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As you know, UI Health Care is facing major financial challenges, and senior leaders have been evaluating every option for expense reduction while preserving our missions. Early in June we shared with you that to achieve a balanced budget with a 1 percent operating margin for next year UI Hospitals and Clinics would need to bridge a $45 million gap between revenue and expenses. And we noted that we had not been able to close that gap despite pledges to the voluntary programs and considerable operating expense reductions.

We also reported that additional steps would be necessary to close the gap, including a reduction in the work force; and a further 2 percent reduction in operating expenses. Last week at the Board of Regents meeting, we announced that an estimated 200 filled positions will be eliminated through normal attrition, normal retirements, and layoffs, and about 100 vacant positions will remain unfilled.

In the next two weeks we will provide more details about position eliminations and plans for a further 2 percent reduction in operating expenses. Also, as part of our ongoing re-organization and work re-design efforts, we have begun to re-assign qualified staff.

The decision to eliminate positions was a painful one as we searched for ways to minimize the impact on our employees’ lives. I ask for your understanding, patience, and support as we work toward making the changes needed to meet our budget for FY2010 so that we may continue to serve our patients and the state.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Alumni honored during Alumni Reunion Weekend

This past weekend, more than 125 medicine alumni with the UI Carver College of Medicine classes of 1969, 1964, 1959, 1954, and 1949 returned to campus for Alumni Reunion Weekend 2009. Four medicine alumni received UI Carver College of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Awards and three other medicine alumni were among those receiving UI Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Established in 1998, the UI Carver College of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor the College bestows upon its graduates. Each year outstanding individuals are honored as Distinguished Alumni for their professional achievements and service and their influence in the world of science and medicine. Awards are given in the following categories: Achievement, Service, Friendship, and Early Distinguished Career Achievement Award.

Those receiving the College awards were:

Achievement

Gail McGuinness, MD (75R, 77F-Pediatrics)

Dr. McGuinness is a nationally respected educator who has made significant contributions to medical education. Now involved in the continuing education of pediatricians and in setting the standards for their evaluation, she is the executive vice president of the American Board of Pediatrics.

 

Fayez Ghishan, MD (79F-Pediatrics)

Dr. Ghishan was recognized for his life-long scientific and educational contributions to the field of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition. He is professor and head of Pediatrics and chair of the Steele Children’s Research Center at the University of Arizona.

Service

Sandra Horning, MD (71BA, 75MD)

A native of Creston, Iowa, Dr. Horning has helped establish the standards of care for patients with virtually all classifications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and is the past president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She is currently Professor of Medicine at Stanford University.

 

Dennis Boatman, MD (62BA, 64MS, 66MD, 70R-Urology)

Originally from Bloomfield, Iowa, Dr. Boatman’s leadership of the largest capital campaign in UI Carver College of Medicine history helped construct the new Medical Education Research Facility and create endowments to support medical education, medical research, and medical student scholarships. He is retired.

UI Carver College of Medicine alums honored by the UI Alumni Association were:

Robert Sparks, MD (55BA, 57MD)

Dr. Sparks was honored for an exceptional career of service and leadership in medical education, public health, and philanthropy. He is the former dean of Tulane University’s School of Medicine and vice president of the University of Nebraska Health System.

Herman Hein, MD (63MD, 66R)

Dr. Hein founded the Iowa Statewide Perinatal Care Program, one of the most far-reaching and high-impact statewide programs that has ever emanated from The University of Iowa. He received many honors in his career, most publicly in 1988 when Newsweek magazine named him an “Unsung Hero” for his work in perinatal care.

Lawrence Dorr, MD (65MS, 67MD)

Dr. Dorr is a leading physician, academician, and researcher in the field of orthopaedic surgery. A recipient of numerous honors, the only person to have been president of all three U.S. joint replacement societies, and the designer of widely-used artificial joints and orthopaedic implants, Dr. Dorr has created a legacy of care throughout the world.

Zavazava and Raikwar honored

Nicholas Zavazava, MD, and post-doctoral researcher Sudhanshu Raikwar had the top-ranked abstract at the recent American Transplant Congress (ATC). The ATC is the joint congress of the American Transplant Society and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, and is the world’s pre-eminent annual transplant meeting. At this year’s ATC there were over 5,000 registrants, 2,600 abstract submissions from around the globe, and a 25 percent oral presentation acceptance rate.

 

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