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Live chat with Preeti Malani, M.D., Friday at noon

June 4, 2020

As part of the continuing series of live interactive social media chats with Michigan Medicine experts, Preeti Malani, M.D., will discuss how members of the public can safely engage in summer activities and everyday life as the state reopens during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Malani is the chief health officer for U-M, advising the university’s leadership on health issues affecting the university community. She’s a professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, director of the National Poll on Healthy Aging and an associate editor at JAMA. Watch Malani live on Michigan Medicine’s Facebook page, YouTube channel and Twitter feed, starting…

Model citizens: Faculty and staff guide organization through pandemic with mathematical predictions

June 4, 2020

Providing care for patients through a pandemic — and with a new disease — is a challenge in and of itself. But planning ahead and trying to predict the path the…

Upcoming town hall to address current climate at Michigan Medicine

June 3, 2020

In light of the pain, anger and sadness that many in the Michigan Medicine community are feeling due to the racial discrimination and social unrest in our country, a Virtual Town Hall has been scheduled to discuss the current climate. The discussion will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 5. To join, click here: https://umich-health.zoom.us/j/92478265278?pwd=SGVvMk1NeHZISlUyRlVZNUFxWkNldz09 Password: 657670 To join via iPhone one-tap:     US: +13017158592,,92478265278#  To join via telephone:     Dial:+1 301 715 8592      Webinar ID: 924 7826 5278 In preparation for the meeting, please take a very brief survey to help inform the conversation and action plan.  The…

New policy governs short-term furloughs and reduced hours

June 3, 2020

The university is creating a policy for short-term layoffs and reductions in hours to meet temporary budget or operational needs, allowing units to take temporary actions, if needed, without eliminating positions. U-M has a long-standing policy to guide reductions in force when positions are eliminated, but it has lacked a policy for temporary, short-term actions. The policy on Short-Term Layoff (Furlough)/Short-Term Effort Reduction — SPG 201.73 — closes that gap. The new policy takes effect July 1 and guides university units should they need to enact involuntary unpaid layoffs and reduced work hours, which will be allowed for periods of…

Why patients can feel safe returning to Michigan Medicine

June 2, 2020

At Michigan Medicine, safety is the top priority — for employees, patients, families and visitors. That’s why a wide array of precautions and procedures have been put into place over the past few months. As the organization ramps up services and begins caring for a larger number of non-COVID-19 patients, it’s more important than ever that individuals are aware that campus is safe for them to return. Here’s a quick rundown of measures Michigan Medicine has taken: Providing the right care to the right patients Each patient’s individual circumstances are being evaluated by their provider to determine how soon that…

Video: Town Hall meeting from Friday, May 29

June 2, 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-d3bLVDNj4&feature=youtu.be Leaders held a virtual Town Hall last Friday, May 29 to discuss operations and ramp up planning. If you were unable to attend, you can view the video of the meeting above.

Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D.: Organization ‘must serve as a role model’ when creating a new normal

June 1, 2020

As Michigan Medicine looks forward, communities will continue to look to the organization for answers as health care services that were deferred due to the pandemic begin to resume. And that presents an opportunity, according to Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D., executive vice president for medical affairs, CEO of Michigan Medicine and dean of the U-M Medical School. As Runge said, this is a chance for “steady, thoughtful steps forward to lead our communities out of this crisis and back to the business of advancing health for Michigan and the world.” To do just that, the organization will need to…

Looking back … and looking ahead: Q&A with Jeff Desmond, M.D., chief medical officer

June 1, 2020

A lot has changed since Michigan Medicine cared for its first COVID-19 patient in mid-March. Faculty and staff have stepped up in remarkable ways, and the organization has faced down challenges…

A stark reality: A message from Michigan Medicine executives

June 1, 2020

Next month, on July 2, we will recognize the 56th anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act, intended to end discrimination based on race, color, religion, or national origin. That was 56 years ago, and, today, we are still faced with the stark reality of discrimination. People across the country are mourning the death of George Floyd, an African American man who was a victim of police brutality. As devastating as his death is, it was not an anomaly. An analysis by Rutgers University of 2013-2018 mortality data showed that “about 1 in 1,000 black men and boys…