In case you missed it: May’s top stories

From Health Care Week to the Carver College of Medicine Class of 2022 to creating connections with patients, here’s a look back at the top-performing stories from May.

Rheumatology fellow physician’s vacation turns into a life-saving scene straight out of a movie

A first-year rheumatology fellow physician and her husband were in the pursuit of a relaxing vacation. As they watched the shoreline, a shape in the water emerged. It was an unconscious person, and the couple jumped into action.


Meet the Carver College of Medicine Class of 2022

Some Class of 2022 students recently reflected on their time at the UI Carver College of Medicine and what’s next.




Innovative design: Lower Level unit to open February 2023

The new unit will improve efficiency, optimize the throughput process, and expand capacity, ultimately decreasing the pressures and demand for inpatient beds and helping us serve the patients who need us most.



Photos: Nurses across UI Health Care

UI Health Care nurses do amazing work for patients and families every day. Their vital contributions make a difference in the health and well-being of our communities.




Message from President Wilson: Health Care Week 2022

UI President Barbara J. Wilson, PhD, is honored to be one of the many Iowans sending you a big thank you during Health Care Week.




A bag of trash from the operating room makes its way through the scanner to check for any surgical instruments mistakenly discarded.

Finding treasure in trash: A TSA-style screening process helps recover lost surgical instruments

In late spring of 2021, the main operating room had a mystery on their hands. Some surgical instruments were consistently going missing. So, a multidisciplinary team of employees came together to pinpoint where the loss was occurring and develop a safe recovery process.



How one oncology nurse creates connections with patients

Kelli Krutsinger, RN, formed a months-long bond with a patient after she did something that seemed so simple to her but made a huge difference in the patient’s connection with UI Health Care.




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UI cardiology expertise earns patient’s trust and restores his lost quality of life

Six years after an aortic dissection, Tracy Tvedte was still searching for a way to end the blackouts and irregular heartbeat episodes that affected his quality of life. Now, thanks to David Hamon, MD, and the team at UI Heart and Vascular Center, Tvedte feels like a new man.