VPMA Voice
May 16, 2011

UI Health Care quarterly reports

Robillard PortraitI hope you had a chance to see for yourself the first in a series of quarterly reports about how UI Health Care is changing medicine and changing lives through breakthrough discoveries, educational advances, and innovative patient care which debuted in yesterday’s edition of The Des Moines Register. One of our values is accountability, and there is no better way than vehicles like this to educate Iowans about the world-class services we provide across the state.

The inaugural report highlighted stories from our UI Heart and Vascular Center. As you may know, the Center is a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of heart and vascular diseases and conditions. With the largest concentration of heart-related expertise in the state, it provides heart and vascular care ranging from routine cardiology services to mechanical assistance for heart failure, as well as a number of unique innovative procedures. The stories featured advanced treatments available to those who visit us, including our preparations for implantation of the first artificial heart in Iowa, minimally invasive surgery techniques, clinical trials on a cardiac plug for atrial fibrillation, educational training for providers around the state, and outreach efforts about heart health.

These reports also direct readers to our newly created UI Health Care Annual Report website, which provides information about other aspects of our academic medical center. I encourage each of you to take a moment to visit the website and to be on the lookout in August for the next quarterly report featuring cancer care.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Jean Robillard, MD
Vice President for Medical Affairs

Week of celebration recap

Last week, we celebrated National Hospital Week, National Nurses Week, and the Carver College of Medicine Commencement–all wonderful events and a great way to recognize the outstanding dedication and contributions of UI Health Care’s people. Many thanks to everyone who helped make these events special. Congratulations to those who won raffle prizes at the UI Health Care National Hospital Week Celebration Carnival, attended by more than 2,000 faculty, staff, and volunteers. Mark Fuerstenberg won the $25 gift certificate to Wild Rose Gifts, donated by Volunteer Services; and gift baskets were won by Lindsey Cagley, Audrey Herman, Lisa Mascardo, Peggy Molback, Marge Mitchell, and Linda Shalla.

Grant renewal for Cardiovascular Research Center

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, has granted the UI Carver College of Medicine a five- year, $4 million Institutional National Research Service Award renewal. Initiated in 1974 under the direction of Dr. Francois M. Abboud, the Edith King Pearson Chair in Cardiovascular Research and professor of internal medicine and molecular physiology and biophysics, the training grant is one of the longest continuously funded programs of its kind in the nation. The funding supports stipends and research expenses of young doctors and scientists for research training, with the goal of preparing them for careers as leading cardiovascular researchers and/or physician/scientists. The award is the seventh competitive renewal of the Interdisciplinary Cardiovascular Research Fellowship to the UI Cardiovascular Research Center. It will extend the program’s continuous funding through its 41st year and bring total funding for this program to over $26 million.

Service Excellence training

Following the February Service Excellence event at the IMU there have been many inquiries as to “What’s Next?” The answer is rolling out ANODAT (A Nod and A Thanks) to our staff and colleagues. To assist managers in this process, a Service Excellence Toolkit is available to every unit and department of UI Health Care. Thus far, more than 160 managers and supervisors have participated in a “train the trainer” session, and are moving forward to share this information with staff. Those who have yet to request toolkits and schedule training sessions with their staff are encouraged to do so by contacting Steve Larson. Our goal is to assure that everyone has had an opportunity to learn about A Nod and A Thanks by the end of May.

"Iowa Insights" podcast features Neurology

Researchers in the Department of Neurology are gaining valuable insight into how the brain works by studying patients with different forms of brain damage. The latest edition of the Iowa Insights podcast, a monthly audio magazine featuring interviews with some of the world’s leading thinkers, researchers, and teachers, examines the role of the world-renowned Iowa Neurological Patient Registry in this quest for knowledge about the brain.

Listen to the May podcast.

Health at Iowa

The latest issue of UI Health Care’s free online consumer newsletter, Health at Iowa, is now available for viewing. In this issue, learn about one woman’s battle with rapid heartbeat, a premature baby’s fight to survive, tasty spring and summer recipes you can make at home, oral cancer’s symptoms and treatment, and robotic surgery for uterine prolapse.

Read Health at Iowa online.

New Joint Commission Quality Core Measure reports

New Joint Commission Quality Core Measure reports for UI Hospitals and Clinics are now available. The standardized, evidence based core measures are part of The Joint Commission accreditation and public reporting coordinated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The measures allow us to identify areas of excellence, performance opportunities, and be accountable to the public for various patient populations. A link to the reports is available on The Point homepage.

Evaluating bone fragility presentation

Thomas J. Beck, ScM, ScD, ABR, will present, “Can differences in adaptation to mechanical load form a new paradigm for evaluating bone fragility?” at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, Room C44-A GH, UI Hospitals and Clinics (Elevator B, Level 4). Beck is vice president and chief technology officer of Quantum Medical Metrics, LLC and adjunct associate professor of medical imaging physics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. This presentation is part of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science’s Visiting Professor Series.

Did you know?

The UI Foundation has created a website in support of UI Health Care’s recently announced fundraising campaign— Iowa First: Our Campaign for Breakthrough Medicine. The site details the campaign priorities which include cancer, cardiovascular health, medical education, children’s health, blinding eye disease, neuroscience, new frontiers, and age related diseases. It also provides a convenient way for those who wish to educate themselves about and consider supporting our academic medical center to do so. Take a moment to look over the site.

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