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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Keeping you in The Loop

‘Family vibe’ makes all the difference for 5-year-old’s kidney transplant care

When Colton Egan needed a kidney transplant, his parents chose the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital Pediatric Kidney Transplantation Program because it “felt like home.”

What we know about the COVID-19 variants and their impact on children

In this We Are Iowa interview, Melanie Wellington, MD, PhD, associate hospital epidemiologist, discusses why we might be seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases among children, and how you can keep your kids safe and healthy.

Welsh receives Kober Medal

Michael Welsh, MD, professor of pulmonary, critical care, and occupational medicine, received the 2020 Association of American Physicians George M. Kober Medal for his contributions to cystic fibrosis research and patient care.


Today's tip

Commuting in a van pool or carpool? Check out the CDC’s guide for staying safe and healthy while commuting with others.

We Stand Together

Did you know UI Health Care is one of 47 medical centers around the world designated as a Center of Excellence by the Parkinson’s Foundation? 

On Saturday, April 24, UI Health Carein partnership with the Parkinson’s Foundationwill present a free online event for patients with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers.

By the numbers

Patient-related care

Total inpatients: 773 today
Total outpatient visits: 4,226 today

C-19 adult inpatients: 16 yesterday, 497 to date
C-19 pediatric inpatients: 0 yesterday, 35 to date
% positive symptomatic C-19 test results**: 10% yesterday, 14% to date
Telehealth screenings***: 224 yesterday, 20,404 to date

Employee-specific data

Employees tested positive (self-reported)*: 0 yesterday, 1,635 to date
Employees who have received the first COVID-19 vaccine dose: 48 yesterday, 15,212 to date
Employees who have received both the first and second/final COVID-19 vaccine doses: 44 yesterday, 12,914 to date

Visit COVID-19 by the numbers for more info

Research volunteers invited

  • Individuals ages 18 to 80 are invited to participate in a research study that investigates assistive device use and changes in speed. For more information, email or call 319-353-5342.

Find more research studies at

Events: Join us

Outside UI Health Care

Erika Christiansen receives Lola Lopes Award

Christiansen, assistant director for leadership, service, and civic engagement in the University of Iowa Division of Student Life, was honored for her undergraduate student advocacy, Iowa Now reports.

Cedar Rapids considers a major river recreation project

Cedar Rapids is still considering plans to revitalize the Cedar River, attracting visitors from around the state, Little Village Magazine reports.

Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at 93

Mondale served as vice president under then-President Jimmy Carter, CNN reports.

The incredible shrinking and growing brains of Indian jumping ants

A new study of Indian jumping ants shows they have the ability to shrink and expand their brains—a first for any insect, NPR reports

Iowa field hockey’s Anthe Nijziel named Big Ten Player of the Year

Nijziel was also named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, The Daily Iowan reports.

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