Making a Difference: Innovation

November 24, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

Employees across Michigan Medicine continue to make a difference and inspire colleagues through their hard work and dedication. Each month, Headlines features a set of randomly selected submissions from the Making a Difference awards program that highlight employees’ dedication to an organizational core value.

This month, the value of focus is innovation.

I will promote a culture of creativity, flexibility and curiosity that inspires new ideas and ways of thinking, behaving, and improving the world.

Recognizing the contributions employees make to the organization helps the team to become more motivated, drives better teamwork and gives each individual a sense that they are an integral part of achieving organizational goals.

The Making a Difference program recently aligned recognition with the Michigan Medicine core values of caring, integrity, innovation, inclusion and teamwork. This is a great way to further demonstrate how employees are living out the core values in the education, research and patient care settings.

Mary Banks, Dean’s Office

Mary, I’m always surprised how you find ways to create such great program offerings. You keep things refreshed and interesting for employees to get involved with. You are a very helpful resource when needing assistance or guidance. When someone offers an idea, you go out of your way to assist and create lemonade out of lemons. Your discussions are always full of fruitful takeaways. Thank you for thinking outside the box!

Tonya McCoy, internal medicine – gastroenterology

Tonya, you implemented an e-fax system which saves waste and increases efficiency within our team. This is so important, especially during the pandemic with most people working remotely. Thank you!

Meera Meerkov, pediatrics – neonatal/perinatal

Meera has worked thoughtfully and tirelessly — before, during and in current pandemic conditions — to advance work that makes transitions of care better in the newborn ICU. She has gone from a project participant to its undisputed leader and expert, and now leads an interprofessional team with grace and style.

Larry Gruppen, DLHS Division of Prof Ed

Professor Gruppen, you’re an inspiration to all MHPE learners and alumni. I am forever grateful for your academic support, encouragement and guidance during my three years of studying in the MHPE Program at the U-M Medical School.

Catherine Joynt, compliance

Thank you, Cathie, for coming up with the idea and writing the policy regarding telecommuting at Michigan Medicine during COVID-19. Your innovation and teamwork is very much appreciated, especially with such short notice. Thank you for your help!

Tom Mann, Occupational Health Services

Tom, you continuously support the staff at OHS while managing your workload in the ever-changing, fast-paced working world we live in. Your innovative thinking and planning is second to none. Thank you for all your support and assistance as we move forward full steam ahead.

Lori Taylor, finance

For the purposes of improving the long-standing monthly rent adjustment process for Michigan Medicine leased locations, Lori took the initiative to review the process. She then created and implemented a revised process, thus making adjustments to rent payments more straightforward. This process improvement led to increased efficiency and accuracy with monthly rent payments.

Robert Lossing, radiology

Thank you, Robert, for providing your entire team with handy cards with all the important numbers we so often need! You have made our work life so much more efficient in doing so. Your initiative and drive is admirable and I, as well as the rest of the team, appreciate you!

Taylor Hesano, C&W 8W NICU

Taylor has spent 50+ hours providing peritoneal dialysis (PD) inservices to the nurses on our unit. She provided us with valuable information, was patient with us while we were doing our check-offs and made the experience fun! Taylor is a great PD superuser and resource. She made a difference by educating the nurses on or unit to help us all be safe and knowledgeable during this transition. Thank you Taylor for all you do!

Making a Difference awards can now be submitted through the new recognition site. Click here to send your colleague or a group of colleagues an award, or send an e-card to recognize a coworker.