Award season hits UMHS as Programs of the Year are announced

Amidst the glitz and glamour surrounding awards season in Hollywood, it’s time for the red carpet to roll out in honor of the Programs of the Year for the clinical and support areas of the U-M Hospitals & Health Centers.

The annual AdForum award ceremony (the UMHHC Administrators Forum) was hosted Tuesday at University Hospital’s Ford Auditorium, where Tony Denton, executive director, University Hospitals, and chief operating officer of UMHHC, recognized the winners for their excellence and innovation.

The 2013 winners are:

Clinical Service Program of the Year: East Ann Arbor Intraoperative Breast Cancer Management Practice

Since its move to the East Ann Arbor Health Center in 2008, the Breast Care Clinic has provided women with breast problems with the most thorough, accurate and prompt evaluation possible in a single visit. The center was recognized in this year’s award ceremony for its innovative work using frozen sections to analyze patient specimens during surgery. The state-of-the-art work pioneered by the project team has greatly reduced reoperation rates and minimized surgery expenditures.

See the PowerPoint presentation about the program here.

Support Services Program of the Year: Project Healthy Schools

This community/U-M collaboration partners closely with many schools around the state to fight the obesity crisis affecting school children in the United States. Founded in 2004, the program is designed to increase physical activity and increase healthy food choices in schools to reduce childhood obesity. Over the last 10 years, Project Healthy Schools has been implemented in 43 schools across the state, with more than 24,600 students receiving PHS lessons. The program was recognized for its commitment to creating healthy school environments and bringing real value to local and regional communities.

Learn more about Project Healthy Schools here.

See the PowerPoint presentation about the program here.

Both groups presented at Tuesday’s meeting and will present again at the Hospitals and Health Centers Executive Board (HHCEB) later this year.

2013 Clinical Service Honorable Mention Recognition

  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Poke Program
  • Medical Directors Partnering to Lead Along with Nurse Managers (MPLAN)
  • Multidisciplinary Ostomy Service
  • Pediatric Renovascular Program
  • 2013 Support Service Honorable Mention Recognition

  • Guest Assistance Program
  • Wolverines for Life
  • Gifts of Art
  • Adult Diabetes Education Program
  • Facilities Planning and Development
  • Service Excellence
  • The Program of the Year tradition began in 1983. In 2000, the program expanded to include two awards: one in the Support Services area and one in the Clinical Services area.

    Clinical service programs involve direct patient care, and support services programs support patient care.

    Nominations are made by members of the Executive Directors Forum (EDF), then discussed and selected by the Senior Management Team (SMT).

    Among criteria for selection, the groups must increase patient safety or improve service quality, exemplify visionary leadership in healthcare, and address an identified patient need.

    For information about the Program of the Year and to see the full list of recipients as well as links to their websites and PowerPoint presentations, go to: