U-M Mott Children’s poll: Nearly 50% of parents say pandemic negatively impacted their teens’ mental health
Mental health experts say that isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic exacerbates depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts for at-risk teens. He said that the pandemic created new mental health issues for some, but for others exacerbated existing issues. According to the poll, parents said changes in social interactions over the past year seemed to hit their children the hardest. Giving them space for some quiet time, creative time or music time can be helpful to their mental health. Almost one in four parents in the Mott Poll say their teens were experiencing negative changes in their sleep since the pandemic started.
U-M’s Mott Children’s Hospital creates buttons of friendly faces for teams treating children
Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital now wear buttons with their faces on them to improve patient experience while masks remain a critical safety measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Mott Children’s Hospital can now safely see what their care team looks like. “Being at the hospital can be a scary and nerve-racking experience for children,” Luanne Thomas Ewald, chief operating officer at Mott and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital said in a statement. “We recognize that COVID precautions may make it difficult for some patients to recognize the people who are taking care of them. “Current restrictions are critical to keeping our hospital community safe but also limit some human interactions that show you care.
U-M researchers develop screening tool that predicts teen suicide risk
ANN ARBOR – Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a universal screening tool that accurately predicts the suicide risk of a teenagers during emergency care visits. According to the researchers, their suicidal risk level is determined using a combination of risk factors. AdWhile other suicide screening tools exist, King said many high risk young people slip through the cracks, and in some cases, some adolescents rank as “false positives” for suicide risk. The computerized screening tool predicted suicide risk with 88% accuracy when tested on two cohorts of adolescents ages 12-17 who visited emergency departments. Additionally, emergency departments recently reported that visits related to youth suicide risk and self-harm have doubled.
Annual Save A Heart Gala at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital goes virtual
Annual Save A Heart Gala raises funds for congenital heart research, families of patients at U-M's C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Congenital Heart Center’s annual Save A Heart Gala has gone virtual this year due to the ongoing pandemic. Now in its 28th year, the event raises funds to support congenital heart research and families whose children with life-threatening heart conditions receive treatment at Mott. The Save A Heart Virtual Gala will kick off on Thursday at 7 p.m. The annual campaign coincides with Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week and American Heart Month in February.
Mott Hospital doctors weigh in on safety of returning to in-person learning
Gretchen Whitmer has set a goal to have in-person learning available to all students in the state by March 1. Understandably parents, teachers and students are both happy about it -- but also have concerns. Mott Children’s Hospital have weighed in on the topic. The main topic of interest was the safety of returning to in-person learning. “At this point in time we actually have really encouraging data that this is a safe move for schools to start returning to in person education.
WATCH: U-M Mott Children’s experts discuss returning to in-person learning
Screenshot from the live Q&A session by experts at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital on Jan. 28, 2021. Mott Children’s Hospital hosted a live Q&A session for parents who have questions and concerns about returning to face-to-face learning during the coronavirus pandemic. “Schools do need to keep kids from congregating,” said Tribble, who said that talking in close groups does raise the risk of transmission. “Mask wearing remains number one for population spread,” said Terry Bravender, chief of adolescent medicine at Mott.
Doctors at Mott Children’s hosting live Q&A on returning to school
Pupils arrive at Manor Park School and Nursery in Knutsford, England, as schools across England return after the Christmas break, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)ANN ARBOR – After months of remote learning, some students are returning to schools as districts begin to reopen. Returning to school may bring social, emotional and behavioral challenges for some children and teens as they readjust to classes during a pandemic. Mott Children’s Hospital will host a live Q&A session with its experts to answer families’ top questions about undergoing these changes at noon on Thursday. “Parents may have questions about everything from COVID-19 exposure risks to supporting their child or teen’s emotional, social and mental health.
Donors endow Michigan Medicine’s hospital dog program
ANN ARBOR – A gift from donors Lainie and Kenny Lipschutz and the Lipschutz Family Fund has made Michigan Medicine’s Paws4Patients a permanent program in the health system. To honor the family’s generosity, the program has been renamed the Lipschutz-Danzansky Family Paws4Patients Program. Established in 2016 with the support of several donor families, the program -- and its four-legged caregivers -- provides support and comfort to Michigan Medicine patients and their families. (Courtesy: Michigan Medicine)The Lipschutzs are also members of the Michigan Medicine C.S. Each dog was matched with Michigan Medicine based on the types of patients that receive care and the health system’s needs.
Donated heart for 8-year-old boy is ‘Christmas Miracle’ for Michigan family
Mott Children’s Hospital, but he’s happy to be there after receiving the Christmas gift of a lifetime. You can die suddenly from it.”Kaiden needed a heart transplant, which could take months. Kaiden wasn’t the only lucky patient at Mott Children’s Hospital this year. That’s music to my ears.”Barron said she will forever be grateful to the person who selflessly signed up to be an organ donor and saver her son’s life. Click here to learn more about organ donation and join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.
Pediatric patients in Ann Arbor experience ‘bedside toy store’ ahead of Christmas
A member of the Mott Child and Family Life team dressed as an elf delivers presents to a pediatric patient at Mott Children's Hospital. ANN ARBOR – Although the coronavirus pandemic has changed holiday traditions worldwide this year, the annual “bedside toy store” at C.S. This year, members of the Mott Child and Family Life Team played elves and went “shopping” for the perfect gifts patients. A member of staff picks out toys for a family of a hospitalized child at Mott Children's Hospital. Before the pandemic, the holiday store is an event that lasts days and involves 20-30 volunteers who help wrap gifts and stock the shelves.
Local family’s Facebook rap videos bring joy during pandemic
The Klemmer family has released eight rap videos on Facebook since the pandemic began. SOUTH LYON, Mich. – The Klemmer family has been making waves on Facebook with their original rap videos that they’ve been creating since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Dad Bobby Klemmer’s oldest daughter, Sienna, was given a homework assignment in the spring using an online vocabulary tool that engages children through hip-hop. “One of the options was to write a rap,” said Klemmer. They also did one for Mother’s Day, one to celebrate teachers, a video to encourage people to vote, and, most recently, a Christmas rap.
Santa makes virtual visits to pediatric patients in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR – Though this pandemic has canceled most yearly events and traditions, Santa isn’t one of them. The man in the red suit and Mrs. Claus made virtual visits from the North Pole via Zoom to sick children at Michigan Medicine C.S. Child and Family Life staff made the cherished yearly visit possible by bringing Santa room to room on an iPad. “Because of their health conditions, visiting Santa isn’t possible for many of them, let alone during a pandemic. We are so thankful to the donors who are giving the gift of time to keep the tradition alive this year.”Related reading:
U-M’s Mott named among nation’s most innovative children’s hospitals by Parents Magazine
Mott Children’s Hospital is named in Parents Magazine’s January 2021 issue as one of the most innovative children’s hospitals in the nation. The publications surveyed the country’s 50 leading children’s hospitals about their newest innovations, technology and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the second time the magazine has ranked pediatric hospitals for innovation. Parents spotlighted Mott for its innovation in research and treatment of pediatric brain tumors. Research at Mott has demonstrated that tumor DNA in spinal fluid could help diagnose and treat young cancer patients with aggressive brain tumors.
Michigan Medicine announces restrictions to visitors as statewide COVID-19 cases surge
ANN ARBOR – Michigan Medicine announced Monday it has added visitor restrictions at its hospitals and clinics to curb the spread of COVID-19 and to protect patients and staff. Visitors, including family, are required to wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth at all Michigan Medicine properties, including inside a patient’s room. No visitors will be allowed in clinics for adult patients unless the patient has a physical or cognitive impairment that requires assistance. We hope that by adding these restrictions, we will better protect everyone from COVID-19,” Washer continued. “Limiting visitors and requiring a mask at all times will help reduce the spread of infection.”Related reading:
Spirit Halloween to host annual ‘reverse trick-or-treating’ event at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
ANN ARBOR – Spirit of Children will be continuing its tradition this year by bringing Halloween fun to young patients at Michigan Medicine C.S. During the “reverse trick-or-treat” event, Mott child life specialists will deliver special care packages with activity books, treat bags, assorted costumes and crayons donated by the organization to Little Victors. The nonprofit arm of Spirit Halloween supports Child Life programs that aim to make hospitalization more comfortable for children and their families. Over the last five years, Spirit of Children has donated more than 1,000 costumes to Mott Children’s inpatients and their siblings at Halloween parties. Music therapists and child life specialists at Mott have also partnered with Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan to host a virtual Halloween party that will feature a special Monster mash video.
University of Michigan dance organization raises over $1,500 for C.S. Mott Childrens Hospital
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan has raised over $1,500 through its first charitable bottle and can drive. Mott Childrens Hospital in Ann Arbor to support pediatric rehabilitation therapies. Members of DMUM, a student-run nonprofit organization, collected bottles and cans from the Ann Arbor community throughout July in order to kick-off 2020-21 fundraising efforts for the childrens hospital. The amount of cans and bottles we collected was overwhelming, and we want to thank the Ann Arbor community for helping us support the Little Victors at Mott. Like what youre reading? The Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan mission is to provide funds for, and raise awareness of, pediatric rehabilitation therapies for children with disabilities and illnesses available at C.S.
U-M Mott Childrens Hospital ranked among best in country
Mott Childrens Hospital has once again been recognized as one of the top childrens hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Mott is also the only childrens hospital in the state of Michigan to rank among the nations best in all 10 pediatric specialties released in the 2020-2021 Best Childrens Hospitals rankings, including:Cardiology and heart surgeryNephrologyOrthopedicsNeurology and neurosurgeryGastroenterology and GI surgeryCancerNeonatologyPulmonologyUrologyDiabetes and endocrinologyOf the nearly 200 medical centers assessed across the country, Mott was one of only 24 hospitals to rank in all 10 specialties. The annual rankings highlight the top 50 childrens hospitals in the U.S. Like what youre reading? To determine the rankings, U.S. News & World Reports relies on a yearly survey of pediatric specialists and clinical data. The U.S. News rankings are one measure of our clinical teams dedication to world-class care, patient safety and family centeredness, Mott chief clinical officer Chris Dickinson, M.D.