Vital Signs - June 19, 2008

UNC honored with HealthGrades' Outstanding Patient Experience Award
UNC Health Care has been recognized by HealthGrades, an independent health care ratings company, with an Outstanding Patient Experience Award. HealthGrades lists the top 15 percent of all eligible hospitals in the nation for patient satisfaction as the 2009/2010 recipients of HealthGrades’ Outstanding Patient Experience Award. In addition, UNC Health Care is the only hospital in the Triangle in the top 5 percent for patient excellence and one of the few public academic medical centers in the nation named to the list.
N.C. Children's Hospital ranked by U.S. News and World Report for care of children with respiratory disorders
The publication has recognized N.C. Children’s Hospital as eleventh in the nation.
Research uncovers clues to virus-cancer link
In a series of recently published articles, a research team from the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has uncovered clues to the development of cancers in AIDS patients.
Test detects molecular marker of aging in humans
In 2004, researchers at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center announced a crucial discovery in understanding cellular aging. Now the team has proven that the same biomarker is present in human blood and is strongly correlated both with chronological age and with certain behaviors such as tobacco use and physical inactivity, which are known to accelerate the aging process.
Study suggests new approach to common cause of blindness
Researchers at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine in collaboration with lead investigators at the University of Kentucky have identified a new target for the diagnosis and treatment of age-related macular degeneration, the most common cause of blindness in older Americans.
VIDEO: Dr. Roper on ‘Shifting the Numbers’
Over the past several months Dr. Roper has traveled across North Carolina and used this presentation to paint a picture of the challenges we face and the work we are doing.
Foskey to retire as SOM Compliance and Privacy Officer
The School of Medicine Compliance Office regrets to announce the retirement of Mr. Charles Foskey, effective June 30, 2009
American Orthopaedic Association elects Dirschl as President
Douglas R. Dirschl, MD, Frank C. Wilson Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the UNC Department of Orthopaedics, was elected President of the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) at the 2009 annual meeting of the AOA.
Camp utilizes movement therapy to help kids with hemiplegia
The joy of summer camp is a lifelong memory every child deserves. But what if motor function challenges precluded your child from participating in a traditional camp experience? Thanks to one occupational therapist from N.C. Children's Hospital, hemiplegic children in North Carolina have access to a summer day camp that combines traditional camp activities with therapy made fun.
Family House Diaries: House fire yields gratitude of life-changing magnitude
This is the second in a new series from UNC Health Care that focuses on the stories of UNC Hospitals patients and their families who live in the SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals while receiving or awaiting treatment.
VIDEO: Resident's perspective & ConAgra patient update
On June 16, Dr. Cathy Sybert, chief resident in the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center, provided an update on the ConAgra patients' progress.
HSL Journal review and cancellation process
In response to the economic challenges we are all facing, the Health Sciences Library has begun to review their journal subscriptions in anticipation of cancellations. Please help make these decisions by providing feedback on their Web site by July 15.
Grants Awarded to HSL for Digital Initiatives
The UNC Health Sciences Library has just been awarded $34,850 for the first year of a three-year NC ECHO digitization grant project funded by the State Library of North Carolina through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). Building on a pilot project that resulted in the digitization of historical North Carolina journals in public health, dentistry and eugenics, the proposed North Carolina History of Health Digital Library will contain over 800 volumes (approx. 350,000 pages) of core journals in medicine, public health, dentistry, pharmacy and nursing from 1849 to 1977.
Dermatology moving all services to Southern Village
The transition will be complete by July 1, 2009.
Komen Race for the Cure recap
UNC Health Care participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which raises money for breast cancer research, at Meredith College in Raleigh on Saturday, June 13.
NC TraCS Insitute names NC TraC$2K Third Round Awardees
The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS) is pleased to announce awardees of the third cycle of TraC$2K grants for clinical and translational research projects.
New NC TraCS Institute Pharmacometrics Walk-In Clinic
Dr. Julie Dumond will staff this weekly clinic in the Health Sciences Library. Read more about NC TraCS Institute Walk-In and By Appointment Clinics.
Ice cream sale for cystic fibrosis June 22
Need an afternoon sugar burst? Enjoy Ben & Jerry's ice cream and fight cystic fibrosis at the same time!
American Red Cross blood drive
The UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont will host a blood drive on Thursday, June 25, from 2 - 6:30 p.m.
Identifying Funding Sources Workshop for Faculty in Health Affairs Jun 23, 2009 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM 307 Health Sciences Library (computer lab),
The GrantSource Library invites Health Affairs faculty to a hands-on workshop on identifying funding sources for your research, programs, and other scholarly endeavors.
New issue of UNC Facilities Services News
The June edition of Facilities Services News is available at