VPMA Voice
May 9, 2011

UI Health Care celebrates

Robillard PortraitLast week, UI Health Care kicked off its $500 million fundraising effort—“Iowa First: Our Campaign for Breakthrough Medicine”— toward reaching our goal of transforming the future of medicine here in Iowa and around the globe. Building on this excitement and momentum for our academic medical center, I am delighted that we are heading into yet another great week of celebration.

Our campaign will target a number of key areas that are poised to elevate to the next level of merit with the right support. It will focus largely on enhancing our capacity for life-changing progress and discoveries in many areas including: cancer treatment and research, cardiovascular health, aging, children’s health, blinding eye disease, neuroscience, new frontiers, women’s health, and medical education.

First, our dedicated UI Carver College of Medicine students celebrate the culmination of years of hard work with commencement ceremonies. As they reach this important milestone in their medical careers, I’m confident that the knowledge they have acquired here will enable them to go out and share their best with the world.

Secondly, this week is filled with a number of special events planned to honor the faculty, staff, and volunteers who make UI Health Care an incredible organization. From our nurses, to our laboratory technicians, to our administrative staff, this is a time to acknowledge the outstanding dedication and excellent work of our people. Highlights include posters in the Fountain Lobby displaying facets of UI Health Care from across the enterprise and “parties at home” celebrated by departments and units locally. (See below for details.)

To all of you, I say congratulations on a job well done—both professionally and academically. I am so proud of the accomplishments of UI Health Care’s people and I look forward to our future achievements together.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Jean Robillard, MD
Vice President for Medical Affairs

The week’s celebrations


The UI Carver College of Medicine’s graduation ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2011, at the Coralville Marriott Convention Center. In addition to the Doctor of Medicine degrees, other degrees being awarded are the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Radiation Sciences, and the Masters of Medical Education degrees.

Honoring our nurses

Stop by the Fountain Lobby today, Monday, May 9, to see a Salute to Nursing! poster display and talk to representatives from Staff Nurse Council. The Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care will host a birthday party for Florence Nightingale that also honors Daisy nurses and certified nurses from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10 in the Atrium Conference Center (Elevator D/E, Level 7).

Enterprise-wide recognitions

Enjoy changing posters and displays featuring UI Health Care education, research, and patient care from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Fountain Lobby (Elevator C, Level 1). Mark your calendars for a special faculty, staff, and volunteer “Carnival” from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, in the Atrium Conference Center (Elevator D/E, Level 7). All departments and units are also encouraged to celebrate their people and “party at home” on Friday, May 13.

Regents Award

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Cohen, professor and head of the Department of Pathology, for being selected recently as a recipient of a 2011 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence.

Journal features UI writers

Virtual Mentor, the American Medical Association’s online ethics journal, went live May 1 with special content about rural health ethics written by Carver College of Medicine student Kathleen Miller, editor for the journal, and UI professors Dr. Kim Ephgrave, Dr. Mark Graber, and Dr. Cherascu Bogdan.

Student Poster Session

Last week, the UI Interdisciplinary Health Group held the 12th Annual Student Interdisciplinary Health Research Poster Session. This event offered UI students working on health-related research an opportunity to highlight their work and interact with researchers from other disciplines. Congratulations to Carver College of Medicine students Allison Momany and Caitlin Runne and College of Nursing student Alyson Spore for each receiving one of the 10 $100 awards presented at the event.

Scholarship presentation

All are invited to attend the Sally Mathis Hartwig Scholarship presentation on Monday, May 9, from noon to 12:30 p.m. in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8). The scholarship, established by the former director of nursing at UI Hospitals and Clinics, supports nurses pursuing graduate degrees at the UI College of Nursing. The inaugural award will go to Melissa Gross, RN, BSN, CNRN, nurse manager of the neurology and neurosciences unit.

Promotion and tenure seminars

Dr. Lois Geist, associate dean for faculty affairs and development, will host promotion and tenure seminars for faculty who are considering promotion in the next academic year, who are in the final year of their probationary period, or who just want to learn more about the process. Clinical track faculty will meet tomorrow, Tuesday, May 10, from 7 to 8 a.m. in the 7th Floor Atrium Conference Rooms A/B, and tenure track faculty will meet Monday, May 16, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the 7th Floor Atrium Conference Rooms A/B. To register, call 335-8067.

Request for staff award nominations

The UI Staff Council is accepting nominations for the UI Outstanding Staff Award, the Board of Regents Staff Excellence Award, and the David J. Skorton Award for Staff Excellence in Public Service. Think about nominating a staff member who has made a contribution that you believe should be recognized. Nominate a staff member online.

Understanding stroke seminar

Knowing the warning signs of stroke is important for your health and that of your loved ones. Join the discussion for a better understanding of stroke at a seminar this Wednesday, May 11, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Urmila Sahai Seminar Room (2117 MERF). To register, call 877-MED-IOWA.

Did you know?

Part of UI Health Care’s fundraising campaign kick-off included a $10 million gift commitment from Iowa First campaign co-chairs Jerre and Mary Joy Stead. The gift will advance children’s medicine at Iowa by creating endowed faculty positions, supporting research and staff excellence initiatives, and funding innovative support services for patients and their families. The gift will help improve patient treatments and increase understanding of how pediatric diseases can be combated.

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