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At a time of year when hearts are all the rage, it’s worth taking note of the myriad ways that UI Health Care supports heart health.

Our dedication to healthy hearts is especially visible at the UI Heart and Vascular Center, which offers a comprehensive range of specialists who work together in teams to provide a patient-focused approach to heart and vascular care and conduct innovative research to develop new treatments for heart problems. Many of you work diligently to promote heart-related activities throughout the enterprise, and your efforts are truly commendable. The hearts of those we serve are literally in your hands

Raising awareness about cardiovascular disease in America is also an important aspect of our efforts to promote heart health. To that end, UI Health Care is excited to participate in a number of events related to February’s distinction as American Heart Month (see list below). I encourage you to take part in one or all of this month’s activities.

Speaking of hearts, there are none more generous than those committed to supporting our UI Children’s Hospital. This past weekend, the student-led UI Dance Marathon raised an amazing $1,058,658 for our pediatric cancer initiatives. I congratulate and thank all those who contributed to the success of this phenomenal annual event. Now that’s heart!

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

Signed, Jean Robillard

Dr. Ferguson named a Health Care Hero

University of Iowa Children’s Hospital physician Polly Ferguson, MD, is one of five area individuals chosen as a 2010 Health Care Hero by the Corridor Business Journal. Dr. Ferguson, who is director of the UI Division of Pediatric Rheumatology, was nominated by the Iowa Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation for her dedication to patients with juvenile arthritis and other childhood rheumatic diseases.

The Health Care Hero Awards were created in 2007 by the Corridor Business Journal as a way to recognize organizations and individuals in the health care field who epitomize the spirit embodied in the word “hero.”

Read more about Dr. Ferguson in this week’s issue of the Corridor Business Journal at http://www.corridorbiznews.com/.

University of Iowa Dance Marathon

Congratulations to the UI students and Health Care staff members involved with this past weekend’s 16th annual University of Iowa Dance Marathon, which raised $1,058,658 for pediatric oncology programs at UI Children’s Hospital. In its first 15 years, the UI Dance Marathon, sponsored by Children’s Miracle Network, has raised $7.5 million.

A student-run organization that involves more than 2,000 students, UI Dance Marathon creates and sustains special projects to provide emotional and financial support and services for pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplant patients treated at UI Children’s Hospital and their families. The year-long programming and fundraising culminates each year in February with a 24-hour dance celebration.

Regents approve ambulatory care at Iowa River Landing

UI Health Care leaders are moving ahead with plans for the Iowa River Landing ambulatory care facility in Coralville after receiving approval for the project from the Board of Regents last week. Leaders will return to the Board of Regents in March to request permission to finalize the agreement with the City of Coralville, and approve development of a final design and other related items.

The new facility, projected for completion in 2012, will be more convenient for patients, decongest the main campus, and provide room for expansion of hospital-based services.

Learn more about the project on The Point by watching a video recording of the January 28 forum, or by reviewing the forum presentation.

UI Health Goes Red for Heart Month

UI Health Care is ‘Going Red’ in February to recognize American Heart Month. Look for red dress window clings, a red banner on Parking Ramp 2, and red lights in the skywalks. In addition, the UI Heart and Vascular Center is sponsoring the following events:

Buy a basket, beat back heart disease. Be a part of the Heart Walk fundraising kickoff. Stop by the basket auction in the John Pappajohn Pavilion lobby today, February 8. Bidding in the silent auction goes until 3 p.m. Great baskets are available, including hotel stays and a Hawkeye Amana blanket. All proceeds go to UI Heart Walk teams.

Tell the world why you go red. Take part in the Go Red for Women casting call: “Speak Up to Save Lives” on Saturday, February 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Iowa Children’s Museum, Coral Ridge Mall. Share your story and you may have a chance to appear in an NBC television special. Call Ciara O’Brien Murray at 913-652-1966 or CiaraMurray@heart.org to reserve a time to participate.

Wear red and root for the Hawkeyes. Visit the UI Heart and Vascular Center booth at the Iowa women’s basketball game on Sunday, February 14, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Free tickets for the Go Red game are available at MidWestOne Bank. The game starts at 2 p.m. Wear red and you may get to go out on the court during a time out.

Webcam features construction site

UI Health Care staff can check out the progress of the John and Mary Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building via a Webcam.

The 200,000 sq. ft. building, located adjacent to the Medical Education and Research Facility and the Carver Biomedical Research Building, will provide state-of-the-art research space and is scheduled for completion in 2014.

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