Strategy & Leadership

RSS Feed

Batter up: U-M Medical School to meet virtually with LCME for first stage of review

July 2, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic began to intensify in March, many U-M Medical School (UMMS) activities slowed or came to a halt. This included UMMS’ preparation for an April site visit from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the body which grants accreditation of the school’s M.D. degree. As the education, research and clinical ramp-up continues across the medical campus, the previously postponed LCME visit is rescheduled for July 8-9, although the first stage will now be a virtual meeting between the reaccreditation team and select U-M leaders, faculty, staff and learners. There will be an on-site follow-up visit to…

Michigan Medicine’s clinical operations expect negative financial performance for fiscal year 2020

June 30, 2020

Costs from the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically affected financial results for Michigan Medicine’s clinical operations, resulting in a forecasted $3 million operating loss, after government assistance, on $4.7 billion in revenue for the fiscal year that ends June 30. Michigan Medicine had projected a positive operating margin of $175 million in fiscal year 2020 for its consolidated U-M Health System and U-M Health operations. Because Michigan Medicine had to abruptly cancel surgeries and procedures and devote operations to providing care for a surge of COVID-19 patients, revenues dropped dramatically during March and April. The losses were offset by $136 million in…

Tony Denton named treasurer of Michigan Health & Hospital Association

June 29, 2020

Denton Members of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) elected new officers and appointed board members during the association’s virtual Annual Membership meeting on June 25. Officers of the 2020-2021 MHA Board of Trustees include Tony Denton as treasurer. Denton is senior vice president and chief operating officer for the U-M Health System. Also among the elected officials were Edwin Ness, chair, and Tina Freese Decker, chair-elect. The board directs the greater Lansing-based association’s statewide representation of hospitals and health care providers. Ness, president and CEO, Munson Healthcare in Traverse City, will serve as chairman during the association’s 2020-2021…

A pathway for patients: Michigan Medicine expands hospital services in Chelsea

June 25, 2020

Chelsea Hospital was recently ranked No. 2 in the state by Newsweek. At Michigan Medicine, the goal is to provide world-class care to as many patients as possible. However, limited capacity…

LCME virtual visit: Medical school promotes student well-being through M-Home, Wellness Office

June 25, 2020

Michigan Medicine places high importance on well-being and creating an environment that supports healthy learning and care. Across the organization, resources are being allocated to directly address well-being for all. Within the medical school, students have a community of support through the M-Home, where activities and learning opportunities have been implemented to promote well-being inside and outside of the classroom. With vertical and horizontal integration of activities, students have opportunities to engage with other cohorts, allowing time for peer-to-peer learning. Students also have access to a new resource that focuses on wellness for the entire Michigan Medicine community. After receiving…

Michigan Medicine launches new resource to help employees safely return to work

June 24, 2020

As restrictions begin to lift throughout Michigan to allow restaurants, hair salons and soon gyms to reopen, many Michigan Medicine employees wonder when they will be returning to the office — and…

Comprehensive Gender Services Program reaffirms commitment to transgender, non-binary and gender noncomforming patients

June 23, 2020

In the wake of a recent statement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Comprehensive Gender Services Program (CGSP) at Michigan Medicine reaffirmed its commitment to serving transgender, non-binary and gender nonconforming patients. As the team stated: “On June 12, 2020, the U.S. Department of HHS issued a statement which explicitly prohibits discrimination in health care based on ‘biological sex,’ removing previous protections that also included gender identity and expression. As members of Michigan Medicine who care for transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming patients, we are concerned that this reversal could erect further barriers in accessing health care,…

U-M House Officers Association, Michigan Medicine ratify contract

June 22, 2020

The University of Michigan House Officers Association (HOA) ratified a three-year collective bargaining agreement on Friday with Michigan Medicine. The agreement was almost unanimously approved Thursday after a vote by the 1,300-member HOA, which represents interns, residents and fellows throughout Michigan Medicine. “We believe this contract demonstrates our recognition of the importance of our house officers in our delivery of outstanding patient care,” said David Spahlinger, M.D., president of the U-M Health System and executive vice dean for clinical affairs of the U-M Medical School.  “Our top priority is ensuring our patients get the best care possible. Our house officers…

Get a ‘load’ of this: Michigan Medicine joins laundry cooperative

June 22, 2020

In partnership with two other regional health systems, Michigan Medicine has opened a cooperative laundry services facility, which will bring immediate and long-term cost savings to…