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Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

Keeping you in The Loop

Search committee members announced for next VPMA, Carver College of Medicine dean

The University of Iowa has announced the search committee for the next vice president of medical affairs and dean of the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

How to address vaccine hesitancy with your patients in five steps

Health care providers are consistently ranked as the most trusted source of vaccination information by patients. UI Health Care vaccine hesitancy expert Aaron Scherer, PhD, offers five techniques to help address vaccine hesitancy with patients.


  • Are you ready for Joint Commission? Informed consent is required for invasive procedures. Make sure the consent is procedure specific, signed, and dated prior to the procedure. A pre-procedure verification and time-out process should occur prior to the start of any surgical or invasive procedure.
  • Looking for UI Health Care’s current policy on visitor restrictions? Check the Patient & Visitor Resources page on The Loop.

Today's tip

You can set your preferred name and pronouns through Employee Self-Service >> My Self-Service >> Personal Information >> Name and Pronouns.

By the numbers

Patient-related care

Total inpatients: 788 today
Total outpatient visits: 4,294 today

C-19 adult inpatients: 19 yesterday, 82 to date
C-19 pediatric inpatients: 0 yesterday, 1 to date
% positive symptomatic C-19 test results**: 13% yesterday, 21% to date
Telehealth screenings***: 21 yesterday, 218 to date

Employee-specific data

Employees tested positive (self-reported)*: 2 yesterday, 7,548 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, 15,670 to date

Visit COVID-19 by the numbers for more info

Research volunteers invited

  • We invite neurologically healthy individuals between 18 and 90 years old for a research study of their object- and person-naming abilities. Compensation is provided. Questions? Contact Katherine Salmon at

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Outside UI Health Care

Why there’s a difference between the solstices and the warmest/coldest temps

Ever wonder why temperatures fluctuate throughout the year? The seasons and the length of daylight we receive during those seasons drives average temperatures up and down throughout the year, Iowa’s News Now reports.

Avelo Airlines temporarily relocating Dubuque flights to Cedar Rapids Airport

Previously scheduled Avelo flights from Dubuque to Orlando will be relocated to the Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) in Cedar Rapids until the Dubuque Regional Airport secures TSA certification, KWWL reports.

US consumer inflation eased again to 6.5% in December

Rising U.S. consumer prices moderated again last month, bolstering hopes that inflation’s grip on the economy will continue to ease this year and possibly require less drastic action by the Federal Reserve to control it, the Associated Press reports.

Twelfth-ranked Hawkeyes pounce the Wildcats

The nationally-ranked Iowa women’s basketball team defeated Northwestern, 93–64, last night inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Hawkeye Sports reports.

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