Week in Review: New buttons show off smiles, reflections from first COVID-19 patient — and more!

March 12, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

One of this week’s featured stories highlighted buttons showing off the smiling faces of staff members at Mott — and the others are certain to put a smile on your face!

That’s because there was a rundown of faculty and staff who went above and beyond and earned Making a Difference Awards in recent weeks; a look back at how Michigan Medicine experts got their first COVID-19 patient back home safely; and a glance at the Social Work Research Committee, which is helping clinicians put important research efforts into motion.

Find all that and more as part of the Week in Review!

‘Button project” lets hospitalized kids see friendly faces behind masks

Masks are the simplest way to help limit the spread of COVID-19 — but they also make it difficult to deliver a reassuring smile to anxious patients. At Mott, staff members have found a way around that by wearing buttons that show off their smiling faces. Learn more about the “button project” and how it is making an enormous impact on the patient experience!

Making a Difference: Teamwork

In recent months, the Making a Difference program has highlighted submissions that pertain to certain organizational core values. This week, that value was teamwork. Take a look at who recently earned recognition from their peers for being exceptional team players!

One year later: Michigan Medicine’s first COVID-19 patient

Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of Paul DeWyse being admitted to Michigan Medicine — the first COVID-19 patient treated by the organization. From that point on, everything changed. Recently, DeWyse shared how he has recovered from the disease and how faculty and staff have given him “the gift of life.” Click through for more.

Putting ideas into practice: Committee helps clinicians carry out vital research

Easing anxiety during pokes and procedures has been a focus for Julie Piazza, M.S., CCLS, for many years. But when she wanted to find out if phlebotomists had the proper training to carry out tools developed by child life team, Piazza didn’t know where to start. So she turned to the Social Work Research Committee, which helps clinicians perform essential research. Check out Piazza’s story and see if the SWRC can serve as a resource for you!

On Monday, March 15, the Vital Voices faculty and staff engagement surveys will launch. Get a preview of the surveys and learn what you can expect on the latest episode of The Wrap employee podcast. Watch it via the YouTube video at the top of the page or listen via the 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!