Dec. 16

Strong ties help UNC, Malawi fight disease
UNC researchers began working in Malawi more than 20 years ago. Since then, the relationship has deepened as faculty and students help tackle challenges such as HIV, malaria and a lack of basic health infrastructure. This week, Chancellor Holden Thorp is visiting UNC Project–Malawi to see Carolina’s involvement firsthand and blogging about his trip along the way.
Conference: Optimizing Women's Health from Adolescence to Menopause Feb 26, 2011 from 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM William & Ida Friday Center,
This course will explore the most recent evidence and recommendations for preventive health across the female reproductive lifespan. Geared towards all primary care providers of women’s health, the program will address topics encountered commonly in an office practice.
Falk named president-elect of American Society of Nephrology
The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) welcomed its new president, Joseph V. Bonventre, MD, PhD, FASN of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, as well as its new president-elect, Ronald J. Falk, MD, FASN, during its recent 43rd annual meeting, which was part of Renal Week 2010, in Denver, CO.
Drug Enforcement Administration notice
Effective, April 1, 2011, all Licensed Independent Providers (LIPs) who are appointed to the Medical Staff of UNC Hospitals must have their own individual Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) numbers. Registration is online, quick, and free for qualifying LIPs appointed to the Medical Staff at UNC Hospitals.
Magnet celebration Dec. 16 Dec 16, 2010 from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM Children's Hospital Lobby,
Please join us from 3 – 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, in the Children’s Hospital lobby to celebrate UNC Hospitals’ recent Magnet designation. A short program will begin at 3:15 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.
Portion of Manning Drive to close Dec. 27 - 31
The portion of Manning Drive between South Columbia Street and West Drive will be closed to all through traffic Monday, Dec. 27 – Friday, Dec. 31, due to the installation of framework for a new pedestrian bridge.
Santa's Sack program for patients at the Children's Hospital
Want to do something for kids who will spend their holidays in the Children's Hospital? Bring a new and unwrapped gift for the nurses' Santa Sack program. We especially need items for infants and teens and are accepting donations through Dec. 23.
VIDEO: Mission for Change
Lindsay Stortz spends weekends treating patients on Medicine Service, and weekends and weeknights studying for her master's degree in public health. This summer this registered nurse used her remaining "free time" interning on an operational efficiency project in the Transplant Clinic at UNC Hospitals. This is the fifth video featured from the 2010 Nursing Annual Report.
VIDEO: NC Children's Promise TV- Lauren Coombs
The "N.C. Children’s Promise TV" project took five N.C. Children's Hospital patients and turned them into reporters for a day during the ninth annual Children's Promise Radiothon/Telethon on Nov. 18. In this episode, Lauren Coombs introduces you to the volunteers at the N.C. Children's Promise.
Donate platelets and enter to win Hurricanes tickets
Donate platelets between Dec. 15 and Dec. 31 and register to win Carolina Hurricanes tickets in January. The first game will be Jan. 3.
Register for "Mind-Body" skills sessions
Courses are offered year-round in the mornings (9:30 a.m. - noon) and evenings (6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.) for health care professionals and the general public, including individuals with stable chronic conditions.
Holiday Vital Signs Schedule
The last issue of Vital Signs for the 2010 year will go out early next week, on Tuesday, Dec. 21. Vital Signs will not be released the week of Dec. 27. If you have announcements that need to go out before Jan. 7, please be sure to submit them by Monday, Dec. 20 so that we can include them in our next issue. Thank you and happy holidays!
Stiles to assume new leadership position with UNC Health Care
Alan D. Stiles, MD, has been named Vice President for Network Development and Strategic Alliances for the UNC Health Care System by CEO William L. Roper, MD, MPH. Stiles will transition to the new role in early 2011.