Canton 1 looking for a rider

Posted on August 24, 2017

Canton Kroger @ ford Canton center

mott structure

mott structure

Canton Kroger @ Ford & canton center

Jackson Vanpool immediate opening

Posted on August 24, 2017

Argyle St. Kroger

Simpson Circle across from P4

Simpson Circle across from P4

Argyle St. Kroger

Diversity Matters: Diversity Awareness Month

Posted on August 23, 2017

August is Diversity Awareness Month, a great opportunity to celebrate — and take steps to enhance — the diverse community that makes Michigan Medicine an enriching place to work and study.

As part of the university’s five-year Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategic plan, many members of the Michigan Medicine community are already working hard to create a culture where everyone’s unique background and viewpoint is valued and respected.

One such person is Alena Stocking, a DE&I implementation lead for the U-M Medical School Administration (MSA). Stocking is a member of her department’s diversity task force, which meets quarterly to discuss ideas and activities that promote diversity within MSA.

“We take sort of a ‘best practices’ approach to DE&I,” Stocking said. “Because our department is so large, many of us are able to try different things and figure out what is effective and what isn’t.”

For instance, her department has offered movie screenings and discussions on films such as Hidden Figures and Zootopia, films that each touch on important diversity issues. There are also monthly lunch-and-learn events featuring guest speakers like Marwa Ayyash, a second-year med student who discusses issues about her faith through an initiative she calls “Ask a Muslim.”

MSA also offers book clubs, seminars and training sessions throughout the year.

Global REACH is another department that has taken a proactive approach to DE&I. The department — in partnership with Global Health & Disparities (GHD) curriculum path leaders — recently earned an award from U-M’s National Center for Institutional Diversity to fund a study of the cross-cultural skills of students engaged in low-resource settings both at home and across the world.

“This project will help us ensure that we are adequately preparing students to productively communicate across cultures,” said Brent Williams, professor of internal medicine and director of GHD.

That project is set to kick-off this fall in tandem with new cross-cultural training initiatives for medical students preparing to engage in low-resource settings either domestically or abroad.

“Part of our mission is to prepare all future physicians to practice in an increasingly diverse world,” added Jason Bell, assistant professor of ob/gyn and longtime faculty advisor for GHD. “I am confident that our students and faculty mentors will benefit from this grant.”

Get involved

Help promote diversity, equity and inclusion in your unit or department by taking advantage of the following opportunities:

The Office for Health Equity & Inclusion is currently accepting applications for mini-grants — valued up to $5,000 — that are designed to acknowledge, inform, reinvigorate and refocus departmental and unit efforts on fostering a respectful environment.

Click here to submit a mini-grant application by Sept. 29.

The university also offers free workshops and programs to help individuals — or entire departments — learn about important diversity issues.

Upcoming workshops include:

  • Change it Up!: Attendees will gain bystander intervention skills to help make the U-M community more inclusive, respectful and safe.
  • Disability Awareness and Etiquette: Learn how to best understand and serve individuals with disabilities.
  • Intercultural Awareness: Gain a greater understanding of the cultural differences between countries and how “common sense” assumptions made about others can be flawed.
  • Unconscious Bias in Everyday Life: Examine how unconscious bias can affect one’s perceptions, decisions and interactions.

Click here for more information about the sessions, along with a schedule of when they are offered.

Remember, it’s up to everyone to make Michigan Medicine more open and welcoming to all. Thank you for playing your part!

You’re invited: Quiet rooms to make debut at UH

Posted on August 23, 2017

In a busy environment like University Hospital, it can be difficult for family members to find a quiet space to rest and gather their thoughts.

Working with patients and families, UH has created two new quiet rooms on floors 5 and 6 for family members and other visitors.

The rooms — which will debut at an open house later this week — were established with support from the UH administration and the Office of Patient Experience’s Patient and Family Centered Care team.

“We hear from our families that having a quiet space to step into from time to time — while still remaining near their loved one — would help reduce stress,” said Molly White, administrative director for the Office of Patient Experience. “The UH design team worked with patients as their partners and the outcome is really special.”

All faculty and staff are invited to visit the new quiet rooms (5011 and 6011 in UH) during an open house on Thursday, Aug. 24 from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Open house attendees will get an up-close look at the new rooms and the important role they will play.

As White said: “These rooms are a small but important step for the organization to take as we constantly strive to improve the patient and family experience.”

CVC4 ICU earns another 365 Days of Safety award

Posted on August 23, 2017

Congratulations to the CVC4 ICU, which recently earned a 365 Days of Safety Award for going a full year without a patient fall!

This was the second 365 Days of Safety Award earned by the unit this year. In February, they were honored for going a full year without a CAUTI.

The 365 Days of Safety Award recognizes outstanding practice within a patient care unit, area, clinic or department which resulted in the avoidance of patient harm and health care-acquired conditions for 365 consecutive days. The award also demonstrates the sustainability of the associated patient safety practice.

To learn more about 365 Days of Safety Award, to see past winners or to submit a nomination, click here.

New ‘SIREN’ network seeks to improve emergency care clinical trials

Posted on August 23, 2017

The emergency department isn’t typically considered an easy place to perform a clinical trial.

From the ambulance to the intensive care unit, “The acute care setting is a very challenging, chaotic and busy environment,” said Robert Silbergleit, M.D., a professor of emergency medicine at Michigan Medicine.

That hasn’t stopped Silbergleit and colleague William Barsan, M.D., also a professor of emergency medicine, from building an emergency care clinical trial network collaborating with academic medical centers over the past decade.

They say the approach has benefits.

“When you work within a network, it allows the clinical trials to be done in a way that is more efficient — but even more importantly the network accumulates and retains expertise, knowledge and experience,” Silbergleit said. “There are troops across the country who can hit the ground running and know what they’re doing.”

Barsan, Silbergleit and Clifton Callaway, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, are taking further advantage of that resource.

The three are principal investigators of a new NIH-funded network: The Strategies to Innovate Emergency Care Clinical Trials Network (SIREN) — with U-M serving as the clinical coordinating center. The network is a cooperative award for five years and can be renewed.

SIREN seeks to improve the outcomes of patients with neurologic, cardiac, respiratory, hematologic and trauma emergencies by identifying effective treatments administered in the earliest stages of critical care.

Beyond U-M, the network includes a data coordinating center at the Medical University of South Carolina and 11 award hubs with primary investigators at each.

Hub grants have been awarded to Emory University, Medical College of Wisconsin, Oregon Health and Sciences University, UCLA, University of Cincinnati, University of Minnesota, University of Pittsburgh, Massachusetts General Hospital, Temple University, University of Washington and Wayne State University. Program officers from the NIH also collaborate closely with the investigators.

Launching SIREN

Although the project is large in size and scope, it is familiar territory for Barsan and Silbergleit.

“We had been the clinical coordinating center for the Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials Network, funded by the National Institute for Neurologic Disorders and Stroke, for the past 10 years,” Barsan said. “There was also another emergency care network, the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, that was also doing great work.”

SIREN came to fruition in 2017 after the two NIH Institutes decided to form a unified emergency care network that would cover a wider spectrum of health conditions.

As a result, the new network will allow researchers to expand clinical trials into more types of illness and injury.

“We’re going to perform clinical trials in areas such as traumatic brain injuries, seizures, spinal cord injuries, cardiac arrest, heart attacks, congestive heart failure, pulmonary embolism, blood transfusion, and more,” Barsan said. “That’s just a small sample of the scope this network will be able to cover.”

Any trials done within the network still will have to go through the NIH peer review process for funding, and although the process is tedious, Barsan maintains that this produces the best science and the most well-designed clinical trials.

The network already has one clinical trial that has been approved through this process and is ready to begin.

“Our first trial will be evaluating the use of hyperbaric oxygen treatments to promote better outcomes in patients with severe traumatic brain injury,” Barsan said. “And we already have other proposals currently in review.”

Sharing knowledge and experience

To those involved, one element of the SIREN project stands out: It’s an open network.

“Some networks only do studies developed within their network,” Barsan said. “But what’s great about SIREN is that anybody could be a lead investigator on a trial being done within the network.

“When we accept trials from researchers across the country, we get the best ideas, not just the ideas from within our network. We think this helps us conduct the most impactful clinical trials to improve outcomes for patients with emergency conditions.”

He added, “Even though it’s an emergency care network, it’s very multidisciplinary. Investigators will come from a variety of specialties, including emergency medicine, neurology, cardiology, neurosurgery, etc.”

With so many hubs and the ability for each hub to include additional spokes across the country, studies can be large.

“We could do studies with as few as 10 to 15 sites — or as many as 100, depending on the type of study and who is interested in participating,” Barsan said. “We can use our main 11 hubs and the larger hub and spoke network we have established to achieve exactly the right number of sites needed to conduct each unique clinical trial.”

The value of a network

Silbergleit explained that networks such as SIREN ensure emergency care clinical trials are taking place in a health care setting where multiple demands and commotion can make research difficult to conduct.

“In the absence of an emergency network, you saw researchers avoiding clinical trials in the emergency department and often studying interventions many hours or days after patients were admitted to the hospital,” Silbergleit said. “The problem is, for many emergencies, interventions are only going to be effective at improving patient outcomes when treatment can be started and studied within the first few minutes or hours. Treating patients later in their hospital course misses this window of opportunity for improvement.

“In the SIREN network, we have the unique opportunity to study interventions in the often chaotic emergency environment that others avoid because we have people who are experts in this phase of care.”

A network also allows for continuity.

“Typically, when you do a study on a certain condition, you form a coordinating center, a data center and you look for sites that want to participate,” Silbergleit said. “Hopefully it’s successful and one creates a team and synergy for the three to five years or so it takes to do the study. But then the study ends and the team disbands. All of the investment in team building and infrastructure is lost.

“The beauty of this network is we will have the opportunity to continue to work with the same people on multiple SIREN trials over the years, and many are folks that we have worked with in the NETT for the past decade. We have accumulated experience working together and will keep building on this with additional new colleagues in SIREN.”

Serving as SIREN’s clinical coordinating center is an honor for U-M, Barsan said, and he looks forward to the great work the shared network will produce.

“The Department of Emergency Medicine at Michigan Medicine has been a national leader in emergency care clinical trials and one of the leaders for the past 10 years in NIH-funded research in emergency medicine,” Barsan said. “This continues that track record.”


Michigan Video Abstracts publishes second issue

Posted on August 22, 2017

The online journal Michigan Video Abstracts (MVA) is pleased to announce the publication of its second issue showcasing the work of respected U-M faculty from the biomedical sciences field.

MVA aims to inspire scientists, researchers and the public by introducing the experts behind innovative biomedical research through short videos.

In “The Changing Face of Critical Care Cardiology,” Shashank S. Sinha, M.D., M.Sc., house officer in internal medicine, division of cardiovascular medicine, clinical fellow for advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation, and research fellow for the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, shared the origins of cardiac critical care, how things have changed over the past several decades, how the underlying patient population in the modern cardiac intensive care unit has changed over time, and discussed where the discipline is headed.

The video complements a recently published manuscript entitled “Changes in Primary Noncardiac Diagnoses Over Time Among Elderly Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Patients in the United States.”

This issue also features a series of videos from James O. Woolliscroft, M.D., Lyle C. Roll Professor of Medicine, professor of internal medicine and learning health sciences, past dean of the U-M Medical School. He talked about caring for and learning from patients, what led him to a career medical education, big data vs. the physiologic model of medicine, becoming a dean to highly-ranked medical school, the new medical school curriculum, and advice for young people.

In “An Educational Perspective on the Learning Health System,” Johmarx Patton, M.D., M.H.I., director of education informatics and technologies, Health Information Technology & Services, discussed the goals of the learning health system: putting actionable knowledge into the right person’s hands at the right time so they may make an informed decision, and learning how to take advantage of the ever-increasing volume of patient data that is being generated as health care becomes increasingly digital.

Michigan Video Abstracts is published by Health Information Technology & Services. For more information visit the HITS website, or email the team at


Help drive team science by joining MPrOVE Research Innovation Challenge

Posted on August 22, 2017

The Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI) and the Michigan Program on Value Enhancement (MPrOVE) are aiming to drive team science at Michigan Medicine through the first-ever MPrOVE Research Innovation Challenge.

The new program will provide planning funds for the development of interdisciplinary research projects focused on optimizing value in health care in order to advance quality, reduce costs and improve patient outcomes.

The challenge will start with a kickoff event on Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the NCRC Building 10 dining hall. At the kickoff, faculty with similar interests will be matched up to facilitate brainstorming and generate ideas for potential collaborative research projects.

Project teams will then be encouraged to develop the ideas further and submit a brief proposal to Competition Space by Nov. 3.

The deadline to register for the kickoff event is Friday, Sept. 8 at 5 p.m.

For more information on the challenge, including research themes, eligibility and how to register, click here.

Expanding Michigan Medicine’s footprint: West Ann Arbor-Parkland Plaza takes shape

Posted on August 22, 2017

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Patients will soon have even more options when it comes to obtaining world-class care from Michigan Medicine.

Following a recent kick-off meeting, call center team members began scheduling the first Parkland Plaza appointments today, a major milestone in the development of the project. The state-of-the-art facility is scheduled to open Nov. 27 and will house more than 20 adult and pediatric primary and specialty care services.

“It’s an exciting time for everyone at Michigan Medicine,” said Rachel Wiltse, senior project manager. “It’s an organizational priority to expand our care to reach as many patients — and touch as many lives — as possible. We are reinvesting in the community and ensuring that great health care is available to patients across the region.”

‘A win-win for everyone’

The new health center is designed to help doctors, nurses, therapists and staff members provide a high-quality patient experience in an alternate and convenient location.

“With it being closer to many of their homes, patients will see Parkland Plaza as a viable option for their appointments the day the facility opens,” said Nichole Goodin, a training manager who is assisting with the project. “So we’re meeting a demand in the community — while at the same time easing congestion at the academic medical center. It’s truly a win-win for everyone.”

A wide range of services

With 75,000 square feet of space, Parkland Plaza will host a variety of different departments and ambulatory services. The facility will also house a blood-draw lab and a radiology unit for general imaging, CT scans, ultrasounds and mammography.

“It will be a cutting-edge facility for all types of patients,” said Yvette Salamey, senior project manager. “From treating newborns to caring for our oldest patients, Parkland Plaza demonstrates the versatile and impressive work performed across Michigan Medicine.”

Click here for more information about West Ann Arbor-Parkland Plaza.