Faculty, staff, learners help patients exercise their right to vote
Earlier this week, 31 faculty, staff and medical students stepped up to help hospitalized patients make their voices heard in the midterm elections.
The initiative was launched several years ago by Care Management social workers, who continue to lead the program. It has expanded its reach each election cycle.
This year, 29 patient requests were processed, with 15 patients deemed eligible to vote from the hospital.
That led to Michigan Medicine team members volunteering their time to run ballots to local clerks offices — driving a total of 700 miles during the days leading up to the election.
Those efforts weren’t lost on the patients.
One who received assistance has a terminal cancer diagnosis. She said this year’s election was likely the last one she would be able to vote in — and it gave her a sense of control at a time in her life when so much seems out of control.
“I just wanted to say thank you,” the patient said on a voice mail sent to a volunteer. “I’m so grateful. I have a big smile on my face. I may not feel that great today, but I got it done.
“I just wanted to express how I feel. It means everything.”
Thank you to everyone who helped our patients vote or who spread the word about the organization’s initiative to allow everyone to cast a ballot!