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Later this week as part of UI Health Care’s routine report to the Board of Regents, Dean Paul Rothman will review some of the Carver College of Medicine’s important educational initiatives which are key not only to our continued success as Iowa’s only academic medical center, but also to the economic vitality of the state.

Among the areas highlighted will be the Fostering Undergraduate Talent—Uniting Research and Education in Biomedicine (FUTURE) program, bringing to our campus educators and students from private colleges around the state for a research experience. These faculty members and students return to their colleges able to speak knowledgeably about the advantages of students continuing post-graduate education in science and medicine at The University of Iowa.

In addition to our MD program, we provide outstanding educational opportunities for health care learners at every stage. This includes continuing medical education for a large number of the state’s health care providers, mini-medical school for the general public, and reports that aid in decision-making about statewide health care issues, including workforce initiatives. Such educational projects are essential—because, despite annual physician workforce gains, an aging population and physician practice preferences are increasing Iowa’s need for physicians.

In ways large and small, each of us contributes to the vital role UI Health Care plays in meeting the needs of Iowa’s current and future health care and scientific workforce.


Signed, Jean Robillard

Introducing … an integrated strategic plan

Next week, everyone working, learning, and volunteering with UI Health Care is invited to learn more about UI Health Care’s new Integrated Strategic Plan for FY 2010–2012.

Unlike past strategic plans created separately for the hospital and the college, this first-ever integrated plan sets out shared goals for all three entities of UI Health Care—UI Hospitals and Clinics, UI Carver College of Medicine, and UI Physicians. In addition to defining goals for six key areas—clinical quality and service, research, education, people, diversity, and growth and finance—the plan introduces new vision, mission, and values statements for our integrated enterprise.

Introduction of the plan to all faculty, staff, and students will begin next week with three special events and continue through the end of October with staff meeting presentations.


Monday, September 21–Kickoff Event

  • Three education stations: Take “The Strategic Challenge” for a chance to win a T-shirt
  • 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., East Room and EMRB Atrium
  • Noon: Kick-off remarks by Vice President Robillard, CEO Ken Kates, and Dean Paul Rothman
  • Remarks will be Web cast

Tuesday, September 22

  • Three education stations: Take “The Strategic Challenge” for a chance to win a T-shirt
  • 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., East Room and EMRB Atrium

Wednesday, September 23–Celebration Event

  • 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Colloton Pavilion patio
  • Six education stations: Take “The Strategic Challenge” for a chance to win a T-shirt
  • Cookies, punch, T-shirt drawings, and memento for all
  • Noon: Final remarks by Vice President Robillard, CEO Ken Kates, and Dean Paul Rothman
  • Web cast of remarks at noon and event activity at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4 p.m.

Staff and faculty members working evening and night shifts and offsite will be included in the educational celebration during the week with special deliveries to their work locations and a chance to take “The Strategic Challenge” on The Point.

Also, beginning Monday, September 21, The Point will feature a new strategic plan site with complete information on the plan, including frequently asked questions and a video of leaders, faculty, and staff discussing what the plan means to them.

Everyone is encouraged to attend one of the events, check out The Point, and attend departmental staff meetings to learn more about UI Health Care’s new integrated strategic plan and vision for the future: World Class People. World Class Medicine.® For Iowa and the World.

Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Center honored

UI Children’s Hospital’s Cystic Fibrosis Center, directed by Miles Weinberger, MD, has received a 2009 Quality Care Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF).

The award recognizes outstanding quality improvement processes and accomplishments. Recipients of the award are chosen by the CFF Center Committee from centers visited during the most recent fall and spring site visit cycles. The award will be presented in October at the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference.

Abboud appointed to national panel

François M. Abboud, MD, Edith King Pearson Chair in Cardiovascular Research and Director, UI Cardiovascular Research Center, has accepted an appointment from the Obama administration and the U.S. Congress to be a member of the Animal and Human Biology Panel of the Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space.

The Space Studies Board and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board have organized this decadal survey to establish priorities and provide recommendations for life and physical sciences research in microgravity and partial gravity for the 2010-2020 decade and beyond. This congressionally mandated study is likely to play a critical role both in enabling the development of key exploration capabilities and in the revitalization of NASA research in biological and physical sciences.

Internal communications survey

More than 1,800 UI Health Care employees have already provided suggestions on how to improve internal communications. Add your voice to the group by taking a moment to fill out a quick, five-question survey on The Point. Please wait five seconds after submitting the survey for a final question.

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 in a box located in Melrose Dining Room, Fountain Dining Room, EMRB Cafe, the MERF Information Desk, Center for Disabilities and Development, or Bowen Science Building main level.

Deadline: Wednesday, Sept. 16. Your input is invaluable. Thank you.

Questions? Contact: Jane Zukin at jane-zukin@uiowa.edu.


In last week’s electronic edition of VPMA Voice some of the names were omitted from the following story. The story is being printed in its entirety below to correct the omission.

Kid 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.


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