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As we kick off a new month, we look forward to sharing an update on UI Health Care at the Board of Regents meeting. On the agenda are reports from the UI Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics, including our continued expense moderation efforts. At the Board’s request, they will also receive an update on our efforts to reduce health care-associated infections.
Patient safety is our number one priority, and we can–and must–do more to diminish health care-associated infections. As you know, we are expending tremendous energy and effort to be a leading force statewide. This includes being vigilant in maintaining hand hygiene, sterile techniques during procedures, using antibiotics appropriately, and making sure as many of our health care workers as possible are vaccinated. Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of celebrating with our Medical Intensive Care Unit faculty and staff as they were recognized for achieving 10 months without a ventilator-associated pneumonia case and six months without a central line-associated bloodstream infection. These remarkable numbers reflect their diligence and exemplify our goals for these ongoing efforts.
As always, please e-mail me any time with comments or suggestions.
Switch to Epic systems this weekend
This weekend the Epic Implementation Team will be fanning out across all inpatient units and pharmacies to go live with new Epic modules. February 7–9 the team will:
Thousands of faculty and staff members will be trained on the full system March through April in preparation for the May 2 “Big Bang” Go Live of the full electronic medical record and order entry system. Training schedules and directions to the downtown Iowa City UI Hospitals Training Theater are on The Point. For more details about the Epic project, read the Epic Newsletter on The Point. Please email us with questions or concerns.
UI Health Care leaders meet with Board of Regents
At the Board of Regents meeting in Ankeny on Tuesday, February 3, UI Health Care leaders will report on:
UI Carver College of Medicine–Dean Paul Rothman, MD, will review:
Volume and financial performance–Associate Vice President and CFO Ken Fisher, and Associate Vice President and CEO Ken Kates will note that through the end of December:
Expense moderation–Ken Kates will tell the Regents that staff at all levels have submitted 160 recommendations for cost savings, revenue enhancement, or performance improvement. Forty are being implemented while many others are being reviewed for feasibility. Although more expense reduction is needed, there has been progress, including:
Iowa Medical Mutual Insurance Company–Drs. Rothman and Dan Fick, Associate Chief Medical Officer of UI Physicians and President of the Iowa Medical Mutual Insurance Company (IMMIC), will review the IMMIC with the Regents. The IMMIC is a mutual insurance company, formed by UI Physicians in 2004 to provide medical malpractice insurance coverage for the 650-member multi-specialty medical practice group.
Reducing health care-associated infections–Ann Williamson, RN, Associate Vice President for Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer, and Doug Merrill, MD, Patient Safety Officer, will note the serious problems created by health care-associated infections (HAI), including 5-10 percent of patients admitted to acute care hospitals acquire HAIs, which is:
They will review specific challenges at UI Hospitals and Clinics, including:
Finally, they will highlight prevention initiatives and outcomes, including hand hygiene programs.
Wear Red Day–Join the fight against heart disease and stroke–the leading cause of death in the United States. On February 6, the UI Heart and Vascular Center, in partnership with the American Heart Association, invites you to Wear Red and attend events promoting heart health in the Fountain Lobby, Fountain Dining Room, and gymnasium (1701 JPP).