Susan T. Port
ly News Editor
The University Medical Center has
ce again received national recogni-
n when it was recently ranked No. 12
the country by U.S. News and World
Of the 6,400 hospitals in the
n, 132 became finalists and 14
spitals were ranked. The Medical
enter also received acclaim in 13
t of 16 possible specialty cate-
ries. Three specialties were men-
ned in the top 10 and I1 were
uked in the top 20 in their eate-
Various factors were taken into con-
deration, including reputation with
d-certified specialists, mortality
tics and level of medical technolo-
Gilbert Omenn, executive vice presi-
nt for medical affairs, said he was
appy that the University Health
ystem received recognition.
"We want each unit to be able to
cel and to benefit from being a part
f an integrated system with other func-
ons," Omenn said.
The University Health System bud-
as unanimously approved by the
rd of Regents on July 17.
Omenn said to remain competitive a
.9 percent increase in the medical bud-
et was needed.
In his presentation before the
oard, Omenn projected that revenues
ould be up to more than $975 mil-
ion due to increasing patient volume.
le added that $15 million will be
llocated to help solve the Year 2000
in hospital computers, pushing
xpenses up more than 5 percent to
early $974 million.
Omenn described the ambiance of
he University hospitals as "a question-
ng atmosphere and an academic, intel-
Funding for the operating budget of
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Energy customers were left without electricity in
By Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud
Daily News Editor
The wind that howled in the streets of
Ann Arbor last Tuesday did more than
just scare a few people.
The storm caused trees to shed huge
branches and power lines to snap,
Just as quickly as it had come, the
storm disappeared, leaving the streets
eerily quiet and littered with fallen
The storm gave SNRE senior
Erica Conley quite a start when it
deposited a gigantic branch in her
"My roommate and I were joking
about the storm," Conley said. "We
were going outside to see, and we heard
a crash. We turned our heads, and there
was a tree in our yard."
Despite the dangers of the storm,
clearly demonstrated by the crash of
wood on her front lawn, Conley said
"We turned our
heads and there
ewas a tree in our
- Erica Conley
ate the excitement of the weather was
Rick Buhr, manager of Good Time
The restaurant and bar did not see its
power restored until Saturday night.
"We've been closed since Tuesday
night," Buhr said. "We hope to open
"When we don't have any busi-
ness, that's very bad for business,"
MARGARET MYERS/Daily she and her roommates enjoyed the Other establishments were not it so
The University Medical Center was recently ranked 12th in the nation by U.S. weather, which added a little color to hard by the power outages. Jim Paron,
News and World Report. Officials said they will try to improve the quality of care. their day. owner of the Brown Jug, said only
"It was exciting," Conley said. "It some of his electricity stopped work-
tional, research, clinical and business Javidi said she was not surprised by was fun playing in the storm. We had ing.
functions of the health system," Omenn the University's ranking by U.S. News contests to see who could run the "Our restaurant has a couple differ-
said. and World Report. fastest across the street with the wind ent power lines coming in," Paron said.
Omenn added that the University "I am not surprised with the blowing." "Our backroom was not interrupted.
Health System asks patients to fill University of Michigan's rankings.," Other people were not so thrilled by Half of our walk-in refrigerators were
out questionnaires in order to see Javidi said. "They are clearly the best in the weather, which left many powerless. not working."
where the hospitals need to patient care." An estimated 34,000 Detroit Edison Though many of their appliances,
improve. During the regents meeting, and Consumers Energy customers in including dishwashers, were not
"Patients get first crack from the Omenn mentioned a couple of the Washtenaw county did not have elec- operating, the Brown Jug continued
valuable research from clinical trials upcoming initiatives, including tricity after the storm struck Tuesday to run, serving clients with bottled
and M-CARE and networking activi- recruitment incentives to attract rep- evening. drinks and using paper plates and
ties, which is crucial," Omenn said. utable faculty to the University, Among those who did not appreci- cups.
Ann Arbor resident Sara Javidi said efforts to improve patient satisfaction
she was impressed with the hospital's regarding the hospital treatment and
services when she was in need of efforts to increase community
urgent care last month, involvement to improve the health of
"The residents were all polite and Michigan residents.
nice to me and explained the care that I The Medical Center was ranked No.
would need," Javidi said. 10 in 1997 and No. 15 in 1996. Local company opening new office needs people
:he Healh System will only increase oy
1.5 million for the upcoming year. T
"We are spreading our fixed costs
ver more volume, which means a
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