13 spooky (and safe) ways to celebrate autumn this year

Pumpkin sitting on the ground in the forest
Autumn means cooler weather, the crunch of leaves, and some spooky Halloween fun. But with the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, it can be hard to know how you can have the traditional seasonal fun while still staying safe.

When should you get your flu vaccination?

Timing is everything, at least it is when it comes to receiving your annual flu vaccination. Getting vaccinated too early in the season may mean reduced protection against the flu later in the season. Getting vaccinated too late may mean you won’t be covered during peak times.

Health inequities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic

Family Medicine physician Emad Abou-Arab, MD, explains why some Americans are disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Holly Inman treats every cancer patient like family

Holly Inman, RN, BSN, speaks to a patient
When Marika Klesic was diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago, she felt confident being treated by her employer, UI Hospitals & Clinics. When Klesic received incredible care from a nurse, she was grateful.

PICU nurse strives for positivity and comfort in patient care

Kayla Piplani
Recognizing the emotional toll that often accompanies a hospital visit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) nurse Kayla Piplani, BSN, RN, strives to offer a little reprieve for her patients and their families.

CMA provides quality care through COVID-19 pandemic

Shannon Jensen, CMA, stands in front of the respiratory illness clinic
Twenty-five years ago, Shannon Jensen knew she wanted to be in the medical profession and get started right away. A friend encouraged her to become a certified medical assistant (CMA) and she’s loved the job ever since.

UI surgeon performs first robot-assisted cochlear implant surgery

Bruce Gantz, MD
University of Iowa Health Care otolaryngologist Bruce Gantz, MD, has performed the first three robot-assisted cochlear implant electrode insertions in the world using an investigational surgical tool currently in clinical evaluation at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

COVID-19 and flu season: What to expect this year

Will the COVID-19 pandemic impact our flu season? We spoke with hospital epidemiologist Jorge Salinas, MD, to learn more about what we can expect from this year’s flu season.

Interpreter and translator Adrián Silva uses communication to support patients and staff

Adrian Silva
Adrián Silva, interpreter and translator at UI Hospitals & Clinics, has been assisting patients as they communicate with their providers for almost a decade.

Denise Martinez: Diversity, culture, and the glass ceiling

Denise Martinez
Denise Martinez was five years old when she decided to become a doctor. Now, she is a family medicine physician and excited to be co-chair of the new UI Health Care Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force.