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As Iowa's only academic medical center, UI Health Care exists as a valuable resource for the entire state with contributions extending far beyond its direct patient care, research, and education missions. In addition to developing the work force, creating new knowledge, and addressing the health care needs of Iowans, UI Health Care contributes significantly to the state's economic well- being, which translates into an overall "healthier" state.

A recently released report from the Iowa Hospital Association shows what an incredible impact UI Hospitals and Clinics has on our community, both in terms of number of people who are employed as well as the financial contribution. UI Hospitals and Clinics generates 14,473 jobs that add more than $694 million to Johnson County's economy. In addition, our employees spend more than $244.4 million on retail sales and contribute nearly $14.7 million in state sales tax revenue.

On a daily basis, the people of UI Health Care are changing medicine and changing lives by working to prevent and cure disease, improve health and well-being, and assure access to quality care. Beyond our commitment to providing these high- value services, it is important to remember our positive influence on our community and our state's overall economy, all of which help make Iowa an even better place to live.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Arnold P. Gold Foundation award winners

Winners for two awards presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation were recently announced. The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine award is given to an M4 student and a faculty member who demonstrate outstanding compassion in the delivery of care, respect for patients, their families, and health care colleagues, as well as clinical excellence. This year's winners are M4 Rachel Sandler and Dr. Carlyn Christensen-Szalanski. The Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award is given to six residents from nominations by the M3 class. The winners this year are: Drs. Vijay Pottathil, Sandy Fang, Matthew Uhlman, Jill Amsberry, Tyler Haberle, and Daniel Hansen. These residents demonstrate a commitment to teaching and compassionate treatment.

Dr. Patrick Schlievert named Head, UI Department of Microbiology

Patrick M. Schlievert, PhD, has been named Professor and Head, UI Department of Microbiology, pending approval by the Iowa State Board of Regents. He will assume responsibilities on July 1, 2011. Dr. Schlievert is an internationally known microbiologist neurologist whose research focuses on immunobiology and genetic control of staphylococcal and streptococcal pyrogenic toxins. Most recently he was a professor of microbiology at the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the Minnesota faculty in 1981, he was an assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of California at Los Angeles. In addition, Dr. Schlievert is a co-founder of two biotechnology companies. Dr. Schlievert received a bachelor's degree in general science (geology) and a PhD in microbiology from The University of Iowa.

UI Health Care Health Academy Day

Last week, UI Health Care hosted Health Academy Day in partnership with the Workplace Learning Connection within the Grant Wood Area 10 Education Association. Over 70 students from high schools across eastern Iowa interacted with health care professionals, experienced hands-on activities in our academic medical center setting, and explored various health care careers. This and other pipeline education programs help UI Health Care promote and encourage STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. In the past 2 1/2 years, UI Health Care's faculty, staff, and students have interacted with more than 10,000 Iowa students.

UI Health Sciences Research Week

The Carver College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health, Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, and Iowa City VA Health Care System Research Week events are set to take place Tuesday, April 12 through Thursday, April 14, 2011. The event will focus on translational genomics, and its co-chairs are Dr. Charles Brenner, Head of the Department of Biochemistry, and Dr. Heather Bartlett, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Biochemistry. Two separate poster sessions will be held with one competition for medical and graduate students and one for post-doctoral fellows and staff. For more information, please visit the Research Week Site.

Patient safety forum

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 be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, 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, please go to The Point.

UI Hospitals and Clinics launch innovative surgery ad campaign

On March 21, a new advertising campaign began that introduces Iowans to some of the amazing surgical options available at UI Hospitals and Clinics. The campaign highlights the personal stories of three patients-one who lost significant weight after bariatric surgery, one who had a robotic surgery, and a third who had a liver transplant days after being listed as a candidate. The goal of the campaign is to highlight the incredible surgical choices available at Iowa. The new commercials are airing on all major networks and some cable stations in central and eastern Iowa and newspapers. Please visit The Point for more information and to see the ads.

Did you know?

Last week, over 400 members of The Fraternal Order of Eagles visited our academic medical center to celebrate the naming of The Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center that will be housed within the John and Mary Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building. University of Iowa leadership, including President Mason and representatives of Iowa's federal and state legislative delegations, were on hand to welcome the Eagles to campus. In 2008, the Eagles announced a $25 million, five-year gift commitment to establish a major research center dedicated to diabetes at The University of Iowa. Since that time, the Eagles have contributed more than $10 million toward this commitment.

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