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On Wednesday, UI Health Care leadership will share with the Board of Regents a proposal to establish a new ambulatory care facility at Coralville’s Iowa River Landing development. This expansion aims to increase our capacity to care for Iowans and others throughout the region and gives us the opportunity to develop a new model for providing an ideal patient experience.

Our capacity for outpatient growth is constrained at our current location, and parking, traffic flow, and building navigation pose major problems for visitors to our health care campus. After evaluating a number of options for addressing these challenges, Iowa River Landing proved to be the best location for this important new initiative.

If we receive approval from the Board this week, we plan to proceed with project development and will return to the Board for final approval of the project next month. The target date for moving clinical operations into the new facility is summer of 2012.
Iowa River Landing represents an exciting opportunity for us to invest in UI Health Care’s future. Enhancing the patient experience and growing our programs are critical to our success, and this project is yet another example of our continued commitment to provide world class health care for our patients.

Please share your comments and suggestions with me via e-mail at vpma@uiowa.edu.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Leaders meet with Regents Wednesday

UI Health Care leaders meet with the Board of Regents on Wednesday in Ames to review the UI Hospitals and Clinics operational and financial report and to seek approval to proceed with project development of the Iowa River Landing Ambulatory Care Facility.

Chief of Operations for UI Health Care Gordon Williams reviewed plans for the facility with UI Health Care staff and faculty at last week’s forum, including the following details:

• Location on East 9th Street in Coralville

• About 250 faculty and staff

• Volume expectation 300,000 clinic visits

• Estimated cost of $53 million for a 5-story, 150,000 sq. ft. facility

• Approximately $20 million for equipment and furnishings

• Adjacent parking deck

• Initial list of clinical services to be offered

Learn more about the project on The Point by watching a video recording of last week’s forum, or by reviewing the forum presentation.

One more drop-in H1N1 vaccine session

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.

Dr. LeBlond named Chief Quality Officer

Dr. Richard LeBlond has been appointed Chief Quality Officer (CQO) for University of Iowa Health Care. A clinical professor of internal medicine, Dr. LeBlond has been with UI Health Care since 1996.

As the CQO, Dr. LeBlond provides overall leadership for the conception, development, implementation, and measurement of quality and safety initiatives. As an integral member of the senior management team he develops and fosters partnerships with clinical department medical directors, faculty, nursing, and others to promote a culture of quality and safety and continuous quality improvement. In addition, he will be developing programs that emphasize the participation of patients and families in their medical care. He devotes 75 percent of his time to this new position while continuing 25 percent as a clinician in the Department of Internal Medicine.

Urology Department transition

Today, Dr. Richard Williams steps down as head of the Department of Urology to serve as special assistant to Dean Rothman, working with Executive Dean Peter Densen to review the medical school curriculum. In a recent e-mail to faculty and staff, UI Health Care leaders expressed their gratitude to Dr. Williams for his leadership of the department for more than 25 years.

Dr. Karl Kreder Jr. will serve as department chair until a new chair is identified through a national search. Dr. Kreder is professor and vice chair in the department and director of urodynamics and reconstructive urology. He has also served as Assistant Chief Medical Officer of UI Physicians since January 2008.

Celebration of Human Rights 2010 wrap up

The January 15 to January 31 blood drive sponsored as part of the Celebration of Human Rights 2010 was a big success. More than 75 people were screened and 64 pints of blood were collected. The DeGowin Blood Center thanks all who participated.

A video of the Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Lecture by Freeman A. Hrabowski III, President, The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, is on The Point.

In memoriam

UI Health Care notes the passing of two important leaders in its history:

• Dr. Myrtle (“Kitch”) Aydelotte died at her home in Rochester, New York, on
January 7, at the age of 92. Dr. Aydelotte was the founding Dean and Professor at
the College of Nursing. She served as dean from 1949 to 1957 and was the university’s first female dean. She also served as Director of Nursing at UI Hospitals and Clinics from 1968-76.

• Dr. Denis R. Oliver died on January 19, at the age of 68. Dr. Oliver devoted nearly 30 years of his academic career to the Physician Assistant (PA) program at The University of Iowa, serving as director of the program from 1975 until his retirement in 1997.

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