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Whether it’s the beauty of a glass sculpture or the soothing sounds of the piano, art helps people heal. Any given day, you can walk the halls of our medical campus and experience art at its finest. With more than 4,000 works of art, 2,000 posters and reproductions, and over 60 music, dance, and theater performances showcased within our walls each year, UI Health Care’s Project Art truly humanizes the hospital and creates an environment that comforts and delights patients, visitors, and staff.

As an extension of UI Health Care’s commitment to excellence in delivering comprehensive health care, Project Art offers artistic and aesthetic experiences intended to assist the healing process, reduce stress and anxiety, provide a unique venue for visual and performing artists to share their talents, and promote the arts through collaboration with local and regional organizations and artists. The impact of the art is evident in the countless comments from patients, visitors, and staff about its emotionally healing affects.

This summer, I encourage you to visit the John Colloton Pavilion Atrium for a Summer Concert Series musical performance or to peruse the talents of your co-workers during the annual Staff Art Show, which runs from July 21-30. Art enriches the experience for all of us at UI Health Care, and I hope you have a chance soon to experience its enormous value.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Hospital ranked among the best in the nation

For the 21st consecutive year, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has been recognized as one of America’s best hospitals by U.S.News & World Report in the magazine’s “America’s Best Hospitals 2010-11” issue. The special issue ranks 152 medical centers nationwide in 16 adult specialties.

Overall, UI Hospitals and Clinics ranked in ten specialties, with three listed among the top 10 in the nation:

• Otolaryngology, 4

• Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, 6

• Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, 9

• Urology, 19

• Neurology and Neurosurgery, 21

• Cancer, 22

• Pulmonology, 22

• Diabetes and Endocrinology, 26

• Gynecology, 33

• Kidney Disorders, 36

This recent recognition by U.S.News & World Report adds to that already received by UI Health Care from the magazine this year, including national rankings for the UI Carver College of Medicine and five of its graduate programs in “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2010-11” and three UI Children’s Hospital programs in the 2010-11 edition of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.”

The 2010-11 hospital rankings are accessible online at usnews.com/besthospitals, and the magazine will be available on newsstands starting Tuesday, July 27.

MyChart pilot phase begins

Beginning Tuesday, UI Hospitals and Clinics will begin a pilot phase of MyChart in the Dermatology Clinic.

MyChart is an Epic-based feature that gives patients secure, Web-based access to an electronic version of their medical records. With MyChart, patients can:

• View test results and other health information

• Request appointments

• Send messages to their health care team

• Request prescription renewals

While Dermatology and the other pilot sites will be the first clinical departments to use MyChart, it's important that all UI Health Care employees know basic information about MyChart in order to respond to patients' questions that may arise during the pilot phase. Information about MyChart—including potential questions you may receive from patients, with suggested responses—is on The Point. Please take time to review this material so you are familiar with MyChart during this important pilot phase. We have also asked supervisors to print and post this information and review with staff.

MyChart benefits for patients include:

• Convenience—secure, anytime access to their medical information

• Streamlined communication with their health care team

• Satisfaction—increased knowledge/engagement in their health care decisions

MyChart benefits for UI Health Care include:

• Enhanced quality and safety

• Greater efficiency and smoother workflows

• Competitive advantage—a truly unique service in our region

During the pilot phase, patients using MyChart will be able to access their complete medical records, but MyChart messaging functions will be active only for the Dermatology Clinic (and any subsequent pilot sites).

The Dermatology Clinic pilot is the first of several MyChart "test runs" planned for the coming weeks in several clinical departments. The timing for the launch of MyChart across all of UI Health Care will be determined soon, based on feedback and our assessment during the pilot phase. We'll inform you about the plan and timing for the house-wide "go live" date of MyChart once it has been set.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact at HCIS at 356-0001 or helpdesk-hcis@uiowa.edu.

Nurse wins March of Dimes scholarship

Pediatric nurse practitioner Kirsten Hanrahan has received a $5,000 Graduate Nursing Scholarship from the March of Dimes. She was one of four nurses in the nation to receive the award for her passionate commitment to improving maternal and infant health.

She is currently working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UI Children’s Hospital while also pursuing a doctorate in nursing practice at the UI.

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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