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Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019

We are caring for 787 inpatients and have 4,680 outpatient visits today.

Broadcasts: Need to know

Epic downtime scheduled for this Saturday at 1 a.m.

A two-hour Epic downtime will occur beginning at 1 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, to upgrade to the newest version of Epic. Epic will be read-only during this time. Please enact planned downtime procedures.

Keeping you in The Loop

Five steps to easy email etiquette

Do you ever struggle with email? We’ve put together a few guidelines to help make sure your work emails are effective and efficient.

New book tells the story of an Iowa doctor who improved the lives of millions of children

Iowa Public Radio speaks with Jose Morcuende, MD, PhD, executive director of the Ponseti International Association, and Tom Cook, director of Global Operation for Ponseti International Association and author of the new book “Clubfoot: The Quest for a Better Life for Millions of Children.”

Staff Appreciation Meal to be held Thursday, Dec. 12

All UI Health Care employees and volunteers are invited to participate in the annual Staff Appreciation Meal, held this year on Thursday, Dec. 12.

Events: Join us

See more UI Health Care events on The Loop.


  • People often ask, “How can I help our pediatric patients and families?” During this holiday season, the biggest impact can be made by making a monetary donation to support the most urgent needs.
  • Cambus riders can now use a new mobile app called Transit, which replaces Bongo. Users can plan trips, predict departure times, and receive alerts, with other new features to help make riding Cambus convenient and easy.
  • Performance reviews for all UI Health Care staff must be completed by March 31. Performance reviews are accessible through My Training within Employee Self Service. Questions? Email or the ITS Help Desk.
  • Over 50 online CME-accredited LGBTQ training options are available free for UI Health Care faculty, staff, and students; includes interactive e-learning courses and recorded webinars.

Research volunteers invited

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  • Women and their partners who are planning to pursue in vitro fertilization (IVF) are invited to participate in a study to investigate if participation in a psychoeducational group designed to educate patients on stress reduction and coping techniques improves quality of life for fertility patients. Email

Outside UI Health Care

Shelves with hidden elves aim to bring extra excitement for downtown Iowa City shoppers

More than 40 elves are hiding as part of the Downtown District’s annual “Downtown Hunt for the Elves,” KCRG reports.

Iowa City City Council supports federal carbon-fee bill

The bill would impose a fee on the carbon content of fuels, including crude oil, natural gas, and coal, KWWL reports.

Puppy with tail on his forehead gets adopted

The rescue puppy with a surprising physical feature has been adopted by the founder of the organization who made him famous, ABC News reports.

Google co-founders step down as execs of parent Alphabet

Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping back from their day-to-day roles within the parent company, Alphabet, NBC News reports.

A massive waterfall formed on Greenland’s ice sheet. Here’s why it matters

The world’s tallest waterfall formed on Greenland’s ice sheet last year, draining a meltwater lake of 5 million cubic meters of water in just five hours, CNN reports.

Second-half shooting pushes Iowa past Syracuse

After a rough start, Iowa men’s basketball found its rhythm from deep to beat Syracuse last night, The Daily Iowan reports.

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