Week in Review: Week of Feb. 15, 2021

February 19, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

Still digging out from the snowstorm earlier this week? Don’t worry, Headlines is here with a flurry of feel-good stories!

On Monday, readers learned about 13-year-old Maren Robinson, who underwent one of a record 22 heart transplants at Mott last year. There was also recognition of faculty and staff who have embodied one of the organization’s core values in recent weeks; insight into the work of Halley Crissman, M.D., M.P.H., who is making Michigan Medicine more inclusive for everyone; and a rundown of pioneers across U-M who have broken barriers over the past 160 years.

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

13-year-old celebrates one year with a new heart

In early 2020 — after years of surgeries and repairs — Maren Robinson’s heart finally stopped working. But with the support and expertise of Michigan Medicine faculty and staff, Maren is once again her “fun, silly, goofy, happy self.” Read the teenager’s remarkable story and find out how her heart transplant at Mott was one of a record number of such procedures last year.

Making a Difference: Celebrating our core values

Whether demonstrating caring, integrity, innovation, inclusion or teamwork, it’s clear that Michigan Medicine employees are dedicated to carrying out the organization’s five core values. Click through to read about just a few of your colleagues who stepped up in recent weeks and earned themselves a Making a Difference Award.

Videos teach inclusion and caring for transgender patients

When Halley Crissman, M.D., M.P.H., first became a medical student at U-M, she saw the school’s non-discrimination policy on gender identity as a good start to making Michigan Medicine a safe, accepting place for transgender and non-binary patients and staff. However, in her mind, the policy alone was not enough. Learn how she then stepped up, creating training videos and other resources to make the organization more inclusive than ever before.

Celebrating firsts: A look at those who broke barriers at U-M, Michigan Medicine

The first African-American student admitted in 1853 … the first woman to graduate from the medical school in 1871 … the first African-American department chair named in 2009 … these are just a few of the many milestones faculty and staff have reached since the university’s founding. In honor of Black History Month (and Women’s History Month in just a few weeks), click here for a comprehensive list of diversity-related accomplishments at U-M.

The Wrap employee podcast is celebrating a milestone of its own! This week, the show celebrated its 100th episode with a look back at highlights from the first 99 and a look ahead to what the podcast has in store for listeners and viewers in the future.

Check it out via the YouTube video at the top of the page or media player below. Please note, the media player is not compatible with Internet Explorer, so open in a new browser or search for “The Wrap by Michigan Medicine Headlines” on your personal device to take a listen! 

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