March 12, 2020

Medical School partners with Michigan Medicine, campus to share information on COVID-19

Click for a list of campus and Michigan Medicine websites and resources available to learn more about how we are responding to this rapidly changing pandemic (UPDATED: April 3)

COVID-19

#Hailtothefrontline: Faculty, staff, learners give thanks during challenging times

Across Michigan Medicine, doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, Environmental Services staff, security personnel, administrators and hundreds of others are serving patients.

The teams are working long hours in challenging conditions to ensure the safety of both the community and their colleagues.

Recently, Headlines asked Michigan Medicine employees and learners to send in thank you messages to these inspiring colleagues.

That call generated a heartwarming response, not only from employees, but from the community at large. And the call continues beyond today, as it merges with another campaign called “Hailtothefrontline.” Social media posts and messages of gratitude can be shared using the hashtag #Hailtothefrontline. For those who don’t utilize social media, you can still send notes, photos and videos to: headlines@med.umich.edu.

Take a look at the video above and click HERE for a few messages to see just a fraction of the thankfulness on display at Michigan Medicine.

Thank You: Michigan Medicine Protective Gear Donation Drive

On March 20, anticipating disruptions to the supply chain because of COVID-19, Michigan Medicine put out a call for donations of vital protective gear that could keep staff and patients safe from coronavirus and other infections.

Within a week, community members, U-M teams, companies and organizations had brought us more than 5,500 boxes of gloves, 115,000 procedure masks, 10,000 N95 masks, 3,000 face shields (including specially made industrial prototypes and homemade 3D-printed ones), 500 bottles of hand sanitizer and many other supplies. Some of these went into use almost immediately.

This video, taken as that first week ended, ends with an indoor drone shot of staff and U-M medical students sorting and packaging the donated supplies in the huge dining hall at the North Campus Research Complex.

On March 31, a food drive was added to the donation drive, to help Food Gatherers serve local community service agencies -- including the Meals on Wheels programs run by Michigan Medicine.

Donations are still needed. Learn more about what is needed, and how to get it to the right place: http://michmed.org/donategear.

Learn how to give financially to support Michigan Medicine's COVID-19 response: https://giving.medicine.umich.edu/covid-19.

Thank you to all who have given!

The Medical School, as part of Michigan Medicine and the larger University of Michigan community, is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its affect on our faculty, staff, learners and medical community. 

Following is a list of campus and Michigan Medicine websites and resources available to learn more about how we are responding to this rapidly changing situation. We will add more content, and provide updates, as the situation warrants. 

Latest Information 

Michigan Medicine News: Forecasting models from Michigan Medicine clinicians show aggressive social distancing could reduce the number of COVID-19 patients at U-M hospitals in early May by as much as 65 percent at peak. Read the story in the Michigan Medicine Newsroom.

#Hailtothefrontline: Across Michigan Medicine, doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, Environmental Services staff, security personnel, administrators and hundreds of others are serving patients. The teams are working long hours in challenging conditions to ensure the safety of both the community and their colleagues. Recently, Michigan Medicine Headlines asked Michigan Medicine employees and learners to send in thank you messages to these inspiring colleagues. VIDEO | HEADLINES STORY

New Guidance on COVID-19 Paid Time Off: Starting April 1, the university will provide a new bank of 80 hours of paid time off for COVID-19-related absences as guided by the federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA). This EPSLA time can be used for child care due to school or day care closure, lack of work, personal illness, quarantine or care of an ill or quarantined family member. This bank is in addition to the university’s COVID-19 emergency paid time off (PTO) bank implemented on March 13. Read more about these special paid time off options. 

Towsley Center Blood Drive: The supply of blood donations remains critical. To help aid the American Red Cross, there is a blood drive planned for Towsley Center at University Hospital on April 22-23. The drive will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day and is only open to Michigan Medicine employees. You can schedule an appointment online at redcross.org (sponsor code: goblue), by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by contacting Erin Burns at erin.burns2@redcross.org

Message form EVPMA and Medical School Dean Marschall Runge: In his latest “Minute with Marschall,” Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D., expresses his deep appreciation for everyone’s hard work and dedication at Michigan Medicine. He shares heartwarming stories of teamwork and commitment, from hundreds of nurses who have volunteered to staff the RICU, to countless other staff members offering to redeploy across the organization.

Donations Can Now Include Food: In just one week, the University of Michigan has collected tens of thousands of masks, gloves and other pieces of protective gear from the community to keep front-line health workers at Michigan Medicine safe while they treat an ever-rising number of patients with COVID-19. Now, the donation drive will take on an added dimension, to address food insecurity and other basic needs, serving community members affected financially by coronavirus-related closures. Starting Tuesday, the donation site will begin accepting non-perishable food and toiletries from the community. These will be given to Food Gatherers, which will distribute them to more than 100 local nonprofit organizations that serve community members in need. Read more HERE.

Child Care Services: Alternative child care services are available to faculty, staff and learners during the COVID-19 pandemic. These include Kids Kare at Home, U-M Family Helpers, and Washtenaw Intermediate School District and Child Care Network First Responder Care. Read more about these options, including how to sign up, HERE.

STORY: ‘Our Experience Will Be Helpful’: Physicians in China have seen firsthand America’s coronavirus future, and some of them recently reached out to Michigan Medicine leaders to help. On a March 26 conference call, doctors from Peking University Health Science Center (PKUHSC), Michigan Medicine’s longstanding partner school in Beijing, shared their experience as we battle against COVID-19. PKUHSC alone sent more than 400 doctors and nurses to Wuhan to help manage the surge of patients there, said PKUHSC President Qimin Zhan, who co-hosted the virtual meeting with Joseph C. Kolars, M.D., U-M Medical School senior associate dean for education and global initiatives. Read more HERE.

Philanthropic Fund Created to Help Community Give Back: During an unprecedented time at Michigan Medicine, many members of the community — along with faculty and staff — have reached out inquiring about ways they can help the organization. With staff working hard to ensure the safety of patients and colleagues, the organization is honored to receive such an outpouring of support from the community. In response, Michigan Medicine has created the COVID-19 Philanthropic Fund. The fund will give the organization the discretion to steer funds to its most pressing needs, from personal protective equipment for providers to testing to tailoring patient rooms for the special needs of COVID-19 patients.

March 27 Employee Town Hall: A virtual town hall was held Friday to provide updates on COVID-19 related activities and planning for the future. If you missed it, view the town hall HERE.

Informational Links

Medical Students

Graduate Students

Residents

Faculty

New Guidance on COVID-19 Paid Time Off: Starting April 1, the university will provide a new bank of 80 hours of paid time off for COVID-19-related absences as guided by the federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA). This EPSLA time can be used for child care due to school or day care closure, lack of work, personal illness, quarantine or care of an ill or quarantined family member. This bank is in addition to the university’s COVID-19 emergency paid time off (PTO) bank implemented on March 13. Read more about these special paid time off options. 

MESSAGE: Increasing COVID-19 patients (April 3)
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 Tenure clocks and COVID-19
MESSAGE: Research track time in rank limits and COVID-19
Alternative child care services available during the pandemic
Faculty Vacation and Sabbatical Changes - Exemption Time Administration (COVID-19)

Employees

New Guidance on COVID-19 Paid Time Off: Starting April 1, the university will provide a new bank of 80 hours of paid time off for COVID-19-related absences as guided by the federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA). This EPSLA time can be used for child care due to school or day care closure, lack of work, personal illness, quarantine or care of an ill or quarantined family member. This bank is in addition to the university’s COVID-19 emergency paid time off (PTO) bank implemented on March 13. Read more about these special paid time off options. 

Alternative child care services available during the pandemic
MESSAGE: Increasing COVID-19 patients (April 3)

Supervisors

New Guidance on COVID-19 Paid Time Off: Starting April 1, the university will provide a new bank of 80 hours of paid time off for COVID-19-related absences as guided by the federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA). This EPSLA time can be used for child care due to school or day care closure, lack of work, personal illness, quarantine or care of an ill or quarantined family member. This bank is in addition to the university’s COVID-19 emergency paid time off (PTO) bank implemented on March 13. Read more about these special paid time off options. 

University of Michigan Human Resources University of Michigan Human Resources FAQ, including guidance for supervisors on communicating with employees regarding confirmed cases of COVID-19 
For questions, contact: COVID-19HR@umich.edu.

Technology

Health and Well-being

Contact

COVID-19 Q&A (March 13)

A one-hour, very informative Q&A with infectious disease specialist Sandro Cinti, M.D., on the novel coronavirus COVID-19