Week in Review: Week of May 25, 2020

May 29, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

It may have been a short week at Headlines, but the newsletter was chock full of informative, inspiring and important stories.

For instance, there was an in-depth look at patient Al Nykamp, who was cured of three diseases in a single day thanks to the experts at Michigan Medicine. There was also a historical perspective on how U-M played a major role in last century’s polio outbreak; and readers were given a full rundown of the patient portal and why it will be so important moving forward.

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

Three diseases, one cure

In a single day, Al Nykamp was cured of liver cancer, cirrhosis caused by hepatitis C and hemophilia. That’s right, Nykamp was able to overcome all three ailments thanks to a risky liver transplant carried out by Michigan Medicine faculty and staff. Click here to read his story and find out how the patient is recovering just months after the procedure!

Looking back on another virus battle: U-M’s role in polio history

In many ways, U-M served as a key battleground in the polio epidemic — as the organization created groundbreaking treatments and carried out a massive clinical trial that led to the first approved vaccine. Learn more about this impressive history and see how the lessons learned decades ago could help in the fight against COVID-19.

Safe, easy and convenient: Why it’s important to help patients take advantage of the online portal

As Michigan Medicine adopts a “virtual first” approach to care, it’s more vital than ever that patients and providers become familiar with the patient portal. The portal allows patients to review upcoming appointments, request prescription refills, message providers or pay bills. And all of it can be done from the safety of home. Click through for more on the portal, including ways you can help promote its use to patients and colleagues.

As Mental Health Awareness Month wraps up, be sure to learn about the Michigan Medicine Wellness Office on the latest episode of The Wrap! You can find an interview with Chief Wellness Officer Kirk Brower, M.D., via the YouTube video at the top of the page or media player below. Please be sure to use a browser other than Internet Explorer or find on your personal device to take a listen!

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