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Friday, March 8, 2019

We are caring for 744 inpatients and have 3,147 outpatient visits today.

High: 35 Low: 29 Cloudy

High: 42 Low: 29 Rain

Broadcasts: Need to know

Epic service interruption 1 a.m. tonight for upgrade

The Epic system will be unavailable tomorrow morning starting at 1 a.m. for approximately 2 hours for the upgrade to Epic version 2018. See the link above for more information on Epic downtime processes and recovery once the Epic upgrade is complete. Questions? Contact the HCIS Help Desk at 319-356-0001.

News: In The Loop

Meet PhD student Allan Prichard

After interviewing all over the country, Allan Prichard decided to come to the UI to pursue his PhD in microbiology because of the way our researchers collaborate with faculty in UI Hospitals & Clinics.

Letters to Santa: Joe Schmuecker awarded Service Star

Joe Schmuecker was given a Service Star Award for setting up a mailbox in the Pediatric Emergency Department for patients to write letters to Santa while they were in the ED. Joe then responded to each and every letter.

Welcoming new providers

Each month in Noon News, we’re including new UI Health Care providers who have started during the previous month. Welcome February’s new hires: Elaine Binkley, MD, ophthalmologist, and Pixie Plummer, MD, psychiatrist.

Women’s History Month: Zada M. Cooper, a leader in pharmacy

In 1897, Zada Mary Cooper secured a place as the only female faculty member in the UI College of Pharmacy. She spent her life strategically harnessing the power of that position to knock down educational and professional barriers for the next generation of women, and to advance the profession as a whole.

Events: Join us

See more UI Health Care events on The Loop.



  • Physicians: The voting period for the U.S. News “Best Hospitals” rankings is now open. If you registered with Doximity before Dec. 1, 2018, and are board-certified, you may be selected to vote. Please log in by March 20 to vote your support for the work you and your colleagues do in your specialty.
  • Know someone who would make a great Kid Captain? Nominations are now open through March 17.
  • The Bread Garden Cafe is now offering gift cards for any dollar amount. Stop by a UI Hospitals & Clinics location to purchase.

Research volunteers invited

Find more research studies at

  • Seven- to 10-year-old children are invited to participate in a study to investigate how children learn to solve math problems. Email Andy at for details.

Outside UI Health Care

Graduate students propose plans to prepare Iowa City for self-driving vehicles

A group of UI graduate students studying self-driving vehicles will give their research findings to Iowa City for use in city planning, KCRG reports.

They Called Her Vivaldi to arrive at Hancher this weekend

On Sunday, Theater Lovett will perform its highly acclaimed show They Called Her Vivaldi at Hancher, The Daily Iowan reports.

Be prepared for higher risk of spring flooding in Iowa

The spring flood outlook indicates an even higher risk for nearly all of the local river forecast locations, including the potential to reach major flood stage, KCCI reports.

New ketamine-like nasal spray seen as a breakthrough treatment for depression

Experts say the spray approved this week by the FDA is the first truly new treatment for depression in decades, Health Line reports.

Huge power outage leaves most of Venezuela in darkness

A blackout swept across Venezuela yesterday, leaving many states without power, CNN reports. Authorities quickly blamed the outage on anti-government saboteurs.

Iowa’s offense goes cold in loss to Wisconsin

Iowa posted its worst offensive performance of the season in a 20-point loss to Wisconsin yesterday, The Daily Iowan reports.

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