Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, January 23, 2012

Patch Adams, noted medical doctor and social activist, clowns with daycare visitor Clarence during his visit to the Oakwood Health Care Adult and Child Day Care. Adams brought his unique message of healing on Thursday to UM-Dearborn and the hospital's commemorative events honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. His unusual approach to health care inspired the movie “Patch Adams,” starring Robin Williams. Adams, who has devoted 30 years to changing America's health care system, believes that laughter, joy and creativity are an integral part of the healing process. (Photo by Millard Berry)

UMHS named to national list of top 100 health networks
The U-M Health System is among the nation's top 100 integrated health networks, according to a ranking issued by IMS Health, a leading health care market analysis firm. The new honor recognizes the strength of UMHS as a unified health care system that has integrated patient care facilities and staff in the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers unit, a Faculty Group Practice made up of physicians from the U-M Medical School faculty, and a variety of shared functions.

Solar car, Big House recycling to be featured on BTN weekly series
U-M's Solar Car Team and recycling efforts at Michigan Stadium will be profiled on a new Big Ten Network original series, "Impact the World," which shifts the focus from the playing field to the world stage, where Big Ten universities continue to make their presence known.

REMINDER: Town hall on campus bicycle use Tuesday
All students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a town hall meeting on Tuesday to learn about planned bicycling improvements and to share ideas. The renewed attention to bicycling is part of the university's focus on sustainability.

This week in the University Record
• Meyer to deliver Distinguished University Professor lecture
• Research: Combination of oral drugs suppresses common type of hepatitis C
• Staff Spotlight: University Press’ promotions coordinator explores comic writing
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Mission to Nicaragua
Four volunteers from the U-M Health System are heading to Nicaragua next month as part of a mission trip to offer basic health care to some of the country's poorest citizens. They will join 20-25 other volunteers on the nine-day trip, conducting six clinics in rural and urban areas around the capital of Managua.