What our pathology lab is seeing as respiratory virus cases increase in our community

Brad Ford, MD, PhD
As COVID-19 numbers continue to climb due to the more contagious delta variant, our pathology lab is as busy as ever processing tests. But as we enter flu season, what other viruses are we seeing circulate through our community? And how can we stay healthy during this time?

‘A big step’: How Kayla Kenady found her passion in the PICU

Kayla Kennedy photo
Kayla Kenady, RN, receives DAISY Award for compassion, caring, and wrapping her young patients in love in the PICU.

Providing personalized care for orthopedic patients

Jennifer Ferden photo
When Jennifer Ferden, MS, LAT, sees patients in the UI Health Care Sports Medicine Clinic, it’s often because they seek a second, third, or even fourth opinion to help quell their pain.

From near-fatal accident to life as a college student

Maggie McQuillen
Maggie McQuillen suffered massive head trauma in an automobile accident, requiring lengthy surgery and facial reconstruction at UI Hospitals & Clinics. Even in the tensest moments, her family took comfort in feeling like members of Maggie’s care team.

Iowans step up to participate in new COVID-19 vaccine research

UI researcher participating in COVID-19 vaccine research study
In August 2020, over 250 bold Iowans traveled from across the state to University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Hailing from small towns in northwest Iowa, to cities as large as Des Moines, Dubuque, and Ottumwa, these Iowans were driven by an important purpose: they were participating in the Pfizer-BioNTech clinical trial that would lead to the first emergency authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Making meaningful memories: One nurse’s visit to a Minnesota grave

What wasn’t a big deal for Kaitie Luitjens, RN, BSN, made a world of difference for one patient unable to attend a family member’s funeral.

Post-COVID-19 lung transplant gives Randy a new lease on life

Randy McIntyre at UI Hospitals & Clinics
Randy McIntyre of Andalusia, Illinois, was a healthy 58-year-old before a case of COVID-19 in January 2021 changed his life forever.

Vaccinated vs. unvaccinated: How sick can you get?

Breakthrough infections, or when fully vaccinated people test positive for COVID-19, sound startling, even discouraging. But they don’t come as a shock to medical experts, since no vaccine is 100% effective against preventing infection.

Iowa infection experts: Delta is different — COVID-19 breakthrough infections explained

After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended loosening safety measures in May, their new recommendation to return to masking in public indoor settings may feel like a confusing change of direction. The guidance has changed because the situation has changed.

Lakken Cox: Making a difference in patient outcomes

Lakken Cox, nursing assistant
Checking on patients for Lakken Cox means more than just checking their vitals, it also means keeping them company when they have none.