Thanks to the hard work of Christine Howard, associate director, Landscape & Campus Beautification Department, and her team, KU Medical Center has won the Green Star Award through the annual Professional Grounds Management Awards Program! Read more and view landscaping images.
Emergency Preparedness Week
September is National Emergency Preparedness Month, and we've designated Sept. 22-26 as Emergency Preparedness Week at KU Medical Center. Be sure to take part in one or all of the scheduled activities so you can be well prepared (you can win cool prizes, too). Remember, preparation can be your ace in the hole and the difference between survival and disaster! Read more. You may also take part in a challenge or trivia contest each week in September and win prizes. Read this week's challenge.
NIH announces September as National Biosafety Stewardship Month
Recent lapses in biosafety practices involving anthrax and dangerous flu strains at federal laboratories have caused the NIH director to announce the launch of National Biosafety Stewardship Month for the month of September. At KU Medical Center, we ask those who work in laboratories with biological hazards to be vigilant and take some precautions. Read more.
Stuff that might interest you
New flu policy: Beginning Oct. 1, 2014, The University of Kansas Hospital's seasonal influenza (flu) vaccination policy becomes effective that will require all staff to receive an annual flu vaccination. This includes university employees who treat or are around patients. Read more.
In the news
CNN.com spotlighted Ajay Singh, M.D., assistant professor of ophthalmology, and Glenn Strauss, M.D., HelpMeSee chief medical officer, who jointly published a manuscript addressing the burden of global cataract blindness and the urgent need to train surgeons in the Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgical procedure. Read more.
Just for fun
Congratulations to Annette Kramer, Janie Meeker, and Michael Ciolek, who answered last week's trivia question correctly with Thomas Grover Orr, M.D. View last week's question.
Sept. 17: Have you completed your compliance training and signed your appointment letter? Only two days left. Complete both by 4:30 p.m. This is separate from the Conflict of Interest requirement that is due by Oct. 15. Read more.
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