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New leadership for Medicine on the Midway

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eanne Farnan, AB’98, MD’02, MHPE, has been elected chair of the Medicine on the Midway editorial committee.

Jeanne Farnan, AB’98, MD’02, MHPE

Chris Albanis, AB’96, MD’00

U C H I C AG O M E D I C I N E N E W S

Initiative to prevent gun violence Furthering its commitment to violence prevention and recovery on the South Side, UChicago Medicine joined U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and nine other major area hospitals in the Chicago HEAL Initiative. Chicago HEAL — Hospital Engagement, Action and Leadership — formalizes a collaborative network of health care providers and community organizations working to reduce violence and improve residents’ health in 18 neighborhoods on the city’s South and West Sides. “Tackling the public health crisis of intentional gun violence requires the collective, concerted and sustained efforts of all Chicago institutions,” said Kenneth S. Polonsky, MD, executive vice president for medical affairs at the University of Chicago and Dean of the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine. With the launch of Level 1 adult trauma care in May 2018, UChicago Medicine also instituted a violence recovery program involving a multidisciplinary clinical team and a network of community partners working to support patients and their families. UChicago Medicine recently awarded more than $100,000 in grant funding

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Farnan is associate dean of evaluation and continuous quality improvement at the Pritzker School of Medicine. She also serves as medical director of the Clinical Performance Center. She replaces Chris Albanis, AB’96, MD’00, who served as editorial committee chair since 2008. Albanis, 2018-19 vice president of the Alumni Council, will remain on the editorial committee. “Serving as the chair of the editorial committee of Medicine on the Midway has

been an incredible experience as we all learn about the details of the outstanding research, discovery and innovation that occurs at the University of Chicago and beyond,” Albanis said. “Through this opportunity we work to bridge the gap between alumni, faculty, students, researchers and staff. “I thank and congratulate Dr. Farnan,” Albanis added. “She is a fierce advocate for UChicago, our faculty, students and alumni, and I look forward to her leadership.”

to community organizations with programs aimed at addressing gun violence, promoting violence prevention and recovery, and keeping community members safe. Violence prevention is one of the top health concerns for South Side communities, as identified in UChicago Medicine’s Community Health Needs Assessment, conducted every three years through the Urban Health Initiative.

The expanded UChicago Medicine site incorporates previously separate websites for Comer Children’s Hospital and the Family Birth Center. Our popular blog, The Forefront, will continue to post daily news, research and wellness stories at uchicagomedicine.org/forefront.

Visit the new website at uchicagomedicine.org.

New website launches UChicago Medicine’s new website debuted in late October at uchicagomedicine.org. The revamped, mobile-friendly site replaces UChicago Medicine’s original site, uchospitals.edu, which was built in 2003. With more than 4,000 pages of updated content, the site is better optimized for search, uses consumer-friendly language and is a key component of ongoing reputation-building efforts.

THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MEDICINE AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES DIVISION

Increasing access to pediatric care UChicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital started a new clinical collaboration with Advocate Children’s Hospital and NorthShore University HealthSystem in October. The collaboration builds on the announcement Advocate Health Care and NorthShore made last spring of a joint operating agreement for pediatric care. The organizations will be working together to strengthen clinical capabilities and promote new programs and innovative therapies. The institutions also will enhance coordination of academic research to improve patient outcomes, as well as training the next generation of physicians. “By partnering on these important pediatric services, we are building a stronger and more diverse network of care,” said John M. Cunningham, MD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief of Comer Children’s. “We are tapping physicians with strong national reputations in their fields to help lead our collective efforts.”

Medicine on the Midway - Fall 2018  

Medicine on the Midway is published for friends, alumni and faculty of the University of Chicago Medicine, the University of Chicago Divisio...

Medicine on the Midway - Fall 2018  

Medicine on the Midway is published for friends, alumni and faculty of the University of Chicago Medicine, the University of Chicago Divisio...