Happy Holidays

Happy holidays, everyone! No matter what you celebrate this time of year, I hope you do so surrounded by loved ones.

The holidays are a wonderful time to reflect, assess and renew. In fact, many of us see the start of a new calendar year as the ideal time to evaluate our personal and professional goals, and begin making the daily decisions that help us achieve them. Continue reading

Things I’m Thankful For

Most of us have heard the saying “Life is a journey, not a destination.” I’ve been thinking about that phrase recently, specifically about the things that shape our individual journeys and, in essence, shape us as individuals.

As early as I can remember, my parents taught me to make choices that leave the world in a better place. This philosophy drove me to be a physician. This is the philosophy by which my husband Mark and I have raised Continue reading

Strategic Planning Process Update; Improving the World; NCRC Update

The Strategic Planning Process I detailed in last month’s faculty and staff newsletter is well under way! The Clinical, Research and Education committees have each met multiple times to begin assessing our strengths, opportunities and challenges. Essentially, they are evaluating where we are now (current state), where we should be in five, 10 years (future state), how we will get there (process) and how we will know if we are getting there (metrics). Continue reading

Becoming the national leader in health care, health care reform, biomedical innovation and medical and nursing education

Happy fall, everyone! I can’t believe we are already well into September, but I am very much looking forward to my first U-M football season! Go Blue!

Last week, Health System leadership launched a strategic planning process designed to position the University of Michigan Health System as the national leader in health care, health care reform, biomedical innovation, and medical and nursing education. Although we face significant external challenges, we are fortunate to have important strengths that will enable us to achieve our goals. Continue reading

My first few weeks; A Message from Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., EVPMA

Throughout my life as a physician, scientist, mother and wife, I’ve been guided by many philosophies and a driving desire to make this world a better place.

The 21 years I spent in Indiana were ones that I treasure, both personally and professionally. I watched my three children evolve into wonderful adults; had the honor of treating many inspiring young patients at Riley Hospital for Children; and bolstered Indiana University’s position as a focal point for biomedical research and a catalyst for Indiana’s life sciences initiative. With such strong ties to my work and the community, the decision to come to Michigan took a great deal of consideration. Continue reading