SJMAA One North Vaccine Clinic Adjusts Schedule to Take Pfizer Third Dose Walk-ins for Colleagues/Credentialed Medical Staff – Effective Oct. 7

Colleagues and Credentialed Medical Staff Members,  

To continue providing service while responding to staffing challenges and the low daily volume of scheduled users, the COVID-19 Pfizer booster/ third dose vaccine clinic on One North (near Inspirit Salon) is flexing its hours of operations as outlined below.  Also, you can either schedule an appointment using this LINK or walk-in for the third dose starting on Thursday, October 7.

New Schedule for COVID-19 vaccination:

  • The One North clinic will remain open 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., until October15
  • Beginning October 18, the clinic hours will be shortened to 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • Beginning October 25, colleagues can walk in to Reichert Pharmacy Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Important Reminders:

COVID-19 third dose vaccine for HCWs was approved for:

  • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
  • Administration at least six months after receipt of your second dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
  • Please bring your CDC vaccination card/proof of vaccination

You may also choose to get your third dose at your primary care physician’s office or a local retail pharmacy.  If you were fully vaccinated with the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, additional doses of these brands are not yet approved, but are being reviewed by regulators.

Thank you for everything you do to take remarkable care of our patients and each other.

St. Joe’s Ann Arbor STILL Needs Clinical Nurse Support

SJMAA has been asking for nursing support over the past few weeks. Thank you to everyone who has responded. However, we urgently need nurses to assist in the critical care areas. Enhanced incentives are being offered for those who help.

Temporary Incentive Offered from Sept. 24- Oct. 22:

  • Hourly RN’s – COVID Incentive, $25.00/hour
  • Exempt Nurses: the Current Exempt Policy. Confirm with your manager/HR partner for your pay structure.

The guidelines below outline the details for this program:

Athletic Development Symposium

Athletic Development Symposium
Fri, Nov 5th | 1200 Woodland Drive E., Saline MI, 48176

This full-day event is designed for adults working with the development of athletes of all ages and across all sports and performing arts. This includes and is not limited to sport coaches, physical educators, parents, personal trainers, strength coaches, and sports med clinicians.

Participants will be better equipped to address the unique needs of maturing athletes at their various stages of development to help athletes: Establish a strong athletic foundation Develop competence and confidence in a wide range of fundamental movement and sports skills Sustain success in physical activity associated with sports and performance for a lifetime

CEU ELIGIBILITY 7.5 Hours of Continuing Education BOC (Approved for Category A – 7.5 contact hours) NSCA (Eligible for Category A – 0.75 CEUs) COST $175 in advance (Register Now) $200 day-of registration (cash or check only) Lunch provided

8:00 – 8:30 am – Registration & Introduction
8:30 – 9:30 am – Athletic Development: Defining an Athlete
9:30 – 10:30 am – Performance Training Application
10:30 – 11:30 am – Physical Medicine Application
11:30 am -12:00 noon –  Panel Discussion
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm – Lunch (provided)
1:00 – 1:30 pm – Community Implementation of Athletic Development
1:30 – 4:00 pm – Breakouts: Implementation with Elementary, Middle-School and High-School Aged Athletes
4:00 – 4:30 pm – Review & Post-Course Exam
4:30 – 5:00 pm – Summary Discussion
Questions? Call 734-655-8240 or email

Let’s MOVE!

Research shows that that the healthiest people in the world incorporate physical activity into their daily routines.  Moving our bodies throughout the day, especially in nature, affords us many physical and mental health benefits.  Routine daily physical activity is known to reduce the risk for a host of chronic diseases that negatively impact the quality and quantity of life of hundreds of thousands of people per year, including DM2, HTN, CVD, stroke, osteoporosis and an ever growing list of cancers.  Those who are active are at a lower risk of depression and age-related cognitive decline and being active, especially in the open air, helps build stronger immune systems and helps us sleep better.  Add to that the positive impact on stress and anxiety and the social connectedness benefits we gain when we move with others, and you can see why engaging in regular physical activity is one of the most important things we can do for our physical and mental health.

Did you know?

All St. Joe colleagues have access to three free livestream classes per week as well as on-demand content through our partners at MOVE Wellness in Ann Arbor.  To register for the first time, simply email from your St. Joe’s email address with the subject line:  St. Joe’s Staff, and MOVE will take it from there! 

Looking for some videos to get you started?

Search MOVE Wellness on YouTube.  These two are favorites among health care workers:

Exercises to Prevent Back Pain

Strategies for Sitters

St. Joe’s Ann Arbor & Livingston Time Capsule

Last Friday, the Senior Leadership and Colleague Support Team launched the Time Capsule Event – From Sept. 24 to Oct. 15, colleagues can respond to one of the following with a brief comment (75 to 100 words):

  1. If you could sit down with a future colleague in the year 2050 to share a comfortable cup of  tea, what would you tell them about these past 18-months?  What words of encouragement might you offer? 
  2. If you were to tweet about these past 18-months, what would you say? 
  3. Reflecting on the past 18-months, what has been most meaningful to you and/or what are you most proud of? 
  4. Is there anyone that you would like to recognize internally within the organization for truly embracing our Mission during this time, and/or is there someone you would like to recognize outside the organization for offering support? 
  5. What would you tell the future generation of your family (i.e. grandkids, great nieces/nephews, etc.) about this time? 

Where to send your thoughts…

Livingston/Brighton responses should be sent to

Ann Arbor responses should be sent to

*Please ensure all submissions are respectful and adhere to our Mission and Values. We also request that you limit your responses to no more than 100 words.

Words of Encouragement for Today’s Colleagues Requested

With your Time Capsule submission, please share any words of encouragement for our colleagues today, and let us know if you give us permission to share those thoughts in an upcoming @ St. Joe’s News.  Also, if you are comfortable, please let us know if your Time Capsule submission may be shared as well.

COVID Third Dose Pfizer and Flu Vaccine One North Clinic Opens Oct. 4

SJMAA Colleagues and Credentialed Medical Staff Members,  

On October 4, the One North vaccine clinic at SJMAA will reopen to provide third dose Pfizer COVID and influenza vaccinations for colleagues and credentialed medical staff only.  We anticipate the clinic will run for four weeks.

No appointments are needed for flu shots, but appointments are necessary for the third dose of the Pfizer vaccine. 

If it has been at least six months since you were fully vaccinated with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, you may choose to receive your third dose at SJMAA’s vaccine clinic at the One North Area (near Inspirit Salon) along with your flu shot. Please bring your CDC vaccination card. (Colleagues and providers from SJMAA, SJML and SJMC who have been fully vaccinated with Pfizer are welcome to receive their third dose.)

  • The One North clinic will be open Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • On October 8, the clinic will NOT be providing third dose COVID vaccinations; however flu vaccination will be available

Colleagues/ credentialed medical staff members that received their second Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination at least six months ago, may schedule their third dose of Pfizer at One North by using this link (

As mentioned above, there is no appointment needed to receive the influenza vaccine and colleagues can walk in during posted hours. Colleague/ credentialed medical staff members who schedule and receive the COVID-19 vaccine, while they are in the monitoring area can also receive their influenza vaccine at that time.

You may also choose to get your third dose at your primary care physician’s office or a local retail pharmacy.  If you were fully vaccinated with the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, additional doses of these brands are not yet approved, but are being reviewed by regulators.

SJMAA Vaccinators Still Needed ASAP:

The shifts for vaccinators will be Monday through Friday from 6 – 10 am; 10 am – 2 pm and 2 – 6 pm. (Colleague vaccinations will begin at 6:30 am.)

We still have several openings for the following roles:

  1. COVID vaccinators
  2. Influenza vaccinators (collaborating with two additional employee health influenza vaccinators)
  3. Monitor (BLS certified)
  4. Team Captain (BLS certified and able to care for a vaccination reaction)

Scheduling for shifts will be through Amion. To view the open shifts please use the scheduling site The login is RHB2021.

If you can help us fill these shifts, please send an email to with the date, time and role you would like to fill. Paul Meek and Diane Jones will manage the scheduling and will respond to your email as soon as possible.

Father Tim Dombrowski – Remembering a Life of Service, Kindness

The passing of Father Tim Dombrowski on September 22, 2021 leaves us saddened, yet our hearts are lightened by his profound legacy of kindness. Father Tim joined the St. Joe’s family in 1977 and officially retired in 2017, yet stayed involved with the institution and people he dearly loved. He contributed to our success in many ways, presiding regularly at Masses in our chapel and offering the Sacrament of the Sick to countless patients in every unit of the hospital.

Those who wish to celebrate Father Tim’s gifts of compassion can attend the memorial, details are below, or also leave a message of comfort for Father Tim’s family by calling 877-231-7900 or by signing the guest book at

Thank you, Father Tim for your life of service that made our world a brighter, gentler place.

Visitation & Funeral Service

The Catholic Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, September 27 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish, Ann Arbor.  Visitation will be prior to mass, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Memorial donations in Fr. Tim’s memory can be made to the Rehabilitation Project of Camp Ozanam and the CYO camps of the Archdiocese of Detroit, c/o Bishop Robert Fisher, 12 State St., Detroit, MI 48226. 

For Father Tim’s full obituary, read here.

SJMAA, SJML United Way Update

The United Way is fighting poverty by bringing people, resources, and organizations together to ensure everyone, regardless of their income, has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

If you have not already given, please help be part of the solution by donating to the 2021 United Way drive using these convenient virtual methods:

  • The New United Way Pledge QR Code.

Please note that directions are:

1.) The Usernameis yourEmployee ID Number.

2.) The Password isyour Last Name (not case sensitive.)

Celebrating one year of inpatient rehabilitation partnership at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital

One year ago, Michigan Medicine entered a collaboration with St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea (SJMC) Hospital that grew the reach of its physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) services. The expanded inpatient rehabilitation unit provided an incremental increase of eight beds between the University Hospital and SJMC locations.

“In the year that the Michigan Medicine-SJMC inpatient rehabilitation unit has been opened, Michigan Medicine has been able to provide comprehensive acute rehabilitation services to more patients than ever in our history,” said Edward A. Hurvitz, M.D., professor and chair of the Michigan Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. “Our unit there provides a high-level patient experience with private rooms, beautiful space and a dedicated team of rehabilitation professionals working towards restoring function for patients with complex neurologic injury and other functional impairments.  It is a wonderful addition to our University Hospital program and great setting for our faculty to practice, teach and expand their research.”

Michigan Medicine physicians and neuropsychologists provide clinical care and oversight at the inpatient unit in Chelsea, where PM&R residents also take rotations. The most acute patients are still seen at University Hospital, but the SMJC location takes an array of cases, including patients with strokes, brain injuries and neurological disorders.

“St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea is focused on enhancing and expanding vital health care resources and services for our community,” said Nancy K. Graebner-Sundling, president and CEO of SJMC. “During its first year, the Michigan Medicine-St. Joe’s Chelsea Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Program has provided patients a healing environment to recover from a wide range of neurologic injuries by offering them rehabilitation services delivered by an exceptional team who embody the compassionate heart of our award-winning hospital. This unit has already become a key part of what makes us a trusted health care leader in Chelsea and the surrounding communities.” 

PM&R is one of several Michigan Medicine programs providing patient care at SJMC. You can learn more about such programs, including the inpatient heart failure service and hospitalist service.

Content is courtesy of Michigan Medicine

Yom Kippur 2021 Reflection

Begins at sundown on Wednesday, Sept. 15 and ends at sundown on Thursday, Sept. 16
Paul Arnold, D.Min., BCC – Manager of Spiritual Care, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor/Livingston

Humility is a spiritual discipline not seen or taught much in our American culture. In times of crisis, it appears that many leaders are taught to deny responsibility and deflect the conversation to talk about other people’s faults. 

Each year, Jewish believers observe Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, ten days after Rosh Hashanah (or the Jewish New Year). For those in the Jewish faith, Yom Kippur means acknowledging your misdeeds during the past year, looking for opportunities to apologize or make things right, and asking for forgiveness and a fresh start. This deep, reflective, and challenging day is considered as the holiest day of the Jewish year.

There is a deep sense of realness or authenticity when people are willing to humble themselves, acknowledge their faults, and seek to atone for their actions with the people affected. Not many people are willing seek to follow this path of atonement and hope to just keep things buried in the past. Jesus taught on humility in a surprising way to His disciples in Matthews 18:1-4.

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

On this day of Atonement, may we all see the greatness of humility, the power of forgiveness, and the hope of a restored relationship.