Email sent on March 27, 2020
Dear Friends of Michigan Medicine,
During these difficult times, I would like to give you an inside look at what is happening at Michigan Medicine concerning the COVID-19 outbreak. The past couple of weeks have been filled with challenges, and, time and again, our teams have risen to face them head-on.
- Our hospital leaders have prepared for a crisis like this for many years. Because of that, we were able to quickly open a 32-bed regional infectious containment unit, or RICU, once we started receiving COVID-19 patients. From great planning comes great readiness.
- The vast media coverage of the pandemic has ranged from informative and helpful to confusing and misleading. Our experts have broken through the noise by providing calm, expert analysis on CNN, ABC News, NPR, and many more national media outlets. They are helping to lead the nationwide discussion about detection, treatment, and containment of COVID-19. From the best minds in medicine comes great wisdom.
- We asked the community to donate personal protective equipment and sanitation supplies, and the response was tremendous. Hundreds of people shared supplies left over from a loved one’s experience with heart surgery or cancer, from dental visits, and from construction businesses. From great need comes great generosity.
In response to the many people who have asked us how they can help, we also have created the COVID-19 Philanthropic Fund. We know many of you are facing personal challenges and are unable to give during this time. You have our support and best wishes. This fund will be used to steer resources to our most pressing needs throughout the crisis, from personal protective equipment for our health care providers, to testing, to tailoring patient rooms for the special needs of COVID-19 patients. Whether making a financial contribution, providing tangible goods, or sheltering in place to slow the spread of this disease, we are profoundly grateful for all of the ways our community is coming together to help one another.
During this unprecedented time in our country, I am deeply grateful for the entire Michigan Medicine community and our continued operations. The outstanding teamwork, planning, and forward thinking for COVID-19 preparedness that I have seen across the organization is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
None of this would be possible without partners like you. Knowing we have your support gives us the strength to continue every day. Thank you.
With kindest regards and wishes for good health,
Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, University of Michigan Medical School
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, U‑M
CEO, Michigan Medicine