Week in Review: Week of Aug. 27, 2018

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Are you ready for the holiday weekend? As you prepare to bid goodbye to summer — and hello to college football season — take a look back at the week that was at Headlines!

Over the past few days, readers were given an inside look at Michigan-OPEN, a team fighting the ongoing opioid epidemic. Chief Medical Officer Jeff Desmond, M.D., also discussed his role and what he’s most looking forward to in the years ahead; biomedical photographer Brian Reynolds explained why working at Michigan Medicine is so rewarding; and a patient shared how the organization’s experts helped him manage severe migraines.

Here’s the latest!

Taking an OPEN look at the opioid crisis

Did you know that more than 134 people die each day in the U.S. from opioid abuse? While the public health crisis worsens, there is a dedicated team at Michigan Medicine committed to combating the epidemic. Click here to learn more about Michigan-OPEN and its many initiatives, which are designed to make a lasting impact in the years ahead.

Meeting the needs of patients: Q&A with Jeff Desmond, M.D.

Jeff Desmond, M.D., has a lot on his plate — from overseeing patient safety measures to coordinating clinical care with partners across the state. The chief medical officer recently sat down with Headlines to discuss those responsibilities, and offered insight into many of the exciting programs currently being implemented across the organization. Check out what he had to say!

Why I Work Here: Brian Reynolds, biomedical photographer

During his 25-year career in the newspaper industry, photographer Brian Reynolds never expected to play a role in helping patients and families. But a career change in 2013 brought him to Michigan Medicine, where he now takes photos for the Craniofacial Anomalies Program, providing a vital assist to oral and plastic surgeons. Click through to find out what makes Reynolds’ daily work so gratifying.

Migraine nightmare sparks successful photography career

For years, severe migraines kept Adam Jacobs cooped up in his apartment, unable to perform even the simplest of tasks. Fortunately, he found his way to Michigan Medicine for treatment, where faculty and staff have helped him learn to manage his symptoms. His new lease on life has led to a new career — where he travels the globe as a professional photographer. Learn Jacobs’ remarkable story.

Michigan Medicine, St. Joseph Mercy Health System announce another collaboration

The organization recently announced another collaboration with St. Joseph Mercy Health System. Beginning Sept. 4, Michigan Medicine will begin caring for an expanded patient population on the 10 East Medicine Unit at St. Joseph Ann Arbor. Find out details of the collaboration and how it will help the organization improve access to high-quality care for patients in the area.