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At this time of year when we reflect upon that for which we are thankful, I am reminded of all those who contribute so much of themselves working, learning, and volunteering with UI Health Care.

We can all be thankful that UI Health Care is filled with amazingly talented and dedicated individuals. One such person is Dr. Edgar Folk Jr., professor emeritus in physiology, who has been a faculty member since 1953 and who recently celebrated his 95th birthday (Happy Birthday, Ed!).

Dr. Folk’s service is certainly extraordinary, and I see examples of similar dedication and loyalty repeated in the work and deeds of faculty, staff, students, and volunteers every day.

This past year has been challenging, and I understand that lingering uncertainty about the future is a source of frustration and anxiety for many. But I am exceedingly grateful for the tremendous resilience and support demonstrated by members of the UI Health Care family—whether financially (e.g., through voluntary give-backs of salary or vacation), emotionally (e.g., helping a colleague in transition), or otherwise—in addressing this challenge together. This unwavering devotion is remarkable not because it is so rare in our organization but, indeed, because it is so commonplace. And for that, we can all be thankful.

I wish you and your loved ones all the best for a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday—and thank you for all you do for UI Health Care.

Signed, Jean Robillard

New campaign for UI Heart and Vascular Center

In October, UI Health Care launched a campaign to support the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, an area targeted for growth in the strategic plan. Today, November 23, we will begin a marketing campaign in eastern Iowa to support another strategic priority—the UI Heart and Vascular Center.

UI Heart and Vascular Center has grown substantially in the past year, improving access to service, increasing patient volume, contributing more to the margin, and offering new programs such as heart risk assessments, vascular screenings, and minimally invasive valve surgery. This campaign will help support the center’s continued growth, which is vital to our organization.

The TV commercial and schedule of when it will air are on The Point. More than 50 faculty and staff participated in photo sessions and appear in the advertising. Learn more about UI Heart and Vascular Center by visiting uihealthcare.com/changinglives.

Nominate a HealthCare Hero

Each year, the Corridor Business Journal recognizes health care excellence in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor through its HealthCare Hero awards. Awards are given annually in five categories: Non-Physician, Volunteer, Community Achievement in Health Care, Advancements in Health Care, and Physician. The deadline to nominate a HealthCare Hero is Tuesday, Dec. 8. For more details and to download a nomination form, go to www.corridorbiznews.com.

Dr. Ephgrave honored

Kim Ephgrave, MD, professor, Department of Surgery, has received the Olga Jonasson Distinguished Member Award from the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS). The award is given to an AWS member surgeon who exemplifies the ideals and mission of the association. Dr. Ephgrave is also a past president of the AWS.

Holiday Meals

Again this year, UI Health Care will provide a complimentary meal for all faculty, staff, residents/fellows, and volunteers who are working on Thanksgiving. This small gesture is one way of expressing appreciation to those employees who will spend the holiday serving our patients and visitors. Supervisors and managers will provide tickets to employees to use for the complimentary meals being served: Thurs., Nov. 26 through Fri. morning, Nov. 27

• 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Fountain Dining Room

• 2 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. in the Marketplace (cold plated meals only)

MLK Week and Special Lecture

The UI Health Care Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration of Human Rights Planning Committee is once again coordinating activities scheduled for January 15–22, 2010. These activities will take place in several locations across the UI Health Care campus, and represent our organization’s strategic commitment to inclusion in the spirit of Dr. King’s legacy.

A full schedule of events will be listed on The Point, and in future editions of the VPMA Voice. In the meantime, please save the dates for two key events:

• Human Rights Week Blood Drive, Friday, January 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., John Pappajohn Pavilion Lobby (Elevator I, Level 1).

• Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Lecture, Tuesday, January 19, Noon to 1 p.m., Prem Sahai Auditorium, 1110A MERF. Freeman A. Hrabowski III, President, The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will present Educating Leaders in Health Care for the 21st Century.

In remembrance

Family, friends, and colleagues last week joined in a touching memorial service for Dr. Richard Lynch, former head of the Department of Pathology. Next week, UI Health Care faculty and staff are invited to commemorate the life and legacy of another distinguished colleague. The Celebration of Life for Ignacio V. Ponseti will be held Sunday, December 6, 3 to 5 p.m. in the Coral Ballroom at the Marriott Hotel in Coralville, First Avenue. More information at http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/CCOM/ponseti/index.html.

Looking ahead

The Carousel Volkswagen Jingle Cross Rock Cyclocross races, November 27–November 29, Johnson County Fairgrounds in Iowa City. More than 40 bicycle races for riders of all abilities. Entry fees go to University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. More information at http://www.jinglecrossrock.com/.


Jingle and Mingle Holiday Open Houses, December 9, 2009, 2 to 4 p.m. in the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF) atrium AND UI Hospitals and Clinics Atrium Dining and Conference Center (Elevator D/E, Level 7). Entertainment and refreshments.

No VPMA Voice on Monday, November 30

VPMA Voice will be taking a Thanksgiving break and will not be published Monday, November 30. The next issue will be published on Monday, December 7.


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