Michigan Medicine Service Awards: Celebrating more than 4,740 years of combined service

November 18, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

Every year, Michigan Medicine Human Resources combines efforts with University Human Resources to host a virtual Service Awards event. This year’s event, held virtually Wednesday night, invited 269 staff members from across U-M who celebrated 30, 40, 45, 50 or 55 years of service in 2021. Of those staff members, 143 work for Michigan Medicine.

“Our faculty and staff — our people — are this organization’s most important asset,” said Deloris Hunt, M.S., chief human resources officer at Michigan Medicine. “We are fortunate that these employees have decided to make U-M and Michigan Medicine their employer of choice. We thank them for their decades of services to this great institution and all of our stakeholders.”

While this event was hosted in-person leading up to last year, it was with an abundance of caution that the organizers hosted it live via web streaming.

The event included recorded performances and messages from university leaders and colleagues, a display of all 269 staff members being recognized, and a special video highlighting memories and advice from some of the evening’s honorees.

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Michigan Medicine recognized (103) 30-year honorees, (31) 40-year honorees, eight 45-year honorees, and one special 50-year honoree. Here is what two of those honorees shared as some of their fondest memories over the years.

Carmen Calkin, 30-year honoree

Q: What is one of your fondest memories of working at U-M?

Carmen: Overall some of the best memories are of all the coworkers I have come to know and trust over the years, not to mention all of those in leadership who have supported, guided and promoted me.

Q: Why have you decided to spend 30 years of your career at U-M?

Carmen: Being part of the Michigan Difference! The high standards in hiring the best and brightest and the never-ending focus on providing the very best in patient care have kept me here for decades.

Q: What advice would you give employees who are navigating their career here?

Carmen: Demonstrate your loyalty and commitment to hard work every day and take advantage of all the career development resources offered here at Michigan Medicine.

Eileen Ham, 30-year honoree

Q: What is one of your fondest memories of working at U-M?

Eileen: I remember when I first started in the late 80s and early 90s, the university had Employee Appreciation Week in the courtyard. There were lots of activities, t-shirts, food and you could sit outside with your coworkers for lunch. Times have changed with so many remote work environments these days. I enjoy the remote work environment, but really miss the in-person connection.

Q: Why have you decided to spend 30 years of your career at U-M?

Eileen: U-M is a nice place to work with many wonderful friendships developed over the years.

Q: What advice would you give employees who are navigating their career here?

Eileen: I like that there are many opportunities for different career paths here at the university.

All 2021 Service Award honorees celebrating 30 and more years at Michigan Medicine are listed here. Faculty and staff are encouraged to use the Michigan Medicine recognition site to share kudos, congratulations and kind words of support. Send an ecard to congratulate our colleagues on their special milestone.

A recording of the 2021 Service Awards presentation can be viewed here.

For more information about the Service Awards, including a listing of those celebrating 10 and 20 years, visit the UHR Service Awards page.

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