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Tomorrow, UI Health Care will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new UI Health Care – Iowa River Landing in Coralville. Scheduled for completion in 2012, the 167,000 square-foot, $73 million project will be home to a variety of primary care and specialty services. It will feature on-site laboratory and pharmacy facilities, as well as adjacent parking for easy access. With 300,000 visits projected annually, we aim to create an environment that fosters quality, patient-centered care, and outstanding service.

As you know, our main campus has become congested with increasingly large numbers of patients, visitors, and staff coming to our hospital each year, and patient volumes continue to grow. The new facility at Iowa River Landing will help decompress our main campus by moving select clinical programs and administrative functions off-site. This will make room for on-campus growth and upgrades.

This most recent addition to UI Health Care is an exciting growth opportunity for our enterprise. A myriad of ways exist for each of you to have a hand in its success. These include: providing the best possible care and service for the patients who visit the new facility; utilizing the off-site services for your own health care needs; and championing the project throughout our community. I am confident this project will prove to be a hallmark of our commitment to change medicine and change lives.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Chair investiture today

All faculty and staff are invited to an investiture today, Monday, Oct. 25 at 3:30 p.m. in the Prem Sahai Auditorium, Medical Education Research Facility (MERF). The ceremony recognizes generous gifts from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust to establish two endowed chairs and celebrates the appointment of two distinguished faculty members to the positions: Curt D. Sigmund, PhD, as the Roy J. Carver Chair in Hypertension Research, and Charles M. Brenner, PhD, as the Roy J. Carver Chair in Biochemistry. A reception will follow in the MERF Atrium.

Groundbreaking event Tuesday

UI Health Care leaders will be joined by members of the Board of Regents, UI leaders, state and local officials, and UI faculty and staff members at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new ambulatory care facility at Iowa River Landing at 2 p.m. Tuesday near the facility site at First Avenue and 9th Street in Coralville.

Building construction will begin in November and is expected to be complete by June 2012, with clinic operations set to start in the fall of 2012.

Defining “The Iowa Experience”

More than 1,000 UI Health Care faculty and staff members will help define what excellent service should mean at UI Hospitals and Clinics during “The Iowa Experience: Excellence Every Time,” November 2 and 3 at the Iowa Memorial Union.

Members of the Service and Operational Excellence Council are finalizing plans for the special event, which will include four identical half-day educational sessions for 1,200 staff and faculty members. 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 making changes that will increase patient satisfaction with inpatient and outpatient experiences.

UI faculty and staff Health Fair is Nov. 3

The UI Faculty and Staff Health Fair is set for 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the UI Field House. Activities include free flu vaccinations for UI faculty and staff (University of Iowa ID required); free health screenings; health and wellness information; health plans and benefit information; a blood drive sponsored by the DeGowin Blood Center; door prize registration; giveaways, and more. This annual event is sponsored by UI Health Care, UI Community Credit Union, UI Wellness, UI Staff Council, and UI Recreational Services.

Next construction phase begins for PBDB

Construction of the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building (adjacent to the Medical Education and Research Facility) enters the third and final phase. Phase two was completed in September and included relocation of site utilities, excavation, and deep foundation work.

Walsh Construction, of Chicago, Illinois, was the successful low bidder for the final phase at $69.9 million and the company will soon begin erecting a 265-foot tower crane. On-site construction will continue into January 2014.

Construction to affect walking and driving

Beginning today and throughout November, installation of a new duct bank for the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building will affect pedestrian and vehicle traffic around the Medical Education and Research Facility, Bowen Science Building, Eckstein Medical Research Building, and Medical Laboratories. Access to the buildings will be maintained, however travel distances will increase. For more information, visit the College of Medicine homepage or contact Steve Schlote, Facilities Planning and Management, 335-8100.

Free influenza vaccinations

Free flu vaccines are available for all UI Health Care faculty, staff, and hospital volunteers.

The Elevator I site is now closed, but vaccines are still available:

  • On a drop-in basis through Friday, Oct. 29, at University Employee Health Clinic (UEHC) near Elevator A, Level 1
  • By appointment only Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, at UEHC

Community seminar on wellness and breast health

Carol Scott-Conner, MD, PhD, professor of surgery, and Nicole Nisly, MD, professor of internal medicine, will present “Taking the Confusion Out of Breast Health” at a Health For Your Lifetime program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, in the 7th Floor Atrium Conference Center (Elevator F, Level 7). The event is free and open to the public; pre-registration is encouraged.

To register for the program, call 335-8886 or register online at www.uihealthcare.com/register.

 

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