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Patient safety is UI Health Care’s highest priority and an essential factor in our ability to provide an “excellence every time” experience for our patients. We must remain vigilant in our efforts to build an organization that recognizes potential risks to our patients, welcomes reporting of adverse incidences that occur, provides open discussion following adverse events, and draws on interdisciplinary teamwork to develop safer, more proactive systems of care.

Two weeks ago, under the leadership of Chief Quality Officer Richard F. LeBlond, MD, MACP, UI Hospitals and Clinics launched an important new tool—called the “Patient Safety Alert”—to educate employees about opportunities for providing safer care for our patients. Each alert is based on actual experiences of patients under our care that have been reported through the Patient Safety Net.

It is our hope that these enterprise-wide informational e-mails will serve to encourage frank discussions about the importance of creating a culture of safety. Your daily commitment to thinking first of the needs of our patients and families and to providing them with outstanding care is truly commendable.

Shining a spotlight on patient safety is just one more way that all of us can collaboratively advance our mission to change medicine and change lives, as we strive to provide the best, safest care for our patients.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Flu vaccination program begins next Monday

UI Health Care’s 2010 UI Health Care Staff Influenza Vaccination Program will begin on Monday, October 11.

As health care workers and members of the UI Health Care community, we have a special responsibility to stop the spread of influenza and should be committed to doing everything possible to protect our patients, their families, and ourselves from becoming ill with influenza—a process that begins with a yearly vaccination.

Although not all details for the program are set, some key questions are answered below. More information and the schedule of vaccination sites and times will be available soon through e-mail and on The Point.

Will our vaccination program be mandatory?

This year, UI Health Care will conduct a mandatory response Staff Influenza Program. That means all UI Health Care faculty and staff members who are “health care compliant” will be required to visit a mobile vaccination site or the University Employee Health Clinic (UEHC) to either receive a vaccination, indicate that they received a vaccination elsewhere, or decline. All badges will be swiped and responses will be recorded and monitored for compliance. If you don’t know if you are classified as “health care compliant,” please check with your supervisor or HR representative.

Will the vaccine be free?

Yes, all UI Health Care employees—full-time and part-time—who work either at UI Hospitals and Clinics or at UI Carver College of Medicine can receive a free influenza vaccination through December 31, 2010, at program-designated locations.

Where should I go to receive my vaccination?

Vaccination sites will be set up in these locations:

  • University Employee Health Clinic (UEHC)
  • In the hospital by Elevator I (Level 1)
  • In the Medical Education Research Facility (MERF) in room 2123 Clinical Suite
  • Nursing units will vaccinate unit staff on site
  • All UI Health Science students (medical, PA, PT) will receive vaccinations at Student Health in Westlawn unless they are a UI Health Care employee classified as “health care compliant”

Dates and times for these clinics will be publicized when they are final. All UI Health Care faculty and staff members are welcome to visit any mobile vaccination site or the UEHC.


Seminar to focus on PAD and Venous Disease

“Vascular Health for Baby Boomers: Your Guide to PAD and Venous Disease” will be the focus of the next Health For Your Lifetime program on Thursday, Oct. 7, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the UI Heart and Vascular Center (Elevator E, Level 4). Presenters are John Sharp, MD, and Rachael Nicholson, MD, both of Vascular Surgery.

Register for this free community seminar by calling 5-8886 or register online.

Investiture ceremony is Friday

An investiture ceremony will take place at 4:00 p.m. this Friday in the Prem Sahai Auditorium in MERF to celebrate the establishment of new endowed chair positions in the UI Carver College of Medicine.

All UI Health Care faculty and staff are invited to attend the ceremony in recognition of generous gifts from the estates of M. Paul Strottmann and Don and Ann Ottilie, and celebrate the appointments of Scott A. Vogelgesang, MD, as the M. Paul Strottmann Family Chair of Medical Student Education and Physician Training and Paul James, MD, as the Don J. and Anna M. Ottilie Chair in the Department of Family Medicine.

Service initiative will launch in November

Improving the patient experience and delivering our best service to patients every time will be the focus of a new service initiative being launched November 2 and 3.

Members of the Service and Operational Excellence Council are finalizing plans for the launch of “The Iowa Experience: Excellence: Every Time,” which will include educational sessions for 1,200 staff and faculty members at the Iowa Memorial Union.

Attendees will participate in one of four, half-day sessions and are being determined through a system of invitation and self-nomination. Following the sessions, attendees will be ambassadors for change—helping to identify and implement service and operational improvements and engaging fellow staff and faculty members in doing so as well.

Prior to November 2 and 3, many staff and faculty members will have the opportunity to see a presentation titled, “The Iowa Experience,” which highlights the need for change and how we will achieve a renewed focus on service excellence.

More information is available on The Point.

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