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UI Health Care continues to make progress implementing our 2010-2012 integrated strategic plan. The plan is a road map to our future, serving as a guide for everyone who works, learns, and volunteers at UI Health Care.

Measurement and accountability are essential parts of our strategic plan process. That’s why we’ve developed a comprehensive organizational scorecard that tracks our performance and lets us know where we stand. The scorecard’s metrics include, but are not limited to, patient safety, mortality rates, vacancy rates, patient satisfaction, length of stay, student success, and financial results. We look forward to providing the Board of Regents with a progress report on our strategic plan later this week.

In addition, in order to help keep all of you informed about the plan’s progress, a website dedicated to our strategic plan has been established on our intranet site, The Point. The site provides an overview of our mission, vision, values, and goals, along with details about the actions we are taking.

Each of you has an important role to play in assuring that we make our vision a reality. Your work, no matter what your job, supports the organization and affects our relationship with those we serve. I encourage you to take a close look at the plan—I’m confident that you will see where you and your work fit.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Specialties ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Three specialty areas of UI Children’s Hospital have been ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s 2010–2011 edition of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.”

The magazine ranked UI Children’s Hospital 23rd in the nation in the specialty area of neonatology; 24th in orthopedics; and 25th in pulmonology. UI Children’s Hospital is the only hospital in Iowa to be nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for children’s care.

Michael Artman, MD, physician-in-chief of UI Children’s Hospital and professor and head of pediatrics, noted, “This is well-deserved recognition for the physicians, nurses, and staff in these specialty areas and underscores our continuing commitment to patients and their families throughout all areas of UI Children’s Hospital.”

The 2010–11 “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings are available online. They will be published in the August print issue of U.S. News & World Report, which will be available on newsstands starting July 27.

Dr. Sigmund appointed to NIH committee

Curt Sigmund, PhD, professor of internal medicine and molecular physiology and biophysics, has been appointed chair of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Program Project Review Committee.

The one-year term is effective July 1.

Dr. Perlman elected to academy

Stanley Perlman, MD, PhD, professor of microbiology and pediatrics, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. The honor recognizes scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology. He was one of 78 scientists elected to the academy this year.

Dr. Fuentes receives CAREER award

Ernesto Fuentes, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry, has received a five-year $1 million CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant is NSF’s most prestigious award for junior faculty who exemplify the role of scholar-teacher by integrating outstanding research with excellent teaching.

Nelson honored for work with patients’ siblings

Kirsten Nelson, music therapist at UI Children’s Hospital, has received a national award for her role in founding The Brothers and Sisters Club, a sibling support group that provides outreach and education to siblings of pediatric patients. Nelson received the Sibling STAR Partner Certification from SuperSibs!, a national non-profit organization working to support brothers and sisters of children with cancer. For more information, visit the child life website.

Looking ahead

Leaders meet with Regents Wednesday

UI Health Care leaders meet with the Board of Regents on Wednesday, June 9, in Vinton. Items on the agenda include:

• Iowa River Landing concept drawings

• Operating and financial performance

• Presentation by John Buatti, MD, professor and head, Radiation Oncology

• Progress report on the UI Health Care strategic plan

Alumni will be honored during Alumni Reunion Weekend

Alumni of the UI Carver College of Medicine classes of 1970, 1965, 1960, 1955, 1950, and 1945 return to campus this weekend for Alumni Reunion Weekend 2010. Five individuals and the Sahai family will receive UI Carver College of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Awards at a luncheon on Friday, June 11, at the Levitt Center.

Next week’s issue of VPMA Voice will feature more information about the Distinguished Alumni award winners.

Open house for UI Health Care–Muscatine is June 12

Everyone is invited to the grand opening of University of Iowa Health Care– Muscatine from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 12. The clinic is located at 3465 Mulberry Ave. in Muscatine. The free event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and brief remarks at 1:30 p.m., as well as tours of the new facility, refreshments, and activities.

UI Health Care–Muscatine offers the following services:

• Family medicine 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

• Dialysis 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

• Specialty services for heart and lung care

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



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