Coincidental Consequences: Personal Connections at the SSC

While we go through our workday, it’s easy to forget how much the work we do affects the lives of students, patients, faculty, staff and our community.  But sometimes the impact touches very close to home.

A Learjet for Your Loved Ones

SSC staff member, Leann

On a Wednesday afternoon last year, the SSC received an urgent call from Michigan Medicine Procurement. They had received a notice that one of the Learjets leased by the hospital was going to be sold to another company unless U-M purchased it by Friday. 

Leann, an Accounts Payable supervisor, sprang into action with Procurement, Learjet, and the department approvers to get a voucher ready for Treasury to make the payment early Friday morning. The transaction went through just in time. 

The following week, Leann’s aunt ended up needing to be rushed to Michigan Medicine in that very jet. And a week after that, her boyfriend’s stepmother was transported to Michigan Medicine in the same jet.

The Face of Sponsored Research

As an Accounts Receivable collections associate, Cheryl receives and processes the payments for sponsored clinical research programs. Some of what she collects helps fund research for programs focusing on treatments for Crohn’s disease. 

Crohn’s disease causes inflammation of the digestive tract, which can be both painful and debilitating. In some cases it leads to life-threatening complications. There is currently no cure for Crohn’s disease, only the possibility of remission. 

The father of SSC staff member, Maggie Harris

One of the programs Cheryl supports has helped a fellow SSC staff member’s father who lives with severe Crohn’s disease. By participating in a clinical research program for a new medication, his Crohn’s disease finally went into remission. That clinical trial led to FDA approval of the medication, and he is still in remission to this day. 

SSC staff member, Maggie Harris, with her father and family

This breakthrough provided his family with invaluable time together after his diagnosis came when his children were very young. 

B&F staff work hard to provide exemplary service day in and day out. These stories serve as a poignant reminder of the incredible impact that work makes in people’s lives–whether we know them or not.