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U-M Health System launches $160M project to improve lab tests for patients in Michigan & beyond

Millions of times a year, teams at the University of Michigan Health System test samples of tissue, blood and other bodily fluids for patients of all ages. The results can reveal risks or signs of disease — or response to treatment — and help make a major difference in doctors’ decisions.

A new $160 million project will give U-M’s clinical testing teams the best possible facilities to work in. It will allow them to continue giving patients and doctors the high-quality test results they seek, faster and with higher reliability.

The U-M Board of Regents approved the project in a vote yesterday. Now, UMHS will begin creating an entirely new 139,000-square-foot home for most of its clinical pathology activities, and renovating another 47,000 square feet of existing space.

The new facility will occupy four vacant buildings at U-M’s North Campus Research Complex, less than three miles from the main U-M medical campus. It’s the first clinical use of space at NCRC, which U-M purchased from Pfizer six years ago.

Just as NCRC’s other buildings have allowed the university to bring together researchers from many disciplines, the new facility will allow UMHS to unite more than 450 faculty and staff who currently work in 10 locations.

In addition to the NCRC facility, the project includes renovations at two existing locations, in University Hospital and an adjoining building on the medical campus.  UMHS will dedicate these to urgent, or “STAT”, tests for patients in emergency, critical care and inpatient settings, while non-STAT, or less urgent, tests will be performed at NCRC.

“Through this project, we’ll create an ideal clinical testing experience for patients and their care teams, while improving efficiency, the work environment and training opportunities for our staff and faculty,” says T. Anthony Denton, the acting chief executive officer and chief operating officer of the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers.

Rising demand for testing

Demand for UMHS lab tests, from simple blood sugars to complex genetic tests for rare diseases, has risen nearly 8 percent every year for the past 5 years. UMHS offers more than 1,100 types of tests to patients of all ages.

Most are for the patients who come to UMHS hospitals and clinics from every county of Michigan, every other state in the nation and dozens of other countries.

About 8 percent of tests are done for patients whose doctors elsewhere send samples to U-M for testing by M-Labs, which is the outreach portal for UMHS Laboratories.

“As the era of personalized medicine dawns, we predict rapidly increasing demand for molecular diagnostics that can allow medical teams to customize treatment to the individual patient in ways that we couldn’t dream of even a decade ago,” says Charles Parkos, M.D., Ph.D., chair of pathology at the U-M Medical School. “This project will prepare us for this new era, and the growth in state-of-the-art testing it will likely bring.”

The new space at NCRC will also include faculty offices and facilities for training the medical residents and clinical fellows who start their medical careers in pathology at U-M.

The facility at University Hospital for STAT lab tests will include a fully automated core laboratory that will process samples faster, and expanded space for the U-M Blood Bank, apheresis service and stem cell processing. A form of advanced testing called frozen section biopsy will continue at four outpatient surgery sites, to guide doctors during cancer-removal procedures.

The entire project will be designed by the architectural firm of Tsoi/Kobus and Associates, and the renovation will create 118 construction jobs. It will also free up space at several U-M medical campus buildings for other purposes.

Accelerating rapid growth at NCRC

The pathology project will continue the pace of growth at NCRC, which received its first U-M occupants five years ago this month.

In all, more than 2,400 people now work at NCRC – more than worked at the campus when Pfizer owned the 140-acre site and used its 28 buildings. The pathology project will add hundreds more.

They include nearly 200 faculty members and their teams of staff and students from 10 U-M schools and colleges; hundreds of staff from administrative units that support research; and the employees of 22 private companies, including 18 U-M startups based in U-M’s Venture Accelerator.

Fittingly, the new pathology facility will be adjacent to the Biorepository, a new Medical School facility at NCRC that collects, processes, stores and distributes human specimens and associated clinical data for U-M biomedical researchers.

In all, U-M has activated 70 percent of NCRC space, 97 percent of which is occupied or committed including the four clinical pathology buildings. In addition, 32 acres of open land at NCRC is being transformed into M City, a large-scale testing facility for connected and automated vehicle systems that will open this summer.

This year also brings the move of the labs of several newly recruited faculty to NCRC, and the expansion of the space there for the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.

Services Moving to NCRC:

Microbiology & Virology

Surgical Pathology Laboratory (including Immunohistochemistry & Electron Microscopy)

Cytology Laboratory

Molecular Diagnostics

Michigan Medical Genetics Lab (operated by the U-M Department of Pediatrics)

Cytogenetics Laboratory

HLA/Tissue Typing Laboratory

Michigan Center for Translational Pathology

Laboratory Specimen Processing

Medical Photography and Imaging

MLabs

Pathology Faculty & Diagnostic Reading Rooms

Pathology Education Office (Administration, Residents & Fellows)

Pathology Informatics

Pathology Finance & Administration

Services staying at University Hospital:

Core Lab: Chemistry, Hematology, Specimen Processing and Flow Cytometry, plus some aspects of Microbiology, and Special Chemistry (including Immunology)

Blood Bank

Apheresis Clinic

Point of Care Testing

Inpatient Phlebotomy

Stem Cell Processing (clinical)

Autopsy

Frozen Section Service

A path to excellence: UMMS makes more options available to medical students

The path to becoming a physician has many twists and turns and medical students must make decisions about different paths that lie ahead for them.

As the University of Michigan Medical School transforms its curriculum, students will find more options available for them to develop an area of passion within a particular area of study through an expanded list of Paths of Excellence (PoE).

PoE provide students with the opportunity to explore an area of scholarly concentration through participation in sessions over four years of their training, and completing a capstone project guided by a path advisor. The current curriculum offers PoE in Ethics, Global Health and Disparities, and Health Policy and Health Economics.

In August 2016, all students who enter the University of Michigan at this time will face a choice of a PoE. UMMS is expanding the number of PoE to increase areas of opportunity and to help meet student demand. A recent survey of students, and recommendations from the PoE workgroup, identified the following path concentrations as having a high level of student interest and institutional opportunity, beyond what is currently in place:

Entrepreneurship
Medical Decision Making
Medical Education
Medical Humanities
Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
Scientific Discovery

UMMS is accepting proposals for these additional paths to begin in August 2015 or August 2016. Proposals for the 2015-16 academic year will be due by June 30, 2015. Groups or faculty interested in directing and/or leading a PoE, or who have additional path ideas not currently under consideration, are encouraged to review and submit a proposal form found on this page.

For more information, or for questions, contact Heather Wagenschutz at­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ hmwags@umich.edu or 615-4886.

Taubman Emerging Scholars Symposium held April 27

Six talented young leaders of the next generation of medical researchers will speak April 27 at the 2nd Annual Emerging Scholars Symposium of the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute. The symposium will take place April 27 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Kahn Auditorium of the A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Science Research Building.

These groundbreaking clinician-scientists on the faculty of the University of Michigan Medical School are making remarkable strides toward treatments for life-altering conditions like prostate cancer, wounds that won’t heal, inflammatory skin conditions, deteriorating joints, vision loss and neurological diseases.

See the flier for a complete list of speakers and presentations.

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Taubman Emerging Scholars to speak April 27; 10 a.m. at BSRB

The Taubman Institute’s Emerging Scholars Program is aimed at launching the laboratories of U-M’s best and brightest young doctors.  The program provides three-year grants of $50,000 per year to help fund medical breakthroughs.

In just a few short years, Taubman Emerging Scholars have initiated nine human clinical trials of new treatments in fields ranging from cancer to inflammatory diseases. With 16 Emerging Scholars now supported – and two dozen more worthy candidates vetted and ready for funding – it’s a program that aims for, and achieves, fast results for patients who can’t wait.

Physicians attending the symposium may be eligible for 2 CME credits per the following criteria:

Program objectives:

This symposium will summarize recently-published peer-reviewed research by the Emerging Scholars of the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute. New information regarding the treatment of various conditions will be presented by the clinician-scientists who authored the research.

At the conclusion of the seminar, participants will be able to implement:
• Better approaches in the treatment of patients with joint damage

• New approaches in the use of diagnostic imaging for patients with neurodegenerative diseases

• Approaches to the management of impaired wound healing in patients with diabetes

• The latest knowledge regarding inflammatory skin diseases

• New approaches to muscle regeneration in patients’ ophthalmology

• The latest knowledge regarding the genomics of prostate cancer

Who should attend:

All are welcome to attend the symposium; no registration is required.

The symposium is open to University of Michigan clinicians and research scientists, as well as other primary care practitioners and public health scholars interested in the most recent discovery regarding these prevalent diseases.

The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Michigan Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Coffee and pastries are served at 9:30 a.m.

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U-M Health System volunteers recognized for community commitment

On Monday, April 13, UMHS volunteers celebrated and were recognized for their time and service given to support patients, families and others throughout the year.

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Karen Stern, East Ann Arbor Gift Shop

“Our dedicated volunteers give their time and effort every day to others in need,” said Tony Denton, acting chief executive officer and chief operating officer, UMHHC. “It’s with great pride that we honor this special team of individuals who step up to selflessly provide for others.”

In 2014, more than 2,300 employees from our health system, as well as students and members of the community, participated in volunteer efforts. UMHS volunteers clocked in a total of 150,811 hours— the equivalent of 72 full-time employees providing a total of $3,468,653 of valued service support.

UMHS volunteers serve all over our institution and participate in dozens of programs. Here are just two volunteer programs that were highlighted this year for outstanding efforts:

The Friends Gift Shop is a volunteer-staffed, non-profit organization that administers and manages four UMHS Gift Shops. Revenue generated from these shops provides funds for patient programs and educational projects. Since 1959, this program has helped promote the health, welfare and education of our community.

Friends has seven permanent staff members and more than 50 volunteers. The gift shops are open to the public, but more than 65% of their customers are UMHS employees. Dedicated volunteers at the shops are essential to their successful operation. Current shop volunteers include 45 members from the local community who have volunteered 425 years collectively.

In 2014, the shops generated more than $2 million in revenue and are on pace to exceed $2.4 million in 2015. Those funds are dispersed to interested health system groups who have applied for grant funding. Recent recipients include North Star Reach camp for kids with illnesses ($100,000), the Trail’s Edge Camp for Ventilator Dependent Children ($30,000), the U-M Depression Center ($25,000), and the Silver Club Memory Programs ($5,500).

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David Lieber and Bailey (Therapaws Team)

Therapaws of Michigan -Therapy Dog Volunteer Teams: For more than 26 years, Therapaws of Michigan has provided volunteers who bring their certified therapy dogs to visit UMHS patients.

In 2014, 24 teams volunteered more than 1,128 hours in University Hospital, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, the Frankel Cardiovascular Center, and other UMHS facilities and clinics. The teams average 43 visits each week and the numbers are growing thanks to Therapaws’ ongoing recruiting, training and testing efforts.

Therapaws’ mission to promote and foster the human-animal bond in therapeutic and educational settings can be measured by the healing, stress reduction and distraction the program offers our patients, and the smiles it brings with every visit. These visits offer social, emotional and physical benefits, thereby achieving the organization’s goals to “facilitate healing and provide emotional and social support for those who are hospitalized.”

There are many examples of the tremendous benefits Therapaws brings to UMHS, but here are just a few:

  • A three-legged therapy dog attends U-M Amputee Support Group meetings – a welcome addition to the meeting by all who attend.
  • As a special request from the Burn Unit staff, a therapy dog was brought into the lobby so a child who was missing his own dog could visit and pet therapy dog Draper. Draper was so tall and gentle it was easy for the child to see and touch him from his wheel chair.

Please thank our volunteers for their tremendous service every year.

Plan for severe weather this spring

Please help ensure the safety of all patients, faculty, staff and visitors by learning how to best prepare for severe weather conditions caused by thunderstorms and tornadoes.

While the state had an average number of tornadoes last year, it was the lighting, severe thunderstorm wind and hail, and flooding that was responsible for one of the most damaging severe weather seasons in Michigan’s history. As part of Michigan Severe Weather Awareness week, April 12-18, please review our health system’s plans for various weather situations.

UMHS Employees: Employees can make sure they are prepared for severe weather by:

  • Following weather reports and alerts.
  • Paying attention to Internal Homepage items and Global emails about weather.
  • Speaking with supervisors ahead of time about how to prepare for severe weather.

The U-M Emergency Alert system delivers urgent updates via e-mail, text and phone calls. Individuals can register up to two phone numbers to receive phone call notifications and one number to receive text messages to ensure they are always kept up to date. Registration is available on the university’s Emergency Alert website.

Supervisors, Managers and Department Heads: Supervisors and department heads should read Global emails, monitor the UMHS Internal Homepage website, and listen for overhead announcements regarding severe weather alerts and updates.

If a severe thunderstorm warning is activated, staff should:

  • Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of your home or business, if possible.

If a tornado warning is activated:

If you are at work in a UMHS clinical facility it is your responsibility to ensure that other staff, visitors and patients are aware of this warning. All staff, patients and visitors should remain indoors and avoid pane glass windows until the warning has expired or been canceled.

Please review procedures to follow in case of a tornado warning. This includes your unit’s emergency plan and the UMHS Severe Weather Plan.

Staff should:

  • Clear hallways and corridors of all materials, supplies, carts, medical equipment, etc.
  • Close all doors, blinds and draperies and pull down shades to minimize danger of flying glass.
  • Secure moveable objects.
  • Have flashlights, battery-operated radios, portable oxygen, and CPR arrest cart available.
  • Assign one person to monitor www.weather.com, local media and Global User Email for updates.

Patient movement and care:

Ambulatory/Semi-Ambulatory patients: Move patients and visitors away from pane glass windows (not glass block) to rooms in the center of the building or corridors. Provide seats and blankets, if available. Record where patients and visitors have been moved.

Non-Ambulatory patients: If possible, move patients with beds into the corridors. For critically ill patients or patients who cannot be moved, provide heavy blankets, bedspreads, pillows or other covering to protect patients from flying debris.

If you are at a non-clinical or offsite location: Move to the lower level of the building, such as a basement, for protection, if possible. If there is no basement, move to an interior room on the lowest level of the building.

If you are not at work: Take cover. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home, vehicle or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

If a tornado damages a building:

Managers/Supervisors/Staff: Notify all staff and visitors in the area of the situation. Manager/supervisor will take charge and instruct staff to:

  • Assign one person to monitor www.weather.com, local media and Global User Email for updates.
  • Report damages to Security at 9-1-1 or 734-936-7890.
  • Remain with patients.
  • Be alert for fire hazards.
  • Provide essential patient care.
  • Prepare to evacuate patients if necessary by following the Facility Evacuation Plan.

For more information:

Severe Weather Plan

Emergency Closure Standard Practice Guide

U-M medical historian among three 2015 Guggenheim fellowship winners at U-M

Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D.

Three University of Michigan professors, including a Medical School professor who specializes in the history of medicine, are among 175 winners of the Guggenheim Fellowships, which are awarded annually for distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment.

Adding “Guggenheim” to their list of accomplishments are Christiane Gruber, associate professor of Islamic Art; Howard Markel, the George E. Wantz, M.D. Professor of the History of Medicine; and Eran Pichersky, Michael M Martin Collegiate Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.

“The national competition for Guggenheim Fellowships is intense and we are proud that three of our faculty members are being recognized for their outstanding and innovative scholarly work,” said Provost Martha Pollack.  “Professors Gruber, Markel, and Pichersky are in very different fields and their selection is indicative of the strength and diversity of the research undertaken at the University.”

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded the fellowships from nearly 3,100 applicants.  This year’s winners include artists, scholars and scientists.

Markel says the Fellowship “is one of the signal honors in academic scholarship and creative enterprise.”

“I am both humbled and thrilled by this important award,” said Markel, who directs the Center for the History of Medicine at the U-M Medical School is also a member of the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. In addition to his faculty appointments in the Medical School’s departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, he has joint appointments in the U-M College of Literature, Science and the Arts, and the U-M School of Public Health.

He will have time to complete his book on the Kellogg brothers of Battle Creek, Mich. — Dr. John Harvey Kellogg who invented the concept of “wellness” at his famed Battle Creek Sanitarium, and his younger brother, Will Kellogg, who co-invented Corn Flakes, which was initially a health food, and developed that product into a world famous cereal company.

“My book will explore the history of American medicine from the Civil War to World War II, the development of the modern medical center, medical education, and preventive medicine, the creation of food manufacturing, mass advertising and marketing, and a contentious relationship between two brothers who, literally, changed the world,” Markel noted.

Since its establishment in 1925, the Foundation has granted over $325 million in Fellowships to almost 18,000 individuals, among whom are scores of Nobel laureates and poets laureate, as well as winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Fields Medal, and other important, internationally recognized honors.

“It’s exciting to name 175 new Guggenheim Fellows. These artists and writers, scholars and scientists, represent the best of the best,” said Edward Hirsch, president of the Foundation.

For more about the other two U-M Guggenheim Fellows for 2015, visit ns.umich.edu

The full list of 2015 fellows is available at www.gf.org.

Website: http://www.uofmhealth.org/news/archive/201504/u-m-medical-historian-among-three-2015-guggenheim-fellowship

Help reduce injuries at our hospitals and health centers

To measure our safety, we keep a close, monthly count of the workplace injuries that occur in our hospitals and health centers. The D.A.R.T. rate, or Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred, counts serious injuries per 100 staff members.

Our most recent 12-month DART rate (ending February 2015) was 2.18, which is better than the statewide average of 2.7 (most recently published in 2012) as well as the average of 2.3 (most recently published in 2013) for healthcare workers. Our institutional goal for 2015 is 1.3. While UMHHC’s DART rate continues to decline, there are still many steps you can take to improve your safety and the safety of those around you.

How you can help reduce workplace injuries:

The most common cause of injuries in our health system is lifting and carrying objects and people. These injuries can be reduced by taking the time to assess the situation, using mechanical aids and getting help whenever possible.

Slips and falls are the second source of injuries. To help reduce falls:

  • Remove obstacles such as open file drawers or objects on the floor.
  • Keep cords organized and out of walking paths.
  • Attend to spills promptly.
  • Wear low-heeled shoes or boots with good grip while walking in wet, snowy or icy conditions.
  • Report wet, slippery floors to the Environmental Services clean line at 2-5326.

Other top causes of serious injuries are pushing and pulling, accounting for 1,365 total days away, restricted or transferred, and striking or being struck by objects, accounting for 879 total days. Pushing and pulling injuries can be reduced in the same way as lifting and carrying injuries: by assessing the situation and using mechanical or human help. Injuries caused by being struck by an object can be reduced by making sure you can see around and over carts, pushing carts with two hands, and checking mirrors at intersections and corners to make sure no one is coming.

Above all, slow down. The most common injury scenario involves someone pushing a cart too fast while using only one hand. This often makes it difficult to stop and avoid someone else.

With these tips in mind, let’s work together to continue improving the health, safety and overall experience of our employees.

Managers are responsible for investigating incidents, identifying causes, and implementing solutions for workplace injuries. If you or a co-worker is injured on the job, report it to your manager immediately. Seek medical attention if needed – from Occupational Health Services (764-8021, 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday) or the Emergency Department at all other times.

Fill out an Illness/Injury Report Form so that Safety Management Services can look into the causes and help prevent future incidents. Slip and fall injuries should be reported to Hospital Security as well.

UMHS Adolescent Health Initiative Team:  Lauren Ranalli, Vani Patterson and Jennifer Lane

MLearning awards staff for excellence in education, teaching

Each year, MLearning and the UMHS Educator Advisory Committee award staff members for their excellence in education, teaching and fostering learning for the UMHS community.

 UMHS Adolescent Health Initiative Team:  Lauren Ranalli, Vani Patterson and Jennifer Lane

UMHS Adolescent Health Initiative Team: Lauren Ranalli, Vani Patterson and Jennifer Lane

These annual awards are given to individuals and teams who demonstrate passion, excellence, creativity and innovation in support of staff education.

The UMHS Excellence in Learning Award for Outstanding Staff Educator recognizes an individual, or team, that actively engages in staff or faculty education and training. The 2015 team winner of this award is the UMHS Adolescent Health Initiative Team: Jennifer Lane, Vani Patterson, Lauren Ranalli and Margaret Riley.

This collaborative, high-functioning, multi-disciplinary team has worked together to design and facilitate trainings, providing technical assistance and support for providers and health center staff across 13 UMHS primary care sites. The team has focused on the needs of their learners and participants, with an eye to quality, and level of detail and care.  Through their work, the team recognizes that health center staff can have a positive impact on patient outcomes.

There were two winners this year for the individual UMHS Excellence in Learning Award for Outstanding Staff Educator.

Cary Kalowick is a nurse educator in the University Hospital Operating Rooms. She is responsible for providing all orientation to new nurses as well as ongoing staff development for OR nursing staff. Cary was awarded for being passionate, persuasive and hardworking. She comes in early, stays late and has worked on weekends to help with planning and execution of projects.

Barbara Eckstein, Kristen Schuyten and Julie Agbabian.

Barbara Eckstein, Kristen Schuyten and Julie Agbabian.

Kristen Schuyten is a physical therapist for MedSport specializing in Performing Arts Rehabilitation which includes dance, figure skating, gymnastics, cheerleading, diving and instrumentalists; from the novice, to studio level, and elite Olympic athletes.

She has created presentations which include videos of all different styles of dance, skating, instrumentalists and musical theater performances to be able to visualize the demands placed on these patients.

The UMHS Excellence in Leadership Award in Fostering Staff Learning is given to a manager or
supervisor who demonstrates passion in supporting learning and continuously fosters excellence and innovation in staff and/or faculty personal and professional development. This year’s winner is Kiirsa Pokryke from ULAM.

 Dr. Melissa Dyson and Kiirsa Pokryke.


Dr. Melissa Dyson and Kiirsa Pokryke.

Kiirsa manages a team that provides workplace learning for ULAM staff and the research community of the proper care and use of laboratory animals.  Her team provides learning for 2,000 individuals per year.  She has made vast improvements in the provision of training, support for CE for the training staff, management and accessibility of training program data and documentation processes.

This year each winning recipient received $200.00 and a plaque. All nominations received a certificate of recognition.

ACA symposium moves beyond the numbers

Numbers have become a prominent part of the Affordable Care Act vocabulary and are used often to explain how the law is changing the ways health care is purchased, accessed and delivered.

Just recently, media reported that more than 600,000 Michiganders had enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan, Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program, during the program’s first year of operation.

But beyond the data, how are Michiganders experiencing the Affordable Care Act?

In partnership with the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI) and the School of Public Health, CHRT brought together state government officials, consumers, health plans, health care providers and businesses for Alpena to Zilwaukee: A Symposium on the Affordable Care Act’s Coverage Expansions in Michigan.

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How does your department or unit advance community health?

Use the Community Benefit reporting form to submit your activities

The U-M Health System provides excellent care to patients each and every day. But you may not know that departments across the organization also have a long history of spending time and resources on programs and services that improve community health for everyone, including those who are not patients.

Categorized as “Community Benefit,” these activities are meant to increase access to care and improve community health. Often they focus on the poor, uninsured and underinsured. They exemplify the UMHS commitment to community health and also serve to maintain its non-profit tax-exempt status.

Fiscal Year 2014 Community Benefit reporting is here:
Every year, departments tell their Community Benefit stories using the downloadable Community Benefit reporting form. It’s now time for departments to report their activities held during fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014).

Now through June 20, 2015, use the reporting form and email it to Keven Mosley-Koehler, coordinator of Community Benefit and Community Health Assessment for the Office of Community Benefit, at communitybenefit@med.umich.edu. This year we are launching a revised reporting form. Please do not use the old form any longer.

Your submissions help populate an annual, health system-wide Community Benefit report for the Michigan Health and Hospital Association Community Benefit survey. The survey describes hospital community-focused efforts across Michigan and provides an opportunity for UMHS to assess its investment in advancing community health.

“Through dedicated services and the provision of UMHS resources, our faculty, staff and medical students truly make the Michigan Difference,” says Tony Denton, acting chief executive officer and chief operating officer, UMHHC. “When departments report their activities, we are able to demonstrate how our organization improves community health and well-being.”

What’s reportable?
Reportable activities are offered to the community at large, for free or at a low cost, and include many topics and approaches. Click here to see some examples.

Need more details?
To learn more about Community Benefit reporting or to receive a list of reports your department submitted in the past, contact Keven Mosley-Koehler, coordinator of UMHS Community Benefit and Community Health Assessment, at communitybenefit@med.umich.edu, visit the Community Benefit website, or call 734-998-2162.