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August 24, 2018

Image with caption: From left, MMI physical therapists Marne Iwand and Amy Beyersdorf at Fire and Safety Day

From left, MMI physical therapists Marne Iwand and Amy Beyersdorf at Fire and Safety Day

UNMC educators answer the call for Bellevue Fire and Safety Day
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The College of Public Health's Mimi McCann and Pat Wortmann help a visitor learn to use a fire extinguisher.
Members of the UNMC community turned out Saturday at the Bellevue Fire Department to take part in the 2018 Fire and Safety Day for individuals with special needs and their families. The College of Public Health's Mimi McCann and Pat Wortmann, director of environmental health and safety, showed people how to use a fire extinguisher, while the Munroe-Meyer Institute sent physical therapists Marne Iwand and Amy Beyersdorf, who offered information on car seat safety as well as information about MMI.

The event is designed to help individuals with special needs and their families learn how to react safely and correctly in the case of a fire or other emergency. The Bellevue Fire Department partnered with the Ollie Webb Center, the Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands, the Autism Society of Nebraska and other agencies to hold the annual event.

University Tower mother's room debuts with open house Aug. 29

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Room 4211 in University Tower has been converted from a locker room into a welcoming atmosphere as a Mother's Room for breastfeeding colleagues. An open house to view the new space is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 29.
The newest and biggest mother's room at Nebraska Medicine is now open and available to staff members who are breastfeeding. Five stations feature adjustable lighting, privacy curtains and power and USB ports for charging phones. One station is wheelchair accessible. A sink makes it convenient to clean supplies after pumping. What was once a locker room now features a welcoming atmosphere and colorful artwork picturing breastfeeding moms. The Luikart Society, an interdisciplinary women's health interest group, donated that artwork after raising $600 from a 5K run.

Room 4211 in University Tower is accessible by code for any colleague who needs it. Nursing mothers can get the code from the front desk staff at Labor and Delivery. There are not any breast pumps in the room currently, but there are lockers nearby for pump storage.

Employees can check out the refurbished space during an open house on Wednesday, Aug. 29. Guests are invited to stop by for milk and cookies anytime between 1-2:30 p.m.

Nebraska Medicine lactation consultants are available to help any breastfeeding colleague. Moms can ask questions, join a support group and even purchase breast pump parts if they forget something at home. Interested employees can call 402-552-3487 for information about the new mother's room or any other issue related to breastfeeding.

To view a list of all the mother's rooms on campus, click here

Dr. De Alba Rosa recognized by country of Mexico
The president and the secretariat of foreign affairs of Mexico recently awarded a Medal of Honor for "Distinguished Mexican Living Abroad" to Armando De Alba Rosales, M.D., assistant professor, health promotion, College of Public Health. He was one of 31 professional Mexicans abroad who were recognized for having a positive impact in their countries of residence, and representing high standards of social responsibility and the values of Mexico at leadership tables. This is the first time that this honor of distinction has been awarded.

Children's 'Pediatric Legends' include two with UNMC ties
Pediatric Children's Hospital & Medical Center recently paid tribute to four physicians who have dedicated their lives to delivering the very best health care to children. The four "Pediatric Legends" recognized on Aug. 16 included two former UNMC faculty members: Kevin Corley, M.D., and Warren Sanger, Ph.D.

Dr. Corley, who taught pediatrics-endocrinology at UNMC, recently retired from both UNMC and Children's. At Children's, he served as the division chief of pediatric endocrinology. For most of his 30 years of service in Omaha, he was the only pediatric endocrinologist in the region. He is highly regarded as an excellent teacher, receiving Excellence in Teaching Awards many times throughout his career. Watch Dr. Corley's story.

Dr. Sanger, former head of the Munroe-Meyer Institute's genetics program and laboratory, was recognized for his impressive 40-year career. Dr. Sanger was a pediatric geneticist with a love for research; he was particularly prolific in his investigation of cancer, birth defects and prenatal care. His tireless dedication to cutting-edge research earned him an international reputation for excellence, yet he is remembered for his humility. Watch Dr. Sanger's story.

Children's also recognized Fred Kader, M.D., and Albert "Biff" Olson, M.D.

Dr. Suh to speak at Metro Omaha Medical Society event
Donny Suh, M.D., associate professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at UNMC and chief of pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus at Children's Hospital and Medical Center, will speak on "How to Identify Serious Ocular Warning Signs" from 7-8 a.m. Sept. 6 at the Metro Omaha Medical Society, 7906 Davenport St. There is no cost for MOMS members and a $15 fee for non-members. Register here.

October research event seeking presenters
The third annual Clinical Research, Inquiry & Scholarship Committee (CRISC) Research Event showcases clinical research projects from all disciplines and includes clinical enterprise scholars from Clarkson College, Nebraska Medicine and UNMC. The event will be held Oct. 16 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the student center in Howard Hall at Clarkson College. Presenters interested in sharing poster and/or podium presentations should RSVP by Oct. 1.

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