Email sent on March 20, 2020
Dear Friends of Michigan Medicine,
I am reaching out to you as a valued member of the Michigan Medicine family to share an update about how COVID‑19 is impacting our health system and institution.
We have been preparing our response for many weeks and have a comprehensive planning structure in place. Our top priority is ensuring that patients, families, faculty, staff, and learners are safe.
We are treating patients who have tested positive for COVID‑19. We continue to prepare, including setting up a special clinical unit to isolate and care for these patients. Our command center will evaluate and assess patient needs as they arise and will escalate plans as appropriate.
Your support of Michigan Medicine has helped prepare us to lead during this crisis, and we are proud of the way our community is stepping up, including to advise the public and policymakers. Experts throughout Michigan Medicine and the university are doing all they can to help mitigate the impact of COVID‑19 in our state, nation, and world.
Our dedicated clinical faculty and staff remain committed to caring for all of our patients during this challenging time. We are grateful for their steadfast efforts, and to the families and communities that support them.
In keeping with university‑wide guidelines provided by President Schlissel, the Michigan Medicine Office of Development is canceling or postponing many fundraising and celebratory events as well as suspending nearly all business travel. You may already have received information about specific events and appointments with our staff, or it will be forthcoming. Our development officers remain available to you; should you have any questions, please reach out to them directly or call our main office at 734‑998‑7705.
Thank you, as always, for your support of our mission.
With best regards,
Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, University of Michigan Medical School
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, U‑M
CEO, Michigan Medicine