UMHS patient room service gets big thumbs up

Patients can now order what they want, when they want it

U-M room service program

The goal of U-M’s patient room service is to deliver the ideal patient experience.

The University of Michigan Health System’s patient room service program is all about creating the ideal patient care experience — and that’s making a lot of people happy. Joyce Kerestes, director of Patient Food and Nutrition Services, answers a few questions about the program.

Q. Is the room service system-wide?

A. Yes, it’s available throughout the entire Health System — including University Hospital, Frankel Cardiovascular Center, C.S. Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women’s hospitals.

Q. What’s behind the service?

A. The goal is to offer our patients fresher food choices prepared to order. For example, we’re able to prepare salads or deli sandwiches the way a patient requests, similar to a restaurant operation. We conducted surveys and focus groups to find out what patients desired and incorporated many of the suggestions into our program. Continue reading


Uterine sarcoma – a little known cancer

uterine sarcSomeone called the Cancer AnswerLine™ recently with questions about uterine sarcoma and I spend some time talking with her. This is a fairly rare condition which comprises only 2%-5% of all uterine cancers. Since July is Sarcoma Awareness Month, what better time than now to share these notes?

What is uterine sarcoma?

Sarcoma is a term used to describe a whole family of cancers that arise in the body’s connective tissues, which include, fat, muscle, blood vessels, deep skin tissues, Continue reading


Health Disparity: An American Legacy?

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared as a guest blog on ModernHealthcare.com.

This month we celebrated the 238th birthday of our country.  flag.fwThis summer is also the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer  – a time when the Congress on Racial Equality and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee mobilized  to register Black voters in the U.S. South. Both “revolutions” required upsetting the status quo so the country could move forward.

As we focus on national and personal freedoms, let’s not forget that “upheaval” is also needed in health care.  With patriotism must come  national self-reflection; a collective look at our failure to ensure equitable health care for all.   I continue to wave the flag of freedom from inequitable health care for people who are poor and elderly, or otherwise treated differently. Continue reading


Back on top after mitral valve repair

Former U-M resident shares his story

Dr. Mel Twiest is back on top of the world, hiking 54 miles of England's Southwest Coast Path following surgery for mitral valve repair.

Dr. Mel Twiest hiked 54 miles of England’s Southwest Coast Path following surgery for mitral valve repair.

Dr. Mel Twiest, a general surgeon who attended the University of Michigan medical school and completed his residency at U-M in the early 1970s, found himself back in familiar surroundings recently, but this time in the role of patient. After experiencing shortness of breath while hiking in the mountains of Santa Fe a few years ago, the 70-year-old doctor realized something was wrong. He was diagnosed with severe mitral valve disease. After several procedures, including mitral valve repair, Dr. Twiest credits the U-M Frankel Cardiovascular Center team for getting him close to his goal of climbing a mountain again.

Dr. Twiest shares his experience …

I had my first encounter as a patient at U-M in February 2013 for an ablation procedure performed by Dr. Hakan Oral. He and the entire CVC team came highly recommended, so I didn’t hesitate to travel from Tennessee to Michigan for the procedure, which was successful. But Dr. Oral warned me at the time that I was going to get into further trouble with my mitral heart valve. Unfortunately, he was right. Continue reading


On painted wings: Butterfly activities for kids

Butterfly activities for kidsThe joy of watching a butterfly fluttering in the summer sun is timeless. Something you can probably remembering doing as a child and something your own children undoubtedly enjoy. Young children simply marvel at their beauty, while older children can truly appreciate the miracle of the butterfly’s transformation from egg to caterpillar to butterfly.

This week, let’s learn about butterflies native to Michigan with some fun butterfly activities.

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Running with children

Tips on how to introduce your child to running, even if you’re not a runner yourself!

Tips on getting started running with your kidsRunning is a great activity families can enjoy together. You don’t have to be a marathoner or even a running enthusiast to get started having some fun while being active with your family. It’s also a great opportunity to be a role model of living an active lifestyle. If you’ve never run before, start out slow and work up your stamina.

Here are some tips for getting started running with children:

How young is too young?

There’s no data that shows there is a lower age limit for starting running. That’s best evaluated on an individual basis. A good rule of thumb is to evaluate your child’s interest (they may need a little prompting at first, but remember, this is for fun, not training for the Olympics).

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