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The fresh faces that join the ranks of UI Health Care each year breathe new life into our organization, bringing with them novel ideas, new points of view, and an excitement for the future. Last week, the Carver College of Medicine held an orientation to welcome the latest cadre of new faculty to our organization—a wonderfully diverse and talented group who represent the best and the brightest in their respective fields.

UI Health Care is committed to fostering an environment that values diversity and inclusion and nurtures the success of everyone who works and learns here. As just one example, Dean Rothman will tomorrow host a special event to recognize our female faculty and launch the re-establishment of our Women in Medicine and Science group. Events such as this not only promote friendship, learning, and networking, but also encourage dialogue about creating a culture that enables success for anyone who pursues excellence.

Ensuring that all of our faculty, staff, and students are valued, respected, and given the utmost chance to succeed is a top priority for UI Health Care and its leadership. With your help, we will continue to turn that worthy goal into reality.

Please continue to share your comments and suggestions with me via e-mail.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Regents receive UI Health Care update

UI Health Care leadership last week delivered a well-received presentation to the Iowa state Board of Regents which included an update on the academic medical center’s fiscal year-end operational and financial performance, along with news and achievements from our clinical and academic areas.

In other action, the Board approved the use of a project labor agreement for the new ambulatory care facility being planned for the Iowa River Landing area in Coralville. The agreement allows for negotiation between Regents staff and representatives of the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Building and Construction Trades Council to set wage rates before bidding the project and hiring labor. Construction on the new facility is expected to begin this year, with completion of the project anticipated for fall of 2012.

Staff nurse to receive Lifesaving Award

Steve Schultz, RN, a staff nurse in the Emergency Treatment Center, will receive the Iowa Governor’s Lifesaving Award from Gov. Chet Culver on Friday, Aug. 13, at the Iowa State Fair for his response to an emergency situation last November.

While traveling in his boat following a rainy afternoon of bird- hunting at the Hawkeye State Wildlife Area in Johnson County, Schultz encountered four young men who had been tossed into the cold Iowa River when their boat overturned. With darkness fast approaching and the weather worsening, Schultz pulled the men from the water, called 911, and raced to nearby Swan Lake Road, where emergency rescue personnel had just arrived and were staging their own rescue (one of the men in the water had called for help minutes before Schultz happened to pass by). In fact, he powered his boat through a flooded cornfield to reach the emergency crew, since the road to the boat launch was partially under water.

“I don’t know what would have happened if I hadn’t been there. It would have taken the rescue folks some time to launch their stuff and find out where these guys were,” Schultz later recalled. “I hate to think about what could have happened.”

Dr. Frey Law honored by national association

Laura Frey Law, PhD, assistant professor of physical therapy and rehabilitation science, has received the Eugene Michels New Investigator Award from the American Physical Therapy Association. She was honored for her independent research in musculoskeletal pain and fatigue.

UI Health Care goes to the fair

Going to this year’s Iowa State Fair (Aug. 12–22) in Des Moines? Be sure to stop by The University of Iowa booth in the southwest corner of the Varied Industries Building, where UI Health Care will be represented with a standing display featuring a patient from Mason City who benefitted from a clinical research trial.

In addition, UI Health Care faculty and staff members will be at the fair, with the following exhibits:

  • “Gross Anatomy,” presented by the UI Carver College of Medicine, explores the human body and the processes that happen underneath our skin, and shows some of the most advanced surgical techniques available.
  • Free skin cancer screenings offered by the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dermatology Department, Iowa Cancer Consortium, and the Iowa Department of Public Health.
  • All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) safety sessions sponsored by several agencies; University of Iowa Children’s Hospital will provide information to help children and their parents make safer decisions regarding ATV use.
  • The National Children’s Study site in Polk County will have an informational display about the study—the largest long-term children’s health study ever done in the United States is studying how the environment and genetics affect the health and development of more than 100,000 children across the nation. Jeff Murray, MD, UI Children’s Hospital, and Rizwan Shah, MD, of Iowa Health Systems, are co-principal investigators of the study in Iowa. In addition to the UI and Iowa Health Systems, other participating organizations in Polk County include the Polk County Health Department, Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa, Mercy Medical Center, and Des Moines University.
  • The new UI Children’s Hospital Ambulance will be on display Thursday, Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., near the Pella Plaza.

New Pediatric Dialysis Center opening August 16

The Pediatric Dialysis Center at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, located on the third flood of General Hospital between Elevators A and B, will be open for patients beginning Monday, Aug. 16.

The new center—the only dedicated pediatric dialysis unit in Iowa—can accommodate up to four patients at a time. Construction of the new area was completed last week. The renovation was made possible with the support of Walmart and Sam’s Club, whose employees raised and donated $400,000 for the project through Children’s Miracle Network.

For questions about the new center, or for a tour, please contact Mary Lee Neuberger, APN, 467-5110, or Jackie Nelson, administrative specialist, 356-4902.

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