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Monday, Aug. 19, 2019

We are caring for 756 inpatients and have 4,054 outpatient visits today.

High: 83 Low: 69 Partly sunny

High: 86 Low: 70 Chance T-storms

Broadcasts: Need to know

Commuter alert: I-80 W to I-380 N ramp closure evenings this week through Aug. 28

Weather permitting, the ramp from I-80 Westbound to I-380 Northbound will be closed nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. beginning tonight, Aug. 19, through next Wednesday morning, Aug. 28. See map of detour.

Epic: What’s new

See the Epic Status Report for Aug. 20, 2019, for all updates and screenshots.


  • Pneumococcal updates for pediatric patients
  • PHQ Screening Welcome Questionnaire filing to Flowsheets
  • Updating travel screening
  • Isolation workflow changes

Access and Revenue

  • Updating Current WQ column on Appointment Desk
  • Identifying high no show rate
  • New Payor and Plan Records Requested by PFS and UICC
  • New departments

Epic Education Resources

News: In The Loop

Kid Captains get behind-the-scenes tour of Kinnick during Kids Day 2019

Last Saturday, Aug. 10, the Iowa Hawkeyes hosted a special, behind-the-scenes tour of Kinnick for this year’s Kid Captains. Take a look at the fun they had with Hawkeye football players.

SHPEP celebrates 30 years

Current medical student Omar Shaban participated in the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) in 2015. This experience made his dream of becoming a physician a reality.

Making a Difference Award winners, July 2019

Thanks to all of our July Making a Difference Award winners for their hard work and compassionate care including Lovkesh Arora, Allen Dales, Lynnde Leitzen, Paige Davison, and many others.

Events: Join us

See more UI Health Care events on The Loop.



  • Prior to your child’s back-to-school physical, stop by the Safety Store in UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital (Level 1) for a Buzzy, which uses vibration and cold sensation to reduce the pain of needlesticks. Questions? Call 319-356-3543.
  • UI employees can use the UI Recreational Services facilities at a reduced rate of $19.50 per month if they complete certain criteria. There are four facilities with exercise equipment, courts, group fitness classes, pools, and more.

Outside UI Health Care

Food delivery methods evolving in Iowa City

Panera Bread in the Old Capitol Mall is the first in Panera location in Iowa to use delivery drivers exclusively without cars, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports.

‘My title is Whatever’: Iowa City volunteer puts in the hours to do ‘whatever needs to be done’

Table-to-Table—a partner of UI Hospitals & Clinics—helps feed 19,000 people in Johnson County, a task that would be impossible to do without volunteer Jerry Swails, who goes above and beyond, KCRG reports.

Iowa school district may install solar panels

An Iowa school district is considering installing solar panels on 17.3 acres of land it recently purchased near the high school, KCCI reports.

Hong Kong readies for further protests after huge, peaceful rally

Hong Kong is gearing up for further protests this week after hundreds of thousands of anti-government demonstrators braved heavy rain to rally peacefully, Reuters reports.

Got pain? A virtual swim with dolphins may help melt it away

As people search for alternative ways to manage pain, virtual reality is attracting renewed attention, NPR reports.

Eagles sign veteran Josh McCown out of retirement as insurance

McCown announced his retirement in June, but his stay away from the NFL was short-lived, NBC reports.

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