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With all eyes turned toward the historic events unfolding this week in our nation’s capitol, it is with enthusiasm and optimism that I contemplate our future at the local level.

Last week, I was asked to give an overview of our UI Health Care enterprise to one of the local Iowa City Rotary Club chapters. It is always a pleasure to update our neighbors and community leaders on some of the exciting and important initiatives underway at our academic medical center, including plans for the University of Iowa Institute for Biomedical Discovery, a new children’s hospital, and an off-site ambulatory care center at Iowa River Landing.

Many participants expressed to me their appreciation for our continued and passionate pursuit of excellence despite the current economic climate. In many ways, I believe it is times like these that remind us of the primary importance of our mission in the lives of so many–now more than ever.

Each and every positive reception I encounter during my outreach events across the state is a true reflection of the extraordinary people we have working at UI Health Care. The eyes of Iowans are upon us, and by continuing to foster an environment of excellence, we are achieving exceptional results that are appreciated by all those we serve.

Please continue to share your comments and suggestions with me via e-mail at vpma@uiowa.edu.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Switch to Epic systems coming in February

Preparations are under way for a smooth transfer to Epic clinical information systems for three areas on February 8. On that date, Health Care Information Systems staff members will:

  • Replace PICIS in the intensive care units, which will allow ICU nurses and Respiratory Therapists to begin documentation in the Epic system.
  • Replace the Bridge system for the medication administration record (MAR) with an Epic system.
  • Implement EpicRx–in the inpatient pharmacies. EpicRx links pharmacists, ordering physicians, and nurses to a single order record.

Following the February installations, the Epic Implementation Team will continue preparing for the May 3 "Big Bang Go Live" of the full electronic medical record and order entry system throughout UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Thousands of faculty and staff members will be trained on the full system March through April and should review the Epic training schedules on The Point to verify their date/time, course, and directions to the downtown Iowa City UI Hospitals Training Theater. A link to the schedules has been added to the home page of the Clinical Applications Web Links.

For more details about the Epic project, read the Epic Newsletter on The Point. Questions should be directed to epic@healthcare.uiowa.edu.

MLK Celebration of Human Rights 2009

UI Health Care continues honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrating diversity and human rights with several events this week. Staff, physicians, students, and volunteers are especially encouraged to participate in the two events below. For a full listing of other events, visit The Point, and the UI Web site http://www.uiowa.edu/~mlk/

"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, 2009, Collection bins at various common areas in UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Carver College of Medicine

Transplant programs survey

Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (IDIA) ended its transplant programs survey of UI Hospitals and Clinics on Friday, Jan. 16. UI Health Care leaders will hear the official results of the survey sometime in February. 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.

Looking ahead

Kevin Larsen, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Informatics Officer for Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, will present “Implementation of Epic in an Academic Healthcare Setting,” at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 27, in the Medical Alumni Auditorium (E331 General Hospital, Elevator BE, Level 3).

When the Board of Regents meets in Ankeny on February 3, UI Health Care leaders will report on:

  • Carver College of Medicine
  • UI Hospitals and Clinics volume and financial performance
  • Expense moderation
  • The Iowa Medical Mutual Insurance Company
  • Reducing health care-acquired infections

UI Health Care leaders will present these agenda items at the next Regents Meeting Preview Forum on Thursday, January 29, from noon to 1 p.m. in the East Room, Elevator F, Level 8, UI Hospitals and Clinics. Everyone working, volunteering, or learning with UI Health Care is invited to attend the forum.

UI Health Care Update Forums will be held Wednesday, February 11, at noon and 5:30 p.m. in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8), UI Hospitals and Clinics. Vice President Jean Robillard and other UI Health Care leaders will introduce the integrated strategic plan for UI Health Care, and provide updates on the organizationís major initiatives, facilities planning, and financial and operational issues. A question and answer session will follow. Refreshments will be served at both sessions. The noon forum will also be Web cast live at https://intercom.medicine.uiowa.edu/CCOM/webcast/ for UI Health Care domain users. Use your Hawk ID and password to log in.

The welcome reception for Associate Vice President for Human Resources Chad Simmons (originally set for February 2), has been rescheduled to Friday, February 13, at 3:30 p.m. (remarks at 4 p.m.), in the East Room, Elevator F, Level 8, UI Hospitals and Clinics.

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