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March 27, 2017

Committed to our patients

These are uncertain times in health care. With the proposed American Health Care Act no longer under consideration, it appears that health care in the U.S. will continue to be guided by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, we know the debate is not over. The intent to revise or repeal the ACA continues, and other federal budget proposals may impact UI Health Care as well.

In the face of uncertainty, it is always best to ground ourselves in our core mission. Regardless of what changes are eventually adopted, we are committed to continuing to provide care to all Iowans, regardless of their ability to pay. Since the early 1900s, the state of Iowa has relied on us to provide the highest quality health care to our fellow citizens, especially those with limited financial means. We can be proud of this.

UI Health Care is also committed to working in all three mission areas to improve health disparities—the differences in health outcomes and their causes among groups of people. Whether assuring we provide culturally responsive patient care; offering programs for students under-represented in health care; or conducting research into differences in care in critical areas such as cancer and heart disease, we are moving closer to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible.

Increasing access to health care for all Iowans is one of the ways we can improve health equity. As we grow our health care enterprise, we are ensuring more people have access to necessary health care in many ways. This includes expanding our network of primary care clinics to underserved areas; sending our specialists to offsite clinics in Iowa’s rural towns; and using digital health tools like remote monitoring and telemedicine for patient diagnosis.

We will not know the impact on UI Health Care of any potential changes to federal health care plans or the new federal budget for some time. In the meantime, we can best serve our patients and fellow citizens by continuing to do what we do best—caring for patients, conducting biomedical research, and training the next generation of health professionals.

Abel earns award for years of service

Dale Abel, MD, PhD, will be honored with the inaugural Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NMRI) Medallion for his years of significant service and contribution to the network. He will receive the NMRI Medallion at the network’s annual meeting to be held in April 2017. The NMRI—established by the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)—acts as a communication network of current and potential biomedical research investigators interested in minority health research, and individuals from traditionally underserved communities, who conduct research within the scientific purview of the NIDDK.

Dixon named Iowa City VA chief of medicine

Bradley Dixon, MD, has been appointed as the chief of medicine of Iowa City VA Health Care System. He is currently an associate professor of medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and has been an attending nephrologist at the Iowa City VA HCS since 1990.

Silva awarded Service Star award

Congratulations to Adrian Silva, an interpreter with Interpretation and Translation Services, who has been given the February 2017 Service Star Award. He was nominated by Patrick McCarthy, who said that Adrian deserved the award for: “Consistently respecting dignity, showing concern, being courteous, and acting professionally when interpreting for physicians, patients, and families during difficult situations.” Visit The Loop to see all of the February 2017 Service Star Award nominees. Don’t forget to nominate a Service Star when you see a colleague going that extra inch (or mile!).

Diversity Catalyst Award celebration is March 27

Congratulations to UI Health Care’s 2016–2017 Diversity Catalyst Award winners:

  • Amy Lee, PhD, professor, UI Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and assistant dean for Research, Carver College of Medicine
  • Denise Martinez, MD, assistant dean for Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives, Carver College of Medicine

Through their dedication, passion, and collaboration, this year’s winners have pushed for sustained change within training structures, mentorship, web accessibility, and classroom dialogue. Learn more about their work and celebrate their achievements at an event from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, March 27, in the Second Floor Ballroom of Iowa Memorial Union.  For more information, visit

Upcoming Joint Commission visit

We are expecting The Joint Commission at any time between now and mid-April for our hospital accreditation follow up survey. We will welcome two surveyors for one day. Since this visit is unannounced, we must be prepared at all times. For a list of areas to pay particular attention to, visit The Loop.

Read the ‘Cancer in Iowa: 2017’ report

An estimated 6,200 Iowans will die from cancer in 2017, according to a new report released by the State Health Registry of Iowa, based in the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Lung cancer will continue to be the most common cause of cancer death for both males and females and will be responsible for about 1,670—or approximately one out of every four—cancer deaths in Iowa, according to “Cancer in Iowa: 2017.” The annual report also projects an estimated 17,400 new cancers will be diagnosed among Iowa residents this year. The report, based on data from the Iowa Cancer Registry and the Iowa Department of Public Health, is available on the registry’s website at or by calling the registry at 335-8609. The report includes county-by-county statistics, summaries of new research projects, and a special section focused on liver cancer.

Newton Road closure on March 28

On Tuesday, March 28, the south bound lane of Newton Road, just south of the Nursing Building to Riverside Drive will be obstructed from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a flagger posted on the uphill side of the obstruction to keep traffic moving as smoothly and safely as possible. The closure is necessary to allow a concrete pump truck and concrete mix trucks to stage on the road. Questions? Contact Jennifer Stout at or 335-8061.

Community health seminar set for March 29

Dermatologic conditions—and their causes, symptoms, treatments, and prevention—can vary among individuals from ethnically diverse backgrounds. Finding an Iowa-based skin care provider with expertise and experience in ethnic skin care was difficult—until now. Join us for a community health seminar from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at the University Athletic Club, located at 1360 Melrose Ave. Nkanyezi Ferguson, MD, a board-certified University of Iowa Health Care dermatologist with expertise in individualized and culturally sensitive skin, nail, and hair care for persons of color, will present. Ferguson will discuss how to keep your skin and hair healthy; common skin and hair conditions affecting patients of color, as well as tips for prevention; and treatment options, including procedure demonstrations. We’ll also provide information about our new Ethnic Skin Care Clinic, the only clinic of its kind in Iowa. Learn more at

EndNote Basic workshop is March 29

EndNote Basic is a web-based citation management software that is freely available to all UI affiliates. It allows you to import, organize, and format citations for papers, articles, etc. EndNote Basic is not the same as the desktop software, EndNote. The workshop will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, in the East Information Commons of Hardin Library. To register and view a complete list of courses, visit

Internal open house is March 30 at new UI Health Care–Scott Blvd location

University of Iowa Health Care employees are invited to a March 30 internal open house of the new primary care clinic at 3640 Middlebury Road, just off of Scott Boulevard on the east side of Iowa City. Employees are invited to tour the new facility from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Located in the Olde Towne Village—about a mile and a half north of UI Health Care–Southeast Iowa City on Scott Boulevard—the new primary care clinic features 30 patient exam rooms; on-site radiology and laboratory suites; and the latest technologies and amenities to make each patient visit convenient, efficient, and comfortable. The new clinic will replace UI Health Care–Southeast Iowa City at 1130 Scott Blvd., which will continue to see patients through Friday, March 31. For more information, visit The Loop.

Skorton talk set for March 30

David Skorton, current secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and former president of the University of Iowa, will deliever a talk at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at Hancher Auditorium titled “Education and What We Value: How STEM and the Liberal Arts Nourish Each Other.” The event is being presented by Hancher Auditorium in conjunction with the UI Graduate College. Skorton served the university for 26 years in various capacities. He joined the UI in 1980 and was a faculty member in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Before being named president in 2003, Skorton held terms as vice president for research (now the vice president for research and economic development) and vice president for external relations. Read a Q&A with Skorton on Iowa Now.

Hawkeyes Move for Marrow 5K

Come to the second annual Hawkeyes Move for Marrow 5K at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 1, at Lower City Park in Iowa City, to help raise money and awareness for Be The Match and the Iowa Marrow Donor Program. Registration is $25, and money raised will help cover the cost of recruiting and registering new potential donors. Learn more about the 5K on The Loop or register now at

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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