For over 150 years, the University of Michigan Department of Surgery has stood as the standard of excellence in surgical care locally and nationally. With ongoing changes in health care economics and patient demographics, Michigan Medicine has evolved from the sole tertiary referral center in the state to a regional health system competing with other large medical centers.
We believe that future success depends on our ability to develop new approaches to delivering care across this regional network. We stand for innovation in delivery of care, including research that develops novel techniques, processes of care, and technology development. We stand for continuous learning from our experience with ongoing quality improvement, performed in a collaborative manner that elevates the performance of our faculty, trainees, and the entire surgical community.
To achieve this, we identify the following priorities: expanding our capacity at the main campus to provide care for patients with complex clinical problems; expanding our capacity at offsite facilities and partner hospitals to provide the highest quality care for routine or less complex clinical problems; prioritizing patient experience, particularly in the ambulatory care setting, in a manner that improves accessibility to and satisfaction with clinical care; investing in and developing pathways for promotion, success, and personal fulfillment for the variety of faculty types that will be necessary to achieve high quality care across our growing regional network.