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BY DI STAFF | MARCH 21, 2011 7:20 AM

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UIHC revenue up

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics revenue increased by more than 11 percent so far in fiscal 2011 compared with the previous year, according to hospital data gathered for the state Board of Regents.

UIHC revenue totaled $606,712 from July 2010 through January 2011, up from $543,703 over the same time period. Patient revenue accounted for $577,930.

In addition, the UIHC cash flow operating margin increased 47.6 percent— reaching $82,758 for fiscal 2011.

The numbers come on the heels of an influx in patient days, which reached 116,658 days, compared with 106,434 for the previous year. In-patient and out-patient surgeries increased by 16.2 percent during the same time.

— by Ariana Witt

UIHC seeks updates and renovation

UI officials plan to ask the regents to approve several updates for the UI Hospitals and Clinics during its meeting in Ames on Wednesday

Officials hope to purchase a $2.3 million General Electric PETtrace 880 Cyclotron system, which would aid in PET scans for UIHC Radiology and Radiation Oncology.

The new machinery would replace a similar piece, which has been in use at the UIHC for more than 20 years.

UIHCofficials will also ask regents to approve the schematic design of and $24.4 million budget to renovate and expand the UIHC Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit.

The plan would renovate the unit’s existing location — the fourth level of the Colloton Pavilion — with the addition of a facility on the ninth level.

The total area to be renovated is 23,00 square feet. The project would be funded through the University Hospitals Building Use Funds.

— by Ariana Witt

German Ph.D. termination before regents

UI officials will ask the regents to approve the termination of the UI Ph.D. program in German at the regents’ meeting Wednesday in Ames, according to the board.

The request comes as a result of findings from the Task Force on Graduate Education in February 2010 that said there is insufficient faculty in the German Department to maintain the doctoral program.

No students have graduated from the program since May 2003, though there are five students still enrolled. Those students will be allowed to graduate before the program is closed. Students interested in the program will have the opportunity to enroll in the Ph.D. program in Linguistics or Second Language Acquisition.

UI officials are also seeking the approval to lift the suspension of admissions to the master of arts program in German, which they enacted in September 2009.

— by Ariana Witt

UI seeks to award 2 honorary doctorates

UI officials plan to award two UI alumni honorary doctorates of Humane Letters at the spring commencement ceremony, pending regent approval at their Wednesday meeting in Ames.

Jerre L. Stead, a native of Maquoketa, graduated from the UI in 1965 and in 1992 was named CEO of AT&T Global Business Communications System. He also helped establish the Stead Technology Services Group at the Tippie College of Business.

The second potential recipient, Richard Myers, was born in Iowa City and attended the UI. He has been a mayor of Coralville, Iowa, director of the Farmers Home Administration, a member of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, and a member of the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce. In 1994, Myers was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives, and he often speaks at UI classes.

— by Ariana Witt

UI seeks action on Hawkeye Court, Hawkeye Drive

UI officials will seek the regents’ approval to move forward with the abandonment and demolition of some university apartments at Hawkeye Court and Hawkeye Drive, according to the board.

UI officials plan to raze 76 first-floor apartments of the 504 units in Hawkeye Court. The units were permanently damaged by the 2008 flood.

Eight buildings would be razed in total, and UI officials hope to also abandon 16 apartments at Hawkeye Drive and use them for storage. UI housing officials sent a letter to residents of the apartment complexes March 2 stating they could not guarantee a lease beyond June 1, 2012.

The entire demolition is projected to cost $1,080,000; the regents will vote on the plan at their Wednesday meeting in Ames.

— by Ariana Witt

UI wants Lodge extension

UI officials will ask the regents approve an extension of the lease agreement with the owners of the Lodge Apartment complex.

The lease currently states that Building 3 of the complex would be used to house UI students from Aug. 1, 2010, to May 24 because of the large number of students enrolled this academic year.

UI officials would like to extend that agreement to July 31, 2012, and utilize eight remaining units in the building as well. The building contains 69 apartments and roughly 180 bedrooms.

Under the lease, UI officials would pay Raycal Iowa, the owners, $1 million for fiscal 2012.

— by Ariana Witt

5 charged in meth bust

Iowa City officials arrested five Iowans in connection with a local fire caused by a methamphetamine lab explosion.

According to a press release from the Iowa City police, police and fire officials responded to a fire at 2470 Lakeside Drive at 9:36 a.m. March 14 after receiving reports of smoke in the building. No one was injured.

Officials determined the fire started as the result of a methamphetamine cook in an apartment.
Jessica Plummer — the resident of the apartment — and Mark Poggenpohl of Hills were charged with first-degree arson in connection with the explosion.

Statements from Plummer led the task force to Veronic Collins of 3734 Lower West Branch Road.

Collins and James Johnston of Coralville were charged with possession of methamphetamine at the West Branch location. Nicholas Nash of Washington, Iowa, was charged with possession of methamphetamine at the West Branch location and second-offense drug possession.

— by Hayley Bruce

Regents to vote on tuition

The regents are scheduled to vote Wednesday on proposed tuition increases for the 2011-12 school year for the three state institutions.

Tuition is slated to increase 5 percent for undergraduate in-state students and 6 percent for out-of-state students at the University of Iowa — $308 and $1,346, respectively.

Last year, the regents voted to hike tuition by 6 percent for the 2010-11 academic year.

This year’s decision on tuition and fees will occur before the fiscal 2012 budget is completed. Gov. Terry Branstad proposed a 6 percent cut to the regents’ funding.

— by Ariana Witt

24 UI programs ranked in top 10

U.S. News & World Report ranked 24 University of Iowa graduate programs and colleges among the top 10 in national public universities.

This year marks U.S. News’ 22nd year publishing the America’s Best Graduate Schools Report. Ratings are formulated using expert opinions about program quality and statstics regarding the quality of the school’s employees, research, and students.

UI program rankings included Physician Assistant, Nursing Service Administration, and Geriatric Nursing Specialty in first place, Social Psychology in second, and Master’s/Doctorate in Physical Therapy in third.

The UI ranked 72 in national universities overall.

— by Luke Voelz

House acts on faculty paid leave

The Iowa House of Representatives passed a bill requiring faculty convicted of a crime to pay back any salary earned while on paid leave.

House File 493, which passed 93-1, affects faculty at regent institutions, community colleges, and school districts convicted of a felony, aggravated misdemeanor, or serious misdemeanor.

The bill does not apply to teachers who do not receive taxpayer money.

— by Luke Voelz

Carlson to step down

UI officials formed a search committee to find a new senior associate to UIPresident Sally Mason after Jonathan Carlson announced he will step down and return to his position as a professor in the College of Law.

Carlson, a professor of law and international studies, held the senior position for three and a half years.

Carlson and Mason mutually agreed to extend his term beyond the normal two-year period, said UI spokesman Tom Moore.

The search committee is composed of interim Provost Barry Butler, Senior Vice President for Finance Doug True, and Chief of Staff Mark Braun.

— by Nina Earnest

2 UIHC staffmembers disciplined for monitoring

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics took disciplinary action against two staff members for reportedly monitoring staff interactions, according to a press release.

A baby monitor was allegedly hidden to overhear conversations in the Department of Urology, according to the Associated Press.

The action taken against the staff members came as the result of an internal investigation. The statement said details of the disciplinary action are considered private personnel information.

The investigation also determined there was no breach of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability laws, which govern the privacy of patient records.

— by Nina Earnest

Woman charged as accessory in shooting

Iowa City police charged an Iowa City Housing Authority employee with acting as a lookout during a reported shooting at the Ecumenical Towers last month.

Mary Abboud-Kamps, 54, 24 Kennedy Parkway, was charged Feb. 21 with accessory to felony.

The development comes after Stephen Clark Caldwell — Abboud-Kamps’ boyfriend— 69, 320 E. Washington St. Apt. 11H, was charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon after allegedly firing a handgun inside a hallway of the Ecumenical Towers Feb. 21.

The report said Abboud-Kamps was present during the first series of shots around 3:37 a.m., and she was reportedly seen on surveillance video exiting the elevator on the first floor and allegedly acting as a lookout for Caldwell.

Officials allege that Abboud-Kamps assisted Caldwell by aiding in his escape, through which he was able to conceal the weapon used in the shooting.

The report contended that Abboud-Kamps also lied during her interview by failing to tell police Caldwell had a handgun in his possession as he walked her to her car after the incident.

— by Hayley Bruce

RAGBRAI announces pass-through towns

Officials have announced the pass-through towns along this year’s 454-mile RAGBRAI route.

Around 10,000 cyclists will traverse the state from July 24-30. The ride will begin in Glenwood and end in Davenport, and will include Coralville as an overnight stop.

Pass-through towns include Silver City, Carson, Templeton, Oxford, and Brooklyn. There are 39 pass-through towns listed online.

— by Luke Voelz

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