In case you missed it: March’s top stories

Learn more about the launch of “Vaxx Facts,” Match Day 2021, and new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in our recap of the top stories from March.

Collaborative learning: How a CVICU nurse’s quick thinking helped the ED

Sometimes Blake Altenhofen, RN, must stop what he’s doing to respond to an emergency. It’s part of his job as the charge nurse in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) and as a member of the unit’s rapid response team.




New inpatient psychiatry unit opens: Take a virtual tour

With a different look and an updated model of care, take a virtual tour of the new inpatient psychiatry unit on Level 7 of the Roy Carver Pavilion.






Match Day 2021

Celebrations for Match Day at the UI Carver College of Medicine began at 11 a.m. this morning. Read more about these fourth-year students who are excited to see their residency match results.





AirCare: A family on the ground . . . and above it

There’s nothing Amy Gehrke wouldn’t do for her fellow UI Health Care AirCare family. And that includes driving nearly 250 miles round-trip in the middle of the night to return her crew to their home base.




Vaxx Facts: Why two doses are needed for mRNA vaccines

In the kickoff of our new video series, “Vaxx Facts,” Pat Winokur, MD, executive dean for the Carver College of Medicine, explains why two doses of the mRNA vaccines (like Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech) are necessary.




Natalie Dennler: Training and instinct helped her save the life of a stranger

“Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a gentleman starting to cough, and I thought nothing of it,” says Natalie Dennler, a staff nurse for the newborn screening program. But he wasn’t coughing. The man was choking.





What the CDC’s new guidelines for vaccinated individuals mean

Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidance for individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Here’s a breakdown of what the new guidelines mean.






22 UI Health Care nurses included in ‘100 Great Nurses’ of 2021 list

Congratulations to the 22 UI Health Care nurses who were honored in this year’s “100 Great Nurses” listThe 100 Great Iowa Nurses Award recognizes those that have made meaningful, lasting contributions to their patients, colleagues, and the nursing profession.




COVID-19 vaccine side effects: See what our employees are reporting, and why it means the vaccine is working

We break down the side effects our employees are experiencing after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Remember, side effects like a sore arm, achiness, chills, and even a fever are normal responses to receiving any vaccination.





MyChart: Information Sharing—Meeting the Information Blocking statute in the 21st Century CURES Act

A federal statute requires the immediate release of clinical notes and results to patients via MyChart. Additional resources are available on The Loop (Health Care ID required to view).

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