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In breakthrough for regional cardiovascular collaboration, second open-heart program approved for Grand Rapids

April 7, 2021

A collaboration to expand cardiovascular services in west Michigan has taken a big step forward with state regulators giving the go-ahead to launch a second open-heart surgery program for the Grand Rapids area — the largest market in the state with a single open-heart program. The services would be provided through the Cardiovascular Network of West Michigan, a proposed collaboration of Metro Health – University of Michigan Health, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, and Mercy Health Muskegon. This innovative network is being designed to leverage the expertise of Michigan Medicine’s Frankel Cardiovascular Center, one of the nation’s highest-rated centers for cardiology and…

Michigan Answers TV ads to debut this week

April 5, 2021

The new Michigan Answers advertising campaign kicks off to external audiences this week, with the debut of three new television commercials. Each 30-second ad demonstrates the concept of Michigan Answers through a patient story. Carter and his mom Kasey were the first patients in the State of Michigan to undergo fetal surgery for spina bifida. The “Carter” TV ad shows a now 6-year old Carter running, jumping on the couch, and wearing out his parents. https://youtu.be/cdToNKruJV4 Another ad features Candice, an athlete whose four open heart surgeries left her on the sidelines, until she found Michigan Medicine. The aortic valve…

Making MRIs less scary for kids

April 5, 2021

An MRI machine made to look like a treehouse. Emma Thompson has had more than 30 MRIs in her seven and a half years — enough time to learn that she…

Diversity Means More: Facilitating conversations to transform culture at Michigan Medicine

April 2, 2021

Each Anti-Racism Oversight subcommittee has worked diligently to bring forth sustainable action items that contribute to anti-racism and cultural climate change at Michigan Medicine. The Opportunities for Conversation subcommittee has an overall…

Leaders to host virtual town hall on Friday, April 9

April 1, 2021

Michigan Medicine leaders will host a town hall discussion on Zoom on Friday, April 9, at 2 p.m. Among the topics to be discussed include COVID-19/vaccine updates, human resources updates and more. There will also be a Q&A session. To join the webinar: https://umich-health.zoom.us/j/92478265278?pwd=SGVvMk1NeHZISlUyRlVZNUFxWkNldz09 Passcode: 657670 Or iPhone one-tap:     US: +13017158592,,92478265278#  or +13126266799,,92478265278# Or Telephone:         US: +1 301 715 8592, Webinar ID: 924 7826 5278

A message from Kirk J. Brower, M.D., chief wellness officer, on anniversary of pandemic and post-traumatic growth

March 31, 2021

A message from Kirk J. Brower, M.D., chief wellness officer As we pass the one-year anniversary of the pandemic, it is natural for us to pause and reflect on the experience. Most of us have felt stressed by COVID-19 in some way to some extent. We may have trouble sleeping or getting much done during the day, just not feel like our usual selves, or may feel lonely and isolated. These are common ways to feel during major life challenges and after traumatic events, which we sometimes refer to as post-traumatic stress. Healing can and does occur after traumatic events;…

Clear masks help connect providers, patients

March 30, 2021

Pam McGuinty lost her hearing when she was 2 years old. With cochlear implants, she has managed her hearing loss by reading lips and limited use…

Michigan Medicine launches new branding campaign

March 29, 2021

https://youtu.be/Oze6St47S0w It’s been more than six years since the medical enterprise had a major brand campaign in place. In that time, not only did the organization introduce the Michigan Medicine brand…

Bethany B. Moore, Ph.D., named chair of Department of Microbiology and Immunology

March 26, 2021

On Thursday, the board of regents approved the appointment of Bethany B. Moore, Ph.D., as chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the U-M Medical School, effective April 1. She had served as interim chair of the department since July 2019. Moore is the Nancy Williams Walls Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and a professor of internal medicine in the medical school. She received her Bachelor of Arts in microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. in immunology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She completed postdoctoral studies at UT Southwestern in 1994…