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Northville Health Center Opened July 15

The Northville Health Center opened, bringing the University of Michigan Health System's specialty and primary care closer to home for patients in Southeast Michigan. An estimated 715 patients a day are expected to visit the Health Center that's clearly visible atop a hill, near the intersection of 7 Mile and Haggerty Roads, at the new address: 39901 Traditions Drive. Schedules are open to make appointments and a good place to start for scheduling is 800-211-8181. Reminder phone calls and postcard mailings are underway to help current patients seen at the Livonia Center for Specialty Care and Livonia Health Center make the transition. Services at Livonia Health Center will move to the new Northville location. LHC will reopen this fall offering Family Medicine Services. At the Livonia Center for Specialty Care, allergy, gastroenterology and Kellogg Eye Center-ophthalmology physicians practicing in Suite 111 will transfer to Northville Health Center. All other services will remain open at LCSC. The Northville Health Center will offer a variety of primary and specialty services, including:

  • Adult primary and specialty services
  • Children's primary and specialty services
  • Women's health services
  • Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Center (care of joint, bone, and muscle)
  • Kellogg Eye Center - Ophthalmology
  • Cancer and non-cancer infusion
  • Outpatient medical procedures
  • Full blood drawing station
  • Radiology services

Opening the two-story, 100,000 square foot Health Center has required teamwork on a variety of levels, including meeting major installation targets. The staffing, hiring and orientation of staff was supported by a large number of Ambulatory Care Nursing managers and supervisors, including Michele Bachman, Charlene Lindahl, Dru MacPherson, Karen Nairn, Lorelei Papke, Louise Salamin, Juanita Spallina, and Irene Turkewycz. The nurse manager of the Northville Health Center is Dru MacPherson and the Nursing Supervisor of the Northville Medical Procedure Unit is Lori Chabot.

Many have reported seeing the billboards and hearing the radio ads that are now running. In addition, the Public Relations and Marketing Communications team have put together promotional videos that you will also start seeing on various media outlets. See the promotion here or at






Invite A Nurse to Become Part of THE MICHIGAN DIFFERENCEWhat's New in Nurse Recruitment and Retention...

NEW Employee Referral Program -
Earn a Cash Bonus of up to $3000



~ Coming in August ~
NEW Nurse Recruitment & Retention Employee Referral Program

The new Nurse Recruitment & Retention Employee Referral Program (ERP) will be launched this August. The ERP is designed to encourage UMHS employees to introduce exemplarily, external nurses to opportunities to grow a nursing career at UMHS. The program rewards any eligible UMHS employee for recommending stellar candidates for an award-eligible position should that candidate accept the position and remain in it for a prescribed time.

ERP bonuses will vary with each award eligible position and can be as much as $3,000!

We are currently recruiting for selected Nurse Manager positions with a $3000 referral bonus, visit to see all available ERP referral opportunities.

Earn a Cash Bonus of up to $3,000!

  • Refer a talented non-UMHS employee to a Nursing position listed on the ERP website
  • If your referral leads to hire - you earn the bonus!
  • Rules & Guidelines apply.

Go to for full program details.

Daisy PhotoThe DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing...
Congratulations to Mary Beth Redmond, RN
(Michigan Visiting Care Nurse)
who recently received the award!

The DAISY Award is given through a nationally known program currently in place in over 450 hospitals. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System and this award was established by a family whose son succumbed to a disease of the immune system. During his prolonged hospital stay, he and his family greatly benefited from care provided by superb RNs. This award was established to honor nurses who exemplify that compassionate, thorough care. Within the University of Michigan Health System, candidates for the Daisy Award are nominated by patients and/or their families.

Debra Kovacevich published: Nutrition in Clinical Practice

Debra Kovacevich, RN, MPH, Director of Home Care Nursing, has co-authored an update of the Standards for Nutritional Support: Home Care and Alternate Site Care, published online June 25, 2014 in Nutr Clin Prac. The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) is a professional society of physicians, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, other allied health professionals, and researchers. These combined standards are an update of the 2005 and 2006 standards.

Dr. Stephen Strobbe published: Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice

Dr. Stephen Strobbe, Clinical Associate Professor, recently published an invited article in a special journal issue on prevention and screening in primary care. Strobbe, S. (2014). [Special issue: Screening and prevention in primary care]. Prevention and screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment for substance use in primary care. Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice, 41(2), 185-213.

Lantern Award LogoChildren's Emergency Service
receives the Lantern Award!



Our Children's Emergency Service has been identified to receive a 2014 Lantern Award given by the Emergency Nurses Association representing exemplary care and leadership. The Lantern Award is a recognition award given to emergency departments that exemplify exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research. The award is a visible symbol of an emergency department's commitment to quality, presence of a healthy work environment and accomplishment in incorporating evidence-based practice and innovation into emergency care. Kelly Baird-Cox, Nurse Manager of the CES and the entire team has worked very hard over many months to be successful. The team will receive the award at the Emergency Nurses Association conference in October.

Happy 50th Anniversary to the Transplant Center!

LogoThe 50th anniversary of the Transplant Center was celebrated on June 1, with an ice cream social and open house. The first transplant here at UM was a living kidney donation between two identical twins. Those twins, who both became nurses, joined to celebrate that groundbreaking operation that occurred in 1964. Congratulations to the people who've benefitted from the more than 10,000 transplants performed here, the donors that gave the gift of life, and the fantastic people of our Transplant Center team!

Lisa Kane Low presents: International Confederation of Midwives Conference

LogoLisa Kane Low, PhD, CNM, Program Coordinator of Nurse Midwifery Education, spoke recently at the International Confederation of Midwives conference in Prague, Czeck Republic. Nearly 4,000 midwives from more than 100 countries attended the conference. Lisa was the first plenary speaker of the conference, speaking on "Access: Bridging the Gap to Improving Care and Outcomes for Women and Families."

Anne Jackson awarded: Healthcare Professional Leadership Award for National Juvenile Arthritis

LogoAnne Jackson, RN (Department of Pediatrics) received the 2014 Patty Rettig Award for Healthcare Professional Leadership, for National Juvenile Arthritis. The award is presented to a health care professional who has fostered a reputation for excellence in his or her field, developed an approach or strategy in research and service in pediatric rheumatology that is considered a model approach or system by his or her peers that can be replicated by other professionals and has had an impact on his or her local care system, and has been involved with patient care and been an advocate for children with rheumatic diseases. Given Anne's history and involvement with the AF, development of the Parent to Parent network, our ability to replicate that program (which we are now working to rollout throughout the entire Great Lakes Region), the guidance she gives families, the years she has dedicated to Camp Dakota, the campers and their families and Anne's leadership, participation and recruitment for the Arthritis Walk, Kara Dorda, Program Director of the Arthritis Foundation felt Anne would be more than deserving of this award and the panel of judges at their national office agreed!

Candia Laughlin recorded: AACN Textbook

LogoCandia Laughlin, MS, RN, Director of Nursing (Ambulatory Care Services) recorded the following presentation related to a chapter she co-authored in a new AAACN Textbook, Care Coordination and Transition Management Core Curriculum (Haas, Swan and Haynes, 2014). The chapter is titled "Support of Self-Management." There are continuing education credits available to those who read the chapter and complete the module. The presentation can be viewed at:

Mary Gagnon, Sharon Dickinson, Pauline Park, and Lena Napolitano published: Critical Care Connections

LogoMary Gagnon, RN (SICU), Sharon Dickinson, MS, RN, CNS (SICU) and Pauline Park, MD and Lena Napolitano, MD, recently published in Critical Care Connections on "Transforming Care: Developing a Patient- and Family-Centered ICU".


2014 Schwartz Rounds Conferences
Mark your calendars for our remaining 2014 schedule.
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  • Aug 11: Ford Auditorium
  • Sep 8: MCHC
  • Oct 6: Ford Auditorium
  • Nov 17: Ford Auditorium (UMHS Grief week)
  • Dec 8: MCHC

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Target Audience: All | Contact: Kathy Dunnuck, BFA, BSN, RN | Date of last review: 8/4/14