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For the 20th year in a row, UI Hospitals and Clinics has been nationally recognized as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S.News & World Report. (See story below.) This well-deserved recognition is confirmation of the high quality care that all of you provide to our patients and families here every day.

Further testament of your skill, compassion, and dedication is revealed in letters we receive from patients and their family members. Below is an excerpt from a grateful patient letter we received—just one of many I could have chosen—which I share as a reminder of the impact you have on those we serve.

“I completed 41 treatments for prostate cancer and every day I was met with a personal greeting, a smile, and a positive attitude by everyone with whom I interacted. There were no exceptions—every day—and each treatment and doctor’s appointment was on time, too! Every question I asked was answered professionally and immediately and… the therapists, doctors, and staff presented the same face and approach to every patient. My personal experience could have been much different without the caring professionals on this unit who clearly understand their very important roles in positive patient care.” –Radiation Therapy patient

Whatever your role at UI Health Care, I cannot thank you enough for all that you do. Together, we are making a difference.

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


Signed, Jean Robillard

Among the best in the nation

For the 20th time in 20 years, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has been recognized as one of America’s best hospitals by U.S.News & World Report in the magazine’s August issue, “America’s Best Hospitals 2009-10.” In the annual survey, the magazine ranks 50 hospitals in each of 16 specialty areas. Only 174 of the 4,861 hospitals evaluated scored high enough to be ranked in the 16 specialties.

Overall, UI Hospitals and Clinics is ranked in seven specialties, with three listed among the top 10 in the nation.

• Otolaryngology, 3rd

• Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, 6th

• Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, 8th

• Neurology and Neurosurgery, 22nd

• Cancer, 27th

• Kidney Disease, 34th

• Gynecology, 36th

This recent recognition by U.S.News & World Report adds to that already received by UI Health Care from the magazine this year, including national ranking of four UI Carver College of Medicine graduate programs in “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2010” and UI Children’s Hospital’s recent ranking as 25th in the nation for the specialty area of kidney disorders in the 2009 edition of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.”

The 2009-2010 hospital rankings are accessible online, and the magazine will be available on newsstands starting Tuesday, July 21.

Welcome pharmacy residents

On July 1, UI Hospitals and Clinics Pharmaceutical Care welcomed seven pharmacy graduates for their training in a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency. These seven resident pharmacists join two PGY2 residents already completing their training at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Of the nine pharmacy residents training at UI Hospitals and Clinics:

• Four are graduates of Drake University College of Pharmacy

• Five are graduates of University of Iowa College of Pharmacy

HealthCareID and HAWK ID changes

On August 4, UI Health Care Information Systems (HCIS) and University of Iowa Information Technology Systems (ITS) will fully implement HawkID 2.0—a restructuring of the current ID system to provide greater security and efficiency and to help reduce costs as new applications are brought online.

UI Health Care faculty, staff, and students will have two IDs—a HealthCareID for health care workstation logins and applications such as Epic and Outlook and a HawkID for University applications such as ICON, ISIS, and Employee Self Service.

Your current HawkID and password will become your HealthCareID and password and, because the usernames for both will be the same, you’ll only need to set a new HawkID password for access to University applications.

Learn more about HawkID 2.0 and set your new Hawk ID password any time you wish at http://hawkid.uiowa.edu/project. On pages where you must login, you’ll be prompted which password to use. A reminder pocket card is being created to help you easily know which ID and password to use. Pick one up in any hospital dining room soon.

Conflict of Interest reminder

All faculty and staff affiliated with UI Health Care are reminded to complete an External Relationships Disclosure form by September 1. Completing the form is a requirement of the new UI Health Care Conflict of Interest Policy, in effect since July 1. The form is available on the Conflict of Interest Web site—access available from The Point.

Contact the Conflict of Interest Office at 384-5252 or via e-mail if you have questions about the policy.

Looking ahead

Women’s Health Fair

Everyone is invited to the UI Women’s Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, in the Eckstein Medical Research Building (EMRB) Atrium and for the same hours on Tuesday, July 28, in the Pappajohn Pavilion Lobby. Come learn more about UI Women’s Health services. There will be giveaways, free massages, door prizes, and refreshments.


“Thanksgiving in July” Food Drive, July 20-24

Help the Johnson County Crisis Center Food Bank during the “Thanksgiving in July” community wide food drive by bringing non-perishable canned or packaged food items to work this week. Drop-off bins will be located in college and hospital buildings.

Tax-deductible financial contributions may be dropped off in Volunteer Services, 8025 JCP, or sent to: External Relations, 4150 WL.

Make checks payable to: Johnson County Crisis Center Food Bank. Each dollar collected will count as two pounds of food.

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