Active Shooter Awareness Course Available in HealthStream

Trinity Health is committed to our Core Value of Safety for all colleagues and those in our care, which states, “We embrace a culture that prevents harm and nurtures a healing, safe environment for all.”

In light of recent events, we would like to remind you of our active shooter awareness course, which has been available on HealthStream since 2015. A new curriculum has been created for 2022 to reflect the TogetherSafe promise. Beginning January 3, 2022, colleagues may be assigned this curriculum or can self-enroll by searching for TH_Active Shooter Awareness Curriculum in the HealthStream catalog. This eLearning provides awareness-level knowledge for all colleagues about how to prepare for and respond to active shooter situations.

Once enrolled, choose the learning experience which reflects your primary work setting:

  • Clinical: Select the Active Shooter: Preparedness and Response in Health Care course (estimated completion time is 20 minutes). Note: This course provides 1-hour of continuing education creditsupon successful completion through CE Broker. 
  • Office: Select the TH_Active Shooter Awareness_Office Setting course (estimated completion time is 15 minutes).
  • Senior Living: Select the TH_Active Shooter Awareness_Senior Living Center course (estimated completion time is 20 minutes).​​​​​​​

For additional information, please see the following resources:

St. Joe’s Livingston Provides WHMI-Radio with Inside Look at COVID-19 Response

In an effort to provide insight to the community and help underscore the significant impact of COVID-19 on patients and colleagues within the hospital, St. Joe’s Livingston gave WHMI Radio’s Jon King an exclusive look inside the hospital.  President John O’Malley was interviewed alongside Chief Medical Officer Varsha Moudgal, MD and nurses Dan Robertson and Laurie Cortez.  Listen to WHMI’s week-long coverage here:

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Trinity Health is Addressing a Recently Publicized Security Vulnerability

Several inquiries have been made regarding the recently publicized Log4j vulnerability.  Trinity Information Systems is currently addressing the Log4j vulnerability on all systems available to the Internet.  There is a possibility that a small number of applications may become temporarily unavailable as this security risk is resolved.  Remediation efforts will continue until all Internet facing applications have been remediated.   

No action needed. For awareness only.  

Thank you for remaining flexible as our teams remain focused to solve this vulnerability in our environment. 

Questions may be sent

Take Part in Our COVID-19 Photography Project

St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Emergency Room Physician, Dr. Alan Sielaff is a photographer in his spare time. As a way to honor the health care colleagues he works alongside every day, Dr. Sielaff is offering colleagues and medical staff an opportunity to have a professional photo taken to give everyone a face and a voice to this pandemic. He has modeled this project after one done at Mt. Sinai; and after permission from the original photographer, decided to emulate her work for our family at St. Joesph Mercy Livingston. Examples of what the photos may look like can be viewed here: 

Participation is completely optional, and all participants will receive a digital copy of their photo(s). The photos may also be used in Saint Joseph Mercy Health System marketing and Dr. Sielaff’s portfolio with permission from the colleague. 

Photographs will take place the following days and times in the St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Boardroom:

•    January 10 from 8 a.m. to noon

•    January 11 from 8 a.m. to noon.

•    January 12 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Please reserve your time by following the link. Please include your department, title, position or any designation to your position within our community. 

Sign up:

These photos are unique to each individual and you may dress however you’d like. Mask on, mask by your chin, white coat, scrubs, anything and any way you feel represents you the best. If you’d like to take at photo with a colleague or friend, that can be arranged as well as long as you both come to the same slot. 

Dr. Sielaff would also like you to consider adding a one-two line quote you’d want to share about your work during the pandemic to go along with your photo. This may be what drives you to continue working, an inspirational encounter, how you find strength to continue this work, anything you’d want to say as a part of our community about working during the pandemic. Please email him directly with your quote or thought to be included with your photo.

It is our hope that we can print and display these photos and give a face and voice to all our staff who have worked tirelessly through this pandemic. Photos should only take a few, minutes. 

If you are unable to make one of the times but want to participate, for example night shift or cannot step away for a slot; please email Dr. Sielaff directly at or contact him at 616-890-5487 as he will make every effort to include anyone that wants to participate!

Mercy Foundation Day, Dec. 12

By Sr. Jane Gerety, RSM, Chief Mission Officer, Mercy Care, Atlanta, GA

On Dec. 12, 1831, the Sisters of Mercy, original sponsors of many of our Trinity health ministries, were officially founded. Catherine McAuley, the founder of the order, never wanted to be a nun. In nineteenth- century Ireland nuns lived behind cloistered walls and didn’t go out.  Catherine recognized the many needs of people who were economically poor and determined that she and women like her could make a difference — but they had to go out, had to go where the need was.

Spending her inheritance, Catherine opened the first House of Mercy on Lower Baggot Street in Dublin, Ireland, on Sept. 24, 1827, as a place to shelter and educate women and girls. From there she and her companions went out to homes and hospitals to care for the poor, the sick, and the uneducated. Impressed by her good works and the importance of continuity in the ministry, the Archbishop of Dublin advised her to establish a religious congregation. 

Three years later, on Dec. 12, 1831, Catherine and two companions became the first Sisters of Mercy. Today there are Sisters of Mercy worldwide, continuing the spirit of the founder —responding to the needs of our suffering world wherever they find them and trusting in God, for whom, as Catherine said, “We go forward or stay back.”

Catherine expressed her reliance on God in a prayer she called her Suscipe:

My God, I am yours for time and eternity.

Teach me to cast myself entirely

Into the arms of your loving Providence

With a lively, unlimited confidence in your compassionate, tender pity.

Grant, O most merciful Redeemer,

That whatever you ordain or permit may be acceptable to me.

Take from my heart all painful anxiety;

Let nothing sadden my but sin,

Nothing delight me but the hope of coming to the possession of You

My God and my all, in your everlasting kingdom.


UPDATED: St. Joe’s Ann Arbor Needs Screeners, Clinical Nurses, ED Help and Other Support

SJMAA has been asking for nursing support over the past several weeks. However,we still urgently need nurses and other people (hourly and salaried) to assist in the critical care areas.  Incentives are being offered for those who help. 

Our team also needs screeners for a range of shifts during weekdays and weekends. To sign up for screener shifts, please click  HERE. (Incentive information: Entrance screeners are in the pay grade 305, which qualifies for an additional $10 per hour.

We also still need non-clinical runners(One role focused on 6N and one role to restock gowns across the units). To sign up, please  click hereRead more.

For Incentives/Compensation Plans please see: Incentive Program for Critical Staffing 11 14 2021 and Exempt Employee Compensation Working Additional Shifts 11 14 2021 

In addition to the care areas listed above, SJMAA ED continues to have critical needs for support.  See details below:

Colleagues with any type of background, both clinical and non-clinical can sign up to help us meet these needs. All colleagues must be fit tested and wear an N95. If you need to be fit tested, please contact EHS at 2-3297. See the sign-up links below for the details:

The additional roles we are requesting:

RoleLocationWho Can Fill this Role?
ED ClinicalEDRN, APP – *Sign Up Here
ED Non-ClinicalEDAll Colleagues *Sign Up Here
ICU Clinical ICURN *Clinical PPE and Access Questionnaire

*ICU Sign Up Instructions – RNs who would like to support the ICU, should please fill out this PPE Survey: Clinical PPE and Access Questionnaire.  After filling out the form, colleagues will receive a follow up email. 

*ED Sign Up Instruction: Please use the tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheet to find the correct sign-up sheet for the role.

Please work with your Manager who will approve the extra shifts and also follow the guidelines in this policy during the current need for surge planning.

Sign Up to be a Wave 4 Super User Now!

On February 26, 2022 Saint Alphonsus Health System (Idaho & Oregon) will go-live and join Trinity Health Michigan on TogetherCare. As you likely remember from our own TogetherCare experience, the need for Super User support will be significant. Get approval to be a Super User for Wave 4 from your manager and sign up today via the link below! Colleagues have until 5:00 PM on January 6, 2022 to sign up and be a part of the Wave 4 Super User team.

Wave 4 Super User Sign Up Form

As a TogetherCare Epic Super User, colleagues may support the go-live for 1, 2 or all three weeks. The greatest need for Super Users typically occurs within the first two weeks.

  • Week 1 -> February 26 through March 5
  • Week 2 -> March 6 through March 12
  • Week 3 -> March 13 through March 19

Your manager MUST approve the Super User dates that you choose. Please DO NOT submit this form unless you have direct approval from your manager. Further details regarding how to book travel and hotel arrangements will emerge with your final schedule. Super User coordinators will work to ensure that you are in the closest related shift department as your normal job role, however this is not a guarantee. Super User’s will be matched to the job role as identified. This is what you should have received training in and currently utilize in Epic. See Super User FAQ document here for more information.

If you have questions – please reach out to the Michigan Super User Coordinator: Holly Heselschwerdt at OR your local Super User Coordinator as identified below:

Local Super User Coordinators:
IHA = Erik Carson at
Grand Rapids = Darci Cabezas at
MHPP = Scott Newell at
Muskegon = David Evans at

Ann Arbor/Livingston/Chelsea = Kathy Rowley at & Daren Foster at
Oakland/Livonia = Jayland Brown at

“Power in the Plus” Connects Michigan Ministries with Trinity Health

Significant and historic moments happened in the world of Michigan sports. When fans cheered the Wolverines to an epic upset of the Ohio State Buckeyes en route to the Big Ten championship, many saw a TV commercial featuring Trinity Health and our Michigan Region ministries.

And at Little Caesar’s Arena, hockey fans saw digital banners of Trinity Health’s logo ringing the ice during the Detroit Red Wings’ five-game winning streak.

These sightings are significant because Trinity Health’s brand has not appeared so prominently in consumer advertising, until now.

“Although St. Joe’s and Mercy Health anchor one of the largest and most integrated health systems in Michigan, many patients are pleasantly surprised to learn of all the experiences available to them in our network, as members of Trinity Health,” said Tara Geror, Marketing Director of Trinity Health Michigan.

To help connect patients to our comprehensive health system, the Marketing and Communications department launched a new “Power in the Plus” campaign tying our names and brands together. The multi-media campaign will run from November through March 2022 to help increase consumer awareness of our brands and their connection to one another.

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Learn more at “Patients in West Michigan know and trust Mercy Health and MHPP, and patients in southeast Michigan know and trust St. Joe’s and IHA,” Geror said. “But few people are aware that, together with our continuing care partners and other entities, we’re one of the largest and most integrated health systems in the state of Michigan. It’s time to tell that story.

‘Power in the Plus’ showcases our ministries and how they add up to more value for patients. The Michigan Region has eight hospitals, 12 medical centers, 22 senior living communities, hundreds of physician practices, and multiple home care agencies. When patients see the connections to the full continuum of care, they see value.

“With our enduring Mission and Core Values as the foundation, we are reimagining the future of care in Michigan based on the promise that we listen, we partner, and we make it easy for patients to experience award-winning medicine and unparalleled compassion,” said Julie Washington, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Trinity Health.

Tragedy in Oxford: A Message from Our Health Ministry Presidents

Our hearts break every time we hear the news report on another school shooting. And this time it is especially devastating because it happened in one of our Michigan communities — to our children.

Many colleagues have connections to the Oxford and Oakland County communities, as well as Oxford High School. We pray for those killed in this senseless act of violence. Four bright lights were extinguished far too soon, and we mourn alongside their families and loved ones. We also pray for those who were wounded, some of whom are still in critical condition, and for their long journeys of healing ahead. Finally, we pray for our community, which is reeling from the shock and horror of yesterday. We lift all affected by this tragedy in our hearts with compassion, sympathy, and abiding love.

During this time of sorrow, I would like to especially thank our colleagues at St. Joe’s Oakland, who responded quickly to this tragedy with courage and professionalism. In a moment of intense community need, St. Joe’s Oakland provided safe, high-quality care, and we are proud and grateful for their heroism. They exemplify our Mission of serving as “a compassionate and transforming healing presence within our communities.”

Please remember that support is available. I encourage you to visit our colleague well-being page, which includes information on how to access individual counseling sessions, upcoming grief seminars, and more. In addition, the National Disaster Distress Helpline (800-985-5990) is offering crisis counseling to those affected by the shooting.


Mike Slubowski
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Gary Allore 
Matthew Biersack, MD
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John O’Malley
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