Exceptional Students; Incredible Communities

The University of Michigan is home to truly exceptional medical students. This isn’t news, of course. Our rankings and reputation speak volumes about the caliber and quality of the U-M medical student community. However, in the past few months, I’ve experienced first-hand just how incredible these students can be.

Every eight years a group of surveyors from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education comes to Ann Arbor to assess the Medical School’s compliance with established standards for function, structure and performance. LCME is jointly sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association to serve as the accrediting authority for medical schools. In addition to serving a quality assurance role, the LCME process provides us with an opportunity to look at where and how we can improve as a learning environment. Continue reading

Our Response to the Disaster in Japan

Friends and colleagues,

Certainly, the current situation in Japan has been weighing heavily on many of our minds. In the wake of the recent devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor incident – the nation’s worst crisis in 65 years – many members of the Health System community have been asking how UMHS will help.

Just over a year ago, we mobilized quickly and admirably to send medical personnel and supplies to Haiti after the nation was destroyed by a 7.0 earthquake. Fortunately, Japan has a much stronger disaster response infrastructure, which includes staff and resources to both identify and care for immediate medical needs. Continue reading

The 2011 Employee Engagement Survey is now open!

I’m writing to encourage you to take this year’s Employee Engagement Survey, open now through April 1. Employee Engagement is part of the Heath System’s goal of continuous improvement and creating the ideal employee experience. This is your opportunity to tell us – anonymously – what you like about your job and what you think could improve.

You may be wondering: What good will come by taking the survey? Well, units across the Health System have improved their environments and employee satisfaction by implementing changes informed by survey results. For example, in an effort to improve Employee Engagement scores and workplace culture at the Cardiovascular Center, a CVC steering committee now meets regularly to review and respond to employee issues. Their successful solutions include: Continue reading

Chief Financial Officer Dave Morlock to leave UMHS

One of the things I love about my job is the variety of talented people with whom I am privileged to work. That’s why it is with both sadness and good wishes that I announce the departure of Dave Morlock, the Health System’s chief financial officer. Dave will be leaving U-M to join Accretive Health as senior vice president of Business Development and Strategy. Accretive Health is a public consulting and IT company that helps health care providers generate sustainable results in revenue cycle and population care management.

Dave joined the U-M family in 1990 and held several positions before assuming the role of CFO in 2007, including director of Financial Planning for the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers and director of Finance for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital. Before coming to U-M, Dave was a commercial lender with City Bank & Trust Company and business manager with Visiting Care Home Nursing, which later became Michigan Visiting Nurses. Continue reading