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Friday, Sept. 22, 2017

We are caring for 720 inpatients and have 2,928 outpatient visits today.

High: 93 Low: 67 Mostly sunny

High: 93 Low: 66 Mostly sunny

Broadcasts: Need to know

Have your badge ready if working during home football games

Working tomorrow? If you are traveling to UI Hospitals and Clinics from Hawkins Drive during home football games, have your UI Health Care ID out and ready to show security personnel when approaching checkpoints. Showing your badge helps make the screening process quick and simple.

News: In The Loop

Meet this week’s Kid Captain: Drew Steffen

Drew Steffen, 10, of Atkins, Iowa, is our University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital Kid Captain for Saturday’s game against Penn State. Drew was diagnosed with severe congenital heart disease as a newborn and has undergone three open-heart surgeries. While his heart disease is a lifelong journey, Drew continues to thrive, persevere, and defy the odds. Meet Drew at

UI spin-off Viewpoint Molecular Targeting wins NIH awards

UI spin-off Viewpoint Molecular Targeting has been awarded a $2 million Phase II NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to support development of a new treatment for metastatic melanoma. The company also recently took top honors in the NIH SBIR Roadshow Business Pitch Competition held in Iowa City.

Safe traveling: kids and car seats

In honor of Child Passenger Safety Week this week, making sure children are properly and safely restrained while riding in any vehicle is not only good practice—it’s the law. Learn more at

Events: Join us

See more UI Health Care events on The Loop.

  • Enjoy live music with a view from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, in the Meditation Room (Level 12) of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Questions? Call 319-356-0470.
  • The UI Mood Disorders Center offers a support group for people with depression or bipolar disorder. Meetings are free and confidential and will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Sundays in Conference Room W278 (Elevator B, Level 1). Questions? Call 319-384-8470 or visit
  • Starting Tuesday, Sept. 26, Street Taco Tuesdays will move to Melrose Dining Room (Elevator L, Level 5). Join us for a different taco each week, served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Tuesday. See the menu on The Loop.
  • Bring out Your Dead (Papers)! Early Modern Medical Practitioners as Archivists and Collectors: from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in room 401 of Hardin Library. Contact
  • Spanish courses for medical personnel begin in October at UI Hospitals and Clinics, free to UI employees. Options include courses for Beginners, Beginners for Emergency Patient Financial Services, and Advanced Interviewing Skills. Learn more on The Loop, email, or call 319-335-5822.


  • The Hawkeyes kick off at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow against Penn State in Kinnick Stadium. Special arrangements have been made for employee parking. Help direct our patients and visitors to park in Hospital Parking Ramp 1 or 2, to enter through the Main Entrance, and to arrive and leave at least two hours before the game. Visit The Loop to learn more.
  • For tomorrow’s Hawkeye football game, Level 12 of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital will be reserved for pediatric patients and families, beginning one hour before kickoff and continuing until 30 minutes after the game. UI Health Care employees, students, volunteers, as well as the public, will not have access to Level 12 during these times.

Research volunteers invited

Find more research studies at

  • Mothers with babies under 12 months old are invited to participate in a Stead Family Department of Pediatrics study investigating the mother-infant relationship and how drugs of abuse may affect a mother’s brain response to her baby. Compensation is $310 for four visits. Questions? Contact 319-467-5053 or

Outside UI Health Care

Reed stepping down as VP for research and economic development

Dan Reed is stepping down this fall as UI’s vice president for research and economic development and cited a recent health event as contributing to his decision, Iowa Now reports.

Stem cell recipient and his donor share life-saving story

UI student Cody Cohen celebrated his four-year stem cell transplant anniversary yesterday by meeting his stem cell donor Ormarie Vazquez-Silva, KCRG reports. Cohen was diagnosed with leukemia just before his 18th birthday.

North Korea could test hydrogen bomb over Pacific Ocean

North Korea could test a powerful nuclear weapon over the Pacific Ocean in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats of military action, the country’s foreign minister has warned, CNN reports.

Case study: Stanford Medicine seeks to understand burnout through measurement

Stanford’s first Physician Wellness Survey, conducted in 2013, found that 26 percent of participating physicians reported burnout, Hospital and Health Network reports. In response, they created the WellMD Center to focus on physician wellness and help to lead a national movement to address burnout.

Iowa football rethinking $95 tickets with 4,000 unsold for Penn State game

As of yesterday afternoon, 4,000 tickets were available for arguably Iowa’s biggest home game of the season against No. 4 Penn State, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. Tomorrow’s game at Kinnick stadium will probably not be full with the cost of a single-game ticket at $95, the highest ever for an Iowa home game.

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