Week in Review: Pediatric patient meets Paralympic role model; COVID-19 vaccine stories — and more!

April 23, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

This week featured spring in southeastern Michigan — complete with snowfall and chilly temperatures. That made it appropriate that Headlines shared some “cool” stories over the past few days.

For instance, employees shared the motivation behind them getting the COVID-19 vaccine; readers learned about a pediatric patient who met one her heroes via Zoom; the Mitral Valve Clinic celebrated its recent recognition; and the faculty and staff from pathology were lauded for their efforts during the pandemic.

Find all those stories and more in the Headlines Week in Review!

Why I got the COVID-19 vaccine: Faculty, staff share their stories

One doctor got the COVID-19 vaccine because her family had first-hand knowledge of the power of vaccines — dating back to her uncle contracting polio. Another staff member said the vaccine is her way of helping end the pandemic and getting the world get back to normal for her infant son. Check out all the reasons your colleagues are getting the vaccine!

Toddler with Spina bifida meets Paralympian: ‘She has crutches like me’

While watching the Super Bowl, two-and-a-half-year-old Myah Schneider saw a commercial with someone who looked just like her — paralympian Jessica Long. “I want to be just like that girl,” said Myah, who has spina bifida and uses crutches, similar to Long. After a photo of the child’s reaction went viral, Myah had a chance to meet with her new hero. Learn more about this remarkable story here.

Michigan Medicine receives national recognition for excellence in mitral valve repair

The mitral valve is one of four valves in the heart — and it makes sure blood flows in the right direction through your heart and to the rest of your body. Tens of thousands of people a year, however, suffer from mitral valve disease. Fortunately, Michigan Medicine has become a world-class destination for treating such patients. Click through to read about a recent award the mitral valve team received for its efforts!

Passing the test: Pathology Department teams help carry Michigan Medicine through pandemic

Carrying out hundreds of thousands of tests … helping collect blood in a safe and efficient way … performing critical autopsies to help keep the community safe. These are just a few of the important efforts the Department of Pathology has been involved in since COVID-19 first hit Michigan in March 2020. Learn about all of their work here.  

Organization hits vaccine milestone, offers more appointments

Earlier this week, Michigan Medicine began inviting all patients age 16 and older who live in Michigan and have not already been vaccinated to receive a vaccine. It was a huge milestone in the organization’s efforts to get the COVID-19 pandemic under control. Click for details!

Learn even more about COVID-19 vaccines — and why they’re critical to ending the pandemic — by checking out the latest episode of The Wrap employee podcast. Sandro Cinti, M.D., professor of infectious diseases, stopped by to talk about the safety and efficacy of the vaccines and explained why faculty and staff should make getting a vaccine a priority. 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 find The Wrap on your personal device to take a listen!