Email sent June 19, 2020
Dear Friends of Michigan Medicine,
I am pleased to share some much-needed positive and uplifting news: Michigan Medicine’s University Hospital has earned the No. 15 spot in Newsweek’s 2020 World’s Best Hospitals list and is also ranked No.5 in the United States. These rankings are based on recommendations from medical professionals, patient surveys, and key performance indicators, including patient safety readmission rates and staffing levels. Read more here.
Not to be outdone, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital has again been ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Mott was rated as the top children’s hospital in Michigan and ranked highest in the state in all 10 pediatric specialties evaluated: cardiology and heart surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, nephrology, orthopedics, gastroenterology and GI surgery, cancer, neonatology, endocrinology, urology, and pulmonology.
While this recognition is to be celebrated, we also recognize the vast work we still need to pursue to eliminate racial disparities and health care inequities. On the heels of COIVD-19, we are also processing recent national events and assessing our own systemic biases that may contribute to discrimination. Today, in fact, we are hosting an on-site Juneteenth tribute to George Floyd and others who have lost their lives due to racial injustice. We must raise the cultural awareness of our faculty and staff in order to better serve all patient populations. We are currently running an internal campaign called Diversity Means More.
I thank you for your continued support of Michigan Medicine, as the world faces challenging and difficult times. The generosity of our donors remains a bright spot that keeps us inspired. Most recently, we received an incredibly generous gift of $30 million from Regent Ron Weiser and his wife, Eileen, to establish the Elizabeth Weiser Caswell Diabetes Institute, which will focus on research and the development of life-changing therapies.
With kind 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