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Michigan Medicine receives CDC funding to continue supporting and improving the U.S. Chronic Kidney Disease Surveillance System

October 19, 2021

The Michigan Medicine Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology recently received $6 million in funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support and improve the U.S. CDC Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Surveillance System from 2021-2026. This award represents a new phase in this project of national significance with Rajiv Saran, M.D., MRCP, M.S., as its new principal investigator as of Sept. 30. Saran is the Florence E. Bingham Research Professor of Nephrology and professor of epidemiology who had previously co-led this project with Neil Powe, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., at the University of California, San Francisco since 2006. The project’s new co-principal investigators at…

Michigan Medicine recognized for efforts to reduce work-related burnout

October 18, 2021

Michigan Medicine was recently named one of 44 health care organizations as a recipient of a 2021 Joy in Medicine Health System Recognition Program award. The Joy in Medicine Program — awarded by the American Medicine Association — recognizes health systems with a demonstrated commitment to preserving the well-being of health care team members by engaging in proven efforts to combat work-related stress and burnout. A national study examining the experiences of physicians and other health care workers who worked in health care systems during the COVID-19 pandemic found that 38% self-reported experiencing anxiety or depression, while 43% suffered from…

Update: Electrical fire at University Hospital

October 13, 2021

At 3:10 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, an electrical fire was reported at University Hospital. The fire was immediately put out and patients and staff in impacted areas were safely relocated with no injuries reported. We are grateful to the Ann Arbor Fire Department for their quick response. We are also extremely thankful to all of our team members who continued to provide and support safe patient care during this incident, including evacuating patients in affected areas. Occupational Health Services is planning to expedite evaluation of employees who present with symptoms related to yesterday’s fire. Employees can present to OHS for evaluation…

Journalist urges audience to ‘opt in’ to confront ‘twin plagues’

October 12, 2021

Award-winning journalist, entrepreneur and documentarian Soledad O’Brien said the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice are “twin plagues,” with the pandemic magnifying longstanding inequalities that need to be confronted. “You have to opt in to making change,” she said. “If you sit and wait for things to happen, it just won’t happen.” O’Brien was the keynote speaker at the Oct. 11 community assembly that kicked off U-M’s monthlong Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit. The summit features events highlighting the university’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. The theme this year is, “Parallel Pandemics: Addressing Structural Racism in the Age…

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital recertified as Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center

October 11, 2021

Congratulations to the Mott surgical team! C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital has been formally recertified as a Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons. The American College of Surgeons Children’s Surgery Verification Program “formally acknowledges our commitment to providing and supporting quality improvement and patient safety efforts for children who require surgical services.” As a verified program, Mott proves that it meets the needs of patients by providing multidisciplinary, high-quality and patient-centered care. The ACS Surgery Verification Program was developed to improve the quality of children’s surgical care by creating a system that helps match each child’s individual surgical…

Civil rights leader William Anderson, D.O., addresses Paths of Excellence program

October 7, 2021

William Anderson, D.O., right, meets with U-M med students. In late September, William Anderson, D.O., met with members of the U-M Medical School Paths of Excellence program. Anderson discussed the challenges he surmounted prior to and after becoming one of the first Black physicians in Michigan, a civil rights leader and personal physician to Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Jackie Robinson. Anderson was born in 1927 as the grandson of slaves and served in the navy during World War II. After obtaining an undergraduate degree from Alabama State University, he graduated from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic…

Cancer centers provide superior end-of-life care; a new way for health science educators to connect — and more health stories

October 6, 2021

A roundup of articles from both the Michigan Health and Michigan Health Lab blogs, which cover stories on breaking news and research, health tips and wellness that you won’t want to miss. P.S. Want to receive new stories straight to your inbox? Sign up for the blog e-newsletters! Study: Cancer centers provide superior end-of-life care to dual-eligible cancer patientsECMO offers sickest COVID patients a chance to survive, but a slimmer one than previously thoughtMovement of genes within cells helps organisms tell timeGlioma subtype may hold the secret to the success of immunotherapiesA new way for health science educators to connectMeet the team that’s changing cancer experiences for…

Social media threat update

October 5, 2021

This past weekend, the FBI, with the assistance of the U-M Division of Public Safety and Security, identified an individual responsible for posting an online threat against the women of the University of Michigan. Recently, the FBI provided an update on the joint investigation. Based on the FBI update, there is no current nor pending threat to the community from the individual responsible for the post. During the interview, agents assessed the individual had neither the means nor the opportunity to carry out the threat. Threat assessment includes accounting for all information available and the totality of the circumstances such as evaluating…

Michigan Medicine Security wins prestigious award

October 5, 2021

Congratulations to the Michigan Medicine security team, which recently won an Outstanding Security Performance Award (OSPA)!   An OSPA award recognizes and rewards companies and individuals across the security sector. The criteria for these awards are based on extensive research on key factors that contribute to and characterize outstanding performance.  Michigan Medicine specifically won the “Outstanding Security Team” award. As part of their recognition, OSPA said: “The Michigan Medicine Security Team believes that a comprehensive, multi-faceted security program is most effective when it reduces risk and alleviates the anxiety in hospital neighborhoods. MMS’s success is based on three key factors: trust,…