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Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020

We are caring for 797 inpatients and have 4,165 outpatient visits today.

High: 40 Low: 23 Partly cloudy

High: 38 Low: 20 Mostly sunny

Broadcasts: Need to know

The Loop half-hour downtime today at 4:30 p.m.

The Loop will be down for a server move from approximately 4:30 to 5 p.m. today. Questions during that time? Email

Have you completed your 2020 Conflict of Interest disclosure?

On an annual basis, faculty, staff, and student employees are required to complete an online Annual Disclosure of Outside Professional Activities and Interests form.

News: In The Loop

‘A Beacon of Light’: Doctor raises money for children, adolescents waiting in the ER for psychiatric care

When Jeffrey Brown, MD, saw Carson King’s fundraising campaign for UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital go viral, he got a similar idea: raise money for children and adolescents visiting the emergency room for psychiatric care.

Parent blog: Ashley and Matthew Gerlach

Colby and Connor Gerlach kept their care team on their toes from day one. After several weeks in our hospital, their mom says, “The boys let the NICU staff take a quick breather and did some more ‘normal preemie things.’ However, the break was short-lived.”

Sign up for Excellence Every Time: March 10 or 11

Join us to hear stories from our patients, and learn how UI Health Care is focused on safety, quality, and the patient connection. This half-day session is open to all employees and is different than the Service Excellence event you may have attended in the past.

UI professor looking for medical marijuana study participants

UI professor Thorsten Rudroff, PhD, wants to see what the chances of falling are for older people who smoke medical marijuana, KCRG reports.

Events: Join us

See more UI Health Care events on The Loop.


  • The Department of Surgery has implemented service pagers and is seeking feedback about this new process through a survey. For more information about the service pagers or the survey, email
  • Enter to win a fitness tracker during February, American Heart Month. Did you know heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States? Learn how to reduce your risk for heart disease by taking the heart-healthy pledge.
  • The Clinical Documentation Improvement team has changed their staffing model to specialize in specific service lines. Find out who your CDI specialist is.
  • Submissions are now being accepted for the fall 2020 issue of The Examined Life Journal: the literary journal of the Carver College of Medicine. They seek fiction, non-fiction, and poetry dealing with any aspect of health, disease, or the human condition. Deadline is April 1.

Research volunteers invited

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  • Women and their partners who are planning to pursue in vitro fertilization are invited to participate in a study to investigate if participation in a psychoeducational group designed to educate patients on stress reduction and coping techniques improves quality of life for fertility patients. Email

Outside UI Health Care

New report shows UI, fellow American Talent Initiative members are expanding access and opportunity for students

The American Talent Initiative is on track to enroll 50,000 more lower-income students by 2025, Iowa Now reports.

United Way annual fundraiser ends Saturday*

The United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties’ annual fundraiser is wrapping up this weekend, but remains just shy of its goal, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports.

Dancers in Company celebrate 36th year with home concert

The UI touring ensemble performed a diverse mix of contemporary dances at Space Place Theater, weaving athleticism, beauty, humor, and absurdity into the home concert, The Daily Iowan reports.

Here are the winning entrees, desserts, and drinks at the 10th Top Chef Downtown competition

This year’s event featured offerings from 29 Iowa City restaurants, Little Village Magazine reports.

20-foot waves may be coming to the Great Lakes

Huge waves already have been spotted over southern Lake Michigan, following a mass of cold air that pushed a north wind over the region, CNN reports.

Women’s basketball looks for strong senior night performance

The team is crushing expectations on its way to a likely third-place finish in the Big Ten regular season standings, The Daily Iowan reports.

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