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A Minute with Marschall

Happy New Year

January 6th, 2020

I would like to start off the New Year by thanking each and every one of you who bring your unique talents to Michigan Medicine every day. I am grateful to all of you – our tremendous faculty, staff and learners and their unwavering dedication to our patients and families.

We all spend our holiday time in different ways and my hope is that you all took some time and have returned with warm memories of the holidays. Over the holidays, I had the good fortune of spending time with my wife, kids and grandkids in Chapel Hill, NC.  Despite everyone’s extremely busy schedule, the time together was the perfect opportunity to reconnect with loved ones and appreciate what they have brought to our lives as we begin a new year. 

For me, it is a rare opportunity to spend a few wonderful and chaotic days with my family. My wife and I have five kids… who are not really kids anymore; our youngest is 27 and our oldest is 36. And we are blessed with four grandchildren!

The first of the year is also a time for reflection. Ten years ago, I couldn’t have imagined this day of being a grandparent.  As I saw old friends and relatives, I was also struck with all the various interests and hobbies we have developed. Recently I attended a departmental meeting where team members had shared interesting vignettes about themselves that their co-workers knew nothing about. One person had chauffeured the Butterball Lady around Detroit on a marketing tour, another had been to Graceland seven times.

In the same vein, I’ll tell you a short personal tale. I really enjoy movies – entertaining movies.  This tracks to my time as an internal medicine resident. Several of my co-residents and I formed the Residents Action Cinema (RAC) club. Over pizza, we watched movies like Rambo, The Road Warrior, and The Terminator. We called our “meetings” pure escapism at the end of a long week. I still like action films but of a milder variety, like the new Jumanji, which we saw over the holidays.

Do you have some interest, hobby or talent that would surprise us? Please share it below in the comment box. Learning more about each other is fun and gives us all new insights about each other and those we work with.

All of my best wishes for a wonderful and rewarding New Year.


  • People are surprised that I am an avid flower gardener. I enjoy bringing the Lilies and Dahlias into our lounge and giving them to patients and staff. Nothing is more satisfying to me than bringing a little beauty and joy into people’s everyday life.
    To hear the someone say that these flowers have made their day better makes my day!
    It is my way of thanking the staff and patients at LSC for their hard work and dedication.

    • Marschall Runge

      Brian, I’m impressed by how you turned your own hobby into a way of giving back to your co-workers and patients. I’m sure everyone appreciates your kindness. And I appreciate that you make Michigan Medicine that much more brighter!

  • Jennifer Edwards

    What a wonderful idea! Over the holidays, I took my son ice skating, which is something I did competitively for nearly a decade as a kid. We had a wonderful time and it gave me the opportunity to share some great memories with him. I was pleasantly surprised by how easily the skills came back to me, and I definitely surprised my son!

    • Marschall Runge

      Jennifer, your story is a good reminder to all of us to never stop enjoying the things that give us pleasure. Thanks for sharing this nice holiday story.

  • I enjoy quilting, even though I have YET to finish a quilt for myself.

    • Marschall Runge

      Thank you for writing in, Louann. I’m sure you will finish one someday, and if not, remember, success is a journey, not a destination

  • Melissa Cunningham

    I love learning about people’s passions and what inspires them so I write a blog at I get to interview and write about new and old friends as well as my own artistic journey. Super fun!

    • Marschall Runge

      What a great way to combine your passion for writing with learning and sharing about others. Thanks for sharing your blog with us, Melissa.

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