Week in Review: Week of Oct. 5, 2020

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It’s the first full week of October — and the calendar played a big role in what was recently featured in Headlines.

For example, it’s National Health Care Food Service Worker Week, so on Monday, the newsletter gave readers an inside look at a typical day for executive chef Curtis Stevens, R.D.N. It’s also PA Week, and in recognition, physician assistants were recognized for their incredible work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Headlines also told the story of a pediatric patient who got the cancer care he needed at Mott; and more of the organization’s history was outlined in honor of the 150th anniversary of the academic medical center.

In case you missed anything, here’s the latest:

A Day in the Life: Curtis Stevens, R.D.N., Michigan Medicine executive chef

For Curtis Stevens, every day is an interesting challenge. That’s because the organization’s executive chef splits his time between two kitchens (at UH and C&W), helps write and research recipes and educates the next generation of food service workers, dietitians and nutritionists. Learn more about all of Stevens’ duties and how his work helps improve the patient experience at Michigan Medicine.

Critical to the mission: Physician assistants step up amid COVID-19 pandemic

It’s PA Week 2020, providing an ideal opportunity to celebrate the role physician assistants have played across the organization in the midst of COVID-19 — from assisting with drive-thru testing to caring for patients to holding down the fort in their original areas. Click here to read about the experiences of just a few PAs and how the pandemic has impacted their work and personal lives.

Cancer isn’t one size fits all: Nashawn’s story

When 9-year-old Nashawn failed to respond to treatment for leukemia, Michigan Medicine experts sprang into action. Through genetic sequencing, they were able to identify issues and transform treatment to better help the young patient. Check out Nashawn’s incredible story — and the story of those who have helped him across the institution.

Exploring the mind’s mysteries: 130 years of mental health care and innovation at U-M

The State Psychopathic Hospital opened in 1906 … the Neuropsychiatric Institute opened in 1939 … the Rachel Upjohn Building opened in 2006. These are all facilities that advanced the way mental health was approached and treated at U-M. As part of the 150th anniversary celebration of the academic medical center, click through for more on this unique history of innovation at Michigan Medicine.

This week, The Wrap employee podcast tackled a timely and important issue — substance use disorder during COVID-19 and the work Michigan Medicine experts are doing to help combat it. The show features Paul Hilliard, M.D., who is part of Rewrite the Script, a team working hard to find solutions to the national opioid crisis. Check it out via the YouTube video at the top of the story or media player below. Please note, the media player is not compatible with Internet Explorer, so open in a new browser or find The Wrap on your personal device to take a listen!