St. Joe’s Oakland Meds-To-Go Outpatient Pharmacy Program

OAKLAND – St. Joseph Mercy Oakland’s outpatient pharmacy provides a discharge service for our patients featuring bedside delivery of prescription medications. Pharmacy technicians are stationed with mobile workstations throughout the hospital to assist with discharge prescriptions, resolve prescription issues, resolve cost issues, and expedite the delivery process. 

This service was developed to increase patient adherence and satisfaction, and to eliminate the top three barriers for patients with prescriptions: 1) Lack of transportation 2) Financial concerns 3) Wait times at the pharmacy. Please take time to meet the Meds-To-Go Technician working in your area.

Meds-to-Go Technicians – Voalte Phone Extension Number

Melissa Atkinson – 72730
Barb Harrington – 43964
Jennifer Lehti – 43332
Monica Liabenow – 43801
Jennifer Little – 43338
Pamela Morrison – 43600
Tiffany Painter – 87989
Bindhu Varghese – 72445

COVID-19 Vaccines Protective Against Delta Variant

You’ve likely seen the latest news about the COVID-19 variant quickly becoming the prominent strain in the U.S. It is spreading rapidly and is now responsible for over 51% of new U.S. cases, up from 30% two weeks ago.

The COVID-19 delta variant is found to be about 60% more transmissible than original COVID-19 strain. The latest CDC data shows that due to the COVID-19 delta variant new cases over the last week have increased 9.1% around the country. As of June 30, on average, one COVID-19 related death is still occurring every seven minutes in the U.S. The best measure of protection we have against all variants is the COVID-19 vaccine.

Those fully vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine have 88% protection against symptomatic COVID-19 and 95% protection against hospitalization and death from the Delta variant. Moderna by initial reports seems equally protective against the delta variant. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine appears 66% protective against the delta variant.

Millions of people have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring of any vaccine in U.S. history. Serious adverse events after vaccination are rare.

Trinity Health Requires COVID-19 Vaccine for All Colleagues

Our Core Value of Safety means we do everything we can to protect people. That’s why effective July 8, Trinity Health requires all colleagues, clinical staff, contractors and those conducting business in our facilities be vaccinated against COVID-19. See the announcement for additional information.  

Action Needed 

Submit documentation of your COVID-19 vaccine through the methods outlined below. The process is different for SJMHS colleagues and providers, IHA colleagues and providers, and affiliated providers. Colleagues who are not able to be vaccinated for strongly held religious beliefs or rare medical reasons will be required to apply for an exemption.  

Colleagues who do not fulfill the requirement to be vaccinated by the dates outlined and do not have an approved exemption will be subject to termination of their employment and/or loss of their privileges.   

How to Submit Documentation

SJMHS and Mercy Health Colleagues: Submit a copy of your vaccination card or other document your provider gave you as proof you received the vaccine within the HR4U colleague portal at You can access HR4U on a computer or smartphone browser.

IHA Colleagues and Providers: IHA colleagues and providers are not part of the HR4U portal. Instead, they should use the Vaccine Documentation portal on IHA’s Intranet (SharePoint) page. All questions may be directed to HR Business Partners.

Affiliated Providers: Affiliated providers should work directly with their respective Medical Staff Offices to submit documentation of their vaccine.

Key Dates

July 8, 2021COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement effective for all Trinity Health colleagues, clinical staff and business partnersNew Hires, Colleagues, Leaders, Medical Staff, Business Partners
August 6, 2021Deadline for management to submit exemption request via HR4U colleague portal; IHA to use Vaccine Documentation portal on IHA’s Intranet (SharePoint) pageColleagues with a Workday management level of manager, director, vice president or senior officer
August 20, 2021Deadline for colleagues to submit exemption request via HR4U colleague portal; IHA to use Vaccine Documentation portal on IHA’s Intranet (SharePoint) pageColleagues with a Workday management level of supervisor, coordinator, or any other role
August 24, 2021Last day for management to receive last dose of vaccine and submit documentation to HR4U; IHA to use Vaccine Documentation portal on IHA’s Intranet (SharePoint) pageColleagues with a Workday management level of manager, director, vice president or senior officer
September 21, 2021Last day for colleagues to receive last dose of vaccine and submit documentation to HR4U; IHA to use Vaccine Documentation portal on IHA’s Intranet (SharePoint) page  Colleagues with a Workday management level of supervisor, coordinator, or all other positions

We know you may still have questions about the vaccine. More resources are available below, including a recording from the July 13 town hall. We will hold another town hall in August. Thank you for your continued work to make Trinity Health a trusted health care partner for the communities we serve.

More Information  

St. Joe’s Oakland 4th of July Holiday Hours

OAKLAND – In observation of the upcoming 4th of July holiday, many departments at St. Joe’s Oakland will close or have limited hours. We have gathered submissions below for your convenience.

Department/Office NameFriday, July 2Saturday, July 3Sunday, July 4Monday, July 5
2GOpen as normalOpen as normalOpen as normalOpen as normal
4S Medical Surgical Open as normalOpen as normalOpen as normalOpen as normal
7 SouthOpen as normalOpen as normalOpen as normalOpen as normal
Cancer Center ClinicOpen as normalClosedClosedClosed
Clinical EngineeringOpen as normalClosed – on-call onlyClosed – on-call onlyClosed – on-call only
Environmental ServicesOpen as normalOpen as normalOpen as normalOpen as normal
Facilities & Engineering (B&G)Open as normalEmergency Pagers ID# 995555 (Mechanic) & ID# 995556 (Powerhouse)Emergency Pagers ID# 995555 (Mechanic) & ID# 995556 (Powerhouse)Office Closed, Emergency Pagers ID# 995555 (Mechanic) & ID# 995556 (Powerhouse)
Health Information Management (Medical Records)Open as normalONLY- Birth Registry will be on site to complete birth certificates. ClosedONLY- Birth Registry will be on site to complete birth certificates. 
Infection PreventionAvailable by pageClosedClosedClosed
Infusion CenterOpen as normalClosedClosedClosed
Medical Education8:00 a.m. to noonClosedClosedClosed
Medical Staff Services7 am-12 noonClosedClosedClosed
Mercy Women’s CenterOpen as normalClosedClosedOpen as normal
Outpatient PharmacyOpen as normalOpen as normalClosedOpen as normal
Radiology Clerical OfficeOpen as normalClosedClosed0800-1600
Retail – Joe’s Java and the Market PlaceOpen as normalOpen as normalClosedOpen as normal
SJMG Bloomfield Hills OB/GYN Open as normalClosedClosedOpen as normal
SJMG Clarkston Family MedicineOpen as normalClosedClosedOpen as normal
SJMG Lake Orion IM/PedsOpen as normalClosedClosedOpen as normal
SJMG Neurosurgery OfficeOpen as normalClosedClosedOpen as normal
SJMG OB/GYN ClarkstonWe are open and phones are on, but physician is out of office. ClosedClosedWe are open and phones are on, but physician is out of office. 
Supply ChainOpen as normalOpen as normalOpen as normalLinen and 5050 pager will be working.  Trinity does not deliver products for us to stock.
Wellness CenterOpen as normalOpen as normalClosedClosed

Juneteenth Day Reflection

Sean Lansing, PhD – Director, Mission Integration, Mount Carmel Health System, Columbus

On June 19, 1865 Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, TX, and announced that all previously enslaved people were free. This was more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation when Union troops finally made it that far south.

This day has been memorialized in celebration ever since and is now known as the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery. It is commonly known as Juneteenth Day.

For many communities all over the United States of America, Juneteenth Day is a time spent with families and the community reflecting on what freedom means. It is also a day of education about our history as a country and our relationship to slavery and racism. It is an opportunity to look back, so as we look forward, we walk toward a future of emancipation for all people from racism and all that divides us from being one human family.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has written a prayer service for racial healing in our land. The following prayer comes from that prayer service.

God of Heaven and Earth,

You created the one human family and endowed each person with great dignity. Aid us, we pray, in overcoming the sin of racism.

Grant us your grace in eliminating this blight from our hearts, our communities, our social and civil institutions. Fill our hearts with love for you and our neighbor so that we may work with you in healing our land from racial injustice.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Colleague Award Programs Resume at St. Joe’s Oakland; Nominate Your Colleagues Today

OAKLAND – After pausing some of our programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Joe’s Oakland is excited to share that we are resuming our BeRemarkable Awards and TEAM Awards.

The BeRemarkable Award honors outstanding colleagues who embody our core values. To qualify, a colleague must have been employed by St. Joe’s for at least six months, and must not be a member of the management team. To nominate a colleague for this award, please complete this form:

The T.E.A.M. Award (Together Everyone Achieves More) celebrates extraordinary teams who have positively impact patient safety and/or colleague and patient satisfaction, or who have positively transformed operations. This is open to all teams, department, and committees at SJMHS. To nominate a group for the T.E.A.M. Award, please complete this form:

Our colleagues do incredible things every day, going above and beyond to serve patients and each other. Please help us recognize our colleagues by submitting these nomination forms and telling us about their extraordinary contributions.

Join the 2021 St. Joe’s Oakland Farm Share for Local Fruits and Veggies

OAKLAND – St. Joe’s Oakland is pleased to offer our 2021 Farm Share. This year, it will run from July 8 – November 18. A Farm Share is a local food subscription service. We work with local farmers to offer you fresh, nutritious produce every week (full share) or every other week (a half share,) that you can pick up right here at St. Joe’s Oakland.

Full shares are picked up each Thursday and cost $500, and half shares are picked up every other Thursday and cost $280.

Each week you can expect about 6-8 different seasonal fruits and veggies in your share. In July you can expect items like salad greens, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers and beets. As cooler weather sets in, you’ll see squash, potatoes, apples, kale and other fall favorites.

Each week you will receive an email letting you know what will be in the share. This newsletter will include recipes, nutrition information, featured farms and more!

Medical residents can use their meal stipend to purchase their share. Simply enter your department’s cost center in the discount code section upon checkout. This will come from your FY21/22 funds.

Pickup will be every Thursday from 3 – 6 p.m. at The Farm, which is located just outside of the physicians entrance, right next to the MOB. For more information or to register for a share, please visit St. Joe’s Oakland Farm Share.

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Opens New Hospital-Based Farm to Patients, Providers and Community Members

OAKLAND – St. Joseph Mercy Oakland announced to the public the opening of a new hospital-based farm, located alongside Woodward Avenue on the hospital’s main campus.  The Farm at St. Joe’s Oakland offers a safe, appealing space for patients, health care providers and the community to learn, engage, and develop the skills needed to transform their long-term health through food.

“At St. Joe’s we understand that food is medicine,” said Amanda Sweetman, director of Farming and Healthy Lifestyles at Trinity Health Michigan.  “By exposing patients, doctors, and the communities we serve to fresh, accessible produce, we encourage healthier living and empower them to prevent future illness.”

The Farm at St. Joe’s Oakland is an expansion of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System’s successful farm at St. Joe’s Ann Arbor, which in 2020 donated more than 6,300 pounds of produce to 3,600 health care providers and 1,300 patients.  In addition, the Ann Arbor farm distributed 11,500 boxes of Michigan produce to members of the community, including 83 food-insecure families.

Similar to Ann Arbor, The Farm at St. Joe’s Oakland offers access to a variety of classes and programs, such as the Collaborative Farm Share Program.  The farm share is a 20-week collaborative program that pulls together food from local farms to create a diverse weekly produce box that is then distributed to members.  Memberships are available for purchase and are free for food-insecure members of the community.  In addition to encouraging healthier eating, the program also serves as an economic driver for local agriculture, having generated more than $150,000 for Ann Arbor-area farms in 2020. 

“The food people consume can have a tremendous impact on their overall health and wellbeing and can help avoid many of the chronic illnesses we see in our offices and here at the hospital,” said Fabian Fregoli, chief medical officer of St. Joseph Mercy Oakland.  “The farm is a wonderful addition to our hospital campus, one that will give us the ability to connect with patients in an impactful way, and give them the tools and support needed to live longer, healthier lives.”

Hospital colleagues and local members of the community are invited to volunteer at the farm by emailing

Members of the community interested in participating in the farm share program can sign up at

Those interested in donating funds to support farm operations and programing can visit

For questions regarding the farm or any of its classes or programs, please visit  You may also follow The Farm at St. Joe’s Oakland on Facebook or Instagram.

Nurses Week and Health Care Week Video Contest at SJMO

OAKLAND – As part of this year’s Nurses Week and Health Care Week celebrations, St. Joe’s Oakland is hosting a video contest. This contest offers a exciting opportunity to have fun with your colleagues while showing off your dancing, singing, and lip-syncing skills.


To celebrate nurses and the interdisciplinary teams in health care in a fun way.


  1. All videos must be made in keeping with the Mission, Vision and Values of SJMHS
  2. No patients or patient information can be visible at any time in the videos
  3. All content and action in the videos must be G rated
  4. Videos should be brief (Less than 60 seconds)
  5. Colleagues are not allowed to post these videos to personal social media pages
  6. Be creative, but tasteful! This is a great activity for a department meeting or huddle
  7. Only employees of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System may appear in submitted videos
  8. Entries are limited to one per department
  9. Colleagues should wear appropriate PPE


  • Content must not include patients, their family members or patient information, images or actual care in progress.
  • Do not show copyrighted materials owned by others, including logos, photos, paintings, etc.
  • Your submission gives SJMHS permission to share in public media channels and social networks.

Please post completed video links to this Dropbox by Wednesday, May 12, 2021 for review.

Videos will be reviewed and the best video determined by a St Joe’s panel of leaders. Trophies will be awarded on Friday, May 14 for the following categories:

  • Best Masked Singer
  • Best Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork
  • Fanciest Footwork

Reflection for Earth Day, April 22

By Rev. Kathy Schell, Director of Mission Integration, St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea

Earth Day, April 22, has always been a significant day for me, as my daughter’s birthday falls on that day.  My mother in law made a joke about the timing of her birth by calling me “Earth Mother!” I was so exhausted that hours ticked by before the allusion sunk into my foggy brain.

Just as my daughter was a blessed gift of new life 31 years ago, so is spring an annual gift bearing renewal of life. I confess to an increasing appreciation of that gift with every year that passes. We have only to glance outside at the flowers and trees blossoming in this season (yes, even in Michigan) to be filled with both awe and hope. This enduring hope, and the solace so often found in nature, is crucial in the “COVID times” in which we live.

In the past year, I have heard numerous people attest that stepping outside and walking, biking, gardening, or simply sitting with attention, has been essential for their emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Here at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea, our behavioral health patients walk our beautiful hospital grounds with staff every day, weather permitting. This activity has been part of the therapy schedule for many years, with wise and good reason: nature promotes healing.

Pope Francis said in 2018, “Defense of the Earth has no other purpose than the defense of life.” He reminds us that we have only one planet on which we all live, and our stewardship of Earth ensures life for ourselves and generations to come.

“Gracious God, Creator of the world,
draw us into prayer and celebration this Earth day
as we remember the gifts of your earth and the stewardship you have entrusted to us.
Let us rejoice in the beautiful gift of creation,
the mystery and glory of nature and the earth that has been put into the care of our hands.
Grant us the wisdom and will to conserve your creation.”
(A prayer from the Catholic Health Association)