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University of Iowa fans have shown this past fall that they are big supporters of Hawkeye sports—with even bigger hearts. That’s because although the 2010 Iowa Football regular season has come to a close, the energy and loyalty of Hawk fans will be felt far into the future as pledges from the inaugural Iowa Touchdowns for Kids, sponsored by The Eastern Iowa Airport, to benefit UI Children’s Hospital, through Children’s Miracle Network are counted and put to good use.

Iowa Touchdowns for Kids encouraged fans to pledge $1 per touchdown that the Hawkeyes scored, and the Hawks ended their regular season with 45 touchdowns! In its first year, 1,348 pledges from both individuals and sponsors were received, which will potentially result in an astounding $181,967 raised for UI Children’s Hospital. All of this was made possible because of the outstanding support from our fantastic partners in UI Athletics, strong community supporters, and Children’s Miracle Network leadership, who continue to help us raise awareness about the positive impact that UI Health Care has on countless lives. I’m also delighted that other similar collaborations are planned to support our patients and their families. For more information, please visit www.iowatouchdownsforkids.com.

My thanks to all who supported and championed this extremely worthwhile cause—we couldn’t have hoped for a better outcome. It’s truly wonderful that this new and important effort to support our youngest, most vulnerable patients was such a winning campaign.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Distinguished Mentor Award and Distinguished Mentor Lecture

On Dec. 14, the Carver College of Medicine will honor the 2010 recipient of the UI Carver College of Medicine Distinguished Mentor Award, Dr. Bruce Gantz, the Brian F. McCabe Distinguished Chair in Otolaryngology and professor and head of the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery.

The Distinguished Mentor Award is given annually to a faculty member who has demonstrated a significant commitment to the mentorship and training of individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to science, medical education, and patient care in their own distinguished careers.

The celebration begins at 3 p.m. in the Medical Education Research Facility’s (MERF) Dr. Prem Sahai Auditorium and includes a talk by this year’s Distinguished Mentor Lecturer, Dr. David Julius, Department of Physiology professor and Chair at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Julius has made seminal discoveries on the molecular mechanisms of thermosensation, the way in which pain and temperature sensation are integrated, and how pain hypersensitivity is produced. He has received many awards, including this year’s Shaw Prize and Passano Award.

UI Health Care TODAY

The next UI Health Care TODAY forum will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at noon in the Atrium Conference Center (Elevator E/F, Level 7). Topics will include an update on the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building, Iowa River Landing, and UI Children’s Hospital; financial and trend reports; an update on the Service Excellence initiative; and an employee video feature and other recognition awards.

All UI Health Care staff, faculty, and volunteers are encouraged to attend the forum in person, or view it during the forum at webapps1.healthcare. uiowa.edu/WebCast.

Service Excellence update

There is nothing more important than patient safety, quality care, and excellent service. The Service Excellence program planned for November 2-3, and postponed due to The Joint Commission survey, has now been rescheduled for February 15-16. Those originally registered for the November program will be given first opportunity to reserve a seat at the February program.

Please look for more information about the February program, as well as other developments, coming from the “Service Excellence” mailbox in the very near future.

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. As of last week, 17 departments had achieved 100 percent compliance with the mandatory response, while UI Health Care’s overall vaccination rate improved to 93 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.

The Street Medicine Clinic seeking donations

The Street Medicine Clinic, part of the student-run University of Iowa Mobile Clinic that serves Iowa City’s underprivileged and underinsured residents, needs donations of the following items to help the homeless members of this community: socks, underwear, thermals, winter coats, gloves, hats, shoes, boots, scarves, and basic hygiene supplies like toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, and shampoo.

Donation boxes are located in the Bowen Science Building lobby, EMRB Atrium (near the microwaves), the MERF Atrium, and the MERF lobby near the Newton Road Parking Ramp bus stop.

Pharmacy participates in TakeAway program

UI Hospitals and Clinics Ambulatory Care Pharmacy is participating in the nationwide effort to help people dispose of unwanted and expired medications properly.

Pharmacy professionals urge the public to use the TakeAway program instead of letting medications pile up at home and posing a risk to family members or using other disposal methods that endanger the water supply. Anyone interested can bring unwanted and expired medicines into one of the UI Hospitals and Clinics Ambulatory Care Pharmacies (General Hospital, Level 1, or Pomerantz Family Pavilion, Level 2) and the returned medications will be disposed of in a waste bin specially designed to safely store discarded pharmaceutical products along with their packaging.

For more information visit this site.


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