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They’re here! UI Hospitals and Clinics has been anticipating a visit from The Joint Commission for months, and early this morning we received the call that our survey starts today. This comprehensive, week-long survey is one of the most in-depth process-related evaluations our hospital experiences, and we welcome the valuable knowledge to be gained from the visit and the commission’s appraisal to follow.

As a leading academic medical center, UI Hospitals and Clinics undergoes more than 100 surveys and evaluations each year. This particular analysis will give us insight into how well our care processes are coordinated and how smoothly they are carried out. Most importantly, however, it will be a wonderful indicator of how well we are executing our top priorities—patient safety, clinical excellence, and outstanding service.

It is my hope that each of us involved in UI Health Care embraces the review as an opportunity to strengthen our organization through implementation of focused improvements and a chance to continue to do our best. I’d like to thank everyone in advance for their concerted efforts to make this week’s certification process run as smoothly as possible and express my deep appreciation for the part each of you plays in UI Health Care’s continued success.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Service initiative postponed

The kickoff of UI Hospitals and Clinics’ service and operational excellence initiative scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 2 and 3, at the Iowa Memorial Union is being postponed due to the arrival of The Joint Commission today for its five-day unannounced survey.

The sessions introducing “The Iowa Experience: Excellence Every Time” will be re-scheduled and more details will be announced when plans are made.

Joint Commission surveying hospital

UI Hospitals and Clinics this morning welcomed The Joint Commission for what is expected to be a five-day accreditation survey. The Joint Commission evaluates more than 16,000 U.S. health care organizations and sets the standard by which quality is measured in health care.

UI Hospitals and Clinics voluntarily participates in Joint Commission surveys approximately every three years—the last survey was in November 2007. Accreditation by The Joint Commission is critical for state licensure, Medicare reimbursement and other insurance contracts, and residency training programs.

Debbie Thoman, Assistant Vice President for Compliance and Accreditation, reminds all faculty and staff to welcome the surveyors and appreciate that they are here to help us improve care.

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.

Center Leadership announced

The inaugural leadership team for the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center has been announced as Daryl Granner, MD, founding director, and Peter Mohler, PhD, deputy director. The new center is made possible by generous contributions from the Fraternal Order of Eagles, an international organization devoted to helping people in need.

Drs. Granner and Mohler will initially focus on faculty recruitment and staff appointments and setting a short- and long-term strategic plan for the center.

Granner brings extensive experience to his new position. As a faculty member with the UI Carver College of Medicine and Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center from 1970 to 1984, Granner organized and directed the Iowa Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center and the Multidisciplinary Training Program in Diabetes and Endocrinology. From 1984 to 1998, he was on the faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he founded and directed the Vanderbilt Diabetes Center.

Mohler joined the UI faculty in 2006, coming from Vanderbilt University. He is a national Pew Scholar—one of only two UI faculty members ever to receive this honor—and a Kavli Fellow.

Free influenza vaccinations

Free flu vaccines are still available for all UI Health Care faculty, staff, and hospital volunteers now by appointment through Dec. 31 at the University Employee Health Clinic (UEHC) near Elevator A, Level 1.

Patients Library relocated

The Patients’ Library has been temporarily re-located to 3 South to accommodate the remodeling of the library, which is expected to continue through January 2011. The new location is next to Elevator C on Level 3. The library will be open regular hours—9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (with story hour every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.) and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 384-8908 with questions.


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