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A car show for Caden: Celebrating the life and legacy of a young car enthusiast at Mott

While waiting for a heart transplant at the hospital, 11-year-old Caden Bowles would pull out a giant car encyclopedia and chat about different specs to nurses. He could talk about engine displacement, identify obscure European vehicles and debate the pros and cons of one make and model compared with another.FullSizeRender

It’s why family and friends say the young car enthusiast known for his sophisticated car chatter would have loved Sunday’s car show, which was created in his memory at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. For the second year, Caden’s Car Show transformed the University of Michigan Hospital rooftop on Aug. 30, to a scene of classic, state-of-the-art and exotic cars, offering children at Mott a day outside to enjoy what Caden loved most.

Caden was at Mott in 2013 waiting for a second heart transplant after the one he received as a baby was no longer working well enough to keep him alive. Despite efforts to keep him healthy until a new heart became available, Caden died in fall 2013.

“Caden would have loved all of this,” his father, Lance Bowles, says. “I imagine he’d be going from one car owner to the next, talking to them endlessly about every little detail of every car.

“We know what a huge undertaking it is to make something like this come together and are very thankful to everyone who had a part in this special experience. We hope this creates happy memories for other kids and their families during their time at the hospital.”

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See full photo album from Sunday’s car show on the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Facebook page.

More than 60 colorful cars gathered on the top of the hospital parking deck and valet entrance area, some of which only come out of their owner’s garages a couple of times a year. Children had the opportunity to climb into everything from a 1915 Ford Model T to exotic luxury cars like a Shelby Cobra 427, McLaren 650S, Chevrolet  Corvette Z06, Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, Tesla Model S P85D,  Lamborghini Gallardo roadster, and Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT.

Read the entire release and watch a video about Caden here.

Student Move-In brings traffic, parking changes Sept. 3-5

With this year’s student move-in taking place over part of the holiday weekend, community members can expect changes to the usual traffic and parking patterns. Move-In 2015 will take place Friday, Sept. 4 and Saturday, Sept. 5. The campus community should also anticipate increased traffic and rerouting on Thursday, Sept. 3, as preparations for Move-In get underway.

Some streets in the immediate vicinity of residence halls will see traffic-flow alterations, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4; and Saturday, Sept. 5 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Traffic changes near the main Medical Campus include: 

  • E. Ann: One-way traffic flow eastbound from Zina Pitcher to Observatory streets.
  • Observatory: One-way traffic flow southbound between E. Ann and Geddes streets.

Click here for a map of traffic patterns and detour routes near University Hospital and the Cardiovascular Center.

Additional Traffic alterations:

  • Thompson: One-way traffic flow southbound from Jefferson to Packard streets.
  • E. Madison: One-way traffic flow eastbound between Thompson and State streets.
  • E. Washington: One-way traffic flow westbound between Fletcher and State streets.

Most, if not all, parking meters in the immediate vicinity of residence halls will be bagged and reserved for students and families who display the proper Move-In unloading permit. Additional parking changes will impact University parking lots and structures that will be converted to Move-In use only for the duration of the program.

University lots and structures that will be converted to Move-In only are as follows:

  1. Lot M-28 (on Washington Heights)
  2. Lot M-95 (just east of Markley Hall – west half of lot dedicated to Move-In)
  3. Lot E-1 (on N. University Court across from Stockwell Hall)
  4. Palmer Parking Structure (N-26):  All visitor parking will be for Move-In participants

DPSS officers and staff will be on site during Move-In and will aid in maintaining efficient traffic-flow in the residence hall areas.

Both the Ann Arbor Area Transit Authority and University Parking and Transportation Services will be changing some bus routes to accommodate the changes in traffic flow.  Please visit their websites for details.

For additional information about Student Move-In 2015, please see


Mott patient worried heart surgery might make him a Michigan fan

After receiving care at Mott’s Congenital Heart Center, Buckeye fan Ivan Applin, 10, may have just a little room for Michigan in his heart

Toledo fourth grader’s story makes him a local celebrity and receives national news –from ESPN to Washington Post

What started as a UMHS blog post has turned into a national story about a little boy treated for a congenital heart defect at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

As pediatric cardiologist Dr. Ronald Grifka showed 10-year-old Ivan Applin the wire-framed device that would be used to fix the holes in his heart, the young Buckeyes fan had just one burning concern. He asked if the Michigan doctors were going to make his heart love University of Michigan instead of Ohio State.

Ivan’s story about his treatment at Mott for an atrial septal defect has warmed many hearts – among both Ohio State and U-M fans. It appeared in national news around the country from the Washington Post to ESPN’s Sports Center program. It was also covered by CBS Sports, the Big Ten Network, ESPN websiteFox Sports, Fox News, NBC Sports, the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit News, Sports Illustrated, the Bleacher Report, the NCAA page, Sports Blog Nation,  Yahoo Sports, Ann Arbor News and MSN among others.

Dozens of local TV stations around the country also ran the story. Watch this short TV report from Toledo that tells the story of how their local boy “became famous” with a follow-up interview with Ivan’s mom.

Ivan is among the first patients in Michigan to receive the newly-FDA-approved device used to repair a heart defect known as atrial septal defect. Children born with this condition have a hole in their heart that interferes with proper blood flow to their organs. His procedure at Mott is just one more chapter of his incredible 10-year journey. Read More in our blog post>>

Be prepared for the Joint Commission survey

Sometime between now and the end of March 2016, the U-M Health System will be visited by surveyors from The Joint Commission for an assessment of our entire clinical operation. It is important for all UMHS faculty, staff and students to help our institution get ready and stay read for this unannounced survey.

The Joint Commission findings will determine if our hospitals, health centers, home care operations and other services will once again be accredited – a status that enables us to attract patients, receive payment from insurers, and maintain our medical education program.  Meeting national standards strengthens public perception and communicates confidence in our ability to provide safe, quality care.

If you have joined UMHS since March 2013, when we had our last survey, please ask your supervisor how the survey affects your area and what you can do to prepare.

No matter where you work or how long you’ve been at UMHS, please take a moment now to review:

During the survey, please pay special attention to these Priority Focus Areas:
(The Joint Commission has told us it will focus on these during the UMHS survey.)

(1) Assessment and Care/Services
(2) Information Management
(3) Equipment Use
(4) Infection Control (including observation of our hand hygiene practices)
(5) Medication Management
(6) Patient Safety

What to expect during the survey:

Unlike prior surveys, it is possible that this survey may be only four days in length. If that happens, the survey may begin on either Monday or Tuesday but we will have a larger cohort of surveyors.

A global email will be sent the morning of the surveyors’ arrival. This will occur on a Monday or Tuesday morning. Items on the internal and clinical homepages will also include important updates and information throughout the week.

To see results from our last The Joint Commission survey in March 2013, and other information about our institution on The Joint Commission’s site, visit


Top 4 changes to Medical School curriculum

The cadence of the academic year accelerates in August with the arrival of our newest medical students. The drumbeat is even faster this year, fueled by the excitement our M1s are feeling as the first class to experience elements of our new medical student curriculum.

Click on the image below to view a video highlighting the top four changes to the medical student curriculum and what students and faculty can expect during the ongoing curricular transformation.


Thank you for your ongoing input and support of the transformative changes underway.


James O. Woolliscroft, M.D.
Lyle C. Roll Professor of Medicine

Open Enrollment for 2016 benefits coming soon

Open Enrollment is October 26 – November 6, 2015. This is the time for faculty, staff and retirees to review their current benefits and make changes to their coverage for 2016.

No action is required to keep your current benefits coverage in 2016, unless you want to enroll in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA). Internal Revenue Service rules require annual enrollment to participate in an FSA.

Watch for future communications from the Benefits Office with Open Enrollment details. To help you plan, here is an overview of benefits changes for 2016.

Life Insurance Coverage Increases

Optional Life Insurance Plan Coverage Increases
Under the current Optional Life Insurance Plan, you can elect coverage of one to six times your annual salary. For 2016, the coverage choices will increase to eight times your salary up to the new plan maximum of $1.5 million.

Special Opportunity to Enroll in Optional Life or Increase Your Coverage
Life insurance is usually not included in Open Enrollment and eligible faculty and staff can enroll at any time with approval based on a statement of good health. Because of the coverage changes, the university is offering a special one-time opportunity. Faculty and staff who want to enroll in the university’s Optional Life Insurance Plan or increase their coverage can do so during this year’s Open Enrollment without providing a health statement for limited coverage increases. View your Optional Life Insurance Plan choices that will not require a health statement during Open Enrollment.

Added Coverage Level for Dependent Life Insurance
A new $100,000 coverage option for your spouse or other qualified adult will be added to the Dependent Life Insurance Plan.

Identity Protection Services Added to the Legal Services Plan
The university’s Legal Services Plan will add identity protection services for plan members, including identity management services, resolution services for help in recovering from identity theft, credit monitoring services, and more.

Increased Contribution Limit for Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts
The annual amount eligible faculty and staff can contribute to a Health Care Flexible Spending Account will increase to $2,550.

Learn more about Open Enrollment and the 2016 plan changes.

2016 Benefits Plan Rates Available Now
To view your rates, log in to Wolverine Access and select Display Benefits Plan Rates under Benefits on the Self Service page. Your current rates are displayed at the top; scroll down to view your 2016 rates.


  • For benefits information: University Human Resources
  • Frequently asked benefits questions: Ask HR
  • For questions about your benefits or Open Enrollment, call the Shared Services Center (SSC) HR Contact Center at 5-2000 (Ann Arbor campus), 734-615-2000 (local or off-campus), or 866-647-7657 (toll-free) Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

5 things you may not know about Community Fundraising at UMHS

Thank You

5 things you may not know about Community Fundraising at UMHS

  • A community fundraising event is an event hosted by patients & families, companies & organizations, or UMHS staff members with proceeds benefiting an area of UMHS
  • We have an entire team dedicated to supporting community fundraising events by providing UMHS-branded giveaway items for event participants, setting up online giving links for credit card donations, and sharing UMHS logos for use on promotional materials
  • There are over 100 community fundraising events hosted each year
  • Community fundraising events brought in over $1.3 million in FY15
  • 100% of donations from UMHS community fundraising events go directly to a donor designated fund

We need YOUR help to spread the word about the great resources available to those who are hosting community fundraising events, and also to share how profound of an impact these events have on creating the future of health care. Every event – no matter the size – makes a significant difference in the lives of our patients and families every day!

To learn more about our Community Fundraising program please visit, or contact us at or 734-998-6893.


Participate in healthy activities and enter MHealthy Grand Prize Drawing

Participate in a qualifying healthy activity between September 1 and October 31, 2015, and enter the MHealthy Grand Prize Drawing

Just in time for the fall, registration is now open for a number of MHealthy health and well-being programs. As extra motivation, participation in one or more qualifying programs between September 1 and October 31, will also earn you an entry into the MHealthy Grand Prize Drawing. You could be one of six lucky participants to win $500 to support your healthy behaviors.

Benefits-eligible faculty and staff and their U-M health plan enrolled spouses/other qualified adults are eligible for the MHealthy Grand Prize Drawing. The more programs you participate in, the more drawing entries you earn.

Qualifying MHealthy (and partner) programs include:

  • Active U Autumn 2015
  • Alcohol management programs
  • Learn to Live Tobacco Free: A Quit Tobacco Program
  • MHealthy exercise and relaxation classes
  • MHealthy nutrition consults
  • MHealthy personalized exercise sessions
  • MHealthy Stress management classes
  • Weight Watchers® (Traditional and At Work programs)
  • And more

Participants must enter the drawing by Monday, Nov. 2 on the StayWell® Portal (accessible from the MHealthy site). The Grand Prize Drawing takes place Nov. 10, 2015. Winners will be notified via email and/or phone.

For more information go to


Quiet design: Hospital experiments with sound panels to reduce noise

Hospitals are using quiet hours and other methods to help patients get a good night’s sleep.

University of Michigan borrows method used in music rooms to reduce hospital noise, improve care

One of the most common complaints about hospitals is the noise. Patients complain that they can’t sleep soundly in the environment of multiple monitors, paging systems, wheel chairs and gurneys, and carts that squeak.

Ongoing efforts at the University of Michigan Health System are making the hospital quieter, and the hospital has tested sound panels designed to dial down noise.

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Program helps UMHS employee return to work after devastating injury

Sandy Pulk was able to find a position in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Department after an injury kept her out of work for nearly two years

Sandy Pulk loves her job, but if it wasn’t for the University’s Return to Work program that helped her after a severe injury, everything could have turned out differently.

Sandy started at U-M as a senior surgical technologist in C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, where she worked for nearly 15 years. Everything changed in 2012 when she was walking to her car one day after work and her knee gave out in the parking lot. She collapsed in pain.

“I went down and if it wasn’t for a coworker who helped me, I wouldn’t have made it to my car,” she says.

Sandy drove herself to the emergency room where she received devastating news. She needed to stop working immediately. Sandy eventually missed two years of work due to doctor’s appointments, physical therapy and recovery.

Things changed again for Sandy when she participated in U-M’s Return to Work program—this time for the better. The program helped her get transitional work in Radiology’s Customer Service Center. She worked there for three months before finding a regular position in the department as a patient services assistant. In her current role, she checks patients in for appointments, sends reminders, and helps with scheduling.

“I am very grateful things worked out the way they did,” she says. “I love this job and I love being back at work.”

The Return to Work program is a partnership between UMHS Human Resources, University Human Resources and WorkConnections. RTW helps staff get back to work after an injury by coordinating with departments to identify transitional assignments that can be done with medical restrictions. Transitional work lets employees gradually ease back into the workplace, both physically and mentally.

“The Return to Work staff were extremely helpful and encouraging,” says Sandy. “They were very understanding of everything I was going through.”

Program coordinators helped Sandy enroll in MiChart training classes and even connected her with resources for help with her resume and cover letter.

For faculty and staff facing a medical leave due to illness or injury, the university offers many services to help while they are away and trying to return to work safely. For information on these services, view last week’s University Record article or visit the RTW website: