11 p.m. June 6: Situation update—Peaceful protest at UIHC

Faculty and staff,

As you may have heard, an organized peaceful protest that began in downtown Iowa City made a stop outside the Emergency Department and Colloton Pavilion as well as at the corner of For the Kids Way and Hawkins Drive, before they moved on to Kinnick Stadium.

I was onsite at UI Hospitals & Clinics with the protestors and observed a non-violent protest. In fact, the protestors let multiple emergency vehicles through to UIHC. At UIHC, multiple protestors graffitied the exterior walls of the Emergency Room, Colloton Pavilion, and several of our other UIHC buildings and streets.

I can report that UIHC remained fully operational during this time and that our safety and security staff performed exceptionally throughout this. All of our staff in the building should continue their duties, and our safety and security team is confident that our employees and patients can safely enter and exit the building.

We recognize that you may be getting questions from patients, coworkers, family members, and friends. This is what you should share:

  • The Department of Safety and Security was made aware of the possible route before the marchers arrived. While several signs and buildings were tagged with graffiti, hospital operations were not disrupted, and all employees and patients are safe.

Please know we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure your safety.

Suresh Gunasekaran, MBA

Chief Executive Officer, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
Associate Vice President, University of Iowa Health Care