2018: Headlines Year in Review

December 21, 2018  //  FOUND IN: News,

With 2018 coming to an end, it’s time to take a look back at the year that was at Michigan Medicine.

From bright beginnings (at the Brighton Center for Specialty Care) to festive celebrations (in the wake of the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings), the past 12 months had just about everything.

Here’s a glance at some of the highlights!

Michigan Medicine hospitals ranked No. 5 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report

In mid-August, Michigan Medicine’s adult hospitals were ranked No. 5 in the nation and first in the state by U.S. News & World Report. Earlier in the year, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital was recognized among the top children’s hospitals in the country and the U-M Medical School also earned impressive honors.

2018 Employee Engagement Survey results and follow-up

Michigan Medicine employees made their voices heard in vital ways through the 2018 Employee Engagement Survey. Take a look at survey results by clicking here and then check out some of the improvements that were made in the ensuing months!

Meet your Michigan Medicine MVPs and gold medalists

Twice this year, Headlines readers had a chance to give kudos to their colleagues. In February, just as the Winter Olympics were ramping up, employees recognized coworkers who were deserving of a gold medal. And in September, Michigan Medicine MVPs were named by individuals across the organization.

Mott earns distinction as Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center

In February, Mott made headlines by being named a Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons. To earn the distinction, Mott was required to meet rigorous criteria for staffing, training, facility infrastructure and protocols for care. Learn more about the recognition by clicking here.

One dad, nine lives: Father, family find support at Michigan Medicine

With four biological children and five more who are adopted, dinnertime at the Kreps household is a little crowded. As are family outings to the park or even just a board game night at home. But father Erik and his wife, Sandy, wouldn’t have it any other way. Click through for more on the Kreps family and learn how they get the support they need at Michigan Medicine!

$150M gift transforms cancer research, care at U-M

Richard and Susan Rogel are on a mission to boost innovative cancer research — and this year, they pledged $150 million to help realize that vision. Learn more about the largest gift ever made to the organization — one that led to a new name at Michigan Medicine, the Rogel Cancer Center.

Large paws serve a great cause

Every other Friday, 5B at University Hospital welcomes a large guest — a 125-pound Bernese Mountain Dog named Finnegan. The certified therapy dog is there to provide a respite from what can be a stressful time for those in the hospital, including patients, families and staff members. Check out Finnegan’s story.

A bright start: Brighton Center for Specialty Care is now open

On Sept. 4, Michigan Medicine expanded its offerings by opening the Brighton Center for Specialty Care. The 297,000-square-foot facility houses more than 50 adult and pediatric services, along with four operating rooms and 16 infusion chairs. Take a closer look at BCSC by clicking here.

Access: Opening the doors for patients at Michigan Medicine

The new Brighton facility wasn’t the only way Michigan Medicine improved access this year. The organization entered into a joint venture with St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea, began caring for an expanded patient population on the 10 East Medicine Unit at St. Joseph Ann Arbor, and brought employees to the table to help solve patient access challenges within the academic medical center.

Mission possible: New mission statement presented at Leadership Day

Leaders from across the organization came together in early September for Leadership Day. It served as a chance to discuss the organization’s new mission statement: “We advance health to serve Michigan and the world.” Click here for more on the event and the new mission statement.

Looking toward the future: Survival Flight adds jet to improve patient care

Survival Flight took two major steps to improve the critical care it provides to patients across the region. First, it introduced a new ambulance that provides safe, comfortable ground transportation when air travel is not an option. Next, a new jet joined its fleet, allowing Survival Flight to carry out longer, more complex trips than its previous aircrafts.

Taking an open look at the opioid crisis

One of the most pressing public health crises of 2018 has been the opioid epidemic. At Michigan Medicine, experts across the organization are working to combat the issue, from the team behind Michigan-OPEN, to a unique event designed to improve pain management and reduce opioid-related harm.

The Wrap, Michigan Medicine’s new employee podcast, debuted in 2018. Check out its Year in Review — or any episode you may have missed — below!