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Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

Keeping you in The Loop

The Joint Commission arrives for full survey

This week we welcome surveyors from The Joint Commission for a five-day visit as they conduct a full accreditation survey of UI Hospitals & Clinics. We’ve been hard at work preparing for this visit and we’re ready for the opportunity to showcase how we provide safe, high-quality care and excellent service to our patients.

Recap: Discussing mental health of Native Americans

During a Mental Health Equity Grand Rounds presentation, Kelly Clougher, PhD, and Elleh Driscoll spoke on Native American experiences, mental health impacts, how to implement traditional healing, and culturally accurate approaches to care.


  • The Joint Commission is here. Make sure your care plans and patient education are always current, comprehensive, and patient specific.
  • UI liveWELL provides a number of video resources for your health and well-being, with tips on nutritional guidance, mindfulness, and resilience.
  • Looking for UI Health Care’s current policy on visitor restrictions? Check the Patient & Visitor Resources page on The Loop.

Today's tip

Employees experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms should use the MyChart self-checker or call the University Employee Health Clinic at 319-356-3631, option 3.

By the numbers

Patient-related care

Total inpatients: 778 today
Total outpatient visits: 4,344 today

C-19 adult inpatients: 15 yesterday, 123 to date
C-19 pediatric inpatients: 1 yesterday, 5 to date
% positive symptomatic C-19 test results**: 17% yesterday, 21% to date
Telehealth screenings***: 17 yesterday, 399 to date

Employee-specific data

Employees tested positive (self-reported)*: 3 yesterday, 7,585 to date
Employees who have received the first COVID-19 vaccine dose: 0 yesterday, 15,794 to date
Employees who have received both the first and second/final COVID-19 vaccine doses: 0 yesterday, 15,671 to date

Visit COVID-19 by the numbers for more info

Epic: What’s new

See the Epic Status Report for Jan. 24, for all updates and screenshots.

  • UI Health Care Epic Clinical Users – Customer Satisfaction Survey

Clinical Documentation

  • Medical Decision-Making Resource for Charge Capture
  • Physician Sidebar Report – Common SmartLinks

Educational Resources

  • New Epic Educational Resources
  • Epic Training Schedules

Outside UI Health Care

10th annual ‘Beard Shaving Extravaganza’ shaves for a cause

For 10 years, the Henderson family has inspired families to grow out their facial hair leading up to a mass-shaving event for charity, KWWL reports.

FDA considers major shift in COVID-19 vaccine strategy

The goal is to simplify vaccination against COVID-19 and perhaps adopt an approach similar to what is used for the flu vaccine, with annual updates to match whatever strain of the virus is circulating, NPR reports.

Hong Kong pet rabbits enjoy bunny resort while owners away

As more people begin traveling from Hong Kong to celebrate the Lunar New Year, a luxury rabbit resort is seeing an uptick in furry guests, the Associated Press reports.

Hawkeyes down Wisconsin, 19–18

The second-ranked UI men’s wrestling team defeated 16th-ranked Wisconsin 19–18 yesterday, Hawkeye Sports reports.

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