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Last week, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa approved our request to pursue a $100 million federal grant to help fund construction of the new UI Children’s Hospital. Tremendous efforts are currently under way to prepare for the submission of our grant in early October. We are delighted to be competing for this opportunity to enhance patient care and services for the children of Iowa.

Also at last week’s meeting, I provided an overview to the Board regarding some of the key implications of the new federal health care reform law. Because most of the rules and regulations that will drive reform are still months and even years away, it is too soon to know with any degree of certainty how the new law may affect UI Health Care. What I can tell you, however, is that we are already in a strong position to respond to the challenges that lie ahead. We are closely monitoring the development of regulations related to the health care reform law to ensure that we are well–prepared to succeed.

These are exciting times for UI Health Care! Whatever the future holds, I look forward to all of us working together to embrace every opportunity to strengthen and grow our enterprise, improving access to care for all Iowans.

Signed, Jean Robillard

New UI QuickCare opens

UI Health Care opened UI QuickCare – Coralville today, Monday, Sept. 20 at 2510 Corridor Way, Suite 6A, in Coralville, just north of the Coral Ridge Mall.

UI QuickCare is available to anyone age 6 months or older who has a common illness or condition not serious enough for an emergency room visit, but is not able to see their regular doctor. No appointment is needed. Payment is due at the time of service and cash, checks, and debit or credit cards are accepted. Most insurance plans are also accepted.

UI QuickCare – Coralville hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The clinic is closed from 1:30 to 2 p.m. daily. Parking is free.

UI Health Care TODAY set for September 21

Everyone working, learning, or volunteering with UI Health Care is invited to the “UI Health Care TODAY” staff forum at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 21 in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8), UI Hospitals and Clinics, or view the forum in a live webcast on your computer from The Point.

Topics for this forum include: updates on the strategic plan, service excellence, financial and other performance trends, flu program, and the Iowa River Landing project. Online and live audience members also have a chance to win a door prize for correct answers to the Question of the Day. And, as always, audience questions are encouraged!

State of the College address is September 21

All UI Health Care faculty, staff, students, and volunteers are invited to the State of the College address on Tuesday, Sept. 21, from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. in the Prem Sahai Auditorium, Level 1, Medical Education and Research Facility.

UI Carver College of Medicine Dean Paul Rothman, MD, will discuss highlights of the past year, challenges and opportunities, and goals for 2011. The presentation will be taped and placed on the UI Carver College of Medicine website for those who cannot attend in person.

Schmidt wins Master Teacher Award

Thomas Schmidt, PhD, professor of physiology and biophysics, was honored with the 2010 Master Teacher Award by the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE).

Dr. Schmidt has served for 25 years as the director or co-director of a critical component of the medical curriculum at the UI Carver College of Medicine, and since 2006 has been assistant dean for Student Affairs and Curriculum. The award recognizes him as one of the top medical physiology teachers in the country.

Cancer Center site visit a success

Every five years, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center goes through a competitive renewal process for designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center from the National Cancer Institute. The process culminates in a day-long site visit from NCI reviewers—peers from other NCI centers around the country.

The site visit for this prestigious designation happened this past Wednesday, Sept. 15. Leaders from Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center spent the day highlighting the work and future direction of multiple cancer research programs and shared resource cores for 22 site visitors. Although the results will not be known for several months, leaders of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center want to “thank the many people who represented us so well.”

Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Center awarded $7.8 million grant

The Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center at The University of Iowa has received a five-year, $7.8 million grant renewal from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to advance its work on finding treatments for muscular dystrophies.

The UI center, led by center director Kevin Campbell, PhD, professor and head of molecular physiology and biophysics, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, was established in 2005. It brings together researchers and clinicians to translate laboratory discoveries into clinical applications to treat a group of congenital and limb girdle muscular dystrophies. The center also focuses on research training and education.

In addition to Dr. Campbell, the UI team is led by center co-director Steven Moore, MD, PhD, professor of pathology, and Katherine Mathews, MD, director of pediatric neurology at UI Children’s Hospital.

The UI center is one of six around the country named after Sen. Paul D. Wellstone (D-Minn.) who died in 2002. As a senator, Wellstone was instrumental in passing legislation that mandates that the NIH establish centers of excellence for basic and clinical research into forms of muscular dystrophy.

Radiothon for UI Children’s Hospital a success

Radio station 98.1 KHAK of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, raised more than $207,000 at its 14th annual radiothon, Sept. 9-10. Proceeds from the radiothon benefit UI Children’s Hospital through Children’s Miracle Network.

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