Letter from the Editor
This issue’s Taking Care of Our Own article focuses on the importance of maintaining a professional appearance.
Now, I am the first person to admit it: I hate clothes shopping! The mall is toxic to me. It’s like there’s a limited amount of air so I can’t stay too long before succumbing to the symptoms of mall fatigue, including crankiness, low self-esteem, etc. I frequently watch shows like TLC’s “What Not to Wear” and worry that one day I might end up in front of the 360 degree mirror discussing my “shape.”
But, like it or not, how we look impacts how others perceive us both personally and professionally. This human nature response applies to the first time you meet your sibling’s boyfriend or a new neighbor, as well as the first time you meet and interact with a patient, family member, colleague or other customer.
I’m not saying we have to break the bank on a full closet of the latest fashions, but the article Keeping Up Appearances is a nice reminder why it’s important for employees at a world-class institution to look professional.
Another great reason to focus on this topic is that it was suggested by an Inside View reader. If you have an idea for an article on how we can better Take Care of Our Own—or on another subject that will help Health System faculty and staff work better and build community—please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in fashion,
Inside View Editorial Advisory Group
Erin Block, UMHS Marketing Communications
Constance Bridges, Office of the Dean, Medical School
Paula Greeno, Office of the EVPMA
Judy Hallberg, S.P.H.R., UMMS Human Resources
Kelly, UMHS Human Resources
Eric Kratochwill, UMHHC Office of the CEO
Rick Krupinski, Editor, Medicine at Michigan
Alisa Morningstar, UMHS, MFit Health Promotion
Sara Nielsen, Safety Management Services
Tammy Nipper, UMMS Human Resources
Juanita Parry, Nurse Recruitment & Retention
Steve Raymond, UMHHC Leadership & Staff Development
Karen Schlueter, Livonia Health Center
Carole Strong, House Officers Association
Michael Harrison, chief public relations and marketing officer, UMHS
Allison Krieger, editor, and manager, internal and Web communications, UMHS
Jessica Soulliere, assistant editor, associate public relations representative, UMHS
Juliet Fuller, associate administrative assistant, PRMC
Vince Kasaba, associate Web designer, UMHS
Shantell Kirkendoll, lead public relations representative, UMMS
Beth Johnson, senior technical writer, UMHS
Cathy Mellett, contributing writer
Geoff O'Connor, web developer