Week in Review: Week of April 13, 2020

April 17, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

From metalworkers to facilities staff, med students to doctors and nurses, this week was all about highlighting those who have stepped up during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For instance, employees across the organization earned Making a Difference awards for their impressive efforts in recent weeks. On top of that, a multidisciplinary team shared how they pulled off the ongoing PPE supply drive; there was a feature on the staff who convert normal patient rooms to negative pressure rooms; and readers learned how the organization has been strengthened by individuals practicing universal skills.

For those stories and more, here’s the Week in Review:

#HailtotheFrontLine: Faculty and staff recognized for Making a Difference

Over the last several weeks, the Making a Difference recognition program has received countless examples of how faculty and staff have gone above and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read about many of these team members who provide a heartwarming reminder of the dedication and commitment shown every day at Michigan Medicine!

Donation drive succeeds, thanks to broad teamwork

Over the past month, Michigan Medicine has collected hundreds of thousands of personal protective equipment and other vital supplies from members of the community and companies around the region. But that wouldn’t have been possible without the ingenuity and efforts of many in the organization. Learn about what it has taken to carry out this successful supply drive!

Handling the pressure: Team members step up to convert patient rooms, meet demand

To keep patients and caregivers safe, it is desirable to place those with contagious diseases in negative pressure rooms. As COVID-19 hit, Michigan Medicine realized it would likely need more such spaces to meet a surge in demand. In stepped a group from both main campus and the medical campus, who devised a way to convert normal rooms in a matter of hours. Click for details!

High reliability skills strengthen organization in the fight against COVID-19

The organization’s journey to high reliability – which includes universal skills training that had been rolled out to about 10,000 employees prior to the pandemic – is helping employees protect themselves and their patients during COVID-19. From carrying out self-checks to asking clarifying questions, find out more about these skills and how they can help you in your daily work.

COVID-19 updates

FAQs and daily updates regarding COVID-19 can always be found on Headlines’ COVID-19 page. Additionally, messages of gratitude directed toward front-line faculty and staff are posted on this webpage. Please bookmark and return to these pages regularly, as information and messages are added often!

This week, The Wrap employee podcast discussed alcohol and substance abuse in a time of stress with Fred Blow, M.D., director of the U-M Addiction Center. Check it out via the YouTube link at the top of the page or media player below. Please note, the media player is no longer compatible with Internet Explorer, so please open in a different browser or on your personal device to listen!