A message from Michigan Medicine leaders: Thank you

March 4, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership

Dear colleagues,

Today is National Employee Appreciation Day, which also helps us to kick off March as National Recognition Month. This is an opportune time for us to express our deep gratitude to all of you for your contributions to our organization every day. Without you, it would be impossible to provide exceptional patient care, conduct innovative research and train future health care leaders, in the ways that distinguish Michigan Medicine. We appreciate the unique skills and expertise that you bring to our teams to support our mission: advancing health for Michigan and the world.

In the past we had opportunities to gather together to show our gratitude and enjoy moments of comradery and connection. Unfortunately, the pandemic is not yet behind us. We understand how frustrating this can be, as COVID-19 continues to impact our workplace and our individual lives. All of you demonstrated great resilience and commitment as we managed through the fourth surge, making only necessary, minor adjustments to our daily operations and workflows. This is an incredible achievement for an organization of our size and complexity, and we are all so very appreciative and proud of your dedication.

Big accomplishments are always important, but we invite you to notice and celebrate the small moments, as well. Small acts of kindness, thoughtful words, and a reassuring smile can go so far in showing support for each other and our community.  This month, we are all reminded to pay it forward and thank and recognize those who make the small moments possible. Let’s do all we can to share gratitude and appreciation throughout the month.

Thank you for your continued focus on our mission and your daily practice of our core values: teamwork, caring, inclusion, integrity and innovation. 


Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, University of Michigan Medical School
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs
CEO, Michigan Medicine

Steven L. Kunkel, Ph.D.
Executive Vice Dean for Research, Medical School
Chief Scientific Officer, Michigan Medicine

Nancy May, D.N.P, RN-BC, NEA-BC, FAAN
Chief Nurse Executive, U-M Health

David C. Miller, M.D., M.P.H.

President, U-M Health
Executive Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs, Medical School

Debra Weinstein, M.D.
Executive Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Medical School
Chief Academic Officer, Michigan Medicine