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Friday, April 9, 2021

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First point of contact: How the PAC is handling off-the-charts call volume

The Patient Access Center (PAC) mainly functions as the first stop for patients wanting to schedule a primary care appointment or specialty visit. Over the last two months, they’ve also helped answer questions and schedule COVID-19 patient vaccinations.

Video replay: Employee forum, April 8, 2021

Suresh Gunasekaran, MBA, chief executive officer, and Mike Brownlee, PharmD, chief pharmacy officer, provided details on COVID-19 vaccination, plans to welcome all employees back to the workplace this summer, and answered employee questions during yesterday’s forum.

Child Life creates a home within UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital

Patients in University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital have been isolated in the hospital since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Child Life makes sure those children can still have a life inside the hospital, reports The Daily Iowan.

UI leaders, students honored at Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women

Peggy Nopoulos, MD, professor of psychiatry, pediatrics, and neurology, and chair and departmental executive officer in the Department of Psychiatry, was recently awarded the May Brodbeck Distinguished Achievement Award for Faculty, reports Iowa Now.


Today's tip

You’re required to complete an “Annual Disclosure of Outside Professional Activities and Interests” by April 30, even if you have nothing to disclose.

We Stand Together

In this video honoring Asian Pacific Heritage Month, University of Iowa students, faculty, and staff talk about what their heritage means to them and how they’ve found community on our campus.

By the numbers

Patient-related care

Total inpatients: 793 today
Total outpatient visits: 3,308 today

C-19 adult inpatients: 13 yesterday, 465 to date
C-19 pediatric inpatients: 1 yesterday, 33 to date
% positive symptomatic C-19 test results**: 8% yesterday, 14% to date
Telehealth screenings***: 183 yesterday, 18,704 to date

Employee-specific data

Employees tested positive (self-reported)*: 1 yesterday, 1,625 to date
Employees who have received the first COVID-19 vaccine dose: 318 yesterday, 14,170 to date
Employees who have received both the first and second/final COVID-19 vaccine doses: 13 yesterday, 12,792 to date

Visit COVID-19 by the numbers for more info

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Outside UI Health Care

Award-winning actor Dan Levy to give guest lecture for Iowa universities

Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning writer, actor, director, and producer Dan Levy will give a guest lecture for Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa at 9 p.m. tonight, reports KCRG.

Delayed by pandemic, I-380/80 interchange project targeting 2024

The project was originally slated to be completed in 2023, but Department of Transportation officials say they were delayed by the pandemic, KWWL reports.

Great Britain’s Prince Philip dies at age 99

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband and the Duke of Edinburgh, died this morning at age 99, NPR reports.

Archeologists discover 3,000-year-old Egyptian city, left ‘as if it were yesterday’

The city, named “The Rise of Aten,” was discovered under the sand on the western bank of Luxor, CNN reports.

Iowa soccer downs Illinois in overtime

The Iowa soccer team defeated the Illinois Fighting Illini 2-1 in the first round of the Big Ten Regional Weekend, The Daily Iowan reports.

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