Today, Oct. 5, is the deadline for submitting a Letter of Intent for the Transformational Research
The 2015 Carousel Ball to support the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes was held last Friday in downtown Denver. The event featured a performance by Usher, was hosted by record producer David Foster and paid tribute to John and Paige Elway for their philanthropic contributions to the community. These galas provide valuable resources for the outstanding clinical, research and educational programs of the Barbara Davis Center. Dana Davis, the daughter of Barbara and Marvin Davis, reflected on four decades of Carousel Balls in an interview published by The Villager.
We also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the creation of the profession of Nurse Practitioners at a gala on Friday night. The event honored Loretta Ford, EdD, from the College of Nursing, and Henry Silver, MD, from the School of Medicine, who joined together in 1965 to find a way to improve health care delivery to underserved communities. They established a “pediatric nurse practitioner,” who would check babies’ health and provide vaccinations, health counseling
On Saturday, the School of Medicine’s Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant Program held its Fall Banquet at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science with 200 alumni, students, preceptors, and friends. At the banquet, Richard Krugman, MD, professor of pediatrics and former Dean of the School of Medicine and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, received the Henry K. Silver Award for his extraordinary commitment to the program over the past 40-plus years.
The University welcomed new faculty members from the Anschutz Medical Campus and the Denver campus at a reception Thursday in the Fulginiti Pavilion. There were 250 new faculty members invited to this year’s event. Chancellor Don Elliman, Provost Roderick Nairn,
Jane Schumaker, executive director of University Physicians, Inc., and Frank deGruy III, MD, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine, last Tuesday joined other health care professionals in a Regional Innovation Day event hosted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Denver Regional Office. The day included several discussion panels focused on value-based payment models. Frank was a panelist offering some thoughtful comments on the critical importance of population health.
The Charles C. Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine held a strategic planning session last week with its advisory board, the Anschutz Medical Campus executive leadership and other supporters to review progress and chart next steps for recruitment and clinical trials. Dennis Roop,
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute announced last week that it has awarded a $2.8 million, three-year grant to John Corboy, MD, professor of neurology, to study the discontinuation of disease-modifying therapies for some patients with multiple sclerosis. John’s project is one of only 26 studies from across the country selected for funding in this round of funding.
The Center for Advancing Professional Excellence (CAPE) received full accreditation in the areas of education, assessment and research from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Congratulations to Eva Aagaard, MD, associate dean for educational strategy, and the CAPE faculty and staff. The accreditation caps a year of work that engaged leaders and learners from each of the health professional schools on campus. We appreciate their time and support in the process.
The Academy of Medical Educators is accepting applications for the Rymer Endowment Innovation Small Grants Program. The Academy annually provides small grants ($3500 or less, although occasionally grants of up to $5,000 will be considered) to support efforts to create, implement and evaluate innovative medical education programs and to develop scholarship in medical education. Grant funds are provided with support from the Rymer Family Endowment, the Office of Faculty Affairs and the Academy of Medical Educators. Check the Academy’s website for more information and the application process. Applications are due Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015.
University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) last week announced that it was named one of the top 10 academic hospitals in the country by the University HealthSystem Consortium. The consortium consists of 133 nonprofit academic medical centers and 299 of their affiliated hospitals. Each year, the consortium
Congress agreed last week to provide $625 million to finish construction of the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital adjacent to the Anschutz Medical Campus. The legislation allows the VA to shift the money within its budget to complete the hospital and it takes oversight of large construction projects away from the VA and gives them to the Army Corps of Engineers. The 184-bed medical center has been in limbo while lawmakers decided whether to fully fund the project, which is now estimated to cost $1.7 billion. The Corps of Engineers determined that the cost of construction increased due to multiple design changes and a decision by VA officials to use a complicated contract process they didn't fully understand. We are hopeful that this project will now proceed without further delay so that our nation’s military veterans can get the health care they deserve and our colleagues at the VA can join us in Aurora.
Have a good week,
John J. Reilly, Jr., MD
Richard D. Krugman Endowed Chair
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine
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