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This week we remember and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the 2010 Celebration of Human Rights week. Monday’s holiday and this week’s events allow us all time to think about and discuss the human values that the King holiday epitomizes.

Just as Dr. King had a dream of an inclusive society, at UI Health Care we are committed to creating an environment of inclusion, where individual differences are respected and all feel welcome. This is critical in our quest to recruit and retain a diverse staff. I encourage you to visit our Strategic Plan for 2010-12 on The Point to learn more about our diversity goal.

Our ICARE Value of Respect calls on us to honor diversity and recognize the worth and dignity of every person. This, paired with our Excellence Value, is the hallmark of our patient-centered care. Our goal is to treat each patient with dignity and respect, listening to them, and integrating their knowledge, values, and cultural backgrounds as we plan their care.

By keeping these key human values at the forefront of our work at UI Health Care, whether in patient care, research, or teaching, we are advancing Dr. King’s dream.

Please share your comments and suggestions with me via e-mail.

Signed, Jean Robillard

UI Health Care Human Rights Week events continue

UI Health Care’s Celebration of Human Rights 2010 continues this week with the following events:

  • TODAY–Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Lecture, 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.”
  • WEDNESDAY–PBS documentary series, “Unnatural Causes, in Sickness and in Wealth,” examining the roots of socioeconomic and racial inequities in health, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hardin Library.
  • FRIDAY–UI PanAmerican Steel Band performance, noon to 1 p.m., Colloton Pavilion Atrium (Elevator F, Level 1).

A complete listing of all Human Rights Week events on the UI Campus is available online.

Two more drop-in H1N1 vaccine sessions set

With the H1N1 vaccine supply now more plentiful, ALL UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Carver College of Medicine staff are encouraged to be vaccinated at University Employee Health Clinic (UEHC) or through other county sources. Two drop-in H1N1 vaccination clinics are scheduled in UEHC:

  • January 21, 2010, from 7:30 a.m. to noon
  • February 3, 2010, from 7:30 a.m. to noon UEHC is located on Level 1 of Boyd Tower (Room 1097-1).

Staff will need their UI Hospitals and Clinics ID or UI College of Medicine ID to receive the vaccine.

No additional vaccination clinics are planned at this time. If staff are unable to be vaccinated during these two sessions, they should call UEHC (6-3631) to make an appointment for an alternate time.

Regents Update forum

UI Health Care leaders will host two forums on Thursday, January 28, to update employees on items that will be on the agenda when they meet with the Board of Regents on February 3 in Ames, Iowa.

Everyone working, learning, or volunteering with UI Health Care is invited to the forums at:

  • Noon in the Atrium Conference Center (Elevators D/E, Level 7), UI Hospitals and Clinics
  • 5 p.m. in the Prem Sahai Auditorium (Level 1), Medical Education and Research Facility

Items to be presented include:

  • Vision for UI Women’s Health
  • UI Hospitals and Clinics operational and financial report
  • Iowa River Landing (off-site clinic development)
  • Human resources update
  • HIPAA update

Haiti disaster relief resources

UI Health Care staff members are responding in many ways to the needs of the people of Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake near Port-au-Prince last week. Some have volunteered to travel to Haiti to provide medical and humanitarian assistance. Others are assisting disaster relief efforts by making an online contribution to one of the international aid and relief organizations listed online. Counseling and emotional support is available for staff and faculty through Faculty and Staff Services at 335-2085. Students who have been affected by this disaster should be referred to University Counseling Service at 335-7294.

Faculty, staff, and students with questions or concerns related to the Haiti disaster can send e-mail to diversity@uiowa.edu.

Webcam features construction site

UI Health Care staff can check out the progress of the John and Mary Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building on the Web.

The building, located adjacent to the Medical Education and Research Facility and the Carver Biomedical Research Building, is scheduled for completion in 2014. The 200,000 sq. ft. facility will provide state-of-the-art research space where scientists can work together to integrate knowledge from biology, medicine, engineering, genetics, and bioinformatics. Initial research will be carried out in the areas of neuroscience, cancer, aging, regenerative medicine, and cardiovascular disease.

The building is being funded by commitments from federal, state, and university sources, as well as private funds, including the $26.4 million gift commitment from John and Mary Pappajohn made in October 2009.

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