Week in Review: Week of April 27, 2020

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May has arrived — and at Headlines April certainly went out in style. That’s because the newsletter featured more of the incredible team members who are going above and beyond during COVID-19.

There was a closer look at how Environmental Services staff members ensure facilities are clean and safe; a multidisciplinary team was recognized for quickly and efficiently activating the RICU; med students shared how they are helping carry out an endless stream of pandemic-related needs; and readers learned about the recent surge in virtual care at Michigan Medicine.

Find those stories and more in the Week in Review!

Hidden heroes: EVS team works quietly on the front lines to protect care teams, patients

Every day at Michigan Medicine, Environmental Services staff play a key role in keeping faculty, staff and patients as safe as possible. That’s especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the team works diligently and continuously to clean and sanitize the environment and prevent the spread of disease. Click through for more on this valuable group!

Negative pressure, positive attitude: How faculty and staff came together to active the RICU

While COVID-19 still seemed distant to many Michiganders in early March, a multidisciplinary team at Michigan Medicine had already formed to discuss the potential need for a unit to care for positive patients. The work they put in eventually led to the RICU, or regional infectious containment unit. Learn about their efforts and see how the RICU is working to keep patients and employees as safe as possible.

‘The skillset I had could benefit someone’: M-Response Corps faces down crisis

Delivering groceries to vulnerable populations … helping sort and organize donated personal protective equipment … teaching patients to sign up for the online portal. These are just three of the many functions U-M medical students have volunteered to carry out over the past few weeks. Find out why hundreds of them mobilized and sprang into action during COVID-19. 

Virtual care at Michigan Medicine explodes amid COVID-19 pandemic

With many ambulatory clinics temporarily closing and patients preferring to stay at home as opposed to coming to the academic medical center, the way care has been delivered at Michigan Medicine has changed drastically over the past couple months. Click here to see how video visits, E-Visits and more have surged — and why both employees and patients have found the change to be beneficial.

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, Chief Organizational Learning Officer Sonya Jacobs joined The Wrap to talk about professional development opportunities for faculty and staff and to discuss lessons she’s learned while leading through a crisis. Check it out via the YouTube link at the top of the page or the audio-only version via the media player below. Please note, the media player is no longer compatible with Internet Explorer, so please open in a new browser or find it on your personal device to take a listen!