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As Iowa’s only academic medical center and a major resource for Iowa, UI Health Care helps develop the state’s workforce, creates new discoveries and knowledge, and provides outstanding patient care for its people. Consistent with our core value of Accountability, we are ever mindful of our commitment to the people of Iowa while carrying out our important work.

I recently joined a delegation of UI health sciences deans on a visit to the State Capitol to host UI Health Sciences Day. With information tables set up around the Capitol’s rotunda and one-on-one meetings with state legislators, we had the opportunity to showcase the collaborative efforts of our health science colleges, including Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and the Carver College of Medicine.

We were pleased to have a chance to thank Senators Bob Dvorsky and Jack Hatch, as well as Representatives Lisa Heddens and Mark Smith, for their leadership in advancing enhancements to the IowaCare program, which covers health services for low-income Iowans. Because the laws and policies that come out of the legislature have the potential to affect us it is important to communicate and showcase our collective efforts to help advance health care for Iowans.

By educating elected officials and the public about UI Health Care’s vital contribution to the people of Iowa and our economy, we are better positioned to fulfill our mission of changing medicine and changing lives.

Signed, Jean Robillard

UI nurses named to ‘Great Iowa Nurses’ list

Ten UI Hospitals and Clinics nurses have been named to the list of ‘100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2010.’ More than 470 nurses from across the state were nominated for the list by colleagues, patients, doctors, friends, and family members. The top 100 will be honored May 6, 2010, at an event sponsored by UI College of Nursing, The Iowa Nurses Association, Iowa Nurses Foundation, and Iowa Hospital Association.

Those recognized this year from UI Hospitals and Clinics are:

• Barbara Bezoni, Staff Nurse, MSS/3 JPW

• Cindy Dahnke, Nurse Manager, POD/PACU/SSR

• Diane Eastman, ARNP, Pediatrics/High Risk Infant Follow-up

• Melissa Gross, Nurse Manager, ISS/6 JCP

• Maria Lofgren, ARNP, UI Children’s Hospital/Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

• Jennifer Long, Nurse Manager, ISS/4 RCP

• Toni Mueller, Sr. Associate Director/Clinical Services, Perioperative Nursing

• Rosemary Noyes, Retired Staff Nurse, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center

• Jennifer Off, Staff Nurse, MSS/4 JPE

• Anne Smith, APN, Center for Nursing Quality, Professional Development, Research and Informatics

“We are delighted to congratulate our nurses for this well-deserved recognition,” said Ann Williamson, Associate Vice President for Nursing, UI Health Care, and Chief Nursing Officer, UI Hospitals and Clinics. “Their skill, leadership, and commitment to caring for patients and families are invaluable assets to Iowans.”

The total number of nurses from UI Hospitals and Clinics who have received this recognition over the past six years now stands at 72.

Dr. Callaghan elected president of national organization

John Callaghan, MD, professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation, on March 11 was elected president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). He will lead the 36,000-member organization for one year.

Dr. Callaghan, who holds the Dr. Lawrence and Marilyn Dorr Endowed Chair for Hip Reconstruction and Research, was elected and served a one-year term as first vice-president of the academy in 2009.

He is an internationally regarded expert in adult reconstructive surgery, specifically hip and knee replacements. He has received numerous honors and accolades, and is the author or co-author of more than 230 peer-reviewed publications.

Humanism Award deadline extended

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to nominate a fourth-year medical student and/or a faculty member for the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

The nomination deadline has been extended until March 30, 2010. Awards of $1,000 are given to one graduating medical student and to one faculty member for demonstrating the highest standards of compassion and sensitivity in their interactions with patients.

Please use the online survey to submit a nomination.

UI Health Care–River Crossing opened yesterday

University of Iowa Health Care–River Crossing opened yesterday, serving Lone Tree, Riverside, and the surrounding area at 3056 River Crossing Court (southeast corner of Highways 218 and 22). To celebrate its grand opening, a public open house will be held on Saturday, April 24, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Click here for more information about UI Health Care–River Crossing.

Match Day is Thursday

Thursday, March 18, is Match Day, when fourth-year medical students find out where the next phase of their training—residency—will take place. The Match Day reception is at 10 a.m. in the MERF Atrium. Family and friends are welcome. Match envelopes will be distributed at 11 a.m.

New health care facility planned for Muscatine

UI Health Care–Muscatine will be opening in May at 3465 Mulberry Ave., Muscatine.

The new facility will provide accommodations for:

• patients who need dialysis

• specialty outreach services for the community

• Family Medicine services

• UI QuickCare clinic

Michael Maharry, MD, clinical associate professor of family medicine, will provide family medicine services at the new facility. Dr. Maharry is an active member of the community and lives in Muscatine with his family. He has been a UI physician since 1999.

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