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Monday, Nov. 21, 2022

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101-year-old alumnus Rufus Kruse and the value of humanity in medicine

Rufus Kruse still wears his Navy-issued slacks, often with his favorite UI Carver College of Medicine t-shirt. When Kruse was born in Clinton County, Iowa, in 1921, he was destined to become the first doctor in a long family line of farmers.

RSV cases are on the rise in Iowa and across the US. When could we see a vaccine?*

There is no vaccine currently available for RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), which is the leading cause of hospitalizations for babies in the U.S., but results from recent clinical trials have given some researchers in Iowa hope that one may be available in coming years, The Des Moines Register reports.

*Subscription service, limited access

Liver clinic adds addiction and behavioral health staff

A recent grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will allow the Iowa Liver Center to integrate a new team to focus on screening, treating, and providing recovery services to people with comorbid liver disease, substance use, and/or other mental health conditions.


  • As part of the fall 2022 Epic upgrade, the “Enter/Edit Results” activities features a new look with fewer columns to show you the most relevant information.
  • Nominations are now open for the Culturally Responsive Health Care Award, to honor an individual or group who makes conscious decisions to practice culturally responsive health care. Deadline to apply is Friday, Dec. 16. The winner will be recognized during the UI Health Care Human Rights Week Distinguished Lecture in January.

Today's tip

Reminder: You can find visitor restrictions, social distancing guidelines, visitor expectations, and room capacity signs available to download on our COVID-19 signage hub.

In the spotlight

Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, make sure you and your loved ones are up to date on both flu and COVID-19 vaccines/boosters. 

You can visit the University Employee Health Clinic between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to receive your vaccinations.

By the numbers

Patient-related care

Total inpatients: 779 today
Total outpatient visits: 4,329 today

C-19 adult inpatients: 16 yesterday, 1,629 to date
C-19 pediatric inpatients: 0 yesterday, 206 to date
% positive symptomatic C-19 test results**: 23% yesterday, 35% to date
Telehealth screenings***: 28 yesterday, 15,661 to date

Employee-specific data

Employees tested positive (self-reported)*: 3 yesterday, 7,185 to date
Employees who have received the first COVID-19 vaccine dose: 0 yesterday, 15,790 to date
Employees who have received both the first and second/final COVID-19 vaccine doses: 0 yesterday, 15,693 to date

Visit COVID-19 by the numbers for more info

Epic: What’s new

See the Epic Status Report for Nov. 22, 2022, for all updates and screenshots.

  • Epic Upgrade Practice Environment
  • Epic 2022 Fall Upgrade Freeze Period

Access and Revenue

  • Referral Close Reason Required for Incoming and Internal Referrals

Educational Resources

Outside UI Health Care

‘Operation Give Birds’ helps feed 1,200 families in four cities in eastern Iowa

The Iowa Giving Crew held its sixth annual Operation Give Birds, expanding this year into four cities across eastern Iowa and providing more than a thousand Thanksgiving meals to people in need, KCRG reports.

Vigils across the US honor victims in mass shooting at Colorado nightclub

Many gathered across the U.S. to honor and pay tribute to the five people killed in a mass shooting at an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs that left at least 25 others injured, NBC News reports.

NASA’s Orion spacecraft makes its closest approach to the moon as part of Artemis mission

NASA’s Orion capsule passed about 80 miles above the lunar surface today, a monumental achievement in the mission designed to test the U.S. space agency’s ability to one day return astronauts to the moon, CNN reports.

Strong quake topples houses in Indonesia’s Java leaving 162 dead

A strong, shallow earthquake toppled buildings and walls on Indonesia’s densely populated main island, killing at least 162 and injuring hundreds as people fled into the street, the Associated Press reports.

Linebacker Jack Campbell forces two turnovers in fourth quarter of Iowa football’s win over Minnesota

Senior Jack Campbell helped the Hawkeyes break a 10–10 tie by forcing a fumble and intercepting a pass on back-to-back drives, The Daily Iowan reports.

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