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We change medicine and change lives every day. Each of you plays an important role in advancing our great organization. Our strength comes from our ability to bring together the amazing talent and good people we have here at UI Health Care to solve problems, spark innovation, and achieve breakthroughs in patient care, teaching, and research. Your commitment and hard work are integral to helping make our academic medical center one of the finest in the nation, as demonstrated by the many accolades we are receiving for our work. However, no one can express the gratitude and real impact you have on lives better than one of our grateful patients. Below is just one example of many.

“I wanted to drop all of you an email to say thanks for the great visit I had last week at the UI Hospital. This was the first time my wife made the trip with me and she was amazed at the level of service and caring the whole staff provided. And when I say the whole staff, I mean the whole staff, from the folks at check in to the team before and after the operation. It’s hard to explain how the extras you all provide make things much easier and more comfortable. To be able to talk to you one on one and get real feedback is outstanding.

-June 2010 UI Hospitals and Clinics Patient

Signed, Jean Robillard

UI Hospitals and Clinics named to 2010 ‘Most Wired’ list

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has been recognized as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” and “Most Wireless” hospitals according to the results of the 2010 Most Wired Survey in the July issue of Hospitals and Health Networks magazine. Only six Iowa hospitals made the list, and UI Hospitals and Clinics is the only hospital in the state to win the honor in two categories.
This year’s survey reveals continued progress for hospitals in patient safety initiatives:

  • Fifty-one percent of medication orders were done electronically by physicians at “Most Wired” hospitals, up from 49 percent last year. At UI Hospitals and Clinics, more than 98 percent of providers’medication orders currently are entered electronically.
  • More than half (55 percent) of “Most Wired” hospitals match medication orders at the bedside through bar coding or radio- frequency identification, up from 49 percent in 2009 and from 23 percent five years ago. UI Hospitals and Clinics has achieved 100 percent compliance with this “best practice.”“These awards recognize all the hard work and collaboration among administrative staff, information technology staff, and the clinical staff,” said Lee Carmen, associate vice president for information systems, UI Health Care. “We believe the use of technology can increase patient safety and improve clinical outcomes. We have more work to do, but it’s gratifying to know that we are among the nation’s leaders in this arena.”

Symposium celebrates program results

The FUTURE in Biomedicine Program will wrap up a summer of research with a FUTURE in Biomedicine Symposium on July 30.

Program Director Madeline Shea, PhD, reports that faculty fellows from four schools (Drake, St. Ambrose, Graceland, and Northwestern) in the Class of 2009 are returning to make presentations, alongside the fellows and students from the four schools (Drake, Loras, Morningside, and Wartburg) in the class of 2010.

Dr. Shea also notes that two of the three students who were juniors in the FUTURE Class of 2009 will be UI trainees next month—one in the MD program and one in the Biosciences PhD program. Both indicated that being in the FUTURE Program was the key factor in making Iowa their first choice.

Thanksgiving in July food drive seeks donations

Everyone working or learning with UI Health Care is invited to support the Thanksgiving in July Community-Wide Food Drive by donating non-perishable canned or packaged food items July 26-30. Drop-off bins will be located throughout the UI Health Care campus. Tax-deductible financial contributions may be dropped off at Volunteer Services, 8025 JCP, Elevator F, Level 8, or sent to External Relations, 4150 WL. Make checks payable to “Johnson County Crisis Center Food Bank” or “North Liberty Community Pantry.” Questions? Contact Tom Walljasper, External Relations, via email or voice at 384-1745.

Dance Marathon program wins Governor’s Volunteer Award

Dance Marathon, a Children’s Miracle Network sponsored program at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, has received a Governor’s Volunteer Award from Governor Chet Culver. Dance Marathon was selected for the Group Award, and students and advisors from the organization were recognized at a ceremony on July 22 in Cedar Rapids.

Six universities and colleges around the region participate in Dance Marathon, which allows student volunteers to both raise funds and celebrate fundraising efforts that take place throughout the school year. All money raised from Augustana College, Central College, Iowa State University, Loras College, The University of Iowa, and Wartburg College directly benefits patients and families at UI Children’s Hospital.

Himmelreich inducted

Lynne Himmelreich, service director of UI’s Women’s Health Nurse-Midwifery Service, was inducted into the fellowship of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) at the organization’s annual meeting held in June in Washington, DC.

An ACNM member since 1993, Himmelreich’s current roles with the organization include: serving as chair of the ACNM State Affiliate Development and Support Subcommittee and member of the ACNM Bylaws Committee. Himmelreich also played an integral role in recruiting and retaining military midwives to ACNM, and served as a board liaison for them.

Clinical Staff Office re-certified

The Clinical Staff Office has been re-certified through June 2012 by the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) for 10 out of 10 verification services. Organizations may be certified in all, some, or none of the 10 credentials elements addressed in the NCQA standards.

The Clinical Staff Office provides valuable credentialing verification services for the UI’s academic medical center, area acute care hospitals, managed care organizations, and independent insurance reviewers across the state of Iowa. The office also confirms practitioners are qualified to seek and/or maintain managed care participation or hospital privileges.

For more information about the office’s credentialing verification services, call

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