Gratitude and thanks to the Michigan Medicine community

February 6, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership

A message from Tony Denton, senior vice-president & chief operating officer

One of the most rewarding aspects of working at Michigan Medicine is the opportunity to be surrounding by talented, kind and generous colleagues.

And each year through the U-M United Way campaign, our Michigan Medicine generosity makes an important and positive difference across Washtenaw County.

That was certainly the case in 2019 — as employees across the university and Michigan Medicine partnered to raise financial support and help our neighbors in need in a variety of ways.

As  a team, the total funds raised for the U-M’s United Way Campaign for Washtenaw County exceeded our goal of  $1.25 million. These funds will help many individuals receive vital health, human and empowerment services.

But our efforts did not stop there. Around the winter holidays, 626 adult patients had their stay made just a little bit warmer through delivery of poinsettias to them during their stay at University Hospital. The plants were all donated by members of the Michigan Medicine community.

“Food Insecurity” is a challenging issue across the nation, including in our local and surrounding communities. We have been holding food drives for several years and I am so humbled by your continuous support.

During this past year, Michigan Medicine team contributions led to donations of nearly $1,700 and 3,588 pounds of non-perishable food items for the hungry and homeless as part of the Michigan Harvest Gathering Food Drive. Thanks to you, nearly 8,500 meals found their way to a table of those in need to provide important nutrition that might facilitate health and wellness.

And to kick off the 2019 school year, 190 boxes of school supplies and almost 300 backpacks were collected for three local agencies who help homeless and other disadvantaged students succeed in their educational pursuits. As part of the school supply drive, Michigan Medicine team members also pledged nearly $4,000 to Maggie’s Marketplace, the food pantry created and managed by the entire team at our  Ypsilanti Health Center.

As you can see, these incredible efforts show that as Michigan Medicine is known for being “high-tech,” we all make a human difference in being “high-touch,” too. Your compassion, kindness and generosity are awesome reminders once again of the Michigan difference.  

Not only do patients and families receive world-class patient care, but the entire community benefits from the power of kindness.

I am grateful for your enthusiasm to serve others throughout the year… and thank you for all that you do. You “rock.”  Let’s keep it going.

Always leading — forever valiant.

Go Blue,