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Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

Keeping you in The Loop

In case you missed it: January’s top stories

From a DAISY Nurse Leader Award to an inside look at how our employees connect with their patients, here are the top-performing stories from January.

Michael Henry to serve as interim director of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center as George Weiner transitions to director emeritus

Michael Henry, PhD, deputy director of UI Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, will serve as interim director of the cancer center, effective April 1. Henry will succeed George Weiner, MD, who will transition to director emeritus but continue to play an important leadership role at Holden.


  • Are you in a clinical role and an Epic user? Share your feedback through a brief survey on how well Epic works and where improvements can be made by tomorrow, Feb. 3.
  • The UI Carver College of Medicine’s ophthalmology residency program was recently ranked second in the nation in Ophthalmology Times’ 2022 Best Program Survey.

Today's tip

Looking for UI Health Care’s current policy on visitor restrictions? Check the Patient & Visitor Resources page on The Loop.

By the numbers

Patient-related care

Total inpatients: 808 today
Total outpatient visits: 4,250 today

C-19 adult inpatients: 12 yesterday, 153 to date
C-19 pediatric inpatients: 0 yesterday, 7 to date
% positive symptomatic C-19 test results**: 16% yesterday, 19% to date
Telehealth screenings***: 19 yesterday, 561 to date

Employee-specific data

Employees tested positive (self-reported)*: 6 yesterday, 7,633 to date
Employees who have received the first COVID-19 vaccine dose: 0 yesterday, 15,796 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

Research volunteers invited

  • Cigarette smokers aged 50–80 are invited to participate in a study about when they do/do not smoke. Quitting not required. Compensation provided. Contact or 319-214-3980.

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Outside UI Health Care

10 tips for beating the winter blues

When the days are short and the air is cold, finding the motivation and energy to get up and about can be difficult. Carla Melby-Oetken—a UI liveWELL health coach—shares tips to elevate your mood in the final stretch of winter, Iowa Now reports.

Iowa to receive $14.2 million in federal grants to improve roads

Iowa received $14.2 million as part of a national effort to improve roadways and address traffic fatalities, KCRG reports.

Phil’s Groundhog Day prediction: 6 more weeks of winter

The “inner circle”—a group of local dignitaries responsible for feeding and caring for Punxsutawney Phil—gathered this morning as the furry critter predicted six more weeks of winter, the Associated Press reports.

Roman sewer works reveal statue of emperor posing as Hercules

The statue shows frown lines on the forehead that are typical of depictions of emperors from the third century, a time of deep crisis for the Roman Empire, Reuters reports.

Linda Zivat earns Tri-Event Specialist of the Week

The UI senior gymnast earned the distinction after posting a 9.975 on vault to earn a new career-high and take first place against Minnesota, Hawkeye Sports reports.

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