Where is the love? At Michigan Medicine!

February 14, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Michigan Medicine News,

Michigan Medicine employees can design their own valentines do be delivered to cardiac inpatients through noon on Friday.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Michigan Medicine!

Love is certainly in the air this week around the academic medical center, with thousands of valentines — both “virtual” and handmade — being distributed to patients across the organization.

For instance, a campaign hosted by the Mardigian Wellness Center is designed to provide valentines to adult cardiac inpatients at the Frankel Cardiovascular Center and University Hospital, and faculty and staff have an opportunity to help out!

The wellness center — located just outside the atrium on the second floor of the CVC — currently has a table set up for all members of the Michigan Medicine community to create their very own valentines for patients.

The table will be open from 9 a.m.  until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and from 9 a.m. until noon on Friday for employees, family members and visitors to stop by. The table is stocked with construction paper, shiny plastic hearts, stickers, markers and ribbons for individuals to get creative when making a valentine!

The cards will then be delivered by hand on Friday afternoon to patients on CVC 4, CVC 5, and 4C, 7C and 7D at UH.

“We created this program to send a little smile to our patients,” said Meagan Tenyer, administrative assistant/patient education for the Mardigian Wellness Center, which has run the program for the past four years. “In 2017, we had 150 valentines delivered to patients and we’re hoping for even more this year.”

Also this week, an annual social media campaign was held to send Valentine’s Day messages to Little Victors at Mott. More than 23,000 valentines were submitted through the Valentines to Victors initiative. Senders represented more than 25 countries, including China, Australia, Chile, Brazil, South Korea, Japan and France.

Patients will receive their messages in person — as they will be printed out and placed in playrooms, delivered on meal trays or handed out by Environmental Services staff members.

Whether the patients are adults or children, the valentines will certainly light up the day for anyone who receives them.

“I hear time and again how impactful it is for one of our patients to receive these cards,” Tenyer said. “The patients love knowing that someone thought of them and took the time out to do something special for them. That’s why these types of campaigns are so important.”

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