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As a leading academic medical center, UI Health Care provides an outstanding level of benefit to our community, state, nation, and world. Much of this benefit takes the form of programs and services for which we are uncompensated or under-compensated. In order to demonstrate our value and accountability to the people and communities we serve, it is important that we detail these programs and services as part of the annual reporting of our community benefit activities.

Each year, the Iowa Hospital Association collects and reports information about these activities from hospitals statewide, including our academic medical center.

As part of our efforts to report more accurately, we recently put in place a process to better capture our community benefit undertakings, including implementation of a software system to record our activities, the establishment of a Community Benefit Accountability Team, and training for designated “reporters” from each department across the enterprise. (See more in story below.)

As we approach the April 12, 2010, deadline for reporting, I encourage each of you to share information regarding your noteworthy community benefit efforts. More detailed information on the entire reporting process will soon to be posted on The Point. Please help us tell the true story of the good UI Health Care does for so many every day.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Bone marrow transplant program marks anniversary

Staff, faculty, patients, and families last month marked the 30th anniversary of the first bone marrow transplant at UI Hospitals and Clinics—performed on January 28, 1980.

Since then a total of 2,573 patients have received transplants using related, matched bone marrow or blood stem cells; or unrelated, matched donor bone marrow, blood stem cells, or cord blood stem cells. Of those patients, more than 2,000 were adults and 550 were children. Currently, about 100 children and adults receive stem cell transplants every year.

An integral part of the transplant program, particularly in the earlier years when pioneering work was done using stem cells from unrelated donors, is the Iowa Marrow Donor Program, which started in 1984 as the world’s first bone marrow registry.

Congratulations to the Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program!

Reception will honor Dr. Richard Williams

UI Health Care faculty, staff, and students are invited to a reception to honor Richard Williams, MD, from 3 to 4 p.m., Thursday, March 11, in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8), UI Hospitals and Clinics. (Remarks at 3:15 p.m.)

Dr. Williams served as the head of the Department of Urology for more than 25 years, and made many significant contributions to UI Health Care’s mission areas of patient care, research, and education. He stepped down as head of Urology on February 1, and continues to serve UI Health Care as special assistant to Dean Rothman, working with Executive Dean Peter Densen to review the medical school curriculum.

Karl Kreder Jr., MD, MBA, FACS, is serving as department head until a new head is identified through a national search.

Community benefit reporting

Training has begun and will continue through March to help staff and faculty learn how to more accurately report the community benefit UI Health Care provides through programs and services for which we receive no compensation or are under-compensated. Reporting this community benefit demonstrates our value and accountability to the people and communities we serve.

Community benefit activities include, but are not limited to:

• Free care for uninsured (charity care)

• Community-based clinical services (health screenings, etc.)

• Health professions education

• Continuing medical education

• Financial and in-kind contributions

• Research costs not covered by grants/contracts

If your unit/department/program delivers community benefit, it’s important that it be reported. Newly implemented software will help with the reporting and upcoming training sessions are listed below. Department heads and managers should identify appropriate staff members to attend any sessions of interest. Please have staff contact Tom Walljasper at tom-walljasper@uiowa.edu or 384-1745 to register for sessions.

Upcoming training Webinars

• Role of the Facility Reporter (one hour), Tuesday, Feb. 23, 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., East Room; and Tuesday, March 30, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., 2117 MERF

• Basic Training (one hour), Tuesday, March 2, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., 5181 MERF

• Capturing Program Data (90 minutes), Tuesday, March 9, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Note: These sessions will now be held in W322 GH (previously scheduled for E127 GH)

• The Role of Finance (one hour), Tuesday, March 16, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., W322 GH

• Tell Your Story & Additional Functionality (one hour), Tuesday, March 23, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., W322 GH

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to help with the Healthy Athletes program at this year’s Special Olympics Mid-Winter Tournament to be held March 13 at the UI Field House. Volunteers can choose between interviewing athletes on their health habits, providing health/nutrition education, doing height/weights, or bone density screenings.

Contact Anne Tabor, Center for Disabilities and Development, at 356-1322 for more information or to volunteer. UI Health Care is a sponsor of this year’s Mid-Winter Tournament.

Looking ahead

The Black and Gold Running Symposium will be held on Saturday, March 6, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Medical Education and Research Facility. More information, including a brochure about the symposium, is available under Events on The Point. To register, contact Brittany Keyes, 1-252 MEB, or e-mail runningsymposium@hotmail.com.

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