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.

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I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break with your families and friends.

As you know, we have started a series of recurring open forums to listen to any questions and concerns you may have, as well as to inform you of what we plan to present at upcoming meetings of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. The next forum is scheduled for Monday, December 8, during which you will hear more about our presentation to the Board on December 10, including our continued plans for expense moderation throughout UI Health Care. I encourage each of you to attend the forum-it is extremely important that we have your thoughts and feedback as we prepare to address the Board.

I also want to update you on the status of our search for a new Associate Vice President for Human Resources. As we continue the work of more fully integrating UI Health Care, this role will provide essential leadership in developing and implementing strategy around our most valuable resource: our people. While this position is not a hands-on caregiver, I believe that it is a critical position if we are to achieve our true potential as a world class health care organization engaged in the missions of patient care, education, and research. We recently finished a second round of candidate interviews, and I hope to announce an appointment early in the New Year.

As always, please feel free to e-mail me at with any UI Health Care suggestions or questions you may have.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Forum will feature preview of Regents agenda items

Anyone working or volunteering at UI Hospitals and Clinics and the UI Carver College of Medicine is invited to an open forum Monday, December 8, at noon in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8, UI Hospitals and Clinics.) UI Health Care leaders will share highlights of the upcoming report to the Board of Regents including:

UI Carver College of Medicine report
UI Hospitals and Clinics report
Clinical information systems update

The forum will also be webcast live at noon, December 8 (login required, restricted to healthcare domain users.)

Looking ahead-save the dates

Everyone is also invited to the State of the College address by Paul Rothman, MD, Dean, UI Carver College of Medicine, on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m. in the Prem Sahai Auditorium, (Level 1, Medical Education and Research Facility). In his first address as the Dean, Dr. Rothman will review the past year's accomplishments in research, education, and patient care. He will also provide an overview of College finances, discuss the integrated strategic plan, and address workforce issues in the College.

Jingle and Mingle at two holiday open houses sponsored for everyone working and volunteering at the Hospital and the College, Wednesday, December 17, from 2-5 p.m. in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8, UI Hospitals and Clinics) AND in the Medical Education and Research Facility Atrium (Level 1 MERF). Please come and help kick off a new UI Health Care tradition, celebrate the holidays with your co-workers, enjoy refreshments, and be entertained by local music legend Patrick Hazell.

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