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This week, UI Health Care will embark on a major strategic planning and redesign process for our enterprise-wide Web presence, including UI Hospitals and Clinics, UI Carver College of Medicine, UI Physicians, UI Children’s Hospital, and our intranet, The Point.

As part of this effort, UI Health Care will adopt a content management system (CMS) to create and maintain more robust, user-friendly Web sites that incorporate many features such as social media, video, interactive features, and other “leading edge” benefits.

The planning process will last about three months, and near the end of that time, we will begin implementing the CMS. By July 1, 2010, we expect to have completed the redesign of most of our external UI Health Care Web pages. The redesign will result in UI Health Care Web pages that not only look better but also incorporate best practices, are easier to navigate, and provide relevant information to specific users.

Employees throughout the enterprise have already assisted the Marketing and Communications Web Team with planning for this endeavor. The Web Team and UI Health Care leaders look forward to continued widespread participation as we move forward to align our Web presence with our strategic goals and priorities.

I am pleased to share this information with you and truly excited about this project. Updates on the planning and redesign process will be shared with you on an ongoing basis.

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


Signed, Jean Robillard

UI Health Care leaders will report to Regents

On Wednesday, August 5, UI Health Care leaders will meet with the Board of Regents in Cedar Falls. In addition to a report on the operations and financial performance of UI Hospitals and Clinics, the agenda includes:

• Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences report by Keith Carter, MD

• Conflict of interest update

• Expense moderation update

FUTURE in Biomedicine Symposium July 31

This summer, seven faculty from undergraduate colleges across the state are the inaugural faculty fellows of the FUTURE (Fostering Undergraduate Talent—Uniting Research and Education) in the Biomedicine Program. The initiative is building a network of scientists and science educators to benefit undergraduate science education and strengthen biomedical research in Iowa.

FUTURE faculty fellows will present their research in a symposium, and the undergraduate students will present posters of their work, Friday, July 31, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the Kelch Conference Room, 1289 Carver Biomedical Research Building.

The faculty fellows partnered with researchers in the UI Carver College of Medicine on a variety of research projects. In addition, the participants are developing new educational materials and opportunities for Iowa’s college classrooms and laboratories. Five of the faculty fellows also were accompanied by an undergraduate student from their institution.

For more information on the program, visit their website.

Kid Captain

During the 2009 University of Iowa football season, University of Iowa Children’s Hospital is partnering with the Iowa Hawkeyes on a new program to honor current or former pediatric patients and to celebrate their inspirational stories. The “Kid Captain” program will provide an opportunity for children treated at UI Children’s Hospital to take the field with the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium.

“Every day we hear from parents and families about their remarkable, life-changing experiences at UI Children’s Hospital and the caring relationships with doctors, nurses, and others that helped sustain children and families through difficult times,” said Michael Artman, MD, physician-in-chief at UI Children’s Hospital and professor and head of pediatrics, UI Carver College of Medicine. “We are proud to partner with UI Athletics in developing such a wonderful opportunity to honor our patients and share their incredible stories.”

Those selected as a Kid Captain will:

• receive four game tickets, plus parking, to a 2009 Iowa Hawkeye home football game

• receive pre-game field access and photo opportunities

• receive a commemorative jersey

• be an honored guest for the pre-game coin toss at mid-field

Only parents or guardians may nominate a child for “Kid Captain.” However, all faculty and staff are invited to share information about this opportunity with parents or guardians. For details, rules, and to nominate a child for consideration, visit the Kid Captain website.

Children selected as a “Kid Captain” must be available to attend (in person) one of the home Iowa football games. Entries for the “Kid Captain” program must be received by Aug. 16.

Forum July 30

UI Health Care leaders will host a Regents Update forum Thursday, July 30, at noon in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8). Everyone working, learning, and volunteering with UI Health Care is invited to hear a preview of the information that will be presented at the Board of Regents meeting on August 5.

The forum will be Web cast live from a link on The Point. Once the forum is under way, Web cast viewers can submit questions from that site. Video of the forum will be made available on The Point.

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