Week in Review: New spaces aim to improve well-being; colleagues make a fresh start in 2023 – and more!

January 20, 2023  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

It was “in with the new” at Headlines this week! For instance, there was a rundown of brand-new spaces being created across campus to help faculty, staff and learners find time to recharge and relax. Team members also shared their new habits that will make 2023 a better year; and Chief Quality Officer Brook Watts, M.D., M.S., gave insight into her new role.

In case you missed anything, here’s a new edition of the Headlines Week in Review!

Listening to concerns helps build new spaces for staff

Let’s face it, Michigan Medicine draws a lot of patients, family members and visitors every day. And with a lot of visitors comes crowding and tight spaces. To help improve wellness for faculty, staff and learners, the Time + Stress Management Task Force has identified a number of areas where new and redesigned spaces can help team members find crucial moments of solitude. Click to learn more!

It’s time for a fresh start: Here’s what you’re leaving behind in 2022

One colleague has decided to live by the mantra of “Be curious, not judgmental.” Another is leaving self-doubt in the past. Still another is planning to leave hours of TV watching and social media surfing in the past. Check out the rest of what your peers are leaving behind as they look to make 2023 better than last year!

‘Be a lifelong learner’: How Brook Watts, M.D., M.S., is encouraging improvement at all levels

Brook Watts, M.D., M.S., took over as U-M Health’s chief quality officer in September. Since then, she has gotten to know her colleagues and the organization extremely well. Recently, Headlines sat down with Watts to discuss what she has learned over the past few months, including how she plans to empower staff to “make positive changes in their environments and build a system that helps sustain those changes.” See what she had to say!

How much do you know about FRIENDS Gift Shops?

Some things that are not new at Michigan Medicine are the FRIENDS Gift Shops. Indeed, the first shop opened at the main hospital in 1959. But did you know that the shops are vital to faculty, staff, patients and visitors? Not just because they offer important goods but because they provide funding to areas across the organization.

Learn more about the shops and the role they play at Michigan Medicine by checking out the latest episode of The Wrap employee podcast. The show can be found via YouTube at the top of the page and media player below!

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