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At this Saturday’s first Hawkeye football game of the season, we’ll be cheering for a victory and celebrating two wonderful additions to the day’s festivities. Amongst all the revelry, Children’s Miracle Network will officially launch its Iowa Touchdowns for Kids campaign and UI Children’s Hospital, in partnership with the Iowa Hawkeyes, will honor this year’s first “Kid Captain.”

Iowa Touchdowns for Kids is a program that allows Hawk fans an opportunity to show their support for children facing significant medical issues by pledging $1 or more to benefit UI Children’s Hospital for every touchdown the Hawks score throughout the season. Last season the Iowa football team reached the end zone 32 times, and now there is even more reason to cheer the team to a big victory. In addition, the “Kid Captain” program invites select UI Children’s Hospital patients to the football game to celebrate their stories of hope and inspiration.

Both game day efforts are inspirational, fun, and imaginative ways to rally Iowa fans around a common cause that will positively influence the lives of the children and families we serve. They are also wonderful opportunities to highlight the amazing work so many of you do each and every day to aid our youngest, most vulnerable patients.

If you or someone you know would like to sign up to support Iowa Touchdowns for Kids click here or to learn more about the Kid Captain program click here.

Go Hawks!

Signed, Jean Robillard

Welcome and recognition reception

All UI Health Care faculty, staff, and students are invited to a reception to welcome the new head of Neurology, George Richerson, MD, PhD, and recognize Robert Rodnitzky, MD, for his service as head of the department since 2005. The reception will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 1, in the MERF Atrium, with remarks at 3:30 p.m.

Volunteers receive Governor’s Awards

The Caring Clowns program and long-time volunteer Mary Ann Colloton received Governor’s Volunteer Awards at a ceremony in July.

UI Hospitals and Clinics nominated The Caring Clowns program for a group award to honor the healing power of laughter, humor, and diversion provided through the program led by volunteer Arlene Holden. In addition to Holden, Caring Clowns are Connie Delaney, Shelly Gryp, Carol Jefferson, Judy Lillis, Judy Madsen, Sandy Newkirk, Liz Roberts, Linda Schrock, and Dave Williams.

Mary Ann Colloton was nominated for an individual volunteer award for the nearly 3,000 hours of service she has contributed in support of the Touching Hearts program at UI Hospitals and Clinics. The bereavement items she has lovingly sewn for grieving families have comforted thousands over the years.

The Governor’s Volunteer Awards program was created in 1982 to recognize volunteers for their commitment, service, and time. To see photos of the honored volunteers click here.

UI Health Care Finance reorganizes

Effective last week, UI Health Care Finance has reorganized to promote further integration and create greater focus in support of the UI Health Care enterprise. The reorganization also allowed for elimination of an assistant vice president position.

For more details about the reorganization, contact information, and to view the updated UI Health Care Finance organizational chart click here.

MyChart pilot now in UI Heart and Vascular Center

UI Heart and Vascular Center is the latest area to implement MyChart during the pilot program. MyChart is an Epic-based feature that gives patients secure, web-based access to an electronic version of their medical records and enables them to communicate online with clinic physicians and nursing staff. UI Women’s Health Center will implement MyChart on Tuesday, Aug. 31.

In the weeks that MyChart has been available in the clinics and an earlier trial, more than 1,672 patients have received authorization codes, and more than 610 have gone online to activate their MyChart accounts. That rate of about 36 percent is consistent with introductions of MyChart at other major academic medical centers.

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 pilot site clinics.

While Dermatology, Radiation Oncology, and UI Heart and Vascular Center are the first to use it, MyChart will eventually be activated across all clinic areas of UI Hospitals and Clinics. It is important that all employees know basic information about MyChart in order to respond to patients’ questions during the pilot phase.

Information about MyChart—including potential questions you may receive from patients, with suggested responses—is here. 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. Your efforts are helping make this a successful program!

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

Kid Captain program kicks off

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 UI Children’s Hospital patients and celebrate their inspirational stories. More than 100 nominations were submitted from across Iowa and surrounding states. A multidisciplinary committee comprised of clinical care staff, professional staff, and representation from the UI Children’s Hospital patient advisory group selected the Kid Captains.

Korri Hoeger, 15, of Earlville, Iowa, will serve as Kid Captain for the Iowa Hawkeyes football game against Eastern Illinois September 4. Korri was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder last year that causes kidney failure. She travels to UI Children’s Hospital for dialysis, but soon may become the first UI pediatric patient to receive dialysis at home until she is eligible for a kidney transplant.

Home game Kid Captains are honored at midfield before the game. All Kid Captains, including honorary away game captains, will have their individual stories told throughout the football season and receive a commemorative jersey.

To learn more about Korri and the other Kid Captains, click here.

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