March 22, 2017

Michigan Medicine Headlines: The evolution of Michigan Medicine

In 1848, the board of regents appropriated $3,000 for the establishment of a “laboratory” — a precursor to the U-M Medical School. Over the next 170 years, the medical campus and its impact on health care would grow exponentially

Old Main (top) and U-M medical campus (bottom)

Today, Michigan Medicine is a world-class health care leader, carrying out more than 2 million patient care visits, 100,000 emergency/urgent care visits, 54,000 surgical cases and 48,000 hospital discharges per year. The organization also educates more than 3,000 learners annually and its researchers follow thousands of lines of scientific inquiry.

When it was founded in 1848, however, what is now Michigan Medicine began with more modest roots.