UMHHC named one of the nation’s best and the top hospital in Detroit

Congratulations to the extraordinary UMHS faculty and staff who, for the 17th year in a row,  earned the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers distinction as one of the best hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report magazine!

In addition to ranking 14th in the nation overall (tied with Vanderbilt University Medical Center), we were also named the best hospital in the Detroit Metro area.

These are significant achievements that bring great pride to the University of Michigan. This is also a good time to remember that while rankings are important, they are just one factor in what makes a hospital a provider of choice. Another very important part of that equation is overall performance on quality and safety measures. I encourage you to visit our U-M Health System’s Quality & Safety website for a detailed and data-rich look at our progress toward becoming the safest provider of the highest quality care in Michigan and beyond.

To learn more about the USNWR rankings, read this!

Cycling Cross-Country for Mott!

Making the world a better place one mile at a time

For most of us, accomplishing a childhood dream of cycling across the United States would be an amazing and satisfying achievement in and of itself. For siblings Melissa and Mark Beams and their friends and fellow siblings Lauren and Ethan Cummings, it isn’t: they decided to step it up and make their personal cross-country bike trip a fundraiser for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

Since leaving California last month, this fabulous foursome has been on what they call their “4 Tour for Mott.” Decked out in Mott cycling jerseys, they already have traversed hundreds of miles, connected with U-M alumni along the way and raised more than $2000 through pledges and donations.

Thank you, Melissa, Mark, Lauren and Ethan for being champions for Mott patients and families! We are so fortunate to have you as part of our Michigan family!

Follow their adventures and show your support at

Addendum to CVC newsletter

Thanks for all of these thoughtful comments! The CVC community – like so many areas of our Health System – has quite a lot to be proud of!

While I wanted to focus this newsletter on what’s happened since 2007, it is worth mentioning that none of this would have been possible without the incomparable dedication of Dr. Mel Lester, special assistant to the Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and adjunct clinical professor of Internal Medicine.

Not only was Mel a major reason we received a $50 million anonymous donation to open the new CVC building and begin all of this great work, but he continues to find ways to advance the CVC’s mission and continuously improve the cardiovascular community culture of teamwork, communication and compassion. Thank you, Mel!