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Our campus will be abuzz this week as we take time to recognize the dedication and accomplishments of those who work, learn, and volunteer with UI Health Care through a couple of milestone celebrations.

First and foremost it is graduation time, and we are pleased to congratulate all of our Carver College of Medicine students—as well as other colleagues—who will receive degrees this weekend. Commencement is the culmination of years of hard work by these dedicated students, and we are proud of the role we play in their educational success. I am confident that the knowledge and expertise they have acquired will enable these outstanding individuals to go out and share their best with the world.

We also celebrate health, hope, and healing in the coming days with a series of events commemorating National Hospital Week. This is a wonderful reminder that our strength comes from the amazing talent we have here at UI Health Care to solve problems, spark innovation, and achieve breakthroughs in ways never before possible. I encourage your participation in the activities we have planned.

To all the world class people who comprise UI Health Care, please accept my heartfelt thanks for the outstanding impact you make on a daily basis. And, to our newly minted graduates, please know that all of us join your families and friends in sharing the excitement and sense of pride in your accomplishments. Congratulations!

Signed, Jean Robillard

Celebrate National Hospital Week

Today begins UI Health Care’s celebration of National Hospital Week—a time to honor the professionalism and commitment of the people who work in America’s hospitals. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Health, Hope & Healing.” Today through Friday, UI Health Care will be on display in the Fountain Lobby (Elevator C, Level 1) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through posters and displays featuring education, research, and patient care departments, programs, and activities.

On Wednesday, a reception will be held for our 10 nurses honored as part of this year’s 100 Great Iowa Nurses.

On Thursday, a special celebration will be held for all UI Health Care faculty, staff, and volunteers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Atrium Conference Center (Elevator D/E, Level 7). Treat yourself to a “Mini Vacation” featuring beach music and treats. Register to win a gift basket. Offsite, night shift, and weekend option nurses will also receive treats this week.

On Friday, departments and areas are invited to “Party at Home” and celebrate their accomplishments together.

For complete details and to print a schedule and special event flyer, go to The Point. For more information, contact Jane Zukin at 384-7195 or jane-zukin@uiowa.edu.

Dance Marathon gift will boost research

The UI Dance Marathon has made a $1 million, two-year gift commitment to UI Children’s Hospital to support research into pediatric cancer and blood disorders. The gift designates $750,000 for renovation of laboratory space and $250,000 to create a special research fund. In recognition of the gift, the renovated lab area will be named the UI Dance Marathon Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Research Laboratories.

UI physicians receive national awards

Drs. Timothy Brennan, MD, PHD, and Richard Rosenquist, MD, have received national awards for their contributions to the field of treating pain from the American Pain Society (APS).

Dr. Brennan, the Samir Gergis Professor of Anesthesia and vice chair for research, received the Frederick W. L. Kerr Basic Science Research Award. The award recognizes individual excellence and achievement in pain scholarship. He is the first anesthesiologist to receive the award.

Dr. Rosenquist, professor and director of the Center for Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesia, received the Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes outstanding and dedicated service to the APS. Dr. Rosenquist has made significant contributions in developing practice guidelines for pain management.

Dr. Andreasen honored with UCSF Medal

Nancy Andreasen, MD, PhD, received the prestigious UCSF Medal, the University of California-San Francisco’s highest academic award, at an April 29 Founders Day ceremony.

Dr. Andreasen is the Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry and director of the Neuroimaging Research Center and the Mental Health Clinical Research Center at the UI Carver College of Medicine.

She was among five recipients of the 2010 UCSF medals and was cited for her significant impact on improving both scientific and public understanding of mental illnesses and as a pioneer in the use of neuroimaging technology for the study of brain structure and function.

2010 ICTS Pilot Grant Award Recipients

UI Health Care’s expertise in treating infertility will be featured in an episode of “The Fertility Chase” Saturday, May 8, at 7:30 a.m. on the Women’s Entertainment (WE) Network. The episode focuses on experts and patients at the Center for Advanced Reproductive Care at UI Hospitals and Clinics, which is considered a leader in single-embryo transfers through in vitro fertilization. The program is affiliated with UI Women’s Health.

UI Children’s Hospital top fundraiser for Heart Walk

The University of Iowa Children’s Hospital team was the top fundraising “company” for the 2010 Johnson County Start! Heart Walk held on April 24. With pledge payments still coming in, the American Heart Association reports the following results from the walk, an annual event that raises funds for research into heart disease and stroke.

Total raised to date: $74,065

• UI Children’s Hospital $13,246

• UI Heart and Vascular Center $5,582

• UI Hospitals and Clinics $4,313

• UI Carver College of Medicine $1,465

In addition, Designers and Builders of UIHC, a team sponsored by Capital Management, raised $9,130.

 

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