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UI Health Care’s cancer program is one of Iowa’s greatest assets. As the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the state, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is a regional powerhouse in pioneering new discoveries and delivering outstanding patient care. From researchers to front-line care providers, more than 1,100 people are working together every day to battle cancer—it’s truly amazing!

But, we can be even better, and we are poised to move our cancer program to the next level. Even as we continue our diligent efforts to reduce expenses, we are also seizing opportunities for growing our best programs into truly world-class programs that will define our future. Developing our cancer program is one of our top priorities and an essential part of the equation for generating new revenues and national recognition.

The best hope for cancer patients is a multidisciplinary approach that allows experts from various disciplines to address each patient’s individual need and unique circumstance. As an academic medical center, we can truly make a difference thanks to our breadth and depth of expertise in dealing with this very complicated illness. (See more about Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center below.)

UI Health Care is committed to leading and winning the fight against cancer. Everyone involved in these efforts should be proud of all that they are doing to—one day—put an end to cancer.

As always, please continue to e-mail me at vpma@uiowa.edu with your comments and questions.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Budget forum Tuesday

Everyone working, volunteering, or learning with UI Health Care is invited to an open forum, Tuesday, June 2, at noon in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8). UI Health Care leaders will provide an update on the fiscal year 2010 budget.

The forum will also be webcast live at noon from a link on The Point. Video of the forum will be made available on The Point afterward.

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center hosts survivors event

Cancer survivors and their families are invited to attend the Cancer Survivors Day celebration hosted by caregivers from the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center on Saturday, June 13, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Kinnick Stadium.

Entitled “A Celebration of Life: The Spirit of Teamwork,” highlights of the free event include appearances by UI football coach Kirk Ferentz, UI volleyball coach Sharon Dingman, UI women’s gymnastics coach Larissa Libby, and Herky. Guests will have their photographs taken for display on the stadium’s Jumbotron screen during the event and will receive a souvenir copy of their photographs.

Recognized by the National Cancer Institute in 2000, and again in 2005, for its excellence in patient care, research, and education, the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2008 recorded:

  • 125,462 — Total visits to UI Hospitals and Clinics with a primary diagnosis of cancer
  • 32,022 — Unique patients treated with a primary diagnosis of cancer
  • 39,861 — Total visits in the John and Mary Pappajohn Clinical Cancer Center
  • 4,484 — Admissions for patients with a primary diagnosis of cancer

Multidisciplinary care and research is reflected in:

  • Between 150 to 200 clinical trials being conducted at any given time.
  • Fourteen tumor boards with multidisciplinary teams developing optimal treatment plans.
  • Testing for advance treatments such as immunotherapy (cancer vaccines that could activate the body’s own immune system to fight cancer).
  • Testing imaging techniques that can determine if a cancer tumor is shrinking before the treatment is complete. This will allow clinicians to change treatment plans if necessary.

Hospitals verified as Level I trauma center

UI Hospitals and Clinics Trauma Center’s status as a Level I trauma center for adults was recently renewed by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

The ACS also verified UI Children’s Hospital as the first and only facility in the state to earn designation as a Level I trauma center for pediatrics. Only about two dozen institutions across the nation have earned verification as a Level I trauma center for pediatrics.

Level I designation—the highest level of trauma center designation offered by the ACS—means UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Children’s Hospital have demonstrated that they have trained and capable personnel available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to diagnose and treat the most critically injured patients.

Timothy Kresowik elected to IMS post

Timothy Kresowik, MD, Professor of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery, has been elected president-elect of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Dr. Kresowik, who joined the UI Carver College of Medicine faculty in 1988, had been a member of the board of directors for the Iowa Medical Society for six years before being elected to his new post. He will assume the presidency of the organization at next year’s annual meeting in April.

With more than 46,000 physician members, the IMS is the statewide professional association for medical doctors and doctors of osteopathy in Iowa. The IMS seeks to advance medical science and promote fair medical laws and regulations in Iowa, while also working to protect the health of Iowans through a variety of projects and activities at the state and national levels.

Speaking of Excellence

Due to an unavoidable conflict, the Speaking of Excellence lecture “Johns Hopkins Medicine: Its Creation and Evolution,” by Edward D. Miller, MD, of Johns Hopkins Medicine, scheduled for noon, Tuesday, June 2, has been postponed. A possible new date and time will be announced if it is able to be rescheduled.

Speaking of Excellence is a lecture series sponsored by University of Iowa Health Care that invites outstanding leaders and innovators in health care, business, and policy to address current issues in modern health care.


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