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It has now been two-and-a-half years since the Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and UI Physicians were officially integrated into a single, unified organization. This week we will introduce UI Health Care’s first ever integrated strategic plan. I encourage all of you to participate in this week’s wide range of activities (see schedule below).

The strength of our integration comes from our ability to bring together the amazing talent and good people we have here at UI Health Care to provide outstanding care, solve problems, spark innovation, and achieve breakthroughs in ways never before possible. Our success depends on our ability to have everyone who works, learns, and volunteers here pulling in the same direction. I am continually awed by the loyalty people have for our organization, and I am quite confident that you will embrace this opportunity to help make us stronger and better.

Beyond this week’s planned activities, you will have many chances in the days and weeks ahead to learn more details of the plan. I hope you will take advantage of these opportunities to help gain a better understanding of the direction we are going and what you can do to help. I am certain that the new strategic plan will be a valuable tool as we look to the future.

As always, please send your suggestions to vpma@uiowa.edu.


Signed, Jean Robillard

Events introduce new strategic plan

This 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 at the following events:


TODAY, 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 in the East Room, transmitted to the EMRB Atrium, and available on 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 today, 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.

Flu immunizations begin Friday

Free seasonal influenza immunizations will be offered September 25 through October 9 at the Pappajohn Pavilion Atrium, Elevator I, Level 1, and from September 28 through October 16 in the Employee Health Clinic located in Boyd Tower, Elevator A, Level 1.

All faculty, staff, volunteers, residents, fellows, and student employees may receive their immunization at any time, at either location. Vaccine also will be made available on each nursing unit and clinic area.

Visit The Point for seasonal influenza information, including fact sheets, printable flyers, and online resources. Additional information will also be provided via e-mail, posters, and Noon News.

Construction affects MERF, CBRB, and BSB area

Construction begins today, September 21, on the UI Institute of Biomedical Discovery (IIBD) being built adjacent to the Medical Education Research Facility (MERF) and Carver Biomedical Research Building (CBRB). The project will continue through the spring of 2014.

General contractor Knutson Construction will be installing protective construction site fencing in the Bowen Science Building (BSB), MERF, and CBRB area. Placement of the construction fence will mean there will be no pedestrian access through the area. In addition:

• The east bound bus stop between MERF and BSB will be closed. East bound transit passengers will need to use the bus stop at the northwest corner of MERF across from the Newton Road Parking Ramp.

• Temporary pedestrian crosswalks will be installed for crossing Newton Road toward Riverside Drive and toward the Newton Road Parking Ramp.

• Some entrances and exits in CBRB and MERF will be closed to secure the construction site and wayfinding maps will be posted at locations throughout the buildings.

Questions should be directed to UI Carver College of Medicine Facilities Planning and Management, 335-8061.

Cast your vote

University of Iowa Children’s Hospital is participating in a contest to win a “gameroom makeover” for pediatric patients. The Gameroom Giveaway is an online contest organized by Xbox 360 and Children’s Miracle Network, an international non-profit organization that raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals, including UI Children’s Hospital.

Through October 16 people can vote online (up to 10 times daily) for the hospital of their choice. The three hospitals that receive the most votes overall will each win a $10,000 gameroom makeover. Also, every time an individual votes for a hospital, they are entered to win one of five Xbox 360 Elite consoles.

Vote for UI Children’s Hospital at: http://xbox.childrensmiraclenetwork.org/.


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