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May 8, 2017

Let’s celebrate

Health care news continues to be a hot topic. Some of the news is encouraging and some warrants our continued advocacy. The discussions will continue for some time, and we will respond accordingly when decisions are finalized. To me, the level of discourse itself is important—because what we do is important. Our nation wants to continue to support access to care, to ensure there is an adequate supply of new physicians and scientists, and to benefit from the discovery of new cures. How to best do that is worthy of deep thought and discussion.

This week, we can celebrate on a number of levels. From special events to commencements, we are set to thank and recognize UI Health Care employees, volunteers, and students who are improving the lives of others through patient care, teaching, and biomedical research.

Celebrating National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week provides a great opportunity to thank the faculty, staff, students, and volunteers involved with the care of patients through our tripartite mission. The 2017 National Hospital Week theme, “The Healing Heart of Health Care,” also helps emphasize our service excellence commitment to care with our hearts, hands, and minds.

All nurses working within UI Health Care deserve our thanks and recognition for the difference they make in the lives of patients and their families. As we work diligently to implement new and creative recruitment strategies to attract nurses to our workforce, we honor those who have demonstrated their steadfast commitment and innovation to meet the needs of our expanding enterprise.

Commencement ceremonies for students of the UI Carver College of Medicine will be Friday and Saturday. The education our students have gained here will be an outstanding platform from which they can fulfill their dreams and pursue rewarding and productive careers in science and medicine. My thanks to all of you who have had a hand in helping the students become outstanding, well-prepared medical professionals.

I would be remiss if I did not note that the recent National Volunteer Week (April 24 to 28) featured the wonderful work of our more than 1,400 UI Hospitals and Clinics volunteers, who have an amazing impact on the experiences of the thousands of people who pass through our doors each day.

I am continually awed by the loyalty for UI Health Care demonstrated by our faculty, staff, volunteers, and students, and I am personally proud to be a part of this organization.

Next week, I will resume discussion of the 2017–2020 Strategic Plan with Goal 3: Nimble Structure and Accountable Culture.

Celebrations and commencements

University of Iowa Health Care faculty, staff, students, and volunteers are encouraged to take part in the many events of this celebratory week, including:

National Hospital Week 2017: The Healing Heart of Health Care

Throughout the week:

  • Coffee specials at hospital Java House locations
  • Redeem your ticket for a king size candy bar or piece of fruit in the Fountain Dining Room or Compass Express (Elevator C, Level 1) or Melrose Dining Room (Elevator L, Level 5)
  • Celebrate in your department with a potluck, pizza party, or other fun event.
  • Consider donating blood or platelets sometime during the week. Successful donors will receive a thank-you gift.
  • Have fun and learn more about CultureVision by participating in electronic scavenger hunts. Check Noon News every day for five new questions; find the answers on the CultureVision website, and submit them to be entered to win a $5 Java House gift card. One name will be selected each day, May 8 to 12, from responses entered that day up to 11:55 p.m. Winners will be notified via email.

Appreciation event is May 11

Celebrate National Hospital Week at the appreciation event, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 11, in the Fountain Lobby (Elevator C, Level 1).

  • Redeem your ticket for a frozen treat
  • Sign up to win a gift basket
  • Pick up a free gift
  • Take a selfie with fun props in the photo booth
  • Enjoy fun games and prizes from Hills Bank
  • Check out display tables sponsored by UI Recreation Services and CultureVision, and the health and wellness station sponsored by liveWELL

Nurses Week awards

Event and reception from 3 to 4 p.m., Thursday, May 11, East Room (Elevator F, Level 8). Sponsored by the Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care.

Commencements

The Doctor of Medicine and Masters in Medical Education Degree candidates ceremony is at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, in Hancher Auditorium. Tickets are required.

The Bachelor of Science Degree candidates (nuclear medicine technology, radiation sciences, and clinical laboratory sciences) is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13, in Hancher Auditorium.

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