Mar 30 2011

Green Thread: Helping our environment and customers

If you’ve visited the University Hospital Cafeteria, Nick’s at the North Ingalls Building, or any of the coffee kiosks located throughout the Health System lately, you may have noticed that things look a little greener.

Napkins and menus are printed on recycled paper, locally-grown food products are on the menu, and Styrofoam is becoming a thing of the past.

Since ARAMARK became the official food service provider for the U-M Health System in 2000, the nation-wide organization has collaborated with UMHS to serve employees, patients and visitors in an environmentally-friendly way.

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Mar 11 2011

Getting to the Heart of Faculty and Staff Satisfaction

CVC gives a lesson in improved workplace culture

Moving into the new state-of-the-art building in 2007 brought the Health System’s Cardiovascular Center one step closer to becoming the best academic heart and vascular center in the world. Yet despite the calming lobby with its lush gardens and waterfall, change is never as easy as it looks.

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Mar 3 2011

Bringing Ergo from Work to Home

Health Information Management ensures its home-based staff works safely

(from left) Shelly Hamm, Geriann Balasick, Diane Van Voorhis, Lynne Peirce, Lori Lublin, Carol Matlega, Jody Karamol

More people are working from home these days, including employees right here in our Health System. But how does an employer make sure that its home-based workers are getting the same ergonomic assistance as employees on site?

Health Information Management’s Wellness Team addressed that issue recently when it looked at more fully integrating its 70 home-based workers into its safety, health and well-being program with the help of Safety Management Services.

Ergonomic Specialist Jacqueline Eckert and Safety Technician Amie Rush visited the homes of several HIM home-based workers, including transcriptionists and coders, to assess their home offices from an ergonomic perspective. Read the rest of this entry »