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Have you thanked a volunteer today? Each year, National Volunteer Week provides an opportunity to express the appreciation we feel each and every day for the countless contributions of our community’s volunteers

For over 38 years, volunteers have generously donated their time, energy, and expertise to support the mission of UI Health Care, and their support continues to be invaluable. Last year, a remarkable 1,200 volunteers donated 98,329 hours of service. That has the equivalent financial value of over $1.9 million! In addition, volunteer services’ activities contributed over $151,000 last year alone to support programs and services at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Among many other things, our volunteers stitch homemade sock monkey dolls, deliver personalized e-mails to patients, work the register at Wild Rose Gifts, stuff envelopes, sponsor book drives, operate food carts, transport patients, change bed linens, donate blood, and cuddle babies.

If you haven’t already done so, take time to thank a volunteer. I also encourage you to consider volunteering here at UI Health Care or at any number of worthy organizations. There are countless ways to become more engaged, and by working together we will foster a positive, giving community.

To all of you who give so generously of your time, talent, and compassion as volunteers at UI Health Care or elsewhere, I offer my heartfelt thanks. Your generosity, dedication, and partnership have truly earned you this week’s well-deserved recognition!

Signed, Jean Robillard

Open house for UI Health Care—River Crossing is April 24

University of Iowa Health Care—River Crossing will host a grand opening celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 24. The clinic (with onsite pharmacy and optical shop) is located at 3056 River Crossing Court, near Riverside, at the southeast corner of Highways 218 and 22. The free event will include tours of the new 7,600 square-foot facility, refreshments, and activities.

UI Health Care—River Crossing offers:

• Primary care services from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday

• Pharmacy services from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

• Optical services, including eye exams, lenses (including contacts), and frames, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Friday

College programs rank highly

U.S. News & World Report last week announced its rankings of graduate colleges and programs that will be published in the magazine’s May “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2011” issue, in a guidebook and online. Among the 22 University of Iowa programs and specialties listed as among the best in the country when compared to other public universities were the following in the Carver College of Medicine:

• Physician Assistant Program – 1

• Physical Therapy Program – 5

• Medicine Specialties-Internal Medicine – 8

• Women’s Health – 8

• Rural Medicine – 13

In addition, the Carver College of Medicine ranked 9th in Primary Care and 11th in the nation in the Research category, up from the 14th spot last year; a very significant achievement in the current economic environment. Compared with all colleges and universities the college ranked 10th in Primary Care and 27th in Research (up from 31st).

In an e-mail message to faculty and staff, UI Health Care leaders noted, “Receiving this national attention and being so highly ranked in multiple programs is a testament to the strength and quality of our academic medical center.”

Momany is UI Student Employee of the year

Allison Momany, a research assistant in pediatrics, has been named UI Student Employee of the Year. A junior majoring in psychology, Momany works in Dr. Jeff Murray’s lab managing the genetic analysis of samples obtained from preterm birth infants and their families. She was selected from among 39 student employees nominated by their supervisors for special recognition. The UI employs about 8,000 students in hourly positions.

Tabor honored as Dietitian of the Year

Anne Tabor, MPH, RD/LD, Nutritionist and Supervisor of Center for Disabilities and Development Nutrition Services and Speech/Language Services, has received the 2010 Recognized Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award from the Iowa Dietetic Association. She will be acknowledged for her accomplishment in a future issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association and honored during the awards luncheon at the annual IDA conference in October.

Dr. Scott-Conner named as master educator

Carol Scott-Conner, MD, PhD, a professor of surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery and a member of the Breast Cancer Care Program, has received the Jeffrey L. Ponsky Master Educator Award for 2010. The honor is awarded by The Education and Research Foundation of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.

The award recognizes Scott-Conner for exemplifying Ponsky’s pioneer leadership spirit and dedication to the development and teaching of surgical endoscopy.

Neurosurgery, Neurology honored by brain injury group

The Departments of Neurosurgery and Neurology were recently honored by the Brain Injury Association of Iowa for their longstanding commitment to clinical care and research on behalf of patients with brain injury and their families.

The departments were each named “Corporation or Organization of the Year” by the Brain Injury Association of Iowa. This award is one of several presented annually by the association to individuals and organizations who demonstrate exceptional service or support to Iowans with brain injury and their families.

Dr. Heistad earns award for high blood pressure research

Donald Heistad, MD, the Zahn Professor of Cardiology, professor of internal medicine and pharmacology, and deputy director of the UI Cardiovascular Center, has been awarded the Irvine Page Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Society of Hypertension.

Dr. Heistad was honored for his research, which has helped build the foundation for understanding how blood vessels that supply blood to the brain adapt to or have problems as a result of high blood pressure.

Nominations are open for 2010 Kid Captains

Parents and guardians are invited to nominate their child as a Kid Captain for the 2010 Hawkeye football season. Nominations will be accepted through May 9. The Kid Captain program, now in its second year, is a partnership between UI Children’s Hospital and the Iowa Hawkeyes to honor current or former pediatric patients and celebrate their inspirational stories.

For more information, to view videos of last year’s Kid Captains, and to submit a nomination, please visit the UI Children's Hospital website.



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