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UI Health Care is committed to honoring diversity and recognizing the worth and dignity of each and every person. Together, we strive to create an environment of inclusion where individual differences are respected and all feel welcome.

One of the ways we celebrate diversity is through the UI’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Human Rights, held in January. I encourage you to attend the various events surrounding the celebration–especially those sponsored by UI Health Care (see details, right)–as we join our colleagues to foster diversity in our organization and community.

I especially hope you are able to participate in our “One for All” blood drive and can attend our featured lecture by former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Louis Sullivan on Wednesday, January 21.

As examples of UI Health Care’s “all for one” and “can-do” spirit, I am delighted to note that we achieved 100 percent compliance with the flu vaccination program in many areas, and that UI Children’s Hospital was recently ranked 20th among the nation’s children’s hospitals. These are fantastic achievements that testify to the dedication of all those who put the health and well-being of our patients first. Thank you and keep up the great work!

On a sad note, we learned this weekend of the death of third-year medical student Ibrahim Saadi in an automobile accident on Interstate 380. Dean Paul Rothman will be sharing more information about services this week. Our thoughts are with his family and all who knew him as they deal with this terrible loss.

Signed, Jean Robillard

MLK Celebration of Human Rights 2009

With the theme “One for All,” UI Health Care joins the university in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrating diversity and human rights during January with several events. Staff, physicians, students, and volunteers are especially encouraged to participate in the three events below. For a full listing of other events, visit The Point, and the UI Web site http://www.uiowa.edu/~mlk/

One for All Blood Drive–Thursday, January 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. John Pappajohn Pavilion Lobby (Elevator I, Level 1)

The Role of an Academic Medical Center in Achieving Dr. King’s Dream–Louis Sullivan, MD, former Secretary of Health and Human Services and founding dean of Morehouse School of Medicine 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 21, Prem Sahai Auditorium, Level 1, 1110A Medical Education Research Facility

UI Health Care Community Food Drive–January 20-27, collection bins at various common areas in UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Carver College of Medicine

Important Epic Training Details Now Online

Approximately 4,000 UI Hospitals and Clinics staff members require training on the Epic clinical information system before a February 8 rollout of pharmacy, medication administration, and ICU flowsheet programs. To keep abreast of details related to the Epic project, read the Epic Newsletter on The Point. Faculty and staff scheduled for Epic training should review the Epic training schedules on The Point to verify their date/time, course, and directions to the Training Theater. A link to the schedules has been added to the home page of the Clinical Applications Web Links. Questions should be directed to Epic@healthcare.uiowa.edu.

Transplant programs survey

On Monday, January 5, the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (IDIA) began a transplant programs survey at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Five surveyors will be on site for about 10 days reviewing medical records, inspecting facilities, and interviewing staff and patients. UI Hospitals and Clinics requested the survey of all the solid organ transplant programs–kidney, pancreas, heart, liver, and lung–as part of a certification process required by the centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Flu response reaches nearly 92 percent

This year’s mandatory response program for flu vaccinations was very successful. All staff, faculty, and resident and fellow physicians working at UI Hospitals and Clinics were asked to either (1) receive a free vaccine; or (2) sign an electronic form declining vaccination. As of the program’s end on December 31, 2008, 10,795 people (91.7 percent) had complied with the program–9,907 people received a vaccine and 888 declined. Twenty-six departments achieved 100 percent compliance with the program, including 23 departments in which ALL staff members received a flu vaccine. Eleven departments achieved 95 percent compliance with the program; and all remaining departments recorded at least 70 percent compliance.

Kimberly Leslie appointed new head of Obstetrics and Gynecology

UI Carver College of Medicine Dean Paul Rothman last week formally announced the appointment of Kimberly Leslie, MD, as the new head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, effective April 1, 2009. Dr. Leslie succeeds Jennifer Niebyl, MD, who is stepping down as head of the department on that day, having served as department head since 1988. Dr. Niebyl will continue her appointment as professor in the department and as residency program director. She will also continue her patient care activities.

Dr. Leslie currently is professor of obstetrics and gynecology and chief of obstetrics at the University of New Mexico, where she also is director of maternal-fetal medicine. More information about her patient care specialization, research interests, and educational background is available on The Point.

Looking ahead

UI Health Care leaders will discuss items on the agenda of the upcoming Board of Regents meeting at a forum on Thursday, January 29, from noon to 1 p.m. in the East Room, Elevator F, Level 8, UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Welcome reception for Associate Vice President for Human Resources Chad Simmons, Monday, February 2, beginning at 3:30 p.m. (remarks at 4 p.m.) in the East Room, Elevator F, Level 8, UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Stay in touch

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