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Monday, April 26, 2021

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Adzovi Takpah: ‘A patient is like my family’

For Adzovi Takpah, RN, BSN, it was her mother’s battle with cancer, and the nurse who stood by her side, that drove her into the career she adores. “For me, it’s personal,” she says. “A patient is like my family. Every patient is special to me.”

Q&A: Patricia Winokur on the COVID-19 vaccines

In this Q&A, Patricia Winokur, MD, discusses UI Health Care’s Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine study and answers questions surrounding booster shots, future vaccinations, and the importance of continuing safety precautions like mask wearing and social distancing.

Improving patient-provider communications

We all know that excellent communication with patients and families is important. Some of our providers share how they’re sharpening their communication skills.


Today's tip

Reminder: You can provide feedback on the UI presidential candidates until 5 p.m. tonight.

We Stand Together

The Office of the Patient Experience supports our patients and colleagues across UI Health Care in the many roles its team members represent.

From Guest Services to the Patient Education Program to Interpreting and Translation Services and more, learn about those who help create a positive experience for patients.

By the numbers

Patient-related care

Total inpatients: 730 today
Total outpatient visits: 4,191 today

C-19 adult inpatients: 15 yesterday, 519 to date
C-19 pediatric inpatients: 0 yesterday, 39 to date
% positive symptomatic C-19 test results**: 10% yesterday, 14% to date
Telehealth screenings***: 104 yesterday, 21,151 to date

Employee-specific data

Employees tested positive (self-reported)*: 2 yesterday, 1,641 to date
Employees who have received the first COVID-19 vaccine dose: 0 yesterday, 15,311 to date
Employees who have received both the first and second/final COVID-19 vaccine doses: 0 yesterday, 12,959 to date

Visit COVID-19 by the numbers for more info

Epic: What’s new

See the Epic Status Report for April 27, 2021, for all updates and screenshots.


  • Update to Note Editing Workflows
  • Added Contraindicated Meds Grouper to PREVENTABLE Study Med (atorvastatin vs placebo)
  • Expansion of Hematology E-consults
  • New BPA for Providers with a Patient having a PCI Procedure

Access and Revenue

  • Revised New Payor ID and Benefit Plans

Epic Education Resources

  • Placing the E-Consult Orders
  • Overview of the Transplant Activity and Checklist (TXP051)
  • Exploring the Committee Review Encounter (TXP053)
  • MyChart – Sending an Activation Code via Email

Events: Join us

Outside UI Health Care

Students plant trees and dreams at Mount Vernon orchard

A lesson in planting trees yesterday also turned into one on fostering dreams and goals for dozens of kids from the Cedar Rapids area, KCRG reports.

Mental health awareness breakfast will address need for access to treatment in Iowa

The event returns virtually this year to address the ongoing need for mental health treatment in Iowa, KWWL reports.

Statistics show majority getting second vaccination shot

When it comes to vaccinations, the vast majority of Americans are rolling up their sleeves for two doses, according to data released yesterday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ABC News reports.

Chloé Zhao, ‘Nomadland’ make history at the Oscars

Zhao, who is Chinese, became the first woman of color—and only the second woman—to win the award for best director, NBC News reports.

University Lecture Committee hosts Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse

Nurse, who hails from Carroll, Iowa, talked about his journey from a small town to the NBA stage, The Daily Iowan reports.

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