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As I reflect over the past year, I have never been more proud of the people and the programs at UI Health Care. More than ever, we have come together as one organization to advance our three-part mission of patient care, biomedical research and education.

Despite a challenging year financially, our individual and collective accomplishments were many and diverse. Among other things, we rolled out the first ever UI Health Care integrated strategic plan, launched the Epic system, completed a successful accreditation visit for the Carver College of Medicine and obtained an amazing $212.5 million in research funding. The list of achievements is far beyond the scope of this short column (stay tuned for our upcoming annual report!).

Nurses, support staff, and physicians have worked together to improve patient safety and achieve excellent results from our length of stay reduction efforts. We have made tremendous progress in 2009, and it is your hard work and dedication that keeps us moving toward a brighter future for UI Health Care.

Our commitment to excellence also continues to attract the support of countless generous donors and dedicated volunteers, as philanthropic giving to UI Health Care has reached an all-time high.

Looking ahead to the coming year, I hope we all continue to embrace the values that keep us strong and focused: Innovation, Collaboration, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence. Thank you for your role in our continued success. I wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season and look forward to working with you in the new year.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Forum follow-up

Last week UI Health Care leaders provided human resources and financial updates at a forum. A recording of the video and the PowerPoint presentation used at the forum can now be viewed on The Point. Below is a brief summary of key points from the forum.

Early and phased retirement requests:

• About half of the 405 requests from UI Health Care faculty and staff to participate in the early and phased retirement programs were approved

Financial update:

• Despite revenue being essentially flat, UI Hospitals and Clinics was able to make $12 million in the first five months of Fiscal Year 2010, ending November 30, 2009.

Leaders said this would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of everyone. They urged staff to complete cost reduction plans in place, closely manage expenses, and re-invest and allocate resources to clinical areas to spur growth. They closed by thanking everyone for their individual and collective contributions to this successful turnaround.

H1N1 vaccines still available for all employees

Free H1N1 vaccines are available for ALL UI Health Care employees. Employees will be required to show UI Carver College of Medicine or UI Hospitals and Clinics ID cards or badges to receive the vaccine.

The vaccines are available, while the supply lasts, in the University Employee Health Clinic (1097-1 Boyd Tower) on the following schedule:

• Monday, Dec. 21—7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• Tuesday, Dec. 22—7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, Dec. 23—7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Note: earlier ending time this date)

NEA recognizes Project Art

Project Art—the UI Hospitals and Clinics program that brings art to hallways, gallery spaces, performance spaces, and patient rooms—has received national recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in a publication Arts in Healthcare: Best Practices. Project Art was cited for programs and a healthcare environment that is welcoming and uplifting for caregivers, patients, their families, and visitors. It was one of 23 programs recognized by the NEA.

F.C. Blodi Eye Pathology Laboratory accredited

The F.C. Blodi Eye Pathology Laboratory in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences has received accreditation by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent onsite inspection. CAP officials congratulated Laboratory Director Nasreen A. Syed, MD, for the “excellence of the services being provided.”

UI Health Care Celebration of Human Rights 2010

The UI Health Care Celebration of Human Rights Planning Committee has set the following activities for January 15–22:

• 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.”

• Human Rights Week Blood Drive, Friday, January 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pappajohn Pavilion Lobby. To pre-register, go to http://uiowa.givesblood.org.

• Unnatural Causes, In Sickness and In Wealth (Video), Wednesday, January 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Information Commons East, Hardin Library.

• UI PanAmerican Steel Band Performance, Friday, January 22, noon to 1:30 p.m., Colloton Pavilion Atrium.

No VPMA Voice on Monday, December 28 and January 4

VPMA Voice will be taking a holiday break and will not be published Monday,
December 28 and Monday, January 4.

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