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Earlier this month, UI Health Care celebrated the grand opening of the Clinical Research Unit (CRU) on 2 Boyd Tower in UI Hospitals and Clinics. The CRU is the major research facility of the Institute of Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS), which is home to the National Institutes of Health funded Clinical and Translational Science Award—one of only 55 facilities of its kind in the nation. It’s designed to provide the synergy, resources, and experience necessary to accelerate the “bench to bedside” approach of biomedical knowledge by forging unique collaborations and developing new cures and treatments for disease.

When the ICTS was established, the University and UI Hospitals and Clinics recognized the critical need for new infrastructure to support translational research studies. Our solution was the CRU, which has developed into one of the most outstanding facilities of its kind. The new unit consists of a 20,000 square foot facility that contains all of the resources necessary to conduct clinical and translational research. It supports research from 114 investigators who are affiliated with 32 departments and 10 colleges across the University. Currently, the CRU serves 268 individual protocols, and in the past year has facilitated 8,795 outpatient encounters and 128 overnight stays in support of its research initiatives.

The collaborations between clinicians, investigators, and community members facilitated by the CRU help ensure that the University remains a preeminent center nationally for conducting innovative translational research toward changing medicine, changing lives.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Nursing Excellence in Clinical Education Awards Ceremony

Everyone working, learning, and volunteering at UI Health Care is invited to a reception from 1 to 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 29, in W417 A/B General Hospital in the Nursing Clinical Education Center (Elevator BW, Level 4) to honor recipients of and nominees for the Nursing Excellence in Clinical Education Award.

Congratulations to Nurse Leader recipient Deborah Bohlken, RN, BSN, and Staff Nurse Leader recipients Ann Ghabel, MA, MSW, RN, and Christine Berte-Vitzthum, RN, BSN, for excellence in learning, educational leadership, staff/patient advocacy, professional presentation, and innovative spirit.

Free influenza vaccinations

Free flu vaccinations are still available for all UI Health Care faculty, staff, and hospital volunteers on a walk-in basis now through Dec. 31 at the University Employee Health Clinic (UEHC) near Elevator A, Level 1. Student employees should go to Student Health to receive flu vaccinations.

As of last week, 17 departments were 100 percent compliant, with UI Health Care’s overall vaccination rate at 92 percent. Thank you to all who have received a vaccination for embracing this chance to help protect and optimize your own health and the health of others.

Distinguished Biomedical Lecture Series announces spring schedule

Organizers of the Distinguished Biomedical Lecture Series have announced their spring lineup of speakers. The lecture series will resume on February 17, 2011, and continue monthly through May. Distinguished Biomedical Scholar Lectures feature top-tier scientists and physicians performing high-impact research in a variety of areas. The lectures are of broad interest and open to all Carver College of Medicine faculty, staff, and students.

A complete list of this spring’s speakers, including a Howard Hughes Medical Institute professor and the Chief of the National Institutes of Health cardiology branch, can be found here.

The Nest poinsettia sale

Stop by the Pappajohn Pavilion Lobby Dec. 1-3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily to purchase a poinsettia in support of The Nest of Johnson County, a local non-profit organization that works to reduce the incidence of birth defects, low-birth weight, and infant deaths by promoting education and early and consistent prenatal care. A portion of the purchase price is tax-deductable. Questions can be directed to kathleen-shey@uiowa.edu or tom-walljasper@uiowa.edu or call 384-1745.

Automatic external defibrillators installed

Four automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) will soon be installed at four public locations within University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics: the Fountain Entrance (South Wing) Lobby―north side of the lobby near the massage therapy area; the Main Entrance on the wall just west of the Information Desk; the Pappajohn Pavilion first floor lobby―north wall near the Pappajohn portrait; and the Pomerantz Pavilion first floor lobby―next to the phone across from the registration area.

These AEDs are for use by anyone who might find themselves attending to a victim of cardiac arrest. All staff are encouraged to review the Philips Onsite AED training slide show or video that is found on The Point. Any questions or comments about the new AEDs should be directed to Chuck Kupka at 6-3526 or Mike Hartley at 3-6857.

Epic Lab

Do you have questions about how to do something in Epic? Need help creating your own Smart Text? Drop in to the Epic Lab every Friday from noon to 4 p.m. in E-110K GH (Elevator A, Level 1). If you have any questions, contact the HCIS Help Desk at 356-0001.

Pediatric appointments now available at UI Health Care – North Liberty

Pediatric appointments are now available at UI Health Care – North Liberty with pediatricians Jerold Woodhead, MD; Stacy McConkey, MD; and Gretchen Vigil, MD. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. UI Health Care – North Liberty is located at 3 Lions Drive, across from Quail Creek Golf Course off Highway 965. To schedule an appointment, call 384-7333.

UI Heart and Vascular Center now offering evening clinic hours

UI Heart and Vascular Center now has clinic hours for new patients from 5 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The clinics offer assessment and treatment by cardiologists from a range of subspecialties, as well as diagnostic services such as EKG (electrocardiogram), heart stress testing, and echo imaging. For information or to make an appointment, call 356-7102.



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