2020: Headlines Year in Review

December 24, 2020  //  FOUND IN: News,

2020 is almost over — and for that, we are all thankful.

But the Headlines team is also thankful for all that has happened during the past year. More specifically, we are thankful for the faculty, staff and learners at Michigan Medicine who stepped up in amazing ways to continue carrying out world-class patient care, education and research amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Finally, we’re thankful for our readers, who time and again turn to Headlines as a source for truth, a source for policies and protocols and a source for important and memorable stories from across the organization.

To close out the year, here’s a look back at a few of those stories — and at many others where Michigan Medicine team members engaged with the employee newsletter to create unique features during a unique year.


When the pandemic first began, messages of gratitude poured in from across the community. Among them were special notes created by students at Spencer Elementary School in Brighton. But coworkers, other community members, and even the Michigan Marching Band also got into the act, letting Michigan Medicine’s faculty and staff know that their work was valued.

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

One of the ways the organization handled the first surge of COVID-19 was by activating the Regional Infectious Containment Unit, or RICU. Click here to find out how team members came together to pull off the feat and keep patients and colleagues as safe as possible.

Working from home? Here’s what’s working for you

Since March, a large portion of the organization has been working from home. Headlines found out what tips and strategies faculty and staff were implementing to make such work effective, as they balanced child care and other family obligations. Here’s what they had to say!

Faculty, staff, learners and more participate in Juneteenth tribute

With social and civil unrest rocking the nation this summer, employees stepped up, offering their support to colleagues in pain. On Juneteenth, thousands stepped outside Michigan Medicine facilities and took a knee in solidarity. Check out highlights from that meaningful day.

Throughout the rest of the year, Headlines used employee contributions to exemplify why “Diversity Means More” both in the workplace and in everyday life.

They’re official! Michigan Medicine’s first security K-9 duo report for duty to help staff

Michigan Medicine Security welcomed a new furry team member earlier this year: Leo, a K-9 who underwent vigorous training before officially reporting for work in April. And his arrival came at the perfect time, as he worked to ease anxiety for faculty and staff at the height of the pandemic. Learn more about this four-legged friend!

Welcome to the Michigan Medicine Art Fair

The Ann Arbor Art Fairs are a community staple, and even though the official events were canceled, Headlines wasn’t going to let 2020 pass by without a celebration of everyone’s artistic talents. So the newsletter organized the first-ever Virtual Employee Art Fair, featuring the incredible work of faculty, staff, students and family members!

Conquering COVID-19: Michigan Medicine’s first patient shares his story

What started out as a slight fever, headache and cough in March didn’t initially worry Paul DeWyse, 57, who is a double lung transplant recipient. But eventually, his symptoms worsened and DeWyse came to the Michigan Medicine Emergency Department, where he became the organization’s first COVID-19 patient. From there, faculty and staff worked diligently and safely to get him back on the road to recovery.

Meet your Michigan Medicine MVPs

It’s one thing to have Headlines tell you who has been stepping up during COVID-19. It’s even more meaningful, however, when faculty and staff themselves explain which teammates have proven to be superstars in 2020. Click through to see who was named Michigan Medicine MVPs for their work over the course of the pandemic.

Sweet or savory? Why not both? Introducing the first-ever Michigan Medicine Holiday Recipe book

Finally, after a difficult year, the holidays feel even more important than ever. And what better way to safely celebrate than with tasty food. So Headlines collected holiday recipes from individuals across Michigan Medicine to create the first-ever employee recipe book. See what delicious dishes you can create over the next week or so!

Thank you for all you have done during a year unlike any other. All of us at Headlines wish you happy holidays and a safe and healthy new year — we’ll see you in 2021!

The Wrap employee podcast also recently celebrated its Year in Review. Click here to take a listen or check it out via the YouTube video below!