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Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019

We are caring for 771 inpatients and have 4,230 outpatient visits today.

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Broadcasts: Need to know

Reminder: Complete benefits open enrollment before 5 p.m., Nov. 15

Some premium rates and university benefits will change effective Jan. 1, 2020. Please be sure to review changes and make benefits choices for next year before 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15. If you do nothing during open enrollment, you will remain enrolled in your current benefits selections, with the exception of your flexible spending account.

News: In The Loop

Barquist receives DAISY Nurse Leader Award

Congratulations to Kara Barquist, MSN, RN, CCRN, nurse manager on the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, for receiving the third annual DAISY Nurse Leader Award.

FAQs: Central Sterilizing Services new facility to open spring 2020

A new off-site Central Sterilizing Services facility will be opening next spring with a much larger space and the latest technology in medical sterilization.

Welcoming new providers

Welcome to our most recent UI Health Care providers who started during the month of October: a radiologist, immunologist, psychiatry nurse practitioner, transplant surgeon, and more.

Employee flu vaccination campaign extended to Nov. 22

Employees have been busier than ever, and we want to make sure each and every individual has the opportunity to get vaccinated and participate in the campaign.

Events: Join us

See more UI Health Care events on The Loop.


  • The Department of Radiology and HCIS are conducting a survey of users’ experiences viewing patient images in Epic and are interested in your feedback and suggestions to improve their services. Please take this five minute survey to share your input.
  • Today is International Project Management Day. The UI Health Care Project Management Office (PMO) celebrates this day to encourage knowledge sharing of successful execution of projects achieving outcomes. Learn more about the PMO and how they can help you and your team.
  • Still need to get the flu vaccination for you or your family? Stop by the Safety Store in UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital (Level 1) for a Buzzy at 10% off Nov. 4–9. The Buzzy uses vibration and cold sensation to reduce pain of needlesticks.
  • Get ready for a new version of Epic on Dec. 7. Explore the new version now with Epic Playground PLY3 and Epic Playground Patients.
  • Participating in community outreach activities? You may be able to count these as community benefit. To learn more, email Aubry Lyon at to make sure your department’s community benefit efforts are recorded for FY19.

Research volunteers invited

Find more research studies at

  • U.S. Citizens invited for research study: online morality survey followed by magnetic resonance brain scanning. Up to an hour in the scanner and thirty minutes outside. Compensation. Contact Leia Belt at

Outside UI Health Care

UI the only Iowa regent university to report enrollment spike in first-year class

As overall enrollment at all three state Board of Regents universities fell, the University of Iowa reported an increase exclusively in new first-year enrollment, The Daily Iowan reports.

Three new Cambuses to begin service this month

New Cambus models feature improved safety features and a new design, The Daily Iowan reports.

Possible expansion of I-380 to six lanes raises noise concerns for neighbors

The Iowa Department of Transportation started discussing the expansion of I-380 from a four-lane to a six-lane highway, KCRG reports.

Standing tall: Scientists find oldest example of upright ape

An international team of researchers say the fossilized partial skeleton of a male ape that lived almost 12 million years ago bears a striking resemblance to modern human bones, ABC News reports.

Only children are more likely to be obese, study says

The study looked at the eating habits and body weight of only children and found they had less healthy eating habits and beverage choices than families with multiple children, CNN reports.

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