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As we look back on the past year, I am pleased to say that UI Health Care has had countless achievements for which we can be both extremely proud and truly thankful. Our success reflects not only the talent and expertise of all who work, learn, and volunteer here, but also the commitment to going the extra mile to work harder and smarter, watch expenses, and advance our clinical and academic missions.

It is impossible in this small space to adequately recognize the many individual and collective accomplishments that contributed to all of the year’s important milestones. To be sure, for every success that received a lot of attention—such as UI Hospitals and Clinics’ successful and highly complimentary accreditation by The Joint Commission, the Carver College of Medicine’s eight-year renewal by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education, or the Board of Regents’ approval of the new UI Health Care Iowa River Landing facility—there were scores of other achievements—big and small—that have changed medicine and changed lives.

UI Health Care’s strength comes from our ability to bring together the amazing talent of the good people we have here to solve problems, spark innovation, and achieve breakthroughs in ways never before possible. Last year’s successes were outstanding and UI Health Care is poised to make 2011 an even better year. Again, thank you for all that you do to make our enterprise a leader in our area. I wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season and look forward to working with you in the New Year.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Free influenza vaccinations

Only 11 days remain for the UI Health Care Staff Influenza Vaccine Program. Free flu vaccinations are still available for all UI Health Care faculty, staff, and hospital volunteers on a walk-in basis during business hours now through Dec. 31 at the University Employee Health Clinic (Elevator A, Level 1). Student employees should go to Student Health to receive flu vaccinations.

As of last week, 29 departments were 100 percent compliant, with UI Health Care’s overall compliance rate at 97 percent—terrific progress but still short of our goal of 100 percent compliance. Thanks to all who have received a vaccination for embracing this chance to help optimize your own health and protect the health of others.

College research activity continues to climb

Data from FY 2010 demonstrates that research within the Carver College of Medicine continues to be ambitious and robust. The college received a total of 1,138 funded grant applications during the fiscal year, up from 1,017 in FY 2009. Of note, 395 of the 1,138 received during FY 2010 were new awards. The Carver College of Medicine accounts for almost half of the research funding received by The University of Iowa and ranks 12th nationally in National Institutes of Health funding to public medical schools.

UI Health Care Human Rights Week

UI Health Care will be partnering with The University of Iowa for the 2011 Celebration of Human Rights from Jan. 17 to 21. Activities sponsored by UI Health Care will include the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Lecture and Reception, the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Blood Drive, and the UI Health Care Human Rights Week Diversity Resources Fair. A full listing of activities taking place on campus can be viewed at http://mlk.uiowa.edu/. More information about UI Health Care programming will be available soon.

New Web address for construction on the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building

Construction of the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building (adjacent to the Medical Education and Research Facility) has entered the third and final phase, and on-site construction will continue into January 2014. The Web camera to view construction progress has been moved to http://walshgroup.com/news/pappajohn-web-cam.html.

CarePages™

UI Hospitals and Clinics offers CarePages™—personal Web pages that can be used to communicate with family and friends before, during, and after a patient’s hospitalization or clinic visit. With CarePages, loved ones can access recent news about a patient’s condition and offer support and encouragement. Visit www.uihealthcare.com to get started. For more information, call Tami at 353-7870 or e-mail tami-pollari@uiowa.edu.

Help save some energy over the holidays

Before you leave for the holidays this year, please remember to unplug coffee pots, televisions, cell phone and MP3 chargers, computer game consoles, and other electronics that use energy even when turned off. Make sure the shared fans, copy machines, and other unneeded equipment are completely turned off and not just in “sleep” mode. Also, please remember to fully close the windows and outside doors.

Rooftop Café holiday hours

Volunteer Services Rooftop Café (Elevator F, Level 8) will close early on Dec. 22 and Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. The volunteer refreshment carts will not be in service from Dec. 20 to 31. Regular hours and routes will resume Monday, Jan. 3. Volunteer Services proceeds benefit patients and their families. See examples of funded programs here.

2011 UI Children’s Hospital calendars now available

The 2011 UI Children’s Hospital calendars are now available. Calendars are $8 each and feature artwork from kids treated at UI Children’s Hospital. To purchase a 2011 calendar, stop by one of the upcoming UI Children’s Hospital merchandise sales or contact Children’s Miracle Network at cmn@uiowa.edu or 335-8484.

Mitten Tree at UI Hospitals and Clinics

Please help decorate our tree with new hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves. Items will be donated to local United Way agencies such as Four Oaks Youth Homes, the Domestic Violence Intervention Program, and Girl Scouts of the Mississippi Valley. The tree will be in the UI Hospitals and Clinics Main Entrance Lobby through Jan. 28. If you have questions, please contact Amy Rood at 356-2515.

Rossi Guest House accepting donations

The Rossi Guest House is accepting donations of non-perishable and microwaveable foods, including popcorn, snack food, instant hot cereals, hot chocolate packs, fruit juices, coffee, paper plates and bowls, and plastic utensils. Items can be brought to the Guest House office (Elevator C, Level 5) or call Sharon Artman at 356-1900 for pickup.

 

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