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This week, UI Health Care’s Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its first bone marrow transplant at UI Hospitals and Clinics. I am pleased to recognize the dedicated efforts of our outstanding transplant team—they are truly in a position to provide the remarkable gift of life for our patients.

As you may know, bone marrow transplants deliver healthy bone marrow stem cells into a patient, replacing bone marrow that is either not working properly or has been destroyed.

Since 1980, over 2,500 patients have received these transplants at UI Health Care. Currently, about 100 children and adults receive bone marrow transplants here every year.

Reflecting the full mission of our academic medical center, the program’s patient-centered focus also includes vital research activities that lead to continued improvements in bone marrow transplant outcomes and wider application.

The Iowa Marrow Donor Program, which started at Iowa in 1984 as the world’s first bone marrow registry, is also a vital partner to our program. Now 30,000 donors strong, it offers everyone the opportunity to step forward and help save a life.

Please join me this week in thanking our colleagues whose transformative work makes a tangible difference in the lives of our patients.

Signed, Jean Robillard

University of Iowa Health Care—Muscatine opens today

University of Iowa Health Care—Muscatine opens today, May 17, at 3465 Mulberry Ave. in Muscatine. The facility welcomes new and existing patients and provides improved and expanded services:

• Family medicine services are offered 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

• Dialysis services are offered 5 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

• Additional specialty services for heart and lung care will be offered beginning in June

• UI QuickCare, a walk-in clinic for minor illness and injuries during the evening and Saturdays, will be available at UI Health Care—Muscatine later this summer

• Other services will be added over time

In addition, UI Health Care will continue to provide specialty services for cancer at Trinity Muscatine. For more information, call 563-263-0339 or visit UI Health Care—Muscatine.

Dr. Mullins named to Best Disease Professorship

Robert Mullins, PhD, associate professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences, is the inaugural recipient of the Hansjoerg E.J.W. Kolder, MD, PhD, Professorship in Best Disease Research. The five-year appointment was effective April 1.

The professorship was established in the UI Carver Family Center for Macular Degeneration through a gift jointly made by Martin G. and Ruth A. Carver of Muscatine, Iowa, and an anonymous donor to honor Dr. Kolder, who joined the UI in 1968.

Mullins joined the UI in 2001 and was promoted to associate professor in 2007. He holds a secondary appointment in molecular physiology and biophysics. His primary research interests include the genetics and cell biology of Best disease.

Eric Kaiser awarded Hancher-Finkbine Medallion

Eric Kaiser, a third-year medical student in the Medical Scientist Training Program, has received a Hancher-Finkbine Medallion.

Kaiser, of Oconomowoc, Wisc., is a doctoral candidate in molecular physiology and biophysics. He is a recipient of numerous awards including the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD from the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke. This year Kaiser will conclude a two year Pre-doctoral Institutional Training Grant with the Interdisciplinary Training in Pain Research Program.

Hancher-Finkbine Medallions have been awarded since 1964 to recognize leadership, learning, and loyalty. Seven medallions are awarded annually to four outstanding students, one professor, one staff member, and a graduate who has attained special distinction.

Blood drive Thursday

Everyone working, learning, and volunteering is encouraged to participate in the UI DeGowin Blood Center’s “Thirsty Thursday” blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 20, in the Pappajohn Pavilion Lobby (Elevator I, Level 1).

The first 50 donors will receive a dollar-off coupon for a specialty coffee at any area Java House. All donors will be entered in a drawing for a $38 Java House gift basket. Go to the DeGowin Blood Center or call 356-2058 to sign up, or just come to the drive on May 20.

Dr. Rosenthal leads Society of General Internal Medicine

Gary Rosenthal, MD, professor of internal medicine, on May 1, 2010, became the president of the Society of General Internal Medicine, an organization at the forefront of efforts to promote national health care reform.

Dr. Rosenthal, who also directs the UI Division of General Internal Medicine, will serve as the society’s president until May 2011.

Safety culture survey

All faculty and staff members working within UI Hospitals and Clinics, whether they provide direct patient care or not, are being asked to participate in a national Press Ganey Safety Culture Survey.

The e-mail survey, which continues through June 13, will help define UI Hospitals and Clinics’ current patient safety culture and track the progress of current initiatives.

The survey is confidential and only takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete. The results will be available later in the summer and will be used to improve patient safety. For more information, call 387-6543.

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.

Comments and Suggestions

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