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August 26, 2010

While I am Out

Hello Volunteers:

I wanted to touch base with you since I will be out beginning Friday, August 27, returning, sometime the week of September 6th(hopefully). Hoping to make things easier while I am gone, I have stocked some of the more frequently used brochures in the display cabinet outside the PERC. These include:

Chemotherapy and You
Radiation Therapy and You
Eating Hints, Before, During and After Treatment

In addition, extra brochures can be found on the wooden bookcases including:

WYNTK Non-Hodgkin's Disease
WYNTK Prostate Cancer
WYNTK Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer Dictionary

I have tried to stock the most used brochures; however, if you are out of a brochure and you cannot locate it on the Web to print for the patron, please send Melissa Dymond an email at barber@med.umich.edu specifying the brochure(s) that you need.

If you run out of Tool Kits, please email Sandy Hackett at shfisher@med.umich.edu to request more. Remember, Tool Kits are kept in the bottom right hand drawer of the public computer desk, the bottom middle book shelf, and on the 2nd shelf of the wooden bookcase (near the window).

Any searches or information requests that occur should be processed as usual. Please send an email to Ruti when the search is ready for her review. The search should then be placed in the top right hand drawer of the public computer desk.

Remember that any forms you may run out of (excluding the iPod sheets), can be printed directly from the PERC Intranet. The iPod forms are located behind the books on the middle bookcase (not sure which shelf!).

Regarding the iPods, we will continue to service In-Patients (8A/8B) who call the PERC to request the service. The majority of our student volunteers will complete their summer volunteer session this week or early next week. If a request does come in for an In-Patient iPod, please remember to ask if the patient is in Contact Precautions. If the patient is not in contact precautions, please get the patient's name and room number and email the information to Ruti at rvolk@umich.edu.

Thanks again for all your help in picking up extra shifts while I am out. See you soon! -Lori

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August 10, 2010

Additions to PERC EOS Catalog

Hello Volunteers:

When searching the PERC EOS catalog you may have noticed more hits than in previous searches. The reason for the increase is that the PERC catalog now includes holdings from the Health Education Resource Center (HERC) and the Women's Health Resource Center (WHRC) -- in addition to the Mardigian Wellness Resource Center (MWRC) holdings already included.

Should a patron wish to check-out a holding from either the HERC, the MWRC, or the WHRC, please call the appropriate center to verify that the book is available for check-out and ask the attendant to hold the book for the patron. At this time, we do not have a system in place to transfer the holding(s) "inner-library", so patrons will need to retrieve the holding(s) themselves.

If we get enough requests from the other libraries, we will look at initiating a system where materials can be transferred more efficiently. In the meantime, the contact information for each library is as follows:

Health Education Resource Center (HERC)
East Ann Arbor Health and Geriatrics Center
First Floor
4260 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: 734-647-5645 or toll free at 1-800-433-6348-6348
Fax: 734-647-6693
Email: HERC1@umich.edu
Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm
Closed daily from 12:30pm - 1:00pm for lunch.

Mardigian Wellness Resource Center (MWRC)
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Room 2101
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: 734-232-4120
Fax: 734-232-4121
Email: CVC-WRC@med.umich.edu
Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm

Women's Health Education Resource Center (WHRC)
1342 Taubman Center
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0384
Phone: 734-936-8886
Fax: 734-936-5473
E-mail: UMHS-WHRC@med.umich.edu
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm

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Road Construction - Latest Update

This entry should be read by both PERC staff and iPod Squad Volunteers.

Hello Volunteers:

I just received the following updates regarding this summer's road construction.

Earhart / Geddes / US-23

By mid-August, eastbound Geddes Road traffic will be able to enter onto Northbound US-23 via a new roundabout and a Northbound entrance ramp.

The City has opened to traffic a temporary Geddes Road between the Southbound US-23 ramps and Earhart Road. Two-way traffic will operate on the temporary road until project completion in September.

Westbound Geddes Road over the US-23 bridge will remain closed until the rest of the Earhart/Geddes/US-23 project is complete.

The entire project is slated for completion by early November.

Further changes will be shared as they are received from the City of Ann Arbor.

More information about this and other parking, transportation and construction issues can be found at: http://www.med.umich.edu/i/parking/

Thank you all for the extra efforts you put forth to meet your volunteer commitment during this very heavy construction period.


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August 09, 2010

CancerCare Publications

Hello Volunteers:

Perhaps you may have noticed that the variety of CancerCare brochures displayed in the PERC has decreased recently. Although many of the brochures are not available for ordering, we can still print PDF copies for patrons who would benefit from these booklets.

Listed below are some of the more popular brochures that can be printed as needed:

Coping with Nausea and Vomiting from Chemotherpy
Managing Diarrhea
Mouth Pain and Discomfort
Advances in the Treatment of Dry Mouth

Booklets that we currently have in stock for patients include:

Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects
Managing Rash and Other Skin Reactions to Targeted Treatments
Caregiving for Your Loved Ones with Cancer
Coping with Cancer: Tools to Help You Live
Helping Children When a Family Member has Cancer

In addition to the booklets mentioned here, there are a number of other booklets which may prove helpful to our patients. Please don't forget to visit the CancerCare site when patients request information.

The CancerCare site is listed on the PERC Intranet under Favorite Links and Bookmarks or you can use the following link: http://www.cancercare.org

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thank you again for your excellent service to our patients.


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