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UI Health Care’s faculty, staff, and volunteers are some of the best in the business. The dedication to providing excellent care and service in a safe and supportive environment shown by so many of you is truly outstanding.

There are multiple ways to recognize our UI Health Care employees. One small but significant way that our faculty, staff, and students receive recognition for a job “well done” is through UI Health Care’s “Making a Difference” award (nomination forms through The Point). The focus of the recognition program is to support and promote the special efforts that make a difference to those we serve.

We each have the power to make a difference every day. Any act of kindness that goes beyond the scope of regular job responsibilities is eligible for recognition. Examples of past recognitions run the gamut from purchasing a bus fare for a patient from Des Moines to UI Hospitals and Clinics, to helping a visitor change a flat tire, to serving patients at the Rooftop Café.

If you feel that someone made a difference in yours or someone else’s UI Health Care experience, please take the time to tell us the story so we can recognize the special efforts of that person or team through the “Making a Difference” program. It is yet another way to acknowledge the amazing work, dedication, and heart of our UI Health Care family.

Signed, Jean Robillard

UI Health Care leaders meet with Regents

On Thursday, August 5, UI Health Care leaders will meet with the Board of Regents in Cedar Falls. In addition to an update on the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine by Dean Paul Rothman, CEO Ken Kates and CFO Ken Fisher will provide the board with a preliminary look at the Year-End Operating and Financial Performance for Fiscal Year 2010. Highlights from the FY 2010 report include:

• Clinic visits were up over last year

• Emergency Treatment Center volume grew about 5 percent

• Inpatient and outpatient surgery volume were both up compared to last year

• Discharges were down slightly

• Length of stay improved, experiencing a 5 percent reduction

CEO Kates will note that an increase in patient revenue of 3 percent and a reduction of more than 5 percent in salaries, wages, and strong management of other operating expenses allowed UI Hospitals and Clinics to achieve a 2.9 percent operating margin, well over the 1 percent which was budgeted.

Dr. Scholz interim head of pediatrics, UI Children’s Hospital

Thomas Scholz, MD, has been named the interim head of the Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief of University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, effective October 4, 2010. Dr. Scholz will assume the duties of Michael Artman, MD, professor and head of Pediatrics, when Dr. Artman leaves the UI on October 4 for the position of professor and chair of pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri.

Dr. Scholz joined the faculty in the Department of Pediatrics in 1993 and was promoted to professor of pediatrics in 2004. He received his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College and his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his residency and fellowship training at the UI, followed by two years as a research associate at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Scholz will continue to fulfill his clinical and research responsibilities, as well as his service on multiple regional and national committees. He will also continue to serve as director of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology.

UI, Carver College of Medicine external support increases

University of Iowa faculty generated impressive growth in extramural support in fiscal year 2010. Total external funding achieved —yet another all-time record—is $466.5 million, which represents an impressive 9 percent increase over 2009 and continues a trend of increases that has almost doubled annual award dollars within a decade.

UI Carver College of Medicine faculty contributed significantly to the UI research enterprise numbers for FY 2010, with total external funding of $228.1 million, an increase of 7.3 percent over fiscal year 2009.

Events support Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center

Two upcoming events will benefit the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at The University of Iowa:

Golfing Fore Cancer

The 6th annual Golfing Fore Cancer event will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, August 13, at Saddleback Ridge Golf Course in Solon, Iowa. Golf, golf cart, golf balls, polo shirt, and lunch/dinner included in the $115 fee per golfer. For more information, visit the website, or contact Mike Diers at 330-4341.

Annual Courage Ride

The 2010 Courage Ride honoring the courage of Seth A. Bailey and others affected by sarcoma and other types of cancer is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 28. All proceeds from the ride support research at the cancer center. The ride starts at Iowa Mennonite School, located at 1421 540th St. SW near Kalona, Iowa, with same day registration starting at 6 a.m. Pre-registration is available by mail or online.

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.

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