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UI Health Care is an invaluable resource for the state of Iowa with respect to its world class patient care, biomedical research breakthroughs, development of the health care workforce, expertise in health policy, as well as its significant positive economic impact on the state. As part of our commitment to serving the people of Iowa, we work hard to educate and build stronger relationships with all of our constituents, including elected officials and state agencies.

Earlier this month, I joined colleagues with UI Health Care and the UI’s other health science colleges to host the second annual UI Health Science Day at the State Capitol in Des Moines. Through displays on the first floor of the Capitol, we showcased a variety of programs and initiatives such as the Iowa HealthPro Network, plans for the new UI Children’s Hospital, information about our cancer services, MyChart, volunteer services, the infant patient simulator, and much more. We were also pleased to host a luncheon for Iowa legislators and meet one-on-one with members of our local delegation—State Senators Joe Bolkcom and Bob Dvorsky—to discuss the state of health care in Iowa.

This face-to-face time with our lawmakers, whose decisions on policy influence the way we pursue our mission, is crucial in our efforts of educating the state on the many ways we positively contribute to the lives of Iowans. I plan to continue these important outreach efforts and spread the word that UI Health Care is truly changing medicine and changing lives.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Physician Assistant Program achieves outstanding certification results

In 2010, 26 graduates from the Physician Assistant (PA) Program sat for the National Certification Examination and achieved a 100 percent pass rate, compared to the national average of 94 percent for all first time takers. The PA Program now has 15 consecutive years without a single student failing the exam. The PA Program’s mean score was 644 compared to the national average of 558. This performance represents the highest mean score ever by a class from The University of Iowa in the 36-year history of the program. These outstanding scores are a wonderful achievement for both the PA Program and its students.

Cultural Competence in Clinical Care

A Cultural Competence in Clinical Care seminar will be held in the Atrium Conference Room (Elevator E/F, Level 7), UI Hospitals and Clinics, on Tuesday, May 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information contact Janet Bossom from the UI Health Care Office of Cultural Affairs & Diversity Initiatives at janet-bossom@uiowa.edu.

Upcoming Mini Medical School sessions in Iowa City

Every Tuesday evening in April, the UI Carver College of Medicine will host its “Breakthroughs in Medicine at Iowa” program at 7 p.m. in the Prem Sahai Auditorium (MERF). From genetics to stem cells to “virtual” anatomy, participants will learn about cutting-edge medical research and education at the University, and the teams of physicians, scientists, and others collaborating on new knowledge, new technologies, and new treatments who make the breakthroughs happen. Mini Medical School is free and open to the public. Register by phone at 877-MED-IOWA or online.

Let’s Talk Patient Safety

Join a patient safety initiative for all physicians and staff. “Let’s Talk Patient Safety: Communication Openness—Questioning those with More Authority,” a forum sponsored by the Department of Clinical Quality, Safety, and Performance Improvement, will take place on Tuesday, April 5 from noon to 1 p.m. in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8). Participants can speak honestly and confidentially about patient safety issues in these monthly forums. You must have your badge to be admitted. Lunch will be provided for the first 50 attendees. For more information, go to The Point.

Faculty videos to accompany profiles on the UI Health Care website

UI Health Care Marketing and Communications has put together, on the new UI Health Care website, 85 short videos of physicians, which are attached to their profiles. More than 50 others are set to go live in the near future. To view the profiles on the new website click here.

Service Excellence Ambassadors

UI Health Care’s Service Excellence Ambassadors are a group of enthusiastic staff members whose purpose is to help patients and visitors find their way, to warmly greet everyone who walks through the complex, and to help elevate customer service. Improving the experience for patients and visitors is a top priority and everyone’s assistance in these efforts is greatly appreciated. These new staff members wear red coats as part of their uniform and work near several of the UI Hospitals and Clinics entrances.

liveWELL 2011: New Year, Healthier You

Help contribute to a healthy campus culture by completing your Personal Health Assessment (PHA). There are a number of benefits in taking this confidential, 15-minute wellness survey: a tailored feedback report to review with your physician; direction to campus resources on health-related topics; access to Online Lifestyle Management Programs; eligibility to receive the Recreation Membership Incentive for access to Campus Recreation Facilities; a monetary incentive each year; and a chance to win one of two monthly drawings for $500 throughout the year. The PHA can be accessed on UI’s Employee Self Service.

Iowa River Landing construction project webcam

You can check on the progress of the new ambulatory care facility at Iowa River Landing (IRL) in Coralville on this Web camera. Construction for IRL began in November and is expected to be complete in 2012.

Ronald McDonald House Run/Walk

Registration is now open for the annual Ronald McDonald House Run/Walk on Sunday, May 8 at the Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City. Participants can choose between a 5K and 10-mile option. Bring the family and enjoy refreshments, entertainment, a free children’s “Ronald’s Run,” and more. Online registration and more details are available here.



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