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Date: Monday, December 19, 2005

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Patient Safety ICU Collaborative Wins JCAHCO Award

The Greater Cincinnati Patient Safety ICU Collaborative, led by primary investigator Marta Render, MD, of the division of pulmonary and critical-care medicine, has won the 9th annual Ernest Amory Codman Award from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHCO). The award recognizes excellence in the use of outcomes measurement by health-care organizations to improve quality and safety. The collaborative, made up of 10 Cincinnati hospitals, worked to reduce infections acquired by patients in operating rooms and intensive-care units by focusing on evidence-based practices. The effort resulted in a 50 percent decrease in central-line infections and an increased adherence to evidence-based practices from 30 to 95 percent. Participating hospitals include Bethesda North, Christ Hospital, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Fort Hamilton Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Jewish Hospital, Mercy Hospital Mt. Airy, St. Elizabeth Medical Center and University Hospital.


Anesthesiology Hosts Toy and Food Drive

The anesthesiology department is holding its 3rd annual Christmas Toy and Canned Goods drive, now through Jan. 1, 2006, to benefit the young victims of Hurricane Katrina. Donors are asked to bring unwrapped gifts, canned goods, cash or gift certificates to Medical Sciences Building room 3504 or University Hospital's Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, same-day surgery desk or Mont Reid Pavilion, third floor. For information, contact Donna Benesch or George Istaphanous, MD, at (513) 558-6356.


Med Mentors to Hold Fundraiser

UC Med Mentors program will be holding a magic show fundraiser, from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, in Kresge Auditorium. The event, open to all COM faculty, residents and students, features the talents of Randall Wolf, MD, professor of surgery, and his children. Admission is by donation only. For more information, contact Wan Lim, PhD, at


Heart Program Anniversary Celebration

All Academic Health Center employees are invited to help University Hospital celebrate its 20th anniversary of performing heart transplant surgeries during an event to be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, in the hospital's main lobby. Launched in December 1985, UC's heart transplant program has treated more than 348 patients. UH staff also will be commemorating the hospital's recent recognition by Solucient, a health-care information products company, as one of the top 100 heart hospitals. For more information, call (513) 585-8082.


New Faces at UC

Tehmina Naz, MD, and Kathleen Hawker, MD, have recently joined the cardiology and neurology teams, respectively, at the Academic Health Center. Dr. Naz, who specializes in women's cardiovascular health in the UC Heart and Vascular Center at University Pointe, is an expert in heart failure, heart transplant and nuclear imaging. She completed her residency and fellowship training at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Hawker focuses on the treatment of multiple sclerosis. In addition to her teaching assignments, Dr. Hawker will serve as the clinical director of the Waddell Center for Multiple Sclerosis. She received her medical degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and completed both her residency and a neurophysiology fellowship at the University of Toronto.

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