Week in Review: ECMO team steps up; Infant Feeding Program helping newborns get home faster — and more!

April 15, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

This week, Headlines featured a number of teams working hard to innovate patient care and keep patients as healthy and safe as possible.

For instance, there was a closer look at the team behind ECMO — a lifesaving device that helps patients who are experiencing lung or heart failure. The newsletter also shared information about a new Home Infant Feeding Program; the organization was lauded for its dedication to improving health care for LGBTQ+ communities; and the Quality Month Committee announced that it is accepting submissions to celebrate projects that are improving quality and safety at Michigan Medicine.

In case you missed anything, here’s the latest:

Meet Michigan Medicine: ECMO Program

Throughout the pandemic, you have likely become familiar with the term “ECMO.” The acronym, which stands for Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation, is used as a last resort for patients who would likely not survive without it. Many of those patients have been affected by COVID-19. Click here for more about the small but mighty team that carries out ECMO at Michigan Medicine and saves lives.

Protecting our smallest, most vulnerable patients: Home Infant Feeding Program increases access to care

If a newborn has trouble feeding naturally, they often must stay in the hospital to receive nutrition necessary for their development. That can add stress and anxiety to parents hoping to bring their child home. Thanks to a new outpatient clinic at Mott, many of these infants are now discharged earlier, allowing parents to help develop their baby’s feeding skills at home. Click through for details!

Michigan Medicine recognized for health care for LGBTQ+ communities

Recently, the organization received a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign on the Healthcare Equality Index, giving Michigan Medicine the distinction of being a “Leader in LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality.” The honor is a culmination of years of work to improve the patient experience for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer. Learn about this important recognition.

Continuous improvement becoming a way of life at Michigan Medicine

Advancing health to serve Michigan and the world isn’t just a mission statement — it’s a way of life for faculty and staff across the organization. That’s because every day, colleagues work hard to improve quality and safety of care provided to patients. In recognition of that work, Michigan Medicine will once again celebrate Quality Month in October. Find out how you and your team can become part of this year’s festivities.

Frankel Innovation Institute launches call for project proposals

This month, the Frankel Innovation Initiative, a $20 million fund supporting the research and development of life-saving therapies at Michigan Medicine, is launching its third round of calls for project proposals. This fund is a generous gift from the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation, and was established to advance high-risk, high-reward innovations in research that have the potential for rapid clinical application.

You can learn more about the initiative on the latest episode of The Wrap employee podcast. The podcast can be viewed via the YouTube video at the top of the page or you can find an audio-only version via the media player below.