2019 Headlines Year in Review

December 24, 2019  //  FOUND IN: News,

With New Year’s Day just around the corner, Headlines is celebrating the past year at Michigan Medicine.

And what a year it was!

Here’s a quick glance at just a few of the most notable stories from 2019:

Celebrating history, creating the future

Last week, Michigan Medicine marked the 150th anniversary of the first university-owned hospital in the U.S. But earlier in the year, there was another significant milestone: the 50th anniversary of the gift that created C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

In addition to peering into the past, the organization also announced how it will impact the future of medicine — by breaking ground on a new 12-story hospital to be built adjacent to the Frankel Cardiovascular Center. 

Recognizing employees

Throughout the year, Michigan Medicine took time to celebrate its greatest asset — faculty and staff. With the Employee Appreciation Breakfast and Dinner, the annual Ice Cream Social and Service Awards dinner, thousands of team members received the recognition they earned through hard work and dedication to the organization.

Meet your Michigan Medicine MVPs

Employees themselves twice had the chance to honor their colleagues. Kudos were given out through a Headlines call for Michigan Medicine MVPs. Click here and here to see who was praised as a superstar in their unit or department! 

Making patient safety a priority

As the organization embarks on its journey to high reliability, Headlines shared a number of examples of faculty and staff doing their part to enhance patient safety. From one team member who made his voice heard during a procedure in the operating room to a pharmacy technician who spotted altered medication, these were tremendous examples of faculty and staff speaking up for safety. 

Four-legged friends

Employees, patients and families made some furry friends this year! Over the summer, Madira, a therapy horse, made a visit to Michigan Medicine on behalf of patient Rebecca Billiel. Later in the year, readers were able to check out a day in the life of Anna, a facility dog who visits patients and staff members as part of Spiritual Care.

Year-round celebrations

No matter the occasion, Michigan Medicine colleagues and patients got into the holiday spirit! For instance, on Valentine’s Day, heartwarming couples who both work in the organization shared their photos. New dads in the Birth Center were also celebrated for Father’s Day, employees dressed up on Halloween, and service members were recognized on Veteran’s Day

Mission accomplished

Each day, employees come to Michigan Medicine to advance health to serve Michigan and the world. And no matter their role, part of that goal is ensuring patients and families receive the best care possible. Throughout 2019, that mission was certainly accomplished — and a number of patient stories exemplified the best of what Michigan Medicine has to offer.

For instance, the McGowan family shared how child life specialists and Gifts of Art came together to help their six-year-old son Colton cope with cancer treatment. And another patient stopped by to discuss how U-M Addiction Treatment Services saved his life.

Both stories are a testament to the incredible work being performed across the organization.

Thank you for all you do — and all you will continue to do — at Michigan Medicine. All of us at Headlines wish you happy holidays and a safe and healthy new year!