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$7.00 Sale sponsored by the Friends Gift Shops

Posted on February 19, 2020

The Friends Gift Shops will once again be sponsoring the $7.00 Sale on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 in the Towsley Lobby. The sale runs from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. Exciting new merchandise, 100’s of new items such as Michigan ball caps, ladies beach cover ups, socks, and great Easter basket ideas at $7.00.  Additional specials at incredible prices. Cash, credit card, and payroll deduction (for those in our data base) will be accepted. All proceeds from the sale go back to the hospital and community to help fund programs and grants in need.

$7.00 Sale sponsored by the Friends Gift Shops

Posted on February 19, 2020

The Friends Gift Shops will once again be sponsoring the $7.00 Sale on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 in the Towsley Lobby. The sale runs from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. Exciting new merchandise, 100’s of new items such as Michigan ball caps, ladies beach cover ups, socks, and great Easter basket ideas at $7.00.  Additional specials at incredible prices. Cash, credit card, and payroll deduction (for those in our data base) will be accepted. All proceeds from the sale go back to the hospital and community to help fund programs and grants in need.

Iconic jazz concert coming to Michigan Medicine

Posted on February 19, 2020

Ron Brooks and his trio will perform on Thursday.

Led by Ann Arbor jazz icon and bassist Ron Brooks, the rhythmically complex Ron Brooks Trio plays dynamic versions of the best of jazz, including the flexible and powerful drumming of Pete Siers.

Brooks studied at U-M and toured with Duke Ellington in Europe, among others. He was the proprietor and house band leader of the Bird of Paradise jazz club in Ann Arbor, thriving as one of the best jazz clubs in the country for 18 years before closing in 2004.

Brooks, who has been one of the most prominent African American business persons in Washtenaw County, also works as a mediator at a dispute resolution center. 

Check out the trio’s free concert on Thursday at University Hospital!

What: Gifts of Art free concert

When: Noon – 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20

Where: University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1.

http://www.med.umich.edu/goa/performances.htm#brooks

Working together, achieving together: Organization preps for Magnet® re-designation

Posted on February 19, 2020

The organization celebrated Magnet designation three years ago this week.

Within the organization, the commitment to provide the highest standard of care and improve health outcomes for patients occurs every day. Currently, the amazing nursing community is on a journey to Magnet re-designation, a prideful achievement.

About 8 percent of U.S. hospitals earn this distinction, which reflects the organization’s ability to meet rigorous standards for quality patient care, demonstrate the infrastructure required to support nursing excellence, encourage professional development and nurture innovations in professional nursing practice.

This recognition firmly establishes this health care system as a leader in improving patient care through advancing evidence-based practice and promoting nurse empowerment. Magnet designation enhances the health system’s reputation as both a health care provider and employer of choice. 

This week is the three-year anniversary of the organization first achieving Magnet designation in 2017.

Here is what you should know about Magnet:

What is Magnet designation?

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Designation recognizes health care organizations for quality patient outcomes achieved through nursing excellence found throughout the organization.    

Why does the organization pursue Magnet designation?

Magnet-recognized facilities exhibit better patient outcomes due to the quality and safety of nurse-driven care. Many patients seek Magnet-designated facilities when choosing where to seek medical care due to the quality nursing care and better outcomes. Magnet organizations attract nurses who want to provide the best of care to patients… nurses who know that a Magnet organization provides the infrastructure to support that goal. Designation helps recruit, promote and retain excellent nurses.

What does Magnet mean to nurses?

Magnet designation is an important recognition of nursing practice. It is a direct reflection of how quality nursing care positively impacts patient outcomes. Designation demonstrates the presence of a culture committed to innovation, improvement and excellence.    

What does Magnet mean to those outside of nursing?

Magnet designation is more than a recognition. It is about the practice of collaborative nursing in its totality. That includes professional clinical partners, human resources, finance, high reliability, communication, information technology and everyone else working within this system. Every employee contributes to the excellent care the organization provides and the advancements it achieves.

UMPNC and Magnet — a partnership

Nursing professionals are committed to providing the best care to all patients, families and communities, and supporting the growth and empowerment of every individual. The U-M Professional Nurse Council (UMPNC) and Magnet Program support the commitment to advance nursing practice through the alignment and synergy of shared values, goals, actions and outcomes.

UMPNC and the Magnet Program have a unique and powerful partnership that helped achieve Magnet recognition in 2017 and will lead to re-designation.

In 2014, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was established between the UMPNC and U-M Health System to outline the principles under which they agreed to partner toward Magnet recognition. The MOU was created to “support a strong partnership, empower RNs to act as patient advocates in accordance with their professional judgment and ethical norms, reduce errors and adverse events, improve RN recruitment and retention and maintain a collaborative labor-management relationship.”

This partnership was reaffirmed in 2018 and will continue to support the Magnet journey moving forward.

Re-designation efforts begin now — and in the next few months, stay tuned to Headlines as it shines a light on ongoing efforts to enhance and improve outcomes and chronicle the advances achieved here.

For more information about Magnet, please click here.

eSignature coming to ambulatory care units/outpatient clinics March 2 and 9

Posted on February 19, 2020

A new system for collecting and storing patient authorizations and related information will be implemented in ambulatory care units/outpatient clinics across Michigan Medicine the week of March 2 and March 9.

The new system — eSignature — enables staff to electronically capture patient signatures and notes and incorporate them directly into MiChart, eliminating paper-based patient authorizations.

“The current consent workflow is a paper-intensive, manual process and presents challenges related to documentation,” said Marc Licata, Health Information Management (HIM) project manager for eSignature.

These challenges include missing, incomplete or illegible forms; compliance and patient safety concerns; and the overall added cost for forms, paper, preparation, scanning and disposal.

In March 2016, an eSignature project plan was formed.

“An electronic solution automates the process of creating and collecting patient consents and makes them immediately available in MiChart. This significantly reduces the likelihood of lost, misplaced or incomplete consents,” said Licata.

The project has been successfully piloted at multiple ambulatory sites, including all the pre-operative clinics, ambulatory medical procedure units and the Northville Health Center.

“Patient eSignature is being embraced by nursing and providers and the new application workflow is a positive experience for staff. It moves Michigan Medicine along the technology pathway to better efficiencies, remove paper and most importantly, patient centered where safety comes first,” said Leslie Aldrich, M.D., associate chief clinical officer and assistant professor of internal medicine.

Following deployment to ambulatory care units/outpatient clinics, eSignature is scheduled to be introduced in OR, ED, inpatient, and other sites later in 2020.

To prepare for eSignature deployments, providers are invited to sign up for a drop-in session to get hands-on experience with the application:

  • Friday, Feb. 21 (Towsley HITS Help Me Now – G213)
  • Thursday, Feb. 27 (Towsley HITS Help Me Now – G213)
  • Friday, Feb. 28 (Towsley HITS Help Me Now – G213)

An MLearning module will be automatically assigned to all providers in advance of the go-lives. Providers can remove it from their learning plan if they do not capture consents, and will be removed automatically after one month.

For updates and additional information, visit the eSignature Project page.

In addition, a short three-minute eSignature video is available to help orient providers who do capture consents.

For updates and additional information, visit the eSignature Project page.

You’re invited: Next installment of Dementia Lecture Series

Posted on February 19, 2020

All Michigan Medicine faculty and staff are invited to the next monthly community lecture in Detroit.

Peter Lichtenberg, Ph.D., will present “Brain Health & the Pocketbook: New Findings & Directions.” Lichtenberg is a professor of psychology, physical medicine and rehabilitation at Wayne State University and the research education component co-leader of the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center (MADC).

The event — which is part of the Dementia Lecture Series hosted by the MADC — will be held at noon on Feb. 25 at the U-M Detroit Center (3663 Woodward Avenue). Registration is free but required.

To register, contact Erin Fox at eefox@med.umich.edu or at 734-232-2459.

With peak travel season approaching, be sure to register international travel

Posted on February 19, 2020

Peak travel season for U-M community members is approaching. Please remember to register your international travel and prepare for a safe and successful experience abroad.

Registration is quick and easy and will help the university locate you in case of emergency: http://global.umich.edu/travel-resources/register-your- travel/.

You can also help spread the word about international travel safety by displaying posters in your offices, advising spaces and other common areas. Request posters for your department here.

Junior faculty members sought for annual research retreat

Posted on February 19, 2020

The U-M Older Americans Independence Center (UM OAIC), in collaboration with the Michigan Alzheimer Disease Core Center (MADCC), will be hosting its annual research retreat entitled “Human Research Across the Translational Spectrum: from the Lab to the Real World.”

The goal of the research retreat — to be held May 28 and 29 in Ann Arbor — is to assist talented junior faculty members to learn more about current problems and progress in this area, and to provide these scientists with candid feedback about their own research ideas. Relevant areas can span clinical, epidemiological and health care research. 

Based on the needs and interests of the junior faculty participants, external reviewers and speakers will be invited to complement local U-M experts. The retreat will feature research seminars presented by two keynote speakers, as well as presentations by UM OAIC senior faculty on topics related to research career development.

Much of the workshop will be devoted to “mock” study sections, during which junior faculty members will have the opportunity to have their own grant proposals reviewed by their colleagues and by experienced senior faculty scholars. By reviewing projects of their peers, and hearing the critiques of experienced reviewers, participants gain valuable insights into the peer review process that may improve their own grant-writing skills. This is also an outstanding opportunity to network with both leading senior and “up-and-coming” junior researchers. 

Each junior faculty member selected for this workshop will be expected to provide a copy of a grant proposal on which he or she wishes to receive advice. 

Junior faculty colleagues who want to participate in this program should email nalexand@umich.edu and describe how participation would benefit their research, indicate the type of grant to be submitted and submit a copy of their CV.