U-M Health System will remain open during winter weather

Patients with appointments who wish to cancel should call as soon as possible

Despite the blizzard, the University of Michigan Health System is committed to providing patient care to the fullest extent at our main medical campus and clinics in surrounding communities in Washtenaw, Wayne and Livingston counties.

All three of our hospitals – University Hospital, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital (birth center) – will remain open as will our adult, pediatric and psychiatric emergency services, our Cardiovascular and Cancer Centers, and the Kellogg Eye Center.

So will all of our outpatient centers in Ann Arbor, Brighton, Canton, Chelsea, Dexter, Howell, Livonia, Saline and Ypsilanti, and the support functions that make our clinical operations possible. Our Survival Flight jet will be available to fly if needed and if it is safe to fly, although our helicopters will not.

Many of our staff are making special arrangements to be in-house or near the medical campus this evening and tomorrow in order to serve patient needs. We are preparing to provide accommodations (cots) and food to staff who serve extra hours due to the storm, and if needed, emergency transportation for essential staff who live in the immediate area.

Patients with a scheduled appointment, procedure or operation for Wednesday should let us know as soon as possible if they wish to cancel and reschedule, so we can adjust staffing to meet needs.

Anyone wishing to visit patients who are currently hospitalized at any U-M hospital should avoid nonessential travel to and from the hospital before and during peak storm hours. We have very limited basic accommodations for visitors who are not able to return home.

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