If you or your kids are into the Jurassic period, make plans to attend the Dinosaurs and Cavemen Science Expo from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Rock Bridge High School, 4303 S. Providence Road.
The expo is a partnership between the School of Medicine’s Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences and Columbia Public Schools, and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The free event will feature a presentation at 10:30 a.m. by world-famous artist and “paleosculptor” Gary Staab. His life-sized, hand-crafted sculptures adorn numerous natural history museums, exhibits and institutions around the world. Staab will sculpt live for the public during the expo.
The expo is hosted by MU students and faculty and other scientific partners from around the state, including Raptor Rehab, the St. Louis Science Center and the Columbia Public Schools Planetarium.
Visitors may also sign up to watch the film "Earth's Wild Ride" in the planetarium.
For more information, please contact Casey Holliday, PhD, associate professor of anatomy, at (573) 884-6599 or email@example.com.
After a national search, Jennifer May, JD, has been selected as the chief compliance officer for University of Missouri Health, effective March 1. In this role, May is responsible for leading the strategies, operations, monitoring and reporting of MU Health’s corporate compliance plan.
“Jennifer May has a proven track record of excellence in the compliance field,” said Jonathan Curtright, chief executive officer of MU Health Care. “I’m confident that our health system will continue to thrive with her expertise.”
Prior to this appointment, May served as acting chief compliance officer and director of compliance effectiveness. Before joining MU Health, she served as a leader in the MU Office of Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development. May began her compliance career with the MU Intercollegiate Athletics Department, where she was responsible for NCAA rules compliance.
May received her Bachelor of Journalism and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Missouri.
“I’m very excited to have Jennifer May lead this important activity for MU Health,” said President Mun Choi. “She has been an invaluable leader in focusing our efforts to address the corporate integrity agreement and broader activities to ensure best in class business policies and practices.”
Missouri is in the path of Tornado Alley, and with the approaching spring comes the likelihood of severe weather. Make sure you know what to do to keep yourself and your patients safe.
Missouri Severe Weather Awareness Week is this week, March 5-9. The annual Missouri severe weather drill will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 6. If bad weather is affecting the state, the drill may be postponed until Thursday, March 8. MU Health Care will participate in this exercise and will activate the severe weather response plans.
The drill is a good time to practice your severe weather safety plans. Everyone should have a basic knowledge of severe weather safety and have a severe weather plan in place, at work and at home.
Learn more about preparing for the drill.
When you are finished using protected health information, do you know how to properly dispose of it?
Privacy regulations created by the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act affect everyone working in the health care field. HIPAA mandates protections for the confidentiality and security of protected health information, and it consists of the Privacy Rule and the Security Rule. HITECH expanded the penalties for HIPAA violations.
Tips in MU Health Today will help you learn more about these federal requirements.
Today’s tip is:
- Disposal of PHI: Documents containing PHI should be placed in locked shredding bins in your area. Never place documents containing PHI in a recycle bin. Papers with PHI should never go in the trash. Electronic PHI also must be protected when you don’t need it anymore. Call the IT help desk at 884-HELP if you have questions about disposal.
For questions about HIPAA, HITECH or privacy issues, please contact Tina Adams-Salter, JD, LLM, health system privacy officer, at (573) 882-3293 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In last week’s Quick Poll question on MyMUHealth.org, we asked how many “Best Picture” Oscar nominees you have watched. The majority of employees who responded, 80 percent, watched zero of the nominees. Sixteen percent watched one or two films. Two percent of employees watched three or more films, while another 2 percent watched five or more.
The Quick Poll is located on the home page of MyMUHealth.org. It is open to all MU Health employees and is updated on Mondays.
- IDX upgrade: The GE/IDX system will undergo an upgrade from 9 p.m. (2100) Friday, March 9, through 6 a.m. (0600) Saturday, March 10. During the upgrade, patients will be registered in the Cerner system and patient armbands will print as usual. No other non-Cerner downstream systems will be updated during the upgrade.
Grand rounds and seminars
- Medical Pharmacology and Physiology: “Developmental and Reproductive Effects of Chemicals Associated with Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas,” by Susan Nagel, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health; noon to 1 p.m. in Acuff Auditorium, MA217.
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: “Lumbar Spine – Case Studies, Evaluation and Management,” by Mark Drymalski, MD, assistant professor of clinical physical medicine and rehabilitation; 8 to 9 a.m. Friday, March 9, at Rusk Rehabilitation Center, Room 1240.
- Child Health: “Taking the Road More Traveled: A Look at CPGs and Algorithms,” by Christopher Wayne Cates, MD, resident physician; noon to 1 p.m. Friday, March 9, at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital South Pavilion, Rooms A, B and C.
Midnight census for March 4, 2018
University Hospital (including Missouri Orthopaedic Institute and Missouri Psychiatric Center): 336 inpatients; Budget: 289
Women’s and Children’s Hospital: 76 inpatients, 5 newborns; Budget: 93 (excluding newborns)
Emergency Department arrivals: 144, University Hospital; 95, Women's and Children's Hospital
Clinic visits: 55, Mizzou Quick Care; 69, Urgent Care
Rusk Rehabilitation Center: 41 patients; Budget: 44