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Let’s dance! This week we have the opportunity to participate in one of the most fun, moving, and rewarding yearly activities on campus—the 24-hour long (caffeine free!) dance marathon, hosted annually by the student-run organization, University of Iowa Dance Marathon. Monies raised through Dance Marathon create and sustain year-round special projects to provide emotional and financial support for pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplant patients and their families treated at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.

Dance Marathon is helmed by a group of dedicated students at the University who oversee a year-long fundraiser involving more than 2,200 students, families, and friends culminating in the inspiring 24-hour event. Over 1,000 family members will be in attendance. Throughout the evening, students, and families will celebrate the lives of children survivors and honor the 123 children who have lost their lives to this devastating disease since Dance Marathon began. Over the past 16 years, UI Dance Marathon has raised more than $8.6 million.

Kick off for this year’s festivities are Friday at 7 p.m. in the Main Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. I encourage you to consider supporting Dance Marathon and its worthwhile efforts to help those who face a difficult fight against pediatric cancer and embrace this chance to make a difference. To view the 24-hour live Web feed of the event or for more information, visit the dance marathon website or view the University of Iowa Dance Marathon 17 video on YouTube.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Regents to hear UI Children’s Hospital proposal

This week UI Health Care leaders will seek approval from the Board of Regents to move forward on three major projects – the new UI Children’s Hospital; Family Medicine Center – Hawkeye Campus; and the Community-Based Primary Care Clinic in North Liberty.

All projects are part of a master plan for renewing our clinical facilities originally approved by the Board in 2008. The master plan includes converting all inpatient areas to private patient rooms, upgrading and expanding critical care beds, and developing a state-of-the-art platform for surgical and other interventional procedures. For more information about the projects and other items on the agenda, including a report on operations and finances, visit The Point. UI Health Care leaders will make their presentation to the Board on Wednesday and action on the proposed items is scheduled for Thursday.

Privacy reminder

All faculty and staff members, students, and volunteers working at UI Hospitals and Clinics are reminded that inappropriately accessing patient information violates both University policy and the federal HIPAA Privacy Rule. In addition, it is also inappropriate to discuss a patient’s status, care, or other circumstances in a public setting such as a hospital dining room, elevator, or on a bus.

Last week, the Compliance Office began investigating a possible breach of privacy associated with the recent hospitalization of 13 Hawkeye football players. If violations of University policy and/or the federal HIPAA Privacy rule are confirmed, the violators will be disciplined up to and including termination. To monitor privacy compliance, the Compliance Office conducts periodic reviews of computer access to confidential patient information and disciplines and/or terminates those who violate the rules protecting private health information.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Compliance Office at 384-8282 or Compliance@healthcare.uiowa.edu. If you wish to remain anonymous in reporting a concern, you may call the Compliance Helpline at 384-8190.

Mini Medical School in Davenport

The UI Carver College of Medicine will host a Mini Medical School program on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at the Adler Health Education Center, located at Genesis Medical Center East, 1236 E. Rusholme St., Davenport. The Mini Medical School program will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Darren Hoffmann, PhD, a faculty member in the UI Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, will present “Dissecting Your Health in a Virtual Anatomy Laboratory Experience.”

Roger Gingrich, MD, PhD, professor of internal medicine and a physician with Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI, will discuss “Breakthroughs in Cancer Research.” Mini Medical School is free and open to the public. To register, call 319-335-8886 or toll-free 877-MED-IOWA or register online.

Service Excellence Book Club

All UI Hospitals and Clinics staff and faculty members are invited to participate in the Service Excellence Book Club, launching in February. Participants will be reading the book If Disney Ran Your Hospital: 9 ½ Things You Would Do Differently, by Fred Lee and will attend a one-hour discussion session. Copies of the book are available now for checkout at the Patients’ Library (temporary location at Elevator C, Level 3).

The discussion sessions are set for: Thursday, Feb. 10, noon to 1 p.m., East Room (Elevator F, Level 8); Tuesday, Feb. 22, 7 to 8 p.m., East Room; and Thursday, Feb. 24, noon to 1 p.m., East Room. A light meal will be provided to the first 100 attendees at each session. Questions? Call or e-mail Shelly Maharry at 6-7540 or shelly-maharry@uiowa.edu.

28 Days of Heart Health

The UI Heart and Vascular Center is offering a new program for American Heart Month in February: 28 Days of Heart Health. Sign up to receive daily
e-mail updates with links to our 28 Days website and features to help you improve your heart health—from exercise tips to stress reduction techniques and more. Much of the content is interactive—you can download a video of UI Health Care’s “Chef Hib” Hilbert Stoelk preparing heart healthy meals, post a picture of yourself going red on National Wear Red Day (Feb. 4), sign up for a heart seminar, and learn about other events. Register online.

GLBT & Allies Afternoon Social

UI Health Care faculty, staff, and students are invited to the GLBT (Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender) & Allies Afternoon Social from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1 in Suite C-125 GH, Graduate Medical Education Office (Elevator B, Level 1). Light snacks will be provided. If you have questions,
e-mail medicine-diversity@uiowa.edu.


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