An article in the June edition of CAP Today outlines the transformation that the Department of Pathology has undergone via lean facility design in its move to the North Campus Research Complex. Through interviews with Department Chair, Charles A. Parkos, MD, PhD as well as Pathology Relocation and Renovation Project Manager, Christine Baker, and other leaders, you’ll learn how the process involved engaging faculty and staff to discover the best workflows for specimens, people, and materials, leading to improvements in patient care. Read the full story.
By Jeffrey Myers, MD | 6 April | Department of Pathology Update Vol. 3.5
Today brings another edition of DOP Updates, an email sent to members of our Department of Pathology (DOP) team and interested stakeholders to keep you abreast of issues of common interest. Updates are also [linked] as a PDF file to preserve formatting across whatever mobile devices you are using to read it. Please send me a note if you have something to include next time.
Aerial Shot of the North Campus Research Center (NCRC).Today marks 58 days until our first patient specimens make their way to the North Campus Research Center (NCRC) as the first phase of our Pathology Relocation and Renovation (PRR) becomes a reality. This is a journey that began over 4 years ago when we were confronted with the opportunity to co-locate clinical operations, staff and faculty in a place challenged by its distance from the home to which we have become accustomed for over 30 years!
From the beginning, there was understandable and valid skepticism about the wisdom of such a move. And despite whatever your personal skepticism all of you have worked hard to sustain our commitment to delivering world-class care from a shifted paradigm that was hard to imagine in our earliest days. With the help of Christine Baker, Duane Newton, PhD and their remarkable Lean design and implementation teams we learned the power of harnessing the experience and creativity of those who do the work to design and build our future, a future designed with the flexibility to respond to the rapidly changing landscape of laboratory medicine in particular and academic medicine in general.
This is an exciting and intimidating moment in our history that stands to change the way we care for our patients and one another in very substantial ways. The work that you have done to get us here will stand as a durable tribute to our determination to do better tomorrow what we already do well today, not because it was easy but because it was hard. Celebrating victories that come at no cost is the stuff of everyday politics; creating unique value in a place from which critics said no value could emerge is altogether different and the sort of breakthrough worthy of celebration by those who discern the things that distinguish great from the merely good. And as we are reminded from time to time, achieving these sorts of breakthroughs rests not on the shoulders of individuals but on the shoulders of the team, the team, the team!
As we find our way to the rapidly approaching finish line, it is critically important that all of us – frontline staff, administrative support, technical leads and supervisors, managers, medical directors, trainees, students, and faculty – remain focused on our purpose which is to transform the experiences of our patients, their families, their providers and one another in ways that delight and surprise them and us. There is no doubt that much of what we’ve planned will prove wrong while also serving as the learning opportunities essential for getting it right in the spirit of P-D-C-A. We will discover unanticipated challenges that will require innovative responses while also learning the power of working together in an environment that celebrates collaboration and creativity.
Should you ultimately decide that this is not the place for you we will understand, but wait until we get there to pass judgment. The truth is you cannot know unless and until you walk the walk. Between now and then we ask that all keep their eyes on the collective prize that has been years in the making. This is your time . . . make the most of it!
On December 13, 2017, we had our first discovery meeting to understand the challenge of bringing on our MidMichigan Health (MIDM) patients and colleagues, including all of their affiliated hospitals, as a reference laboratory client. Our purpose was to do what had never been done in so short a time – to build functional orders and reporting interface, an online handbook, and the infrastructure and workflows that would allow us to serve their reference laboratory need going forward. . . . and to do that in a little more than 3 months! By way of comparison, the time required to do this work is traditionally more like 6-12 months. Responding to this opportunity while also doing the work required for our move to NCRC seemed nearly an impossible task, and yet on March 27, 2018, at 07:00 we went live as the reference laboratory provider for MIDM!
As is always true in a project intended to deliver a “minimum viable product (MVP)” that safeguards the interests of our patients at launch while serving as the platform from which to learn and grow, we have learned an enormous amount since our go-live date. Our teams are working hard to rapidly implement countermeasures while memorializing lessons learned. The information captured both before and since go-live by Julia Dahl, MD and her cross-functional, multidisciplinary team will allow us to not only continuously improve the services provided to MIDM but also to replicate the work in a more sustainable and scalable fashion as Michigan Medicine continues to expand our integrated network to sustain our viability as an academic health care system going forward.
And as with NCRC and PRR, our collective success in doing this is necessarily the work of the team, the team, the team! In this case, the team includes not only those who dedicated weekdays, weekends, mornings, afternoons and evenings to building it but also to the staff and faculty who have responded with hard work and creative ideas since going live on March 27th. THANK YOU to the countless individuals who together account for this remarkable success story!! There can be no better example of what it means to reap the reward realized from working together to accomplish what others predicted was impossible – that truly is the Michigan Difference!
Civil rights members pointing in direction of the assailant who shot Martin Luther King Jr. / Photo: Joseph Louw/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images.On Wednesday we paused to remember April 4, 1968, the day on which Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated by James Earl Ray as he stood on a balcony at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, TN just after 6 pm as he prepared to join friends and supporters for dinner.
I was 13, living a privileged life in Sioux Falls, SD, a place well removed from the racial tension of Memphis. I remember the moment as news-worthy rather than something that touched my life or heart as it did those suffering the consequences of racism and hate. On Wednesday StoryCorps pinged my email box with a message to commemorate the anniversary. The text read, “On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we remember his legacy as told by StoryCorps participants.”
“Participants” included Dion Diamond who at 15 began his own non-violent protest of private “sit-ins” in response to a lifetime of “whites only” signs in Arlington, Virginia. With the unimaginable courage of the sort that seems less common today, he modeled the strategies of Martin Luther King, Jr by sitting where he wasn’t welcome to spark the dialogue that would eventually change the law, even if not the culture. At 76 he looks back and acknowledges that his grandchildren may not be, “the least bit interested” but he remains proud that in the book of world history, “a period or a comma in that book is my contribution.” His experience challenges us to remember that, “The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.” (Kent Keith. The Paradoxical Commandments)
“Participants” included Lawrence Cumberbatch who shares with his son Simeon what it was like to walk for 13 days to make his way from New York City to Washington, DC to bear witness to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech. He tells about being marched for 30 miles through the state of Delaware with state troopers in front and behind to make sure that they did not stop for any reason. When asked what he thought about the speech he responded that, “‘Nobody who was on that podium was thinking about the speech.’ It was just mind-blowing to look at this sea of people. You’ll never see this again.” More than 50 years later, Dr. King’s dream remains just out of reach as we continue to judge others not by the content of their character but by the color of their skin, the place that they call home, their place in the hierarchy of socioeconomic class, or any other differences that set them apart from those with whom we’ve grown comfortable. For Simeon, his father’s march made him, “a hero of mine.”
Listen to Martin Luther King, Jr's last Sermon.And the participants included Bessie and Taylor Rogers who on April 3, 1968, were in the Mason Temple in Memphis when Martin Luther King, Jr. declared that he had been to the mountaintop from which he could see the promised land. In a message that was eerily prophetic, he assured those in attendance that they would get there even if he himself might not get there with them. He comforted them that he was, “happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man.” It was his last speech. For Taylor, it was, “kinda like you lost a part of your family. You really can’t describe it. He stopped everything, put everything aside to come to Memphis to see about the people on the bottom of the ladder, the sanitation workers.”
Anniversaries of this sort are cause for nostalgia and reflection. But until nostalgia and reflection translate into real change the promised land for many remains a cruel dream. Those like me who are insulated from the reality of persistent discrimination and hate might easily conclude that the world is a better place compared to 50 years ago. And perhaps in some ways it is. But in many other ways, we continue to avoid the work that will take us to that place in which we are each of us judged not for our differences and our weaknesses and failures but for the victories to which every human being can lay claim as a precious and once-in-a-lifetime inhabitant of this place.
It starts here. Never underestimate your own capacity to change the world. Start with the ways in which you treat one another, and especially the way we treat those who look to us for comfort when confronted with disease and discomfort. It starts with you.
That’s the news to the moment. Send me an email if you have something that you would like to share with others. Until the next time, let’s be careful out there . . .
Lady Blue by Cel aromin Gallardo, Hematology. Acrylic on canvas.Our new space at the North Campus Research Complex includes many opportunities for incorporating artwork. Three art gallery spaces have been designated for rotating art exhibits and it's been determined that the inaugural exhibit in these galleries will feature artwork created by those in the Department of Pathology.
We're calling all pathology staff, faculty, and students, to enter their original artwork in any medium and any theme for consideration in display in this exhibit. Enter your work by April 15th at http://bit.ly/PathEmployeeArt18
We look forward to highlighting the talents of our Department of Pathology teammates in this exhibit that will run from mid-May to December 1st.
Welcome to a year-end edition of DOP Updates, an email sent to members of our Department of Pathology (DOP) team and others to focus on issues, events, and topics of common interest. If there is something that you would like to share with your colleagues and co-workers, please send me an email and I’ll be sure to include it next time. As with all previous editions, I have also attached a PDF of this to preserve formatting across platforms.
Building a Sacred Place (by Risa Tisdale VanDerAue IN: Linda R. Larin (Editor). Inspired to Change. Improving Patient Care One Story at a Time. Health Administration Press. Chicago. 2014)
Ten years ago, a cardiac tumor brought me into the hospital. What I found in this place of healing was a sacred space, built by people who were moved by their own hearts to mend the patients’ bodies and souls and to care for their entire families. Let me share my story with you.
At age 29 and pregnant with my second child, I went into fulminant heart failure and was air-lifted to an academic medical center. An atrial myxoma was making it impossible for me to breathe. The tumor was successfully removed, but my system began to fail, requiring me to be placed on ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) life support. While unconscious and sustained by machines and prayers, I delivered my stillborn daughter. In her death, she bequeathed the gift of life. Had I not been pregnant, my tumor would not have been discovered until it was too late. My precious child bestowed her soul to me and to her sister, who at two years old needed her mom.
When I awoke about six weeks later, I found that I was connected to another machine – an LVAD (left ventricular assist device) – to help my heart pump blood. I was told that this apparatus would let my heart rest while I waited for a transplant. On Christmas Day in 2003, with my toddler sitting on my lap, I was wheeled out of the hospital and sent home with a backpack containing heavy batteries and a constantly whirring pump. Sometimes I joke that I used every department the hospital had to offer except Orthopedics, but that is not an exaggeration. I am alive and healthy today because of the innovative technology created through modern health science. My inspiration for telling my story, however, is not the machines but the humanity my family and I experienced during my stay. Yes, I was on many life support systems, but not all of them were plugged into a wall socket. The staff – from the maintenance crew to the surgeons – were my spiritual life support, keeping me alive and my family comforted and reassured with their pure gestures of compassion, kindness, and concern.
My parents and sister moved into the waiting room outside the cardiac ICU so that I was never alone. The ICU staff not only supported their presence but also encouraged it. My family ate, slept, and prayed near my bedside, and the waiting room became something of a sanctuary for those who came to visit me. They filled the room with food and drink, blankets and pillows, and love and support. A kind housekeeping employee checked in on my family, by name, every day. He would only clean the room when it caused the least amount of disruption to my family and not when it was most convenient for him. My father offered him a small gratuity to thank him for his patience, but the man kindly declined, saying he was only doing his job. But for us, his occupation was not just janitorial but also as a healer; he healed our souls with his deeds just as the surgeons fixed my heart with their scalpels.
During my lengthy stay in the hospital, my family and I encountered hundreds of doctors, nurses, and support staff who treated us with dignity, respect, and compassion. Many of them stayed well past the end of their shifts to sit with us and to offer comfort and support. Doctors from all departments visited, sometimes after 14-hour surgeries, to inquire about my condition and how my family was holding up. Nursing assistants made special accommodations for my young daughter to spend time with me; they covered my LVAD and silenced the alarms so she would not become frightened.
At a particularly dire moment, a young man mopping the floors found my sister in the basement of the hospital, consumed with grief and fear, weeping alone. He stopped what he was doing, bought her a soda from the vending machine, and asked what he could do to help. A soda may be a small gesture, but that night it was a grand, unforgettable gift to my sister. It was an unsolicited donation from a compassionate heart who reached out to a soul in need – a sacred gift, indeed.
Fortunately, I did not end up needing a transplant; my heart healed on its own, and in February 2004, my LVAD was removed. I was one of the lucky ones. When the doctor signed my final discharge papers, I was not quite sure what to do. He told me to go home and live my life. With my daughter, now almost 12 years old, by my side, I have done just that. I was given a chance for a full life made possible through innumerable gifts from so many willing, loving, and dedicated people.
I thought that my family and I were the only recipients of this great gift of healing and recovery, but I was wrong. A heart transplant coordinator, who came with me to all of my tests and procedures, shared with me that my case had touched her. A few years earlier, another young person with a similar condition did not survive, and the staff was devastated. My recovery and my discharge on Christmas Day turned out to be a gift to the staff, to each and every person who we had come into contact with during my long ordeal. It reinvigorated them and reinforced their dedication to helping save the lives of others. It reminded them what they do makes a difference, that who they are matters, and that their sacrifices are valuable.
In the years since my discharge, I have been asked on many occasions to tell my story. When the new cardiovascular center was being designed and built, I sat on a panel to research what patients would like to see in the facility. When the building was completed, I spoke at staff training sessions to help prepare the staff for their transition to the new center. In truth, the medical details of my illness have begun to fade from my memory, and for that I am grateful. I no longer remember the number of heart catheterizations I had or the number of chest tubes inserted into me. But I vividly remember the compassion, love, and kindness my family and I received. My heart healed, in part, because of the sacred gifts from those whose hearts were moved to be so caring for us.
Great organizations differ from good ones in many important ways. Some would argue that chief among them is a clearly articulated and deeply embedded sense of purpose. Simon Sinek maintains that greatness is rooted in knowing why you do what you do as opposed to focusing solely on what you do and how you do it. It is the difference between knowing what happens in our laboratories and how, and instead doing all of this knowing at your core that we are in the business of transforming the experience of patients and families from a laboratory platform deeply rooted in a legacy of world-class care, a generations-deep commitment to educating those who will care for us, and the discipline to invest in the discoveries that will change for the better how those we’ve not yet met will experience health and disease in the future. That is our why. We do what we do because we believe that we can change the world or at least a piece of it.
Success in changing the world brings with it an insatiable appetite for leadership. Not leadership as traditionally defined by positions of authority, but instead leadership as walked out every day by those at all levels of our department and organization who step forward to understand and solve problems while others are content with things as they are. The capacity to lead resides in all of us and hinges on a willingness to step beyond the limits of our own comfort with the determination to deliver us to a better place in which compassion and kindness are our guides.
I was thinking about these things when a friend shared with me a poem now almost 50 years old, The Paradoxical Commandments, written by Kent Keith to offer guidance to student leaders when he was only 19 years old. It seems to me relevant today as we care for others, inspired by stories like Risa VanDerAue’s whose journey was touched not only by her nurses and doctors but also by “pure gestures of compassion, kindness, and concern” from staff who volunteered a soda (“a grand, unforgettable gift”) to her sister in a time of need, and another who became a healer by prioritizing her family’s interests above his own schedule. And as a consequence, the world changed. Perhaps these simple suggestions from Kent Keith will bring us one step closer to transformation in 2018.
The Paradoxical Commandments
Kent M. Keith
2017 has been a remarkable year for our Department of Pathology across all of our missions. In our clinical domain, we’ve lost talented faculty and staff to retirement, end of life, and career transitions of the sort that are the hallmark of places to which others turn for the talent important to achieving their own dreams and aspirations. And in response, we have continued to recruit the very best and brightest at an astounding rate, testimony to the strength and appeal of a place that prides itself on the rewards realized from working together to transform the experience of patients and their families, those who care for them, and one another. I was once told that an ability to recruit highly talented faculty, staff, trainees, and students is a key metric when it comes to judging the strength of any academic enterprise, and on that score, I suspect we remain 2nd to none!
In the last year, we’ve seen our Pathology Informatics group tackle enormous opportunities and challenges in a way that others can only envy. Accomplishments include continued evolution of our increasingly robust laboratory information system (LIS). They have also worked with colleagues in our Division of Quality and Health Improvement (DQHI) to create novel solutions in support of our Patient Assets Management Initiative (PAMI). In partnership with Lloyd Stoolman, Josh Jacques, and Peter Ouillette they have supported new digital solutions that will position us for success in our relocation and renovation project.
Our clinical laboratories, in collaboration with DQHI, have maintained their commitment to doing better tomorrow the things we already do well today through continuous improvement and a passionate belief in what’s possible. Our collaborative investments in quality were on review in another extremely successful visit by peers representing the College of American Pathology (CAP), resulting in re-accreditation of our laboratories.
In addition to their support of compliance and leading our project to revolutionize our ability to track the precious patient assets entrusted to our care, DQHI faculty and staff are working with others across departments and schools to create new value by doing only the right tests for the right patients at the right time through more appropriate utilization of laboratory resources. And our Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) celebrated its first birthday as it continues to work directly with patients and families to more fully understand our opportunities to transform their experience of care.
MLabs continued to extend our ability to touch the lives of patients who live beyond the historical reach of own health system, acquiring new clients from coast-to-coast while also supporting regional growth strategies for Michigan Medicine including an agreement signed only this month with MidMichigan Health to become their primary reference laboratory provider. Restructuring combined with a focus on strategy has positioned us to succeed as a premier reference laboratory provider dedicated to building relationships focused on improving the health of patients and families everywhere. And we do this by offering access to the talented students, trainees, staff and faculty who are most responsible for our collective successes . . . Mlabs is YOU!
And 2017 saw BIG PROGRESS in our Pathology Relocation and Renovation (PRR) project that will see a large part of our clinical operations relocate to the North Campus Research Center (NCRC) this summer. More than anything we’ve done together, this project illustrates the power of entrusting those who do the work with designing our future. It is impossible to overstate the power of co-locating so many of our clinical operations, learners, staff, and faculty when it comes to our innovative capacity. Whatever the challenges of providing care at a distance, I have never been more confident in our ability to change the way we care for others from our redesigned laboratory and non-laboratory spaces.
As great as our accomplishments in 2017, there is every reason to believe that 2018 will be another year in which we will have much to celebrate . . . HAPPY NEW YEAR!
That’s the news for the moment. Thank you for all that each and every one of you has done and continues to do on behalf of our patients and their families, whether they are those who look to us for comfort today, or are instead the patients we’ve not yet met who will be the beneficiaries of our commitment to educating those who will follow us and the discoveries with the potential to change the future of healthcare. There is much to be done, but nowhere is there a team more powerful than this one when it comes to the rewards realized from working together to transform the experience of patients, their families, those who care for them, and one another. And as we build this sacred place, let’s be careful out there . . .
The Department of Pathology is seeking photomicrographs, graphs, and charts to bring life to the walls at the North Campus Research Complex (NCRC). The images will be displayed in a variety of ways, including on digital signage and in art galleries.
We encourage your participation in helping us share how beautiful and interesting pathology can be. Images can be submitted for consideration by using the Google Form located at http://bit.ly/umichpathart.
We’ll need new images throughout the year, so don’t hesitate to submit them at any time. However, to be considered for display during the NCRC launch, you’ll need to submit your images by January 13.
Simple, clear purpose and principles give rise to complex and intelligent behavior.Dee Hock
I read this quote one evening last week, while we were in the midst of design sessions at the 3-D Cave on North Campus, and thought it was very fitting for the amazing work being done by our teams within Pathology and in connection with our design team for the PRR Project. United by a common vision for new space developed around ideal specimen, people and material flows, the team made advances in laying out equipment, processes, and work spaces.
The UH Renovation teams met at the Virtual Reality cave, where we first did a "virtual" 2-D walkthrough of the space with our architect, Laurie DaForno, "walking" the teams through the space. Then, we alternated time at the table laying out equipment and discussing workflow with an experience in "immersion" in the 3-D Cave. The methods of viewing the space provided the following benefits:
We asked a few teams afterwards for feedback—and received positive comments related to the helpfulness of the Design Team (the architects and equipment planners) as well as the fascinating experience of getting to see and experience the space in the Cave. One user said "I have been very concerned with things up to this point, but now having worked with Joe and Laurie today and now seeing the space in the cave, I am really excited".
Most groups will continue to meet in this manner, further laying out equipment and processes, and then testing it with spaghetti charting. The groups will start having mock-ups—one group each month—starting with the Blood Bank neighborhood in November.
Hello from PRR Headquarters!
This is our first of what we plan to be many updates delivered via our webpage. We hope you find these updates useful for keeping up to date on the project and for general awareness of activities going on within the project. Sometimes at PRR Headquarters, we all start reading the same book or talking about the same topic. Two weekends ago, my husband and I had a lot of driving packed in to one short weekend. To help pass the time, I downloaded a few new podcasts.
We both really enjoyed a podcast called "How to Get More Grit in your Life" by Freakonomics Radio. Grit, as defined by author Angela Duckworth, is 'perseverance and passion for long-term goals.' In the podcast and in her book, called "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance", she argues that a person's level of success is directly related to their 'stick-to-itiveness'. This means that your success in any given situation isn't predetermined talent that you are born with, but rather the work and effort you put in to the task at hand. While we all can’t be Olympic athletes or obtain elite levels of success, it was inspiring to hear her perspective that effort and focus pay off.
This resonated not only with me, but with the PRR team members I shared it with upon coming back to the office the following week. We see 'Grit' in all of our interactions with the teams within Pathology. It’s an honor to be here doing this work among so many everyday superheroes. We see 'Grit' and perseverance not only in the miracles that are performed on a daily basis in Pathology, but in the hard work and effort that goes into designing our new spaces. With all of the upcoming design and activation work coming towards us this fall—'Grit' is fast becoming our theme for the next few months.
If you have a long drive facing you over the upcoming holiday weekend, I highly recommend listening to the podcast---it's well worth your time and effort!
Meanwhile, here are a few of the things keeping us feeling "gritty" in the coming months…
For the UH Renovation Design teams, we have Lean Design sessions coming up the weeks of Sept 8th and Oct 10th. If you are unsure of dates or times, or what sessions you should attend, please reach out to Christine or Brendon. During the week of Oct 10th, we’ll be in the Virtual Reality cave on the engineering campus!
We are tentatively marking Oct 24th from 11-1pm (lunch included) as a "milestone meeting" where we review overall layouts and process flow with our senior leadership before proceeding into more detailed design. More info to come on that event.
For the NCRC Activation planning, our first Activation meeting is today—Aug 25th—and subsequent meetings falling near the end of each month through the fall. We are still working hard to schedule some of the additional planning sessions related to Equipment list updates, Casework selection, and potentially some work in the Waste Thread.
By Jeffrey Myers | 25 January
The week of January 25 brought some major milestones in our multi-year Pathology Relocation and Renovation (PRR) project as various leaders and managers signed off on detailed designs for our new space at North Campus Research Center (NCRC). We are using a unique Lean approach to design laboratory space, a process that embraces the importance of capturing the unique knowledge and experience of those closest to the work for which the space is intended. We hope to capture the power of prototyping when it comes to innovation! There is little doubt that your substantial investments of time, energy and insights will deliver state of the art clinical laboratories fundamental to our success in transforming the patient experience in the new paradigm of a value (rather than volume) based health care ecosystem.
What may be less visible is the work being done to ensure that our non-laboratory space is equally innovative, designed to do better tomorrow what we may already do well today. One of the consequences of our current geographically dispersed state is the emergence of subspecialty based, geographically hardened subcultures that may serve as barriers to working more effectively with one another. This divides CP from AP, subspecialties within our divisions from one another, AP and CP from Pathology Informatics and administrative support, and our clinical enterprise from an equally dispersed research community.
These important questions have been front and center for our Pathology Relocation Education Signout Training & Office space (PRESTO) work group, a cross-functional team dedicated to designing effective and efficient non-laboratory work space for staff, trainees and faculty that encourages collaboration and supports digital workflows in a future that is sometimes difficult to envision.
Our main focus has been on configuration of offices for faculty, administrative partners, and trainees housed in neighborhoods populated for common functions while embracing diversity of thought and practice. Our PRESTO group has imagined a future in which offices are no longer the places to which we preferentially retreat but rather temporary havens for those solitary tasks requiring focus and from which we emerge to work with others in more open and transparent venues to solve problems.
Finding the right balance between “I” versus “we,” and “owned” versus “shared” spaces is the challenge and something for which no single data set can provide the answers. The PRESTO initiative is a perfect opportunity to road test our assumptions in the spirit of P-D-C-A if only to learn what we couldn’t otherwise know. But how to do that on a meaningful and project-appropriate scale is a daunting and, so far as I know unprecedented challenge.
And that’s where Christine Baker and her project team come in – they excel at making the impossible possible! Working with our interior design expert, Kate Stahl, our Lean coaches Corrie Pennington-Block and Brendon Weil, Mary Pinegar-Koster and her Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) colleagues, and many others too numerous to name, Christine and her team are hard at work creating an Innovation Suite to test the design principles developed for faculty offices by our PRESTO group. This novel project is located just off the hallway that connects the old Mott hospital (UH South) with the new Mott Hospital (room number = UH South F2003) and will serve as a temporary home for multiple faculty, trainees and administrative assistants as we explore the value of a new model to design differently for collaboration across all of our missions. Like all prototypes this one is imperfect compared to the future state that we imagine in that it is relatively isolated and distant from critical operations that will be much more conveniently located at NCRC. Nonetheless we are hoping that participants can set aside the artificial challenges inherent in any prototype, just as others have done while experimenting with cardboard mock-ups, to learn more about the link between design and culture in a place passionately committed to the power of teamwork. It is, after all, who we say we are when we embrace as the Michigan Difference the rewards realized from working together to achieve excellence in all that we do.
Our Innovation Suite will be open for business on February 1 when we roll in our first brave group of faculty volunteers (Dan Boyer, May Chan, Sandra Camelo-Piragua, Jon McHugh, Kristine Konopka), dedicated to working in this space for a period of weeks while suspending disbelief regarding the artificial barriers referenced above. We will use a variety of tools to gather information about what we got right but more importantly what we might do better. Additional CP and AP faculty volunteers will be participating in this exciting project, a project fundamental to our success in designing for our future at NCRC. Our Innovation Suite will host an Open House on Friday, January 29th, from 12:30 to 2:30 PM. Stay tuned for details and make plans to see for yourself the ways in which we’re thinking differently about how we might work together at NCRC.
In this new video, Corrie leads an exercise to determine how three different Pathology labs will work better together in a new space.
The Board of Regents approved the design for the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers Clinical Pathology Laboratories Relocation and Renovation project. Approximately 186,000 gross square feet of space will be renovated within North Campus Research Complex Buildings 30, 35, 36 and 60, as well as University Hospital and University Hospital South to enhance the clinical lab functions necessary to meet present and future growth in test volumes, improve operational efficiency, and reduce the expense from having labs in their current locations. Hospitals and Health Centers' resources are funding the $160 million project that is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2019.
View full news article via The University Record
Information provided as an orientation to the changes involving the Pathology Relocation and Renovation Project (PRR).
ON THE COVER
Autopsy Technician, Quintina Glover, draws blood while working in the Wayne County morgue. See Article
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ON THE COVER
Dr. Sriram Venneti, MD, PhD and Postdoctoral Fellow, Chan Chung, PhD investigate pediatric brain cancer. See Article
About Our Newsletter
Inside Pathology is an newsletter published by the Chairman's Office to bring news and updates from inside the department's research and to become familiar with those leading it. It is our hope that those who read it will enjoy hearing about those new and familiar, and perhaps help in furthering our research.
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