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March 6, 2017

US News ‘Best States’ rankings

Even as we await the U.S. News & World Report rankings of Best Graduate Schools in a couple of weeks, the magazine has announced a new set of rankings—Best States—in which Iowa ranked No. 6 overall and No. 5 for Health Care and No. 1 in Health Care Affordability.

Helping to propel Iowa to its No. 5 health care ranking were high marks in health care access, affordability, and quality—all areas of focus for UI Health Care and in which we have made great progress in recent years. Key to our efforts to improve access, quality, and affordability was establishment of the University of Iowa Health Alliance (UIHA) in 2012.

The UIHA is a network of providers from four health care systems—UI Health Care, Genesis Health System (Quad Cities), Mercy Medical Center–Cedar Rapids, and Great River Health Systems (Burlington)—working to advance the quality of health care services, improve the health status of patients and communities, and slow the rising cost of health care where possible, including the formation of an accountable care organization (ACO).

Through the UI Health Alliance ACO, patient access increased to include the 18 member and affiliate hospitals and 3,000 physicians in the network. In addition, UIHA members collaborate on the latest in technology, care models, best practices, and purchasing power—to provide the best patient care while controlling costs.

Of course, in addition to our work with the Alliance, patient access to UI Health Care services has increased as we open new clinical facilities on and off campus; continue our outreach visits to communities throughout the state; and acquire additional medical practices, including two in Cedar Rapids last year.

We have also had great success increasing access and affordability for our patients and referring providers through our ever-growing digital health services—providing everything from using secure videoconferencing for “virtual” clinic visits and emergency consultations with UI physicians, to remote blood glucose monitoring, to on-demand virtual care for treatment of minor illnesses and conditions through UIeCare.

Iowa has much to be proud of when it comes to health care, and we can be very proud of the part that UI Health Care has played in bringing safe, quality health care to the people of Iowa and beyond.

19 honored as ‘100 Great Iowa Nurses’

Congratulations to all nurses honored this year from University of Iowa Health Care! We are proud to have 19 of our nurses recognized in 2017. Thank you for all you do to provide outstanding patient-focused care every day. Nurses selected for this honor represent many sectors of health care across the state, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and school and office nurses. These exemplary nurses are selected based on their concern for humanity, their contribution to the community and to the nursing profession, and their leadership and mentoring. For a complete list of this year’s honorees, visit The Loop.

April Doggett February 2017 DAISY winner

“April knew exactly what needed to be done. My husband was on a ventilator and sedated for 6 days. April made my husband believe in himself. She said, ‘Today is the day to breathe on your own and stand up.’ Her expectations set the bar high for someone who was lying in bed for 2 weeks. She had perseverance and a sense of humor.”

Congratulations to February’s DAISY winner, April Doggett, BSN, RN. Doggett is a staff nurse in the SNICU. Read the full nomination on The Loop.

Leadership alignment of CME and OSCEP

In an effort to bring our undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education activities into closer alignment, current Assistant Dean and Director of the Office of Statewide Clinical Education Programs (OSCEP), Greg Nelson, MA, RN, will extend the scope of his leadership by also assuming the role of director of Continuing Medical Education Division.

Patient Experience newsletter available now

Patient satisfaction scores on most of the five pioneer units have increased—some dramatically—after more than six months of Compassionate, Connected Care (C3) coaching. After an initial Ctraining session last fall, staff on the five pioneer units have undergone personalized C3 coaching to improve their interactions with patients, including how to convey empathy and build personal connections, among other recommendations. To view graphs that demonstrated the progress and read comments from the staff, see the newsletter on The Loop.

Investigational Drug Service relocated

The Investigational Drug Service is now in its new location at 01284 Pomerantz Family Pavilion (Elevator M, Lower Level) and open for business. The new area improves quality and safety with increased space for investigational drug order processing and storage and provides space to accommodate study monitor visits. Hours of service will remain 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and phone numbers will not change. The pneumatic tube station number is #508.

Executive Leadership Academy taking applications

The University of Iowa Health Care Executive Leadership Academy is now accepting applications for the 2017–2018 academy year. Applications are due Friday, April 28. The academy is targeted at current and high-potential leaders such as medical directors, nurse managers, research leaders, and administrators early in their career to gain skills to lead in an academic health care environment. Learn more at or email Holly Kolfenbach

See the amenities now open inside UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital

The Children’s Café in the Gerdin Family Lobby (Level 1) of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital is now open. The café serves a variety of options that will be a hit with kids and adults alike, such as their Belgian waffle bar for breakfast. Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Find the “Menus” link in the footer of The Loop (Children’s Cafe listed as “CC”).

The new Kaleidoscope Gift Shop, sponsored by Volunteer Services, is a unique space to find whimsical and educational products selected with kids and families in mind. The Safety Store offers a variety of child safety products, including those for children with special needs, all at reduced prices. Knowing how to use these products is an important part of preventing injuries, which is why the store also provides safety education and information.

Amenities also include the Janice and Bruce Ellig Children’s Library on Level 1 and  an outpatient pharmacy on Level 2. For a more information and photos, visit The Loop.

Our staff is making a difference

University of Iowa Health Care is committed to creating and maintaining a work environment where staff can use their skills, talents, and abilities to deliver high-quality health care and service to patients, staff, and visitors. The Making a Difference program is designed to recognize individuals who have performed in an exemplary manner, consistent with the goals of service excellence, and with a commitment to quality care. See the February Making a Difference Award recipients on The Loop.

Free film screening ‘Hidden Figures’

Everyone is invited to attend a free screening of the film “Hidden Figures” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 6, at the W10 Buchanan Auditorium in the Pappajohn Business Building, located at 21 East Market St. in Iowa City. The screening will be followed by a guest panel. A second showing of the movie will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, in C20 of the Pomerantz Career Center. The film, sponsored in part by the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives, tells the true story of three African-American women mathematicians at NASA in the early 1960s and the pivotal role they played in the early U.S. space program.

Systematic Review workshop is March 7

A Hardin open workshop, Systematic Reviews: Literature Searching for a Systematic Review, will be from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, in the East Information Commons of Hardin Library. This class will focus on tips and techniques for carrying out a successful literature search in support of a systematic review. Topics will include techniques for developing search strategies, deciding which databases to search, and how to seek out grey literature for a given topic. There will also be discussion on selecting journals for hand searching, documenting search strategies, and saving and organizing references. “Nuts and Bolts of a Systematic Review” should be taken before “Literature Searching for a Systematic Review.” To register and view a complete list of courses, visit

2017 UI Staff Council nominations are now open

Are you looking for ways to improve your workplace or have you heard of staff concerns that you would like to voice? Do you know someone who wants to make a difference? Consider nominating yourself or one of your colleagues for Staff Council. Nominations are open through April 1 at 5 p.m. Being a staff councilor is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the university, participate in some higher-level discussions/presentations, and be a voice for your colleagues. For more information about open positions, expectations, or to find a nomination form, visit The Loop.

Take the on-campus child care survey

In an effort to continue providing the best work environment possible for our employees and their families, we are working to evaluate the unmet need for on-campus child care services among University of Iowa Health Care faculty and staff. If a staff or faculty member has an existing or anticipated need for on-campus child care services, please respond to this brief (3–5 minute) survey by March 17. Please complete only one survey per family. Find the survey at For assistance in completing the survey, please contact Anna Cigrand at or 353-7047.

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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