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Every day brings milestones in ground-breaking treatment, innovative learning, and world class discoveries at UI Health Care. Results of these outstanding achievements can be seen in the countless stories generated from the extraordinary talents of our people.

Clinically, we witness outstanding patient outcomes that transpire from our commitment to provide world class health care and service. Whether caring for a young Des Moines mother who became the world’s first H1N1 patient to be awake and mobile during treatment with an artificial lung called ECMO; restoring sight to an Iowa native blinded by an ammonia tank explosion 48 years ago; or providing hope through a liver transplant to a young girl with cancer, UI Health Care providers are second to none.

Our medical students consistently score higher than the national mean on the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination—just one sign of our commitment to develop outstanding health professionals and scientists using an innovative, humanistic, educational curricula. Meanwhile, our scientists advance discovery through biomedical and health services research, such as the recent find by ophthalmology and visual sciences researchers of a new, rare, inherited retinal disease.

UI Health Care’s pathway to “great outcomes”—from saving lives, to inspiring students, to pioneering new discoveries—is truly interconnected. Thank you for the role you play in supporting this continuous cycle of changing medicine and changing lives.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Donor reception today

Everyone working, learning, or visiting within UI Health Care is invited to The Giving Tree reception from 2 to 4 p.m. today, December 14, in the Colloton Atrium (Elevator F, Level 1). The reception honors families and donors who have given the gift of life through organ, tissue, and eye donation.

The Giving Tree, located in the Main Entrance Lobby, is sponsored by the Iowa Lions Eye Bank. The reception, featuring ethnic appetizers from around the world, is presented by the UI Hospitals and Clinics Holiday Committee.

Dr. Susan Johnson appointed UI Ombudsperson

Susan Johnson, MD, has been appointed University Ombudsperson, effective January 1, 2010. She succeeds Lois Cox, who will return to the faculty of the UI College of Law. Dr. Johnson is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology, served as associate dean for faculty affairs in the UI Carver College of Medicine from 1994 to 2003, and most recently completed a term as associate provost for faculty.

Dr. Nicole Nisly tapped for interim role

Nicole Nisly, MD, clinical professor of internal medicine, has been appointed interim chief diversity officer and associate vice president for The University of Iowa, effective January 1, 2010. She will report to the UI president and the provost. A national search for a permanent appointment is under way. Dr. Nisly succeeds Marcella David, who is returning to the College of Law as professor and associate dean.

Opportunities to give abound

While opportunities to demonstrate generosity exist year-round, UI Health Care this holiday season brings many additional opportunities, including:

Food Drive—The UI Carver College of Medicine Food Drive to benefit the Iowa City Crisis Center, December 1–30. Please bring nonperishable items or cash to the MERF Auditorium. Suggested items include: canned meats, soups, fruit, peanut butter, jelly, rice, pasta, diapers, and toilet paper.

Give Blood—The holidays are always a time of critical need for blood. In the DeGowin Blood Center, persons who successfully donate blood through January 18 will receive “I Bleed Black & Gold” T-shirts. To make an appointment, please call the DeGowin Blood Center at 356-2058 or you may sign up online for one of our blood drives at www.uihealthcare.com/bloodcenter.

Angel Tree—Gifts for UI Hospitals and Clinics patients can be made through the Angel Tree outside the Volunteer Services office, 8025 JCP, through December 18. The suggested gift value is $20.

Scarf and Mitten Tree—Donate new hats, scarves, mittens, or gloves to the Scarf and Mitten Tree in the Main Lobby. Items will be collected through January 26 and donated to local agencies such as Four Oaks Youth Homes, DVIP, and Girl Scouts.

UI Children’s Hospital Wish List—UI Children’s Hospital has created an online wish list of the items most often requested by patients and families. More information is available at www.uihealthcare.com/depts/uichildrenshospital/wishlist.html.

Departments encouraged to plan events

In addition to planning and hosting several enterprise-wide activities for January 15-22, the UI Health Care Celebration of Human Rights Planning Committee is also inviting every department and unit across UI Health Care to develop its own related program or activity.

Some ideas for celebrating in the departments include:

• Lead a discussion on the issues that affect the role, perception, and treatment of diverse groups within our community

• Show examples of your department’s opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our diverse patients

• Demonstrate how your department’s contributions and divergent perspectives are valued by our organization

• Host a celebration of cultures represented by the members of your department

Contact your department head or the human resources representative in your department for more information.

Looking ahead

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.”

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