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As we come to the close of a challenging fiscal year, I am delighted to report that the concerted efforts of everyone at UI Health Care have helped us weather a difficult financial period and set the stage for a positive financial outlook for the coming year.

Over the last year, we significantly decreased our expenses and we are starting to see our revenue improving. The hospital is on track to achieve our goal of at least a 1 percent operating margin. Positive trends include shorter length of stay, more surgical cases, growth in emergency visits, more pediatric discharges, a slight increase in clinic visits, and improved gains on our investments. We need to continue to be vigilant and monitor our expenses carefully.

None of this would have been possible without the tremendous loyalty, dedication, and hard work of our UI Health Care family. That’s why I am pleased that for fiscal year 2011, we will be able to recognize the outstanding work of our people with a much-deserved increase in compensation. As you may know, the approved salary policy provides a modest increase for faculty and professional and scientific staff effective July 1. For employees covered by the AFSCME (including merit exempt) and SEIU bargaining contracts, increases will be based on the terms of the existing contracts.

I cannot thank you enough for the help each of you has provided to build a bright financial future for UI Health Care in the upcoming fiscal year and beyond.

Signed, Jean Robillard

College receives full accreditation

The UI Carver College of Medicine learned last week that it has received accreditation for a full seven years from the Liaison Committee for Medical Education. In an e-mail message Dean Paul Rothman, MD, thanked the many faculty, staff members, and students who provided “countless hours of service and support during the long and demanding accreditation process.”

VAD Program earns national certification

The UI Heart and Vascular Center has received Disease-Specific Care Certification from the Joint Commission for its Ventricular Assist Device Program to treat patients with advanced heart failure. To earn the two-year certification the program received an extensive on-site review by a team of Joint Commission reviewers.

UI Health Care names Kid Captains

Twelve current and former patients of University of Iowa Children’s Hospital have been selected as Kid Captains for the 2010 UI Hawkeye football season.

Now in its second year, the Kid Captain program is a partnership between UI Children’s Hospital and the Iowa Hawkeyes to honor pediatric patients and celebrate their inspirational stories. More than 100 nominations were submitted.

Michael Artman, MD, physician-in-chief at UI Children’s Hospital and professor and head of pediatrics, said choosing just 12 Kid Captains was extremely challenging.

“On behalf of our team of pediatric health care providers, I thank all the families for sharing their stories and for highlighting what a privilege it is for us to care for these remarkable children and their families.”


Children selected as Kid Captains for the home games are:

• Korrine Hoeger, 15, Earlville

• Austin Hills, 15, West Branch

• Maleah McCool, 14, Manchester

• Ross Wiltgen, 11, Altoona

• Brock Beinhart, 11, Riverside

• Nathaniel Fisher, 10, Dickens

• Madelyn Strauss, 9, Dubuque


Children selected to be honorary Kid Captains for the away games are:

• Zephan Abel, 6, Fort Madison

• Mason Allen, 5, North English

• Andrew Niles, 3, West Branch

• Taytum Bell, 3, Sigourney

• Lilah Henry, 2, DeWitt

Program celebrates 10th year

The 2009-10 academic year marked the 10th year of the Teaching Scholars Program, a unique program that helps develop outstanding medical education faculty. Based in the UI Carver College of Medicine’s Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education, the program promotes the development of a core group of faculty with advanced skills in medical school teaching who, in turn, share this knowledge with colleagues in their respective academic departments, and the college as a whole, through seminars and workshops.

A new group of faculty begins the Teaching Scholars Program every other year. The fifth class of scholars includes:

Eve Clark, MD, Radiology
Dawn Ebach, MD, Pediatrics
Rami El Abiad, MD, Internal Medicine
Carol Gorney, PA-C, Physician Assistant Program
Thor Halfdanarson, MD, Internal Medicine
Darren Hoffmann, PhD, Anatomy and Cell Biology
Charuta Joshi, MD, Pediatrics
Linda Madson, MD, Psychiatry
Mazen Maktabi, MD, Anesthesia
Nitin Pagedar, MD, Otolaryngology
Wendy Shen, MD, PhD, Family Medicine
Michael Takacs, MD, Emergency Medicine
Teri Thomsen, MD, Neurology

To learn more about the Teaching Scholars Program, visit the OCRME website.

Next forum set for July 14

Everyone working and learning with UI Health Care is invited to “UI Health Care TODAY”–a staff forum featuring a new and improved format on July 14 at 12 noon in the Atrium Conference Center (Elevator F, Level 7), or online.

The new format is less formal and features more information. During this session, we will be talking about our financial and other performance trends, service excellence, staff and faculty awards and recognition, and the Iowa River Landing project. Everyone working and learning with UI Health Care is invited to “UI Health Care TODAY”–a staff forum featuring a new and improved format on July 14 at 12 noon in the Atrium Conference Center (Elevator F, Level 7), or online.

Open forum with President Sally Mason

UI President Sally Mason will host an open forum at the UI Carver College of Medicine from 12 noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, July 22, in the Prem Sahai Auditorium, 1110 Medical Education Research Facility. President Mason will provide a brief update, followed by a question and answer session. After the forum, college leaders will meet with President Mason to update her on recent accomplishments in research, education, and patient care.




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