Faculty, staff treat themselves at annual Ice Cream Social

August 22, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

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From massages to chef demonstrations to delicious desserts, there were plenty of “treats” available to Michigan Medicine faculty and staff at the recent Ice Cream Social employee appreciation event!

Attendees enjoyed the event — which had the theme of “Treat yourself!” — on a warm, beautiful day in the University Hospital and Medical School courtyards. Similar events were held in the UH Café for morning and evening shift workers.

Employees certainly got the royal “treat”ment all day long. For instance, faculty and staff lined up to receive free five-minute massages, met with planners to help with their financial wellness, participated in yoga classes on the lawn and learned about many of the unique services offered at Michigan Medicine.

In all, a record-breaking 20,000 faculty and staff members enjoyed ice cream either outside, in the cafeteria or on their specific unit.

“This year, we really wanted to focus on the overall well-being of our employees,” said JoAnn Grantham, the recognition program manager for Human Resources who organized the event. “Everyone works so hard every day to care for our patients and families, it’s the least we could do to ensure that they got a day dedicated to them. I’m so grateful for the planning committee and more than 100 volunteers who made this event possible.”

The new features were certainly noticed by attendees.

“It’s refreshing to see how different this event is every year,” said Nicole Magill, a medical assistant who works on the third floor of Taubman Center. Magill was lined up for a massage courtesy of Relax Station, a particularly popular attraction during the festivities. “Employees here are on their feet a lot, and sometimes our back starts to hurt, so this is just a great perk for all of us.”

An annual tradition

The Ice Cream Social again coincided with Researchpalooza, where the research community came together to celebrate their work and learn from one another.

“Both the Ice Cream Social and Researchpalooza have become a tradition for us to attend for the past seven years,” said Shirish Shukla, a research lab specialist with the Department of Pathology who attended with a coworker. “We get to come out here and see all of the new and exciting things that are constantly happening around the organization — and we get ice cream and giveaways at the same time! It’s just a great event.”

Others appreciated the opportunity to relax and socialize with their colleagues.

“We all see so many patients each day, so this is a fun chance to spend time together in a very different setting,” said Rose Rolston, a member of the laser team in the UH operating rooms. Her group of colleagues were lined up to enter a photo booth, where they could pose with fun props and costumes.

And the winner is …

For the second straight year, a raffle was held in conjunction with the Ice Cream Social to give away themed gift baskets donated by vendors and departments as a token of their appreciation.

Congratulations to the following winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s festivities and be sure to check out the photo gallery above to see who treated themselves during the event!