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Feb. 27, 2017

Historic weekend, Regents update

Over the weekend there were at least two reasons to celebrate! Saturday, Feb. 25, marked the 170th anniversary of the University of Iowa, and the official move into the new UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

To coordinate such a massive move, a command center was established in UI Hospitals and Clinics. President Harreld, Ken Kates, and I were impressed as hundreds of staff implemented the move of more than 50 patients, and several patient care support areas into the new hospital. The mood was focused, positive, and proud as they worked to ensure that patients arrived safely in their beautiful new rooms. Video and photos of the move will be available on The Loop later today.

My sincere thanks and appreciation go out to everyone involved in the many years of planning and construction of the hospital and the weekend’s move-in activities. It is the ultimate team accomplishment and so clearly demonstrates the interdisciplinary collaboration that makes UI Health Care such a special organization.

The long-awaited move into the new children’s hospital was among the topics shared with the Board of Regents at its meeting last week, along with a routine report on the hospital’s operational and financial performance.

In addition, Andrew Pieper, MD, PhD, UI professor of psychiatry, presented his innovative work in the discovery and development of neuroprotective drugs—medicines that preserve neuronal function and/or structure. His presentation generated great interest from Board members and perfectly illustrates the type of pioneering science UI Health Care researchers are doing.

The Board was also briefed on the recent mock site visit hosted by the Carver College of Medicine as it prepares for an actual re-accreditation site visit in October. Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education Christopher Cooper, Executive Dean Patricia Winokur, and their teams are working extraordinarily hard on the re-accreditation process, and I thank them for their dedication to ensure the college provides an excellent educational experience.

Finally, I shared UI Health Care’s new three-year strategic plan, noting that faculty and staff input throughout the process allowed us to develop a robust yet flexible plan that will allow us to continue to be successful in our tripartite mission. The Board plans to vote on the plan at its April meeting, and I look forward to working with you all as we move forward with implementation.

Four faculty win Collegiate Teaching Award

Four members of the UI Carver College of Medicine faculty were honored with the Collegiate Teaching Award, given to faculty who “demonstrate unusually significant and meritorious achievement” as instructors in an academic year. This year’s recipients are:

  • Chad Tracy, MD, clinical associate professor of urology
  • Darren Hoffmann, PhD, assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology
  • Karolyn Wanat, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology
  • Mark Wilson, MD, clinical professor of internal medicine

Visit The Loop to read excerpts from their nomination letters.

Will Kohn is first patient to move into UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital

Six-year-old Will Kohn was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a birth defect in which the left side of the heart—the area that pumps oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body—is underdeveloped. Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is rare. Left untreated, most newborn babies with this congenital heart defect survive only a few days. Will’s parents, Chris and Meghan Kohn of Bettendorf, Iowa, were made aware of their son’s condition during Meghan’s pregnancy—ultrasounds had detected the heart abnormality. When Will was born at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital in November 2010, the Kohns were able to hold their newborn son briefly before he was taken to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for life-saving medications and around-the-clock monitoring and care. At 6 days old, Will had heart open-heart surgery, the first of three operations in eight months to correct the defect and ultimately establish normal blood flow in and out of his heart. Visit The Loop to read the rest of Will’s story.

Critical care nursing job fair is March 4

Nurses from throughout Iowa and the Midwest are invited to attend the University of Iowa Critical Care Nursing Job Fair from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 4, in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8) at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Free parking is available to job fair participants in Hospital Ramps 2 or 3. Seven adult critical care units at UI Hospitals and Clinics will be showcasing their teams, technology, and facilities during the morning event. Participants will have an opportunity to tour the units and meet unit managers and critical care nursing staff. A special feature of the event will be on-site interviews.

Company founded by UI Faculty joins IBM collaboration

IDx LLC, the diagnostic algorithm company founded by University of Iowa retina physician Michael D. Abramoff, MD, PhD, took an important step forward by joining a major imaging collaboration led by IBM. The IBM Watson Health Medical Imaging Collaborative brings together leading health systems, medical centers, private practices, and artificial intelligence and machine learning companies. Combining medical insights from this group with unstructured and structured data, the goal is to develop cognitive imaging solutions that address the world’s most pressing health challenges—from identifying and predicting the risk of cancer, to diagnosing and managing diseases of the eye, brain, breast, and heart.

The Office of The Patient Experience names interim director

Jonathan Bothell, RN, has been named the interim director of the Office of The Patient Experience (OPE), taking over for Ami Gaarde, RN, who had been director of the OPE since 2015. Bothell was a staff nurse in the UI Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for three years prior to joining the office of Clinical Quality, Safety, and Performance Improvement (CQSPI). He has a strong background in performance improvement, including administration of the Patient Safety Network incident reporting system, safety metric and data reports, and managing CQSPI projects. Bothell will work closely with Steve Richmond, assistant director of the OPE. Gaarde is now director of nursing services for the medical-surgical services division at UI Hospitals and Clinics Department of Nursing.

Does your badge need an upgrade?

State-of-the-art security technology used in University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital may require you to upgrade your employee badge. “We’ve got a brand-new system on the door locks,” says Doug Vance, interim co-director of Safety and Security. “Instead of a badge reader near the door, the technology is in the lock itself.” Most areas in the new hospital do not require a new badge. Outer doors, soiled utility rooms, elevators, etc., are accessible with your current badge, no matter how old it is. Obsolete badges will not unlock the new doors to clinical and specialty areas. The new system only works with iCLASS badges. Look at the lower left corner on the back of your badge. If you do not see “iCLASS,” you will need to upgrade your badge. Badge upgrades are available at no charge from the UI Health Care Badge Center. Located at C110 General Hospital (Elevator B, Level 1), the Badge Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. If your department has multiple staff that need to upgrade, please call ahead at 384-7089. If you have questions, please contact

Culture: How do successful leaders change it?

University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld will present at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in Prem Sahai Auditorium (MERF 1110). He will share how culture can help organizations navigate today’s fast-changing world of finite resources and increased competition. A reception will follow the program. UI President Bruce Harreld knows firsthand the importance of establishing the culture of an organization. At IBM, he helped transform the computer giant into a global leader in 21st century information technology. View the event flier. This presentation is sponsored by the UI Carver College of Medicine’s Distinction Track in Health Care Delivery and Science and Management.

Social media for researchers event is March 2

“Social Media for Researchers: Opportunities and Challenges” is from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in C44-A GH (Elevator A, Level 1). This presentation will cover answers to common IRB-related questions asked by the UI Research Community with regards to social media. CME and IBN credits are available. Topics will include regulations or institutional policies on social media platforms as a recruitment tool, guidelines for what recruitment materials can/cannot say, standard language for use with social media, and how to manage confidentiality. Contact Dori Hinson at with questions

Upcoming Hardin open workshops

“Nuts and Bolts of a Systematic Review” is from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, and will provide a framework for developing a literature search for a systematic review. Topics will include standards and criteria to consider, establishing a plan, registering a protocol, developing a research question, determining where to search, identifying search terms, reporting search strategies, and managing references. This class should be taken before “Literature Searching for a Systematic Review.”

PubMed is from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1. PubMed is the National Library of Medicine’s index to the medical literature and includes over 26 million bibliographic citations in life sciences. This one-hour session will show you how to improve your search results by using subject headings  and advanced keyword searching techniques.

Both events are in the East Information Commons of Hardin Library. To register and view a complete list of courses, visit

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in any program, please contact the individual listed in the event announcement in advance at their provided contact information.

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