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The innovation lab at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids helped build an adaptive keyboard for Lotus Friedman, a 13-year-old from Dubuque who was paralyzed from the waist down after a skiing accident earlier this year. The ability to play her favorite game is a reprieve from day-to-day hospital life, she said.
It’s been about two-and-a-half years since “generate,” an innovation lab, opened in St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. So far, 375 inventions have been built by clinicians in the space, even as the hospital grappled with COVID-19.
UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital has established a second incentive program for nursing students, this time with Kirkwood Community College. Students will get financial aid and a sign-on bonus in exchange for 18 months’ employment.
UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital has partnered with Mount Mercy University to launch the Senior Promise Program, which offers financial aid to cover tuition and other costs for senior nursing students’ final two semesters at school. After graduation, these students will work as full-time nurses in units that face the greatest staffing challenges, hospital officials say.
A nationwide shortage of monoclonal antibody therapies and oral antiviral medications used to treat COVID-19 patients has prompted local hospital officials to adjust treatment protocols, prioritizing the patients at highest risk for developing serious illness.
According to the Iowa’s public health’s weekly coronavirus report, those not fully vaccinated — like Samantha Morris, 24 — account for 88 percent of patients in COVID-19 intensive care. Morris was put on a ventilator and ECMO machine during her 51-day stay at St. Luke’s.
Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids announced new steps to develop its cardiovascular program as part of officials’ ongoing goal to grow the heart program as its patient numbers continue to climb. “We wouldn’t have gone down that path unless we were pretty confident.”