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UI Health Care partners this week with our campus colleagues for the 2011
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Human Rights. As an organization, we are committed to working hard to honor diversity and recognize the worth and dignity of each and every individual. And, by joining together and embracing the inspirational essence of Dr. King’s messages, we will continue to create an environment of inclusion where differences are respected and all feel welcome.

Our week of activities include musical performances, a photo exhibit, a blood drive, international food selections, a Diversity Resources Fair, lectures, and an opportunity for charitable giving. For more information please visit The Point. I especially want to encourage you to attend Wednesday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Lecture at noon in the Prem Sahai auditorium in the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF). The lecture will feature Michele Norris, host of “All Things Considered” on National Public Radio. Her new memoir, The Grace of Silence, speaks to America’s hidden conversation about race and her own family’s conversations on the subject. It is available for purchase at Wild Rose Books and will be sold before the lecture in the MERF atrium, as well as after, where all are welcome to join us for a reception and book signing.

I hope you are as excited as I am about participating in this year’s celebration and the opportunity to engage, educate, and inspire one another about the importance of human rights issues, as we join our colleagues across campus to foster diversity.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Orthopaedic Society honors Dr. Buckwalter

The Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) presented its ORS/OREF Distinguished Investigator Award to Joseph Buckwalter, MD, at the organization’s annual meeting this month. Dr. Buckwalter is professor and head of Carver College of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, and for 35 years he has conducted basic scientific studies of the musculoskeletal system. For more than a decade, he has led a team of investigators that have conducted basic, translational, and clinical research on the role of joint injury in osteoarthritis. The award honors an individual who has compiled a record of innovative research and service to the professional community, and demonstrated outstanding mentorship of trainees and exemplified academic collegiality.

Neonatal program named a Center of Excellence

UI Hospitals and Clinics once again met the Clinical Sciences Institute of OptumHealth’s clinical qualification for participation in its Neonatal Centers of Excellence network. This evaluation and designation recognizes the program’s ability to provide access to excellence in neonatal care. Congratulations to all who care for our youngest, most vulnerable patients on this wonderful achievement.

Practice guitar with Project Art

Attention all guitar-playing UI Health Care faculty and staff: Would you like to play a guitar for practice or enjoyment during the work week? Project Art will provide you with a guitar and a space to play from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Project Art performing arts division office located near the Massage Oasis in the Fountain Lobby. For more information, contact Mark Bernat at 384-8068.

UI Heart and Vascular Center screenings

UI Heart and Vascular Center is offering screening for peripheral arterial disease (PAD)—a serious condition with few warning signs. PAD can cause stroke, heart attack, or sudden death. Candidates for screening include adults age 50 and older with any of these risk factors: diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, obesity, or family history of stroke or heart and vascular disease. Call 356-2777 for more information or visit here.

Medical Instruments opens new location

Medical Instruments is now open for business in its new location of 0035 Roy J. Carver Pavilion (Elevator D, Lower Level). Medical Instruments serves all UI Health Care faculty and staff by designing and building research equipment; building and repairing medical devices and instruments; and modifying equipment as needed. Office hours are Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Service requests should be made on a hospital requisition form, which can be found on The Point under Medical Instruments. For assistance or questions call the Medical Instruments main phone number at 467-5118 or Katheryn Ogden at 467-5119. The fax line is 467-5105.

Free community seminar on digestive health

“To Your Digestive Health” will be the topic of a free community seminar on Wednesday, Jan. 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8). Presenters are David Elliott, MD, Gastroenterology, and John Cromwell, MD, Colorectal Surgery. Register online at or by calling 335-8886 or 877-MED-IOWA.

Free Volunteer Services wall calendars

Free 2011 wall calendars are available at the Volunteer Services Rooftop Café (Elevator F, Level 8), while supplies last. Volunteer Services proceeds benefit patients and their families. To see examples of funded programs visit here

“Moms Supporting Moms”

UI Women’s Health invites mothers of infants and toddlers to attend “Moms Supporting Moms.” The group meets from noon to 1 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of every month in Melrose Conference Room 3 (Elevator L, Level 5). For more information, call 356-1278 or e-mail UIHC-moms@uiowa.edu.

Keep out the cold

During extremely cold weather, please make sure that all windows in work areas are completely closed to prevent damage caused by frozen pipes. If you need help closing or latching windows, please contact the Service Center by dialing 800 from any UI Hospitals and Clinics phone.


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