John Sly Receives 2024 Staff Award For Excellence

John Sly has medieum-brown hair and a beard and wears glasses, an orange button-down shirt, and striped tie.

BMC2 Lead Applications Programmer, John Sly, was selected as a recipient of the Michigan Medicine Department of Internal Medicine 2024 Staff Award for Excellence. John was recognized for his leadership in key data and infrastructure projects at BMC2 in recent years. The Department of Internal Medicine Staff Award for Excellence honors a staff member’s outstanding performance in their day-to-day responsibilities and interactions with others, and formally recognizes those individuals who regularly provide service that is above and beyond expectations.

When BMC2 first conceived of the peer review process, there was no technology in place to share the deidentified records needed for peer review. John raised his hand and said, “I can do that. I’ll figure it out.”

He demonstrated innovation and process improvement and built a system by which to upload and share the required files. As problems have arisen over time, he has addressed them through creativity and problem-solving. As new requirements have been suggested, he has never said, “no, we can’t do that” but offered realistic feedback about system capabilities. John is always up for figuring out innovative solutions to tough problems.

More than 2,000 cases have been reviewed since the peer review effort began in 2017. The cross-site feedback has been valuable for all participants, providing physicians across the state the opportunity to share, learn, and improve. This state-of-the-art peer review process would not have been possible without John’s expertise and innovation.

In 2022 and 2023 John guided BMC2 through a complete database and report distribution overhaul. John led a team of programmers, statisticians, nurses, and other supporting personnel to identify a new database option, build the database according to BMC2 specifications, test it with users, and launch it statewide.

Additionally, John responded to the need for a new way to share data reports with sites by leading the process and creating a better-organized, much more user-friendly system for distribution using a cloud-based application. Over 30,000 cases are entered into our database annually, and reports are distributed to hundreds of users each quarter. Having a high-quality, secure, and user-friendly database and report distribution system is critical to the mission and function of BMC2. Without John’s efforts to improve our processes, our organization would not be successful. Please join us in thanking and congratulating John!