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Cutting through the confusion about kids, teens and COVID-19 exposures

September 23, 2021

It’s pretty confusing to be a parent of a school-age or preschool child right now. Are your kid’s sniffles and fever an early sign of COVID-19? Or just a cold or allergies? What should you do next? Or what if they’re feeling fine, but your school, their friend’s parents, or the soccer coach says someone your child has been around has COVID-19? Or what if you find out that your teen’s friend is sick but your teen didn’t think – or want - to tell you? These questions have gotten more urgent in recent weeks. Cases of COVID-19 in children…

Michigan Medicine named a Comprehensive Center of Excellence in diagnosis and treatment of lymphatic disease

September 23, 2021

Congratulations to Michigan Medicine, which was recently named a Comprehensive Center of Excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of lymphatic disease! The honor was given by LE&RN — the Lymphatic Education & Research Network. LEARN’s oversight committee includes a global collection of lymphatic disease experts. In addition to outstanding clinical and social services, Centers of Excellence must provide professional and lay education in the geographic areas they serve, be involved in LD clinical research and work with LE&RN locally and internationally in its efforts to continually improve the lives of those affected by LD and their families.Please click here to read more about LE&RN's…

Laundry co-op garners quality designation from Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council

September 22, 2021

Barely one year after first opening its doors, the laundry facility that services Michigan Medicine, Henry Ford Health System and Trinity Health has garnered the coveted quality endorsement by the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC), the laundry equivalent of The Joint Commission Accreditation for Health Care Systems. A nonprofit that inspects laundries servicing health facilities, HLAC accreditation is more than a feather in the proverbial surgical cap — getting the designation for the recently opened Metropolitan Detroit Area Hospital Services (MDAHS) facility helps ensure patient and team member safety. “To us, this is about peace of mind for our members…

Michigan Medicine named one of world’s best specialized hospitals

September 22, 2021

Congratulations to Michigan Medicine, which today was named one of the world’s best specialized hospitals by Newsweek and Statista! The “World’s Best Specialized Hospitals 2022” ranking identifies and honors the very best hospitals around the globe that specialize in cardiology, cardiac surgery, oncology, endocrinology, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, gastroenterology, pulmonology and pediatrics.Newsweek and Statista invited more than 40,000 medical experts — including doctors, hospital managers and health care professionals — to participate in online surveys that allowed them to recommend and assess various hospitals within their respective specializations. Click here to see the full list. Thank you for all you do…

Celebrating one year of inpatient rehabilitation partnership at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital

September 16, 2021

One year ago, Michigan Medicine entered a collaboration with St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea (SJMC) Hospital that grew the reach of its physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) services. The expanded inpatient rehabilitation…

Keeping afloat during the pandemic

September 15, 2021

Kara Wolter and her father after the Motor City Mile event. The Detroit River was chilly on the morning of July 9, when Kara Wolter slid into the water to begin…

First-year medical student wins gold at Paralympics

September 14, 2021

Sam Grewe, a first-year medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School, competes as a high jumper. Credit: The Grewe Family  Sam Grewe, a first-year student at the U-M Medical…

Long-time Michigan Medicine patients offer tips for providing an exceptional patient experience

September 8, 2021

Gerson and Beverley Geltner The last time Gerson and Beverley Geltner visited Michigan Medicine, they were so impressed that they sent a letter to Marschall Runge, M.D., Ph.D., who immediately shared…

Studying an extra COVID-19 vaccine dose in people with autoimmune diseases

September 7, 2021

In recent months, mounting evidence has suggested the standard two-dose regimen for mRNA COVID-19 vaccines does not offer as much protection for immunocompromised people as it does for the general population. Despite making up less than 3% of the U.S. adult population, immunocompromised people account for nearly 45% of breakthrough COVID-19 infections requiring hospitalization. Given the available data, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised receive a third dose of the mRNA vaccine. The FDA authorized the additional dose Aug. 12. The recommendation is based on a few studies that suggest immunocompromised people…