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I hope you enjoyed a great Labor Day weekend and had an opportunity to spend some quality time with your family and friends. You may have read that UI Health Care is one of only 10 institutions in the nation to receive an “A” grade on the 2009 American Medical Student Association PharmFree Scorecard, which rates conflict of interest policies at academic medical centers nationwide. This is an important recognition of our commitment to assuring the integrity of our research efforts and recommendations for patient care.

UI Health Care’s conflict of interest policy also builds confidence in our dedication to uphold the highest possible ethical standards and to act in the best interest of patients. Last week was the deadline for all faculty and staff to complete and submit the External Relationships Disclosure Form required by the new policy.

At deadline, 83 percent of required disclosures had been completed–thank you to those who completed it on time! Of those final forms, only 3 percent disclosed an external relationship for which management plans may be required. We are actively working to follow up with individuals who have not yet filled out disclosures to ensure that we can attain 100 percent compliance prior to the database becoming public in October.

Again, thank you all for your participation in helping to bring this critical initiative to life. Our success is one more example of our shared commitment to excellence.

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

Signed, Jean Robillard

Patient Safety Net Help Line

Effective September 8th, UI Hospitals and Clinics staff and physicians will have the option of using the Patient Safety Net (PSN) Help Line to submit PSN Reports. Simply call (46)7-6543 anytime to submit a PSN report. You will be asked for patient information and specific information about the incident. You may also continue to enter PSN reports by clicking on the PSN icon on all clinical desktops.

Patient Safety Net is a Web-based incident reporting system used by all staff to report unsafe conditions, near misses (when an incident almost reached a patient), or incidents resulting in harm to patients or staff.

If you have questions, please call the Patient Safety Office at (46)7-5595.

Survey seeks feedback on internal communications

UI Health Care faculty, staff, fellows, residents, and student employees are encouraged to take a quick, five-question survey regarding internal communication on The Point. Paper copies are also available wherever Noon News is distributed.

Please return paper copies by campus mail to UI Health Care Marketing and Communications, E110 GH, or drop it in a box located in Melrose Dining Room, Fountain Dining Room, EMRB Cafe, MERF Information Desk, Center for Disabilities and Development, or Bowen Science Building main level.

The survey ends on Wednesday, September 16. If you have questions, contact Jane Zukin at jane-zukin@uiowa.edu.

Stokes appointed executive vice chair

John Stokes, MD, has been appointed executive vice chair of Internal Medicine. In this new position, Dr. Stokes will serve as the senior advisor to Chair Mark Anderson, MD, on all aspects of department activities and support and direct department administration in Dr. Anderson’s absence. He will co-chair the department’s Faculty Compensation Committee and will continue his responsibilities as director of the Division of Nephrology.

Dr. Stokes has been a UI Carver College of Medicine faculty member since 1978, guiding the renal division for over 30 years, and from 1994 to 2004 served as associate-chair and then as vice-chair for research.

Captain Program honors pediatric patients

Thirteen current and former patients of University of Iowa Children’s Hospital have been selected as Kid Captains for the 2009 UI Hawkeye football season.

The Kid Captain Program is a partnership between UI Children’s Hospital and the Iowa Hawkeyes to honor UI Children’s Hospital patients and celebrate their inspirational stories. Nearly 350 nominations were submitted from across Iowa and surrounding states and from as far away as Texas and New York.

A multidisciplinary committee comprised of clinical care staff, professional staff, and representation from UI Children’s Hospital patient advisory group selected the Kid Captains.

Children selected as Kid Captains for the home games are:

• Lucas and Nathaniel Anderson of Davenport

• Chloe Dardis of Carroll

• Jacob Endress of Geneseo, Ill.

• Kristin Klemesrud of Osceola

• Jack Koehn of Mt. Vernon

• Clarissa Kraayenbrink of Sioux City

• Kelby Telander of North Liberty

Children selected to be honorary Kid Captains for the away games are:

• Nikolas Ball of Kellogg

• Savannah Erck of Alexandria Bay, N.Y.

• Trae Hamilton of Urbandale

• Cal Kunnert of Hazel Green, Wis

• Kyle Roseman of Bettendorf

Children selected as Kid Captains for home games will receive four game tickets, plus parking accommodations, to attend a 2009 Iowa Hawkeye home football game. The Kid Captain will receive a commemorative jersey, have pre-game field access and photo opportunities, and will be an honored guest for the pre-game coin toss at midfield.

To learn more about the Kid Captains and their stories, visit www.uihealthcare.com/children.

Looking Ahead

Annual Courage Ride planned for September 26

The 2009 “Amish Harvest Tour to Cure Cancer Courage Ride,” honoring the courage of Seth A. Bailey and others affected by sarcoma and other types of cancer, is scheduled for 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, September 26, beginning at the Iowa Mennonite School, located at 1421 540th St. SW near Kalona, Iowa. All proceeds support research at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Honorary chair for the ride is UI physician Mohammed Milhem, MD, who cares for patients affected by sarcoma and studies the disease.

More information is available online at http://www.courageride.org.

 

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