2022 in Review: Headlines stories of the year

December 23, 2022  //  FOUND IN: News, ,

As 2022 comes to a close, it gives us the chance to look back at the accomplishments, milestones and standout moments from the past 12 months.

Indeed, it’s been a year of where we celebrated historic achievements (including the first liver transplant led by an all-female surgeon team), met a selfless couple who have both donated a kidney to their children, and watched as the future of the organization has been built right in front of our eyes – both literally (with the D. Dan and Betty Kahn Health Care Pavilion) and figuratively, as we continue building our BASE and carrying out strategic priorities.

Through it all, you have continued to step up for one another, carrying out exceptional patient care, education and research.

With the calendar soon flipping to 2023, let’s take one last look at the top Headlines stories of 2022:

History in the OR

Meredith Barrett, M.D., and fellow Liza Sonnenberg, M.D., have etched their names into history at Michigan Medicine. The pair became the first all-female team of surgeons to lead a liver transplant surgery. Check out their story, which was celebrated during Women’s History Month, and find out why they hope “eventually this will become just another day at Michigan Medicine.”

Meet Michigan Medicine’s one-kidney family

When Mott lead CT technologist Aaron Rhoads and his wife Vanessa found out they were expecting their first child in 2018, they knew it would change their lives forever. What they didn’t realize is that their son’s birth would mark only the beginning of a lifelong journey. Click here for the Rhoads’ remarkable story, which involves both Aaron and Vanessa donating a kidney to their young children to help them manage a rare kidney disease called ARPKD.

Employees put their stamp on the D. Dan and Betty Kahn Health Care Pavilion

The new hospital on the main medical campus has its official name: The D. Dan and Betty Kahn Health Care Pavilion, thanks to a transformative $50 million gift. But that wasn’t the only exciting development for the Pavilion on 2022. Nearly 2,000 employees had the chance to sign a beam that was then installed on the 9th floor of the new facility, ensuring that they etched their name into Michigan Medicine history!

Sparrow to join U-M Health, expanding organization’s reach

Earlier this month, the organization announced a proposed agreement with Sparrow Health System, which will make Sparrow part of U-M Health. The deal “is an important step toward our long-term vision of a statewide system of highly coordinated care,” said Michigan Medicine CEO Marschall Runge, M.D., Ph.D. Learn more about the exciting agreement.

Putting patients first

Throughout the year, Headlines readers were privy to a number of patient stories demonstrating the hard work and dedication of faculty, staff and learners. For instance, there was story of formerly conjoined twins who are now thriving as toddlers; a patient with Parkinson’s who is thriving thanks to deep brain stimulation; and a cancer patient who has an improved prognosis thanks to a clinical trial at the Rogel Cancer Center.

Medical School milestones

For the first time since the pandemic began, the U-M Medical School was able to host all in-person events to celebrate its students. For instance, after years of a virtual ceremony, Match Day returned to the North Campus Research Complex, where 157 med students learned where they will be carrying out their residency training. And in June, Hill Auditorium welcomed 168 new students at the annual White Coat Ceremony.

Continuing to build our BASE

In 2021, U-M Health President David Miller, M.D., M.P.H., introduced strategic priorities called BASE, which stands for Belonging and Inclusion, Access, Safety and quality, and Experience. In August of this year, Miller unveiled new goals tied to BASE — including one focused on promoting and advancing a more inclusive culture among employees and the other improving health care equity and reducing health disparities among patients. Click here for details on the direction the organization is headed.

Creating a more inclusive culture

One of the BASE priorities – belonging – was the motivation behind a new Headlines series, featuring handy inclusive communication guides that will help you build a more welcoming cuturue at Michigan Medicine. Launched just last month, the series has given tips to readers on how to write and speak about disability and religion. Be sure to stay tuned for even more of this series in 2023!

Enthusiastic team members grab spotlight

Headlines readers got into the act throughout the year, helping create content by sharing their talents, skills and experiences. This was the third straight year that Headlines featured a Virtual Art Fair, showing off the works of faculty, staff and learners. Team members also participated in the first Gifts of Art Employee Art Exhibition since the pandemic began. But that’s not all. Employees provided insight into what they love most about Michigan, and they recognized their peers by naming them either gold medalists or MVPs

Making memories at Mott

The team at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital always goes out of its way to create memories for patients. This year was no exception. It started with valentine’s being delivered to patients, but it also included the grand opening of Sophie’s Place, a new music recording studio, a Thanksgiving parade through the halls, and a holiday party featuring Santa and a calendar signing event with Little Victors!

You are ‘The Spark’

Finally, the year wouldn’t be complete without acknowledging the heartwarming project carried out by U-M undergraduates from the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. A group of students wrote and performed an emotional tribute to Michigan Medicine employees entitled “The Spark.” If you haven’t yet seen it, take a few minutes out of your day to check it out.

“The Spark” ends with the phrase, “I can count on you.” At Headlines and the Department of Communication, we are thankful to be able to count on our colleagues to perform incredible work each and every day at Michigan Medicine.

We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season. See you in 2023 and, as always, Go Blue!

The Wrap employee podcast also got in the spirit of looking back at 2022. Check out the best interviews of the past 12 months in the 2022 Year in Review episode via YouTube below.