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Collaboration is one of UI Health Care’s core “I CARE” values which lies at the heart of the way we do business. From partnerships around the world, to cross-campus alliances, to daily interactions among co-workers, we embrace collaboration because we believe teamwork is the best way to work.

One outstanding example of collaboration in spirit and practice is The Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) at The University of Iowa. Home to the NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Science Award—one of only 46 facilities of its kind in the nation—the ICTS is dedicated to breaking down disciplinary boundaries, building partnerships, and introducing new ideas that fundamentally change how we research, practice, and deliver medicine. The institute fosters unique collaborations between clinicians, investigators, and community members alike based on the belief that everyone plays an important role in advancing the health of our nation and the world.

These creative partnerships—which include musicians, art historians, social scientists, basic scientists, clinicians, and more—promise to inspire and inform new ways of tackling some of the greatest challenges we face in science and health care. As we work toward achieving our shared vision, it is essential that collaboration remain in the forefront of our minds—and our actions. I am confident that in doing so, our collective efforts will produce amazing results.

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

Signed, Jean Robillard

Progress on Epic continues

Reports from across the enterprise indicate that clinicians and staff are becoming more proficient with Epic while the UI Health Care Epic team continues to make modifications and enhancements to support clinical operations.

Clinicians across UI Health Care also have provided the Epic team with feedback and suggestions for improving its functionality. Epic, in turn, has provided us with additional staff as part of its commitment to our success. A major new update to the system, which includes a number of features requested by our users, is being tested and is scheduled for launch in May.

More than 100 information technology staff—as well as many physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other staff members—are working together to make the Epic system as efficient as possible. This includes creating new content, developing new reports, modifying existing screens, rolling out new features, and testing future releases. And beginning this month, a team of experienced nurses are providing front-line training and support for clinical staff.

Weekly Epic status reports are sent by e-mail and are also available on The Point. If you have questions, contact the HCIS Help Desk at 356-0001.

Units win HUSH awards

The Patient Experience Group—coordinators of the HUSH campaign designed to promote a quieter, more patient friendly environment—presented the first HUSH Awards to the inpatient units with the Best Scores (Mother Baby Care Unit) and the Most Improved Scores (Behavioral Health Unit—1 John Pappajohn East) in relation to inpatient unit noise at night for the fourth quarter of this fiscal year. Both nursing units received recognition posters and traveling HUSH trophies.

A quiet environment—especially at night—is vital to healing and safety. Congratulations to these units for their commitment to reducing noise for patients. Check out the HUSH initiative on The Point for intervention strategies and education tools.

Webcam features construction site

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

The building, located adjacent to the Medical Education and Research Facility and the Carver Biomedical Research Building, is scheduled for completion in 2014.

Iowa Hospital Association scholarships available

The Iowa Hospital Association is offering scholarships of up to $6,000 to qualified candidates. To be eligible for the scholarships, persons must be enrolled in an accredited health care education program listed on the scholarship application; be within two years of completing that program; and be willing to work for an Iowa Hospital for up to one year for each scholarship received.

Last year, a total of 24 scholarships were awarded statewide. More information and instructions for downloading an application are available on The Point. Application deadline is March 10.

Looking ahead

The Black and Gold Running Symposium, on Saturday, March 6, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Medical Education and Research Facility, will feature guest speakers Erin Moeller and Diane Nukuri Johnson and the following presentations:

• The Core: Where does it start? Where does it end? How should we train it?

• Running for Life

• Athletic Shoe Fitting: All running shoes are not created equal!

• Inflammation and repair following tissue injury

Early bird registration must be received by February 22: $30 ($20 for students). Registration after February 22: $40 ($25 for students). Lunch included. More information, including a brochure about the symposium is available under Events on The Point, or to register, contact Brittany Keyes, 1-252 MEB, or e-mail runningsymposium@hotmail.com.

The symposium is presented by the UI Physical Therapy Student Organization. Proceeds will be donated to help offset student professional development opportunities and the Foundation for Physical Therapy.

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