by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network, the initiative is a quality-improvement program that collects/analyzes data, identifies best practices, and improves overall performance. Regular consortium meetings ensure engagement of all sites, as well as enable dissemination of new findings. Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials Network (NETT) Every 28 seconds, a US patient experiences one of eight devastating neurological emergencies: stroke (three types), traumatic brain injury, status epilepticus, anoxic encephalopathy, spinal cord injury, or bacterial meningitis. As one of three clinical coordinating cen- ters of the Neurological EmergenciesTreatmentTrials (NETT) Network, the U-M-based team supports network infrastructure to promote, conduct, and escalate clinical treatments that provide effective, innovative treatments to vastly improve patient outcomes.They also engage clinicians in the clinical research mission and provide training to enhance participation in clinical trials. Michigan StrokeNet The University of Michigan StrokeNet is a highly effective stroke research team composed of emer- gency physicians, adult and pediatric neurologists, neurocritical care specialists, vascular neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, rehabilitation specialists, preclinical and translational stroke investigators, and other experts who conduct clinical trials focused on stroke treatment, prevention, and recovery. This NIH-funded, 25-node network also promotes the development of junior investigators in stroke-related research. bers from 32 departments who have developed 10 medical inventions and eight patent applications. One way research is boosted is through the annual Critical Care Grand Challenge – a research funding competition that brings together the best and brightest to focus on a critical care topic in a collaborative environment and results in next-generation critical care solutions. Acute Care Research Unit The continuum of acute care delivery in the United States includes prehospital, emergency, inpatient, and ambulatory care.The ACUTE Care Research Unit (ACRU) applies quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, and community-based participatory research to study intra and inter-setting dynamics and improve Access, Costs, Utilization,Transitions, and Effectiveness (ACUTE) through multidisciplinary health services research. With a goal of unifying the delivery of acute care along its continuum, ACRU conducts research, performs program and policy assessment, provides educational opportuni- ties, and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration. Michigan Emergency Department Improvement Collaborative (MEDIC) MEDIC is an integrated adult and pediatric, emergency medicine-led project encompassing the full spectrum of care across diverse emergency department settings. The collaborative measures, evaluates, and enhances the experience and outcomes of patients seeking care in emergency departments across Michigan. Shared knowledge and experience of site participants com- bined with timely feedback on performance on quality measures help inform improved patient care. Supported 21