This is VPMA Voice, a new publication from The Office of the Vice President for Medical Affairs. In this weekly newsletter, Vice President for Medical Affairs Jean Robillard, MD, will share his thoughts on our organizational priorities, challenges, and accomplishments. VPMA Voice will be published both as an e-mail newsletter delivered directly to your Inbox and as a paper newsletter distributed at most Noon News locations. The print version is especially designed to reach UI Health Care colleagues who may not have access to e-mail.

You can read two past issues of VPMA Voice on The Point at:

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As we approach this holiday season, I am reminded of how much we have achieved–and, in many ways, endured–over the past year, and of the many reasons we have to be truly thankful.

Many of our colleagues suffered trying times during the summer’s catastrophic flooding and deadly tornadoes. It was extremely heartening to see firsthand the generosity and caring spirit that sprang from these tragedies. More recently, all of us have been touched by the current economic downturn. I believe our University community is resilient, and that we will persevere. Now, more than ever, we must continue to support our family, friends, students, patients, and coworkers.

I sincerely appreciate each and every one of you involved in the UI Health Care enterprise. You are integral to our success, and I cannot tell you how grateful I am for all of your hard work and dedication. Thank you.

I invite you to consider writing me at to share some of the positive things happening throughout UI Health Care for which you are grateful. As always, I am also open to your suggestions and comments for how we can work together to make UI Health Care an even better place for people to work, patients to receive care, students to be educated, and scientists to make exciting new discoveries.

Best wishes to you and your loved ones for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday!

Signed, Jean Robillard

Events showcase UI Health Care

Two events–Medical Education Scholarship Weekend and Inside Iowa: Medicine–recently brought to campus more than 60 medicine benefactors. A special thanks to our many faculty, staff, and students who partnered with our University of Iowa Foundation colleagues to arrange and host engaging and informative experiences for our campus visitors. The events showcased how Iowa is on the leading edge for training the next generation of critical thinkers and patient-centered practitioners of biomedical discovery and health care.

Philanthropic support from our alumni and friends is essential for Iowa’s academic medical center to sustain world-class academic programming, advance medical discoveries, and enable deserving students to study at Iowa.

Looking Ahead

UI Carver College of Medicine report
UI Hospitals and Clinics report
• Volume and financial performance
• Expense moderation and
• Length of stay reduction
Clinical information systems update
UI Dance Marathon 2009

We will share highlights of that report with you at an open forum on Monday, December 8, at noon in the East Room. Look for more details in the Noon News, and on The Point.

Don’t forget to share your expense reduction ideas for the Hospital and/or the College at All suggestions are being evaluated for possible action by the managers and department heads of the appropriate areas.

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