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UI Health Care’s ICARE values are the guiding principles that provide the foundation for our success. Innovation, Collaboration, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence are the values that guide us as we carry out our tripartite mission of excellence in patient care, education, and research

In the coming weeks, I will highlight in this column some of the ways these values are brought to life at our academic medical center. Innovation speaks to the creative ways we solve problems, and our ability to create new ideas and outcomes from extensive study and experimentation. There are many examples of innovation throughout our enterprise due to the extraordinary talents and dedication of our faculty, staff, and students.

One such example highlights innovative work in our research enterprise. Given that mice and humans share a similar anatomy, physiology, and genome, mice are frequently used in the study of human disease. Recently, UI Health Care received a Carver Trust grant to fund a mouse sperm cryopreservation program that will protect existing investments in 225 genetically engineered mouse strains for decades to come. Preserving our ability to create important research in the future is not only innovative thinking, but vital to our success.

Each of us plays a part in the process of innovation, and it’s truly exciting to think of the amazing ideas yet to come. By acting boldly we will undoubtedly change medicine and change lives within Iowa, around the nation, and throughout the world.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Prayer service for Haiti

Those seeking a sense of peace and comfort in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake are invited to an interfaith prayer service for Haiti on January 27 in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8) from 12-12:30 p.m., sponsored by the Department of Spiritual Services.

Staff, faculty, students, and volunteers are also reminded of the following resources:

• A UI sponsored Web site listing international aid and relief organizations accepting donations: http://www.uiowa.edu/homepage/haitian-aid/. The Web site also contains information for those considering medical volunteer work.

• Counseling and emotional support is available for staff and faculty through Faculty and Staff Services at 335-2085.

• Counseling and emotional support for students is available through University Counseling Service at 335-7294.

• An e-mail address for faculty, staff, and students with questions or concerns: diversity@uiowa.edu.

Board of Regents Update forum

UI Health Care leaders will host two forums this 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:

• UI Hospitals and Clinics operational and financial report

• Iowa River Landing (offsite clinic development)

• Human resources update

• HIPAA update

One more drop-in H1N1 vaccine session

ALL UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Carver College of Medicine staff are encouraged to be vaccinated at the final drop-in H1N1 vaccination session at the University Employee Health Clinic (UEHC) February 3, 2010, from 7:30 a.m. to noon. The 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 this session, they should call UEHC (6-3631) to make an appointment for an alternate time.

Junior Mini Medical School honored

The UI Carver College of Medicine’s Junior Mini Medical School has received a 2010 Award for Excellence (the highest honor) from the Association of American Medical College’s Group on Institutional Advancement. The award category was Shoestring Public Affairs/Community Relations, which acknowledges the most creative and effective approaches used to promote academic medicine at a time of budget and staffing limitations.

More information about Junior Mini Medical School is available at: http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/minimedicalschool/jmms.html

Next Junior Mini Medical School features juvenile diabetes

Juvenile diabetes is the topic of a dual educational program for adults and children from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, February 6, in the Medical Education and Research Facility. The event, being hosted in partnership with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, is free but reservations must be made by January 29. Space is limited, and early registration is encouraged.

A Junior Mini Medical School program for children (kindergarten through 12th grade) will involve fun, hands-on learning about science and medicine. The interactive program for adults will focus on the latest discoveries in research and treatment for juvenile diabetes.

To register or for more information call toll-free 877-MED-IOWA (877-633-4692), e-mail: mini-med@uiowa.edu.

Help Win $50,000 for UI Children’s Hospital

Foresters™ and Children’s Miracle Network are partnering to find “North America’s Most Caring Radio Station.” 98.1KHAK Radio has hosted an annual Radiothon live from UI Children’s Hospital since 1997, raising a total of over $1.6 million dollars. If 98.1 KHAK (Cedar Rapids) receives the most votes in this nationwide contest, $50,000 will be donated to their next UI Children’s Hospital Radiothon.

Vote up to 10 times per day between January 18 and February 5. For full details, and to vote, visit http://radiocares.childresmiraclenetwork.org. Please don’t forget to Twitter and Face Book the link when you talk with your friends!

Please remember, all voting should take place outside of normal work hours.

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