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October 16, 2017

Busy Week

As a vibrant academic medical center, we are always busy and this week is no exception. The UI Health Care schedule is jam packed with many activities involving faculty, staff, and students—a few key events are highlighted below.

The five-member survey team from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) arrived on Sunday to review the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine for reaccreditation. The review will focus on our medical education program, including the branch campus in Des Moines, and also aspects of other collegiate programs, including the hospital and health care campus. The team will provide its initial thoughts at an exit conference on Wednesday, but we are not expected to receive official word on our accreditation status until June.

This evening, we are set to recognize eight faculty physicians and one program at the annual UI Physicians Annual Meeting, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the MERF Atrium. The UI Physicians Clinical Awards were established in 2011 to honor a Clinician of the Year as well as recognition for clinical excellence in quality, patient satisfaction, innovation, leadership, consultation.

The importance of mentorship in the education and training of the next generation of scientists and physicians will be highlighted at Tuesday’s UI Carver College of Medicine Distinguished Mentor Award Celebration. The event honors Robert G. Robinson, MD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and begins at 3 p.m. in Prem Sahai Auditorium. As a mentor, Bob transferred to his mentees not only his extensive knowledge of neuropsychiatry, but also the value of a research career that integrates laboratory discovery and clinical practice.

UI Health Care leaders on Thursday will provide the Board of Regents with an update on recent medical center activities and our financial and operational performance. In addition, Kumar Narayan, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, and member of the Iowa Neuroscience Institute, will discuss his highly collaborative research and new approaches to Parkinson’s Disease.

Finally, on Saturday, we will celebrate five years of providing world-class health care at UI Health Care—Iowa River Landing. We are inviting the public to join us there from 2 to 4 p.m. to discover how we’re shaping the future of personalized patient care. There will be hands-on science and medical activities for kids of all ages; interactive tours; Hepatitis C screenings; and other activities.

We got some good news last week. Standard & Poor’s Financial Services, one of the country’s leading bond rating agencies, recently completed its regular credit review of the financial status of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. I’m pleased to say that we again received a rating of AA, which puts us among the highest rated not-for-profit hospitals in the country.

The rating committee noted our consistent volume growth, broad footprint throughout the state, and strong relationship with the university. They also were impressed with the financial initiatives we have in place to ensure we meet our budgeted margin for Fiscal Year 2018. It continues to be vitally important that we achieve the planned cost savings and revenue enhancements.

My thanks to all the faculty, staff and students who are involved in sharing the story of UI Health Care’s tripartite mission and remaining focused on achieving our financial goals.

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