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As members of the UI Health Care community, we have a special responsibility to keep patient safety and quality care front and center in all that we do. This year’s successful influenza vaccination program is a shining example of the outstanding results we can achieve when we work together to reach our goals.

All of the faculty, staff, students, and volunteers who participated in this important initiative should be proud of the 99 percent response rate—up 10 percent from last year—that we achieved. In addition, our vaccination rate stands at 90 percent―a number that will likely increase as we continue to tabulate the final figures. I’d like to thank Trisha Schultz and the Staff Influenza Task Force for their hard work on this year’s efforts, as well as the countless others who made this program a success.

Although this year’s program has officially come to a close, please know that any health care compliant employees still wishing to get an influenza vaccine may do so free of charge at the University Employee Health Clinic in 1097-1 Boyd Tower (Elevator A, Level 1).

The results of this year’s program exemplify how UI Health Care employees reach for and attain the highest of goals. This achievement also highlights our ability to produce exceptional results in all that we undertake.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Dr. George Penick dies at 88

Longtime research pathologist George Dial Penick, MD, passed away on Jan. 4, 2011, at the age of 88. Dr. Penick was Chair of the UI Department of Pathology from 1970 to 1980. He was recruited to lead an expansion of the department’s responsibilities for diagnostic laboratory services to the UI and Veteran’s Administration Medical Center; recruitment of key people into subspecialty areas; and facility improvements to consolidate department offices and improve laboratories. He also led successful efforts in research and education, including development of a graduate program in Pathology. He will be greatly missed.

UI Health Care Human Rights Week

UI Health Care will be partnering with The University of Iowa for the 2011 Celebration of Human Rights Week from Jan. 17 to 21. Activities sponsored by UI Health Care will include the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Lecture featuring Michele Norris, host of National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” the Dr. 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 here. More information about UI Health Care programming for the week is also available on The Point.

Dr. Scott-Conner recognized with Adkins award

Carol Scott-Conner, MD, PhD, professor in the Carver College of Medicine Department of Surgery, is to be the fifth recipient of the R. Benton Adkins Jr. Distinguished Service Award in July. The award, presented by the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA), recognizes Dr. Scott-Conner’s significant contributions to the AACA, her efforts to advance the science and art of clinical anatomy, dedication to research and publication in her field, and high standards in the teaching of anatomy.

UI Hospitals and Clinics music therapy ranked in top three

UI Hospitals and Clinics music therapy program was named one of the top three medical musical therapy programs in the country by the American Music Therapy Association. It was chosen because it is a long-standing, evidence-based program with a strong, reputable internship, substantial funding, and is staffed with multiple, respected, experienced music therapists with national reputations. Congratulations to all who help our patients address their physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual needs through this important program.

HCIS e-mail upgrade

Health Care Information Systems (HCIS) is working on a project to upgrade the existing e-mail messaging system. This upgrade will require moving all electronic mailboxes to new server hardware. Accounts will be moved in groups of a few hundred users at a time. Individuals will receive an e-mail letting them know when they will be moved, with contact information for the help desk and links to articles to help if they experience difficulties with e-mail after their accounts have been moved. HCIS expects to migrate all users and complete the upgrade by the end of January. If you have any questions, contact the HCIS Help Desk at 356-0001.

Advertisements to promote key UI Hospitals and Clinics services

Consistent with our strategic priorities to grow clinical programs in key areas, advertisements for UI Hospitals and Clinics are scheduled to run on television, radio, and in print. Our television commercials featuring heart and vascular health, and cancer care, are running on Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, and Quad-City stations. Radio ads will also run on Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Quad-City, Des Moines, and Dubuque radio stations. Please visit The Point for more information and to see when to watch for our ads.

Live Healthy Iowa

Live Healthy Iowa is a fun, team-based, health and fitness 100-day challenge to jump-start healthy habits from Jan. 20 to April 29. UI staff are encouraged to create teams of two to 10 people who will track their physical activity time, weight loss, or both. More information on UI Wellness incentives and registration can be viewed here.

Wheelchair inventory scheduled

Environmental and Guest Services staff will be collecting wheelchairs from all areas of the hospital as part of a wheelchair inventory starting today through Thursday evening, Jan. 13. Regular wheelchair requests will continue to be processed as usual during this time. The inventory is necessary to perform minor repairs and clean and sanitize wheelchairs. Please be supportive of this endeavor and make all wheelchairs available during these days. For additional information call 384-8909 or 356-2277.


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