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A stay or visit in the hospital can be a daunting experience for anyone, but for our youngest, most vulnerable patients, an unfamiliar environment of needles, tests, and procedures can be downright frightening. That’s where the child life specialists at UI Children’s Hospital come into the picture.

With an amazing repertoire that includes everything from scavenger hunts, television bingo, and musical activities to cooking projects, art shows, and teddy bear clinics, these kid-savvy pros play key roles in caring for pediatric patients and their families by ensuring the continuation of normal childhood activity and development for children during their stays.

Child life specialists provide children with different ways to cope with their illness or injury, and support them during medical procedures by teaching them to use relaxation, breathing or distraction techniques. They can also assist families and other caregivers in accurately processing complex information. In addition, they perform an important role as educators and communicators for our medical staff and the community regarding the needs of children experiencing health problems or other stressful life events.

UI Children’s Hospital’s child life specialists give their all to make the hospital experience for our youngest patients as pleasant as possible. As we celebrate Child Life Month during March, please join me in saluting the outstanding and compassionate efforts of these dedicated professionals.

Signed, Jean Robillard

UI Health Sciences Day at Iowa State Capitol

UI Health Care senior leaders traveled to Des Moines on Wednesday, March 3, to participate in UI Health Sciences Day at the State Capitol. Vice President Jean Robillard, Dean Paul Rothman, and UI Hospitals and Clinics CEO Ken Kates met with key legislators and their staff members to discuss the important work in clinical service, education, and research being done by faculty and staff of the UI Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics.

In addition to the personal visits from senior leaders, legislators, their staff, and the public had a chance to learn more about the following services at information tables set up in the capital’s rotunda.

• UI Health Care (Carver College of Medicine, Hospitals and Clinics, UI Physicians)

• UI Children’s Hospital

• Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center

• UI Heart and Vascular Center

• UI College of Dentistry

• UI College of Nursing

• UI College of Pharmacy

• UI College of Public Health

• University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory

UI Health Care Update forum

Everyone working, learning, or volunteering with UI Health Care is invited to a forum beginning at noon on Tuesday, March 9, in the Atrium Conference Center (Elevators D/E, Level 7), UI Hospitals and Clinics. Topics for the forum include: UI Hospitals and Clinics operational and financial report; update on quality and safety initiatives; Service and Operational Excellence Council.

A live webcast of the forum will be available to healthcare domain users from The Point or this link https://webapps1.healthcare.uiowa.edu/WebCast/. Your HawkID Login is required to sign in. To send questions during the webcast, use the “Feedback” link on the webcast site.

UI Health Care—River Crossing opens March 15

University of Iowa Health Care—River Crossing will open Monday, March 15. The new primary care clinic is located at 3056 River Crossing Court, near Riverside, at the southeast corner of Highways 218 and 22. For more information, call 319-629-4214.

The River Crossing clinic, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, is designed to better serve patients from more communities by improving access and adding new services including:

• Onsite lab equipment for more testing options and faster results

• Onsite radiology equipment, allowing X-rays to be taken and read by physicians at River Crossing or remotely by radiologists at UI Hospitals and Clinics

• A pharmacy with comprehensive services, including drive-through, open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

• An optical shop, open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, will offer eye exams, lenses (including contacts), and frames

Dr. Abboud honored

François Abboud, MD, has received the Ben Qurrah Award, the most prestigious award given by the Arab American Medical Association—Houston Chapter (AAMA).

The National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA) is a nonprofit, nonpolitical, educational and humanitarian organization. The purpose of the biennial award, presented to Dr. Abboud on February 20, 2010, is to recognize the many remarkable contributions that national and international scientists of Arab heritage have made to the fields of science and medicine.

At the UI, Dr. Abboud is the Edith King Pearson Chair in Cardiovascular Research, Professor of Medicine and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Director of the Cardiovascular Research Center, and Associate Vice President for Research.

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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