Week in Review: Michigan Medicine gold medalists; a game-changer for mental health — and more!

August 6, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

The sports world was front-and-center in Headlines this week, in the spirit of the Olympics. On Thursday, faculty and staff nominated the “gold medalists” in their areas, while earlier, Michigan Medicine experts shared why it’s so important for athletes to look out for their mental health.

Also this week, Mott shared how it is looking out for the needs of families who recently welcomed a child with complex medical conditions, and the organization demonstrated a new non-surgical and innovative treatment for congenital heart disease.

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Meet your Michigan Medicine gold medalists

An administrative specialist who has created “Coffee Talks” to help share ways to understand racism and affect change, a regulatory manager who has had the agility to adjust to ever-changing government requirements … these are just two of the Michigan Medicine team members named a gold medalist by their colleagues. Check out who else was honored for their impressive work!  

A game-changer for mental health: Sports icons open up

Simone Biles, Naomi Osaka and other superstars have had the spotlight on them for years. But recently, they have come forward to say something few have said before them: that they needed to step aside to protect their mental health. Find out why U-M experts say such an acknowledgment has been long overdue in the sports world

New program offers support for families of newborns with complex medical conditions

Having a baby is overwhelming — and that’s especially the case when your child is born with complex medical conditions. A new program at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital called the Little Victors League has been designed to support families and children with such conditions and help them thrive. Click here for details.

Breakthrough valve replacement offers non-surgical treatment for congenital heart disease

Many children born with congenital heart disease face surgeries both after birth and later in life. But a new treatment being offered at Mott aims to minimize invasive surgeries and protect long-term health. Learn more about the Harmony transcatheter pulmonary valve, as Mott becomes the first in the state to offer the procedure.

This week, The Wrap employee podcast returned from a two-week break! You can find out all about the Jack Billi Award for Inspiring Quality Improvement — including who can be nominated and how you can go about nominating a colleague — as the podcast was joined by the award’s namesake himself, among others.

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