medicine, we’ve turned the whiteboard in our kitchen area into a “Kudos Board” in honor of National Recognition Month! Our team members are doing a fantastic job pointing out the person in the unit they recently called for assistance, the coworker who smiled at them today, the colleague who is always “a team player” or anyone they believe deserves a “thank you” or “good job.”

As the division administrator, I’d like to take a moment myself to send out “kudos” to our entire team, as they give their all for our patients!

While Recognition Month is coming to an end, be sure to continue thanking your coworkers each and every day for their hard work and dedication!