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As you know, UI Health Care announced last week an opportunity for faculty and staff to participate in two voluntary programs designed to help address our current budget situation. These programs (see plan details below) were established in response to feedback we received from employees.

Because many of you told us you would be willing to make a personal sacrifice to support the organization and decrease the impact on your colleagues, we developed the voluntary programs. We are working to set up some town hall meetings this week so we can hear directly from those of you who may have additional questions and suggestions about the voluntary programs. Those will be announced when they are set.

I recognize that personal and family circumstances play a role in whether and to what extent staff and faculty can volunteer. If you choose to participate in one or both of these programs, I hope you will view your sacrifice as a chance to positively influence our collective destiny.

We are in a very difficult, even unprecedented, financial situation, but I have great faith that we will come out of this stronger and better. Your help, whether through participation in one or both voluntary programs or through doing an excellent job for our patients, students and others, will make a major difference. Thank you for all you do for UI Health Care.


Signed, Jean Robillard

Faculty and staff offered voluntary programs

Last week UI Health Care leaders announced an opportunity for faculty and staff to participate in two voluntary programs that could help ease our current financial challenges. UI Health Care faculty and staff may volunteer to participate in one or both of the following expense reduction opportunities.

  • Voluntary Temporary Reduction in Pay–Carver College of Medicine faculty and non-organized Professional and Scientific, Merit-Exempt, and SEIU employees of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics are eligible for voluntary participation in this program. This is an opportunity for participants to take a reduction in salary during FY 2010. All reductions must be in 1 percent increments and may be for as little as one month or for the full program period. The program period will run from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010.
  • Voluntary Vacation Give Back Program–Non-organized Professional and Scientific, Merit-Exempt, and SEIU employees of UI Hospitals and Clinics may give back vacation time in eight-hour increments. Carver College of Medicine faculty and staff do not accrue vacation time in the same way as UI Hospitals and Clinics; therefore, College leaders are evaluating other methods of achieving comparable cost-savings.

Faculty and staff interested in participating in one or both programs must submit their application forms to either Carver College of Medicine Human Resources (268 CMAB) or Hospital Human Resources (C110 GH) by April 30, 2009.

To learn more about eligibility, specific program details, application forms, and other information, go to The Point. A “calculator” has been added to the Budget Information Page, so staff and faculty can test the impact of making a voluntary temporary reduction in pay on their “take home pay.” Enrollment in the Voluntary Vacation Give Back Program is also now available on the UI Employee Self Service site.

Advertising campaign back for spring 2009

Beginning this week, UI Health Care’s “The Leading Edge” advertising campaign returns with placement in newspapers, TV, radio, and online. The ads feature services of the UI Heart and Vascular Center, which has been identified as a growth area.

Maintaining a market presence is important, even during an economic downturn. UI Health Care leaders are supporting a moderate level of advertising that will supplement other communications, including enhanced Web presence and media relations efforts.

“The Leading Edge” story (the latest evolution of the Changing Medicine. Changing Lives.® campaign initiated in 1999), was first introduced in spring 2008. For more information on the campaign, go to The Point.

UI Health Care establishes an international office

University of Iowa Health Care has established an international office to facilitate and coordinate partnerships with health care organizations around the world–an important activity with the practice of medicine becoming increasingly global. This is a budget-neutral initiative that will not increase costs.

Gordon Williams, chief of operations for UI Health Care, will serve as executive director of the office, and Sabi Singh, assistant vice president for operational excellence and quality/safety, will serve as co-director. Kathleen Barbee, assistant chief of operations for UI Health Care, will be the administrative manager. Barbee and Williams will draw upon their experience in founding a similar office for Duke University.

Discussions are currently underway with potential partners in the Middle East.

Hospital recognized for organ donation success

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Friday awarded UI Hospitals and Clinics the HHS Medal of Honor for Organ Donation. The medal recognizes hospitals that achieve and sustain a donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible organ and tissue donors. It is the fourth time in as many years the hospital has received the honor.

Heart Walk participation encouraged

There is still time to join or start a team for the 2009 Johnson County Start! Heart Walk. Mark Iannettoni, MD, is the chairperson of this year’s walk and encourages all faculty and staff members to help UI Health Care be the top fund raiser.
The Heart Walk is scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2009, taking place between Coralville’s S.T. Morrison Park and the Coralville downtown area. To join or start a team, go to www.johnsoncountyiaheartwalk.org.


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