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March 11: A Message from Marschall S. Runge, M.D., PH.D.

March 11, 2020

Colleagues, In alignment with the university-wide guidelines provided by President Schlissel, Michigan Medicine will also take precautions and specific measures to protect our community from potential spread of the coronavirus. We will align with the general principles of limiting large group interactions to diminish disease transmissions. If you have an event or activity that will convene more than 100 people, between Thursday March 12 and at least April 21, please cancel it. Michigan Medicine will also suspend all international business travel until at least April 21, with rare exceptions requiring approval. Domestic travel for business purposes is discouraged. Michigan Medicine…

Change is coming: The road to policy governance reform

March 11, 2020

Michigan Medicine's executive leadership has recognized the workforce’s frustration with trying to access the tools and resources they need to provide the best care for our patients. FACT: 40 percent of safety events have a common cause in policy, protocols or processes. Staff either don’t know a policy exists, or do know and can’t find it, or find too many or find a confusing document. This is a real source of frustration for staff and leaders, especially for the patient experience. Some websites have broken links to policies, while others are taking longer to locate. “There are several policies out…

Video: Nurse Leader Fellowship receives PTAP® accreditation with distinction

March 11, 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xY567wOmF2c On Tuesday, Feb. 25, the Nurse Leader Fellowship at University of Michigan Health System of Michigan Medicine (UMHS-MM) was accredited with distinction as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs. During the accreditation decision phone call with Sheri Cosme, D.N.P., RN-BC, director, Accreditation Program, Practice Transition Accreditation Program® (PTAP), Cosme noted that UMHS-MM is the first in the world to have a Leader Fellowship PTAP program accredited.  The Nurse Leader Fellowship began in 2015 as a succession planning program for nursing leaders (supervisors and new clinical nursing directors).  It…

Molly Stout, M.D., MSCI, named director of Maternal Fetal Medicine

March 10, 2020

Molly Stout, M.D., MSCI Molly Stout, M.D., MSCI, has been named director for the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Stout comes from Washington University in St. Louis, where she served as the interim chief of MFM and associate fellowship director. Molly was raised in Lathrup Village, Michigan. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College and then attended the Loyola University School of Medicine, where she was inducted into the AOA honor society. She completed her residency and fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Washington University, where she also obtained a…

A message from Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D.

March 10, 2020

Colleagues, For weeks, Michigan Medicine teams have been preparing to care for patients infected with COVID-19 if the need arises. Although there are currently no reported cases in the state of Michigan, we have activated our emergency response protocols, proactively ordered supplies and initiated plans for handling potential patients. I would like to thank everyone across the organization who has been involved in ensuring our preparedness for managing potential patients who may have COVID-19. Our teams will take all necessary precautions to triage patients appropriately and prevent the spread of the virus. We continue to work closely with state and…

Department of Communication wants to hear from you!

March 9, 2020

Communication is a major part of the organization’s culture and success. As communicators, it is the Department of Communication’s job to make sure messages are reaching each staff, faculty member and learner. With that in mind, the department is working to ensure everyone receives information that is relevant to their needs. Doing so is vital to advancing Michigan Medicine’s mission — especially as the organization continues to grow. The Department of Communication invites you to fill out a quick survey to better understand your communication needs. You can find the quick survey by clicking here.   Please fill out the…

Patient Advocacy Reporting System (PARS) launches

March 2, 2020

In October 2019, Michigan Medicine kicked off the Coworker Observation Report System  a program that provides feedback to faculty physicians based on coworker reports.  The PARS (Patient Advocacy Reporting System) program, which provides similar feedback based on patient and family concerns, launched in February. Both programs use trained informal peer messengers to bring awareness to faculty physicians when there is a perceived lapse in professionalism.  “There are over 170 hospitals and heathy systems that participate in the PARS/CORS program,” said Marie Lozon, M.D., chief of staff for the Office of Clinical Affairs. “With our participation, we have access to comparison…

Hotel Romeo Oscar (HRO): High reliability in practice

February 27, 2020

The U-M Advanced Genomics Core At a recent team meeting, Joe Gregoria overheard a few colleagues discussing high reliability training. As they talked, several of them agreed that they did not…

Blue Wrap recycling helping Michigan Medicine go green

February 26, 2020

Blue Wrap ready to be recycled. In December 2019, the U-M Health System began collecting “Blue Wrap” from the C.S. Mott Children’s & Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital (C&W) operating rooms to…