November 04, 2011

Update for UMHS Flu Policy and Flu Vaccine Clinics 2011

For All Volunteers and Staff:

UMHS joins dozens of other health care institutions nationwide in requiring influenza (flu) vaccination or protective mask use during flu season. This requirement applies to all members of the UMHS community who interact face-to-face with our patients in any way.

Everyone who volunteers at the health system must receive a flu vaccine by December 01, 2011, or will be required to wear a surgical or isolation mask for all face-to-face patient interactions or when entering patient rooms during flu season, which typically lasts several months.

Flu shots are free for both staff and volunteers. The below websites have additional information and a list of flu shot clinics. Please let us know if you have any questions.

UMHS 2011-2012 Flu Information

UMHS Flu Vaccine Clinics

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February 04, 2011

Hello All Volunteers

THANK YOU for giving your time to serve the patients in the Cardiovascular Center. You are greatly appreciated, and our programs are a success because of your help.

Re: Updates

1/ Ruti Volk is no longer our librarian manager. She has transferred into the position of Patient Education Librarian with the UMHS. Congratulations to Rudi. We will miss her and the wonderful work she has done both here in the CVC-MWRC and the PERC in the Cancer Center. FYI, A new librarian manager may be hired in the next few weeks.

2/ Our Tech Program (formerly iPod Program) has been updated. We also have iPads and Laptops available for patients and families.

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November 19, 2009

Massage Therapy Back in the CVC (eBrief Update)

Massage Therapy Back in the CVC
The chair massage therapy program is available again in the CVC-MWRC starting this Friday, November 20, from 11 am-2:00 pm. Chair massages are available for patients, staff and guests. Call 232-5029 to schedule an appointment or just walk-in.

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Go Blue Goes Green (from CVC-eBrief)

Go Blue Goes Green
University of Michigan is making efforts to cut down on energy usage and change practices to become more environmentally conscientious.

Here are some simple steps to take which add up to a big difference:
1. When you leave a room and won’t be returning for a bit, turn off the lights. This includes the bathroom, break room, conference rooms, and your office.
2. Implement paper-reducing strategies such as printing on both sides of the paper and re-using
3. Bring a sweater and leave it at work so it is available on chilly days.
4. To reduce the amount of trash, stop using throw-away cups, plates and utensils. Ask everyone to bring in a reusable cup from home, a reusable plate, or even a set of eating utensils to reduce the amount of plasticware thrown away each day.

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State of the CVC Presentation

State of the CVC Presentation (from CVC-eBrief)
On October 8, the first ever “State of the CVC” was presented in the CVC’s Danto Auditorium. The presentation focused on creating the ideal patient experience, enhancing innovation, enhancing the health of our community, and creating the future. The full presentation can be viewed at:

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November 02, 2009

New Temporary Visitor Guidelines in our health system

Dear volunteers
Please review the temporary visitor guidelines.
I put the flyer on the bulletin board.

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August 31, 2009

A message from Volunteer Services

Dear Volunteers
The Volunteer Services office asked us to remind our current volunteers to check the date on their ID badge...badges need to be updated annually. It your badge is more than one year old please visit the volunteer services office to update your credentials. Its a very quick process.

Also, if you ever forget your ID badge at home, please get a temporary one at the Mott Badging Desk by the Mott West elevators.



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August 19, 2009

Congratulations Ruti Volk - Recipient of Medical Library Association Award

Ruti has earned the 2009 Outstanding Consumer Health Information Service Award from the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section of the Medical Library Association.

This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of consumer health librarianship. Ruti's expertise in her field also includes her recent publications, "The Medical Library Association Guide to Cancer Information: Authoritative, Patient-Friendly, Print and Electronic Information Sources" and "Expert Searching in Consumer Health: An Important Role for Libraries at the Age of the Internet and the Web”.

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Amputee Support Group New at CVC

Meetings of the Amputee Support Group are now being held at the CVC. This group is open to all amputees, their family members and CVC staff interested in learning from others and sharing their concerns. Just show up for a meeting; no need to RSVP ahead of time. Please share this information with any patients who may be interested in attending.

All meetings are held on Wednesdays from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the CVC; however, the room location changes. Here is the schedule for the rest of the year:

July 22 Danto 2561B
Aug 5 CVC 5 Waiting Room
Aug 19 CVC 5 Waiting Room
Sept 2 Danto 2516B
Sept 16 Danto 2516B
Sept 30 CVC 5 Waiting Room
Oct 14 Danto 2516B
Oct 28 CVC 5 Waiting Room
Nov 11 CVC 5 Waiting Room
Dec 2 CVC 5 Waiting Room
Dec 16 Danto 2516B
For information, call or email Shauna Mote, Limb Loss Support Coordinator, or Maggie Kelly, Clinical Social Worker, at 975-7449 or email
(this was published in the CVC E-brief)

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U-M Cardiovascular Center Best in State

The 2009 U.S. News and World Report's Best Hospitals report released today ranks the heart and heart surgery programs at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center as the best among Michigan hospitals. The specialty of heart and heart surgery's ranking rose by two spots from 18th last year to 16th this year. The CVC now leads the state as the highest ranked heart and heart surgery hospital in Michigan.

Other Michigan hospitals who ranked in heart surgery were Beaumont Hospital (21 down from 14 last year), Harper University Hospital (46) and Henry Ford Hospital (50). The rankings cover 170 hospitals in 16 adult specialties and the top 50 U.S. hospitals are listed.

We would like to thank and congratulate all the staff and faculty in the Cardiovascular Center who helped make this improvement possible as we continually strive to be the "best academic heart and vascular center in the world."

(This was published in the CVC E-brief)

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