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Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

We are caring for 678 inpatients and have 2,887 outpatient visits today.

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  • Due to the holiday, Noon News will not publish tomorrow or Friday, Nov. 24.
  • Employees working tomorrow (any shift) are invited to a free Thanksgiving meal: 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Fountain Dining Room (Elevator C, Level 1) or 2 p.m. to 4 a.m. in the Marketplace (Elevator C, Level 1). You must present your ID badge.
  • Thanksgiving meal for patients and families: Let patients and families in the hospital know that they are invited to St. Mary’s of the Visitation in Iowa City at 1 p.m. tomorrow at 228 E. Jefferson St. Anyone who needs a ride to and from the church should call the parish office at 319-337-4314.

News: In The Loop

Meet Kid Captain Landon Wilkerson

Landon Wilkerson, 8, of Montezuma, Iowa, is our University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital Kid Captain for Friday’s game against Nebraska. Landon was born with just one kidney and other complications that led to kidney failure. He has undergone more than 20 surgeries, including a kidney transplant in 2014, thanks to a special donor: his grandmother.

Taking steps forward—advancing conventional methods of medical CT imaging

Access to the latest CT technology for research purposes can be hard to come by, the NIH reports. Eric Hoffman, PhD, director of the Advanced Pulmonary Physiomic Imaging Laboratory at the UI was awarded a dual energy MDCT scanner in 2015.

8 hospitals with strong finances

UI Hospitals and Clinics is included in a national list of eight hospitals and health systems with strong operational metrics and solid financial positions, according to recent reports from Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investors Service, and S&P Global Ratings.

Events: Join us

See more UI Health Care events on The Loop.

  • Mindfulness Meditation: noon to 12:50 p.m. today in the Meditation Room (Level 12) at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Discover how to respond skillfully to stress and improve your general well-being and happiness. Questions? Email
  • Frontiers in Pediatric Research seminar: noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8). Amy Conrad, PhD, of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital, will present, “Using Neuroimaging to Help Understand the Etiology of Language and Reading Deficits Among Children with Isolated Oral Clefts.”
  • To encourage and reward winter biking, the UI Office of Sustainability presents the Winter Warrior Challenge, starting Monday, Nov. 27. Questions? Email
  • UI Department of Urology silent auction for men’s health: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8). Items include an autographed football from the Green Bay Packers, entertainment/hotel packages, and more. Proceeds will benefit the Men’s Health Fund.
  • Type One Nation Summit: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, in MERF. All persons affected by Type 1 diabetes, their care providers, and the medical community are invited to this educational and networking event. Register at

Today’s tidbit

Set up email notifications in ELMS to be alerted about calendar request approvals, schedule changes, and other time card events. See Email Notifications (Event Subscriptions) on the ELMS training site for more information.

Research volunteers invited

Find more research studies at

  • Subjects ages 45 to 69 are invited to participate in the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study (MOST), a bone and joint health study. There will be three visits over two years. Compensation provided. To learn more, contact 319-384-5050, 800-814-9535, or

Outside UI Health Care

Iowa Medicaid enrollees won’t be able to switch to Amerigroup

The Iowa Department of Human Services said yesterday that Amerigroup Iowa, one of the two remaining companies that will manage the state’s Medicaid program for 2018, does “not currently have capacity to take any new members,” The Gazette reports.

Fill the Plate Day: More than 300,000 meals served to benefit eastern Iowa seniors

One in six seniors are at risk of food insecurity, and the Heritage Area Agency on Aging works to combat that statistic through its 20 senior dining sites throughout eastern Iowa, KCRG reports. In fiscal year 2017, the programs provided 302,435 meals to seniors.

Cedar Rapids Japanese teacher Julie Cain takes top national honor

The American Association of Teachers of Japanese recognized Washington High School teacher Julie Cain, naming her the national Japanese teacher of the year, The Gazette reports.

US Navy plane carrying 11 crashes into Pacific Ocean off Japan, 8 rescued

Eight people have been rescued after a U.S. Navy transporter plane carrying 11 crew and passengers crashed into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan, The Washington Post reports.

Regulators to press Uber after it admits covering up data breach

Uber faces a regulatory crackdown after disclosing it paid hackers $100,000 to keep secret a massive breach last year that exposed personal data from around 57 million accounts worldwide, Reuters reports.

Give in to your disdain: It’s time to call Iowa-Nebraska a rivalry

For the seventh straight year, the Iowa Hawkeyes football team will close regular-season play against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, in Lincoln, Land of 10 reports.

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