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					Spotlight: Creighton University Medical Center
Abdominal Cancer Program Goes Online
Creighton University Medical Center recently launched an online campaign
to increase awareness about abdominal cancer and the treatment options
and services available at CUMC.

Leader’s Voice: Gary L. Honts, President & CEO;
One Year Later
In 1979, I started my career at Creighton University Medical Center. Thirty
years later, I returned as your Chief Executive Officer.

People First: Meet Versant Residency Manager
Erin Heisler
Nearly a year and a half ago Creighton University Medical Center announced
the implementation of the Versant RN Residency program.

Patient Focus: Take Charge of Patient Safety!
Last week the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM)
 announced this year’s theme for Healthcare Risk Management Week
(June 14-18) as ―RMPower! Take Charge for Patient Safety.‖

News & Announcements
         Creighton Nursing Dean Named to National Post
         Thomas Hunter Memorial Sculpture Dedicated
         Creighton Community Pharmacy Residency Program
         Nursing Staff Makes Donations in Honor of Nurses Week
Spotlight: Creighton University Medical Center Abdominal Cancer Program Goes
                                                                Creighton University Medical Center
                                                                recently launched an online campaign to
                                                                increase awareness about abdominal
                                                                cancer and the treatment options and
                                                                services available at CUMC. The
                                                                campaign is designed to direct consumers
                                                                searching online for information about
                                                                abdominal cancers to seek more
                                                                information from our experts.

                                                              According to the National Cancer Institute,
                                                              each year in the United States about
                                                              13,000 men and 8,000 women are
                                                              diagnosed with stomach cancer.
                                                              Treatments vary and many cancer patients
are seeking more options online. In order to increase awareness about our offerings, CUMC created
online content on our web page as well a search engine campaign. This means when patients search for
―abdominal cancer‖ in Google or Yahoo, our content will surface in the form of ads on various search
engines. These ads will send consumers to a landing page where they can access a phone number and
email address that will lead them to our Cancer Team.

To see our new web pages click here.
To see our landing page click here.

About Our Program
While most abdominal cancers are considered ―rare,‖ at CUMC our Cancer Team treats many of these
types of cases a year, with patients coming from all over the world. At CUMC, abdominal cancer
treatment involves advanced technology and a highly experienced, widely recognized team that works
collaboratively and aggressively to achieve the best quality of life and outcome for each patient. The team
specializes in the treatment of rare abdominal cancers, including those involving the appendix, liver,
pancreas, gall bladder and the abdominal lining surface. Services include but are not limited to surgical
and medical oncology, radiology, pathology, gastroenterology, nutritional management and nurse

The abdominal cancer program covers all aspects of cancer treatment from early detection and
diagnostic screenings to treatment and therapy. A main component of the program is research into
developing treatment options for these rare cancers.

―By doing research with the help of our sponsors, we hope to expand our knowledge and improve the
quality of care delivered at our center,‖ says Brian Loggie, M.D., surgical oncologist and director of the
Creighton Cancer Center. ―While it is difficult to obtain government grants for rare diseases, we feel this
type of research is very important. Knowledge about less common diseases often contributes to new
strategies for more common diseases.‖

Our Expertise
We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of rare abdominal cancer (peritoneal carcinomatosis).
Peritoneal carcinomatosis includes a variety of tumors located along the inside surface of the abdomen
and can be found with gall bladder, liver, colon, appendix, ovarian, pancreas, mesothelioma,
pseudomyxoma peritonei, rectal, small bowel and stomach cancers.
Unique Treatment
These tumors may be difficult to completely remove surgically and may recur despite conventional
systemic chemotherapy. Creighton University Medical Center offers a unique, effective and aggressive
treatment option providing patients new hope. A special form of heated chemotherapy called
Intraperitoneal Hyperthermic Chemotherapy (HIPEC). Dr. Loggie is one of the only physicians in the
region to offer Intraperitoneal Hyperthermic Chemotherapy (HIPEC).

                                                          Intraperitoneal Heated Chemotherapy (HIPEC):
                                                          This treatment is used after cytoreductive
                                                          surgery to kill any microscopic cells remaining
                                                          after surgery.

Meet Dr. Brian Loggie
Brian Loggie, M.D., Chief of Surgical Oncology at Creighton University Medical Center is also the
Endowed Bonnstetter Chair, Director of Creighton University’s Cancer Biology Program and a Professor
of Surgery.
                          Dr. Loggie specializes in the treatment of abdominal cancers including:
                          Peritoneal carcinomatosis and malignant ascites, peritoneal mesothelioma,
                          abdominopelvic and retroperitoneal sarcomas, pseudomyxoma peritonei,
                          cutaneous malignant melanoma, sphincter preserving treatment for rectal
                          tumors, and management of complex primary or recurrent solid tumors

                          Creighton Cancer Center
                          Creighton University Medical Center
                          601 North 30th Street, Suite 2803
                          Omaha, NE 68131
                          (402) 280-4100
Medical Education:
McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Surgery, Montreal General Hospital, Montreal, Canada

Clinical and Research Fellow in Surgical Oncology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Special interests/Expertise:
To discuss the treatment option that might be right for you, call our program coordinator at 877-464-4956.

Gary L. Honts, President & CEO; One Year Later
                           In 1979, I started my career at Creighton University Medical Center. After
                           serving nineteen years, I left to lead other hospitals throughout the different
                           parts of the United States. As I returned one year ago as your Chief Executive
                           Officer, our hospital faced a number of objectives and was presented with many
                           opportunities. Top of mind was solidifying an affiliation agreement with
                           Creighton University.

                           Last summer, leadership from CUMC, CU and Tenet developed a joint strategic
                           plan to position our organizations for future success. The strategic goals from
                           this plan were incorporated into the Affiliation Agreement.

                          One of the key initiatives identified in the Affiliation Agreement was the
renovation of patient rooms at Creighton University Medical Center. Work has already begun to enhance
our patient rooms. In addition, public corridors are being updated along with numerous landscaping

In January, we replaced our existing MRI unit with Toshiba’s innovative 1.5T MR system. The new MRI
technology offers contrast-free techniques, enhanced patient comfort, high resolution images and CAD
(Computer-Aided Detection) compatibility.

Another initiative outlined in our Affiliation Agreement is the expansion of our primary care network in the
way of hospital operated primary care clinics. Work is underway on a hospital primary clinic that will be
located in South Omaha. This clinic will provide a point of access to the hospital for new patients.

On our horizon are a number of exciting projects. We are in the planning stages of expanding our
orthopedic service line by creating a specialized orthopedic care unit, our labor and delivery units will
undergo renovations later this year, and we will be renovating two minimally invasive surgical suites. We
are also planning to expand our primary care network within the surrounding market

Your dedication to quality care and service has provided for some outstanding results. We have many of
the highest quality outcomes in the region and well on our way to become a Top 100 Hospital. Our
service metrics continue to improve, and I am receiving more positive letters from our patients than ever.

The combination of everything we as a team are doing, has led to volume growth in a time when many
hospitals and healthcare providers are experiencing volume slow downs.

I am proud of the work we have accomplished as an organization in the past year. Together we will lead
Creighton University Medical Center into the future meeting all challenges we may face. Together we are
a team and do make a difference.


Gary L. Honts
President and Chief Executive Officer
People First: Meet Versant Residency Manager Erin Heisler
                             Nearly a year and a half ago Creighton University Medical Center
                             announced the implementation of the Versant RN Residency program. The
                             program geared toward integrating new nurses into hospital culture has
                             seen a number of graduates since its starts.

                             One new face to the program is Versant Residency Manager, Erin Heisler.
                             Erin has worked at CUMC for nine years, starting as an emergency room
                             nurse. In 2006, Erin joined the Lifenet Team, and then worked in Creighton
                             University’s Women’s Health Clinic for two years. In 2009, Erin became the
                             CUMC Trauma Outreach Coordinator. This past March, Erin was asked to
                             lead the Versant team as its manager.

                             "I was excited to see our new graduate nurses assimilate with experienced
                             and knowledgeable staff.‖

Erin has embraced her new role with vigor. She has dedicated her time to creating a robust program with
talented nursing mentors.

"The knowledge and skill of the nursing staff is amazing. The CUMC direct patient care staff truly care for
our patients and have so much to share with our new nurses."

For more information on Versant Residency visit the Versant RN Residency page on our web site.

Patient Focus: Take Charge of Patient Safety!
                                         Last week the American Society for Healthcare Risk
                                         Management (ASHRM) announced this year’s theme for
                                         Healthcare Risk Management Week (June 14-18) as
                                         ―RMPower! Take Charge for Patient Safety.‖

                                         While Healthcare Risk Management Week serves as an annual
                                         celebration for members of the American Society for Healthcare
                                         Risk Management (ASHRM), the week primarily is intended to
                                         highlight the value they add to their organization every week of
                                         the year.

"Risk management professionals are uniquely positioned to act as positive change agents within their
organizations,‖ says ASHRM President Theresa (Terie) Zimmerman. ―With problems such as insidious
workplace intimidation in the healthcare environment, for example, we can take the lead by raising
awareness levels and actively engaging our organizations around this serious threat to patient safety.‖

During this special week, risk management departments across the country engaged others in their cause
by setting up displays, hanging posters, sending e-greetings and sharing patient safety information.

Now in its 30th year, the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) is a personal
membership group of the American Hospital Association (AHA). More than 5,300 ASHRM members
represent clinical, financial, legal and other related professions.
ASHRM promotes effective and innovative risk management strategies and professional leadership
through education, recognition, advocacy, publications, networking and interactions with leading
healthcare organizations and government agencies.

ASHRM initiatives focus on developing and implementing safe and effective patient care practices, the
preservation of financial resources and the maintenance of safe working environments.

Nursing Staff Makes Donations in Honor of Nurses Week

In honor of Nurses Week the Creighton University Medical Center nursing staff decided to make a
charitable contribution to local non-profit organizations in the Omaha area. Donations were made to the
Nebraska Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity and Catholic Charities.

Nurse of the year, Vicki Sohl, presented a check to the Nebraska Humane Society on June 18, check in
the amount of $1,320 on behalf of the nursing staff. Matt Hoppe, associate director of development for the
Nebraska Humane Society was present to accept the check on their behalf.

Creighton Nursing Dean Named to National Post
Eleanor V. Howell, Ph.D., R.N., dean of the Creighton University School of Nursing, has been elected to
the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Board of Directors for a two-year term.

Howell joined Creighton in 1996 and has served as dean since 2003.

Under her leadership, the school has undertaken a number of initiatives designed to broaden the scope of
educational opportunities available to Creighton nursing students and prepare them for the rapidly
evolving field of nursing. The school is the only nursing school in Nebraska to offer a Doctor of Nursing
                                   Practice degree. Also, following its involvement in a nationwide AACN
                                   pilot project, the school launched a new nursing program called the
                                   Clinical Nurse Leader .

                                   A former chair of the Nebraska Assembly of Nursing Deans and
                                   Directors, Howell has also held academic appointments at Auburn
                                   University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She
                                   has been active in AACN as a member of the Program Committee,
                                   chair of the Executive Development Series Subcommittee, and
                                   grassroots liaison for the state of Nebraska.

                                   Howell holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Medical College of
                                   Georgia, a master’s degree in cardiovascular nursing from UAB, and a
                                   doctorate in administration – health services from UAB.

                                   Thomas Hunter Memorial Sculpture Dedicated
                                                 About 150 family, friends and others gathered Friday,
                                                 June 11, to remember the life of Thomas Hunter and to
                                                 view the unveiling and dedication of a 6-foot-tall bronze
                                                 sculpture in his likeness. The sculpture will be on
                                                 permanent display outside the Creighton University
                                                 Cardiac Center.

                                                 Creighton physicians William and Claire Hunter
                                                 commissioned the sculpture to commemorate the life of
                                                 their 11-year-old son Thomas, who died March 13, 2008.
                                                 Thomas would have turned 14 on June 12.

                                                 Noted Omaha sculptor and family friend Littleton Alston
                                                 created the statue. Alston, a Creighton associate
                                                 professor of sculpture, is the artist for such Omaha works
                                                 as statues of Dr. Martin Luther
                                                 King Jr. (City-County Building) and St. Ignatius (Creighton
                                                 University) as well as ―Jazz‖ (Dreamland Park) and ‖On
                                                 the Wings of Angels 911 Memorial‖ (City-County
                                                 Building). Alston said the experience of creating the statue
                                                 of Thomas was an extremely emotional journey for him.

                                                 The sculpture shows a young boy walking, surround by
                                                 nature and the things Thomas loved. In the left arm is a
                                                 basket, holding seeds and shells, while the right hand is
                                                 tossing nuts to two squirrels and a bird. The statue is
                                                 positioned in front of trees and bushes, making it appear
that Thomas is emerging from a forest.

―This sculpture has been extremely special and has really drawn a lot out of me in my understanding of
what sculpture is about, the role of sculpture in society, and that art and sculpture are an essential part of
us remembering,‖ Alston said.

Since Thomas Hunter’s untimely death, numerous private donations have helped fund the sculpture as
well as two scholarships in his memory, one at Creighton University School of Medicine and the other at
Omaha Public School’s King Science & Technology Magnet Center, where Thomas was a student.
Creighton Community Pharmacy Residency Program Accredited
Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions has earned accreditation for its
community pharmacy residency program, the only such residency program in the state of Nebraska.

Creighton’s two-year-old program is one of about 60 nationwide to be accredited by the American Society
of Health-System Pharmacists in partnership with the American Pharmacists Association. The 12-month
residency is served at the Creighton University Medical Center (CUMC) Clinic Pharmacy, owned and
operated by Creighton University.

―About 70 percent of licensed U.S. pharmacists practice in community-based pharmacies. This 12-month
residency allows pharmacy graduates the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in school to the real
world of pharmacy while enhancing their clinical knowledge as well as their patients’ medication
management under the supervision of a preceptor,‖ said Shelby Oksman, Pharm.D. Oksman, assistant
director of the CUMC Clinic Pharmacy, oversees the residency.

Creighton’s community pharmacy program accepts one resident each year. The School of Pharmacy and
Health Professions also offers residencies in pharmacy practice at three metro Omaha hospitals,
including CUMC, and a drug-information residency at Creighton. Residents for Creighton’s pharmacy
practice programs, as well as other pharmacy residency programs nationwide, are selected through the
National Resident Matching Program, a private, nonprofit corporation that provides a uniform date and
time for these placements.

Creighton administrator Named President-Elect
                        Vonnetta Byington, administrator for the Department of Medical Microbiology
                        and Immunology at Creighton University School of Medicine, has been named
                        president-elect of the Midwest Section of the Society of Research Administrators
                        (SRA) International.

                        She joined SRA in 2001 and has served on various Midwest Section and SRA
                        International program planning and standing committees. She was the Midwest
                        Section’s treasurer, May 2008-2010. She will serve as president, May 2011-

                      ―Vonetta’s selection as president-elect reflects very favorably on her successful
                      contributions to the medical research community and also highlights the recent
                      growth of the Creighton University School of Medicine’s biomedical research
program,‖ said Rowen Zetterman, M.D., medical school dean.

Byington has served as administrator for the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology since
1994. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration/accounting from the University of
Nebraska at Omaha and is pursuing a master’s degree in health care ethics at Creighton. In 2005, she
received a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) certification from the Research Administrators
Certification Council.

SRA supports the education and professional development of research administrators as well as the
advancement of research administration as a profession. The nonprofit society has approximately 5,000
members who work at hospitals, universities, nonprofit agencies and the federal government. The
Midwest Section includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, North Dakota,
South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri.
Health Sciences Library Update
NIH Access PoliNIH Access Policy Citation Management Tool

As of July 23, 2010, PD/PIs will be unable to enter citations manually into eRA Commons and must
use My NCBI’s “My Bibliography” tool to manage their professional bibliographies.

In the interest of easing investigators’ bibliography management, improving data quality, and ensuring
compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy (, eRA Commons has
partnered with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) ( to
link NCBI’s personal online tool, ―My NCBI,‖ to Commons. My NCBI offers an online portal—―My
Bibliography‖(—for users to maintain and manage a list of all
types of their authored works, such as articles, presentations and books. [See entire press release at ]

        For more information on how investigators should handle the upcoming changes, see NOT-OD-
         10-103 (

        For a step-by-step guide on how to set up a ―My NCBI‖ account and access ―My Bibliography‖

        You can also see the National Library of Medicine tutorial ―Using My Bibliography to Manage
         Compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy‖ for
         more details.

Contact the Health Sciences Reference Desk for further assistance in setting up a ―My NCBI account‖ at

Swap and Shop
For Sale:
22" Craftsman lawnmower. Self propelled, rear bagger, mulching. 3
years old. $100.00. Please call 402-541-5696.

Beautiful Spacious 2 BR/2 BA Apartment
New appliances, paint, and carpet.
Sun porch, high ceilings, W/D hookups.
Water, gas, and trash included.
517 S. 7th St., Council Bluffs- 1 block from South
Expressway, 2 minutes from Manawa and I-80.
$750/mo; call Alex @ (712)250-4144 to view.
    Will sell all for $150 or separately as priced.

    1 DP Gympac 1000 weight bench, all weights and accessories $50.00
    1 Tunturi Rower Machine (made in Finland) $50.00
    1 Proform Crosswalk CSi Electronic folding treadmill. Thumb
    pulse/Cardio feature. Incline setting levels $50.00
    1 AbRoller and mat $10.00
    2 pair Goldsgym brand hand barbell/dumbells and assorted small hand
    weights $25.00 for all

    Please call Donna 306-5755

    For sale : 2002 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V

-   Asking $ 5500/obo- 6 speed, white, power windows,
    locks, sunroof
-   130k on the body, only 50k on the motor
-   The motor was replaced because of a recall on
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-   Very reliable car, super clean
-   Come check it out and take it for a drive.
-   Any other questions call/txt 402-681-3202

    Verizon Wireless Cell phone users?

    Anyone recently upgrade and want to sell their old phone (just
    phone not blackberry) Just looking for something to get the Kid
    thru till renewal date later this year. Call 305-8231.
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    Research Studies
 Interested in participating in a research study?

 Healthy volunteers (ages 19-40) are needed for a 4-week study on the effects of grapefruit
   juice on an anti-platelet medication.

 If you do not take any prescription or over-the-counter medications on a regular basis then
    you may qualify.

 Compensation for participation given!

If interested, contact Jennifer @ 280-4826 or

Do you have Asthma?

Creighton University Medical Center Allergy & Immunology Division

is looking for qualified participants for an asthma clinical trial of an investigational
medication. If you are at least 19 years of age, have a diagnosis of asthma, are a non
smoker and have used a daily inhaler unchanged for the last month you may qualify for this
research study. Qualified participants will have 12 scheduled visits over approximately a
20 week period of time. You will be compensated for time and travel. For more information
please call Jean at 280-5965.(that's 280-5965)
Research Participants with Asthma Needed!

Do you have asthma?
Have you used prednisone pills in the last 12 months?

Are you between the ages of 19 and 65?

The Creighton University Allergy Division is currently seeking non-smoking asthmatics for a 12-
month study of an investigational asthma medication. All study medications and visits are
provided at no cost to you. You may be eligible to receive compensation for your time and
participation. For more information, please call Janie at 402-280-5972.

Are you between the ages of 19 and 50?

If so you may qualify to participate in a research study. Compensation may be available for your
time and travel if you qualify. Contact Renee at 280-4613 or via email

Do you have fall allergies?

Are you between the ages of 19 and 50?

If so you may qualify to participate in a research study. Compensation may be available for your
time and travel if you qualify. Contact Renee at 280-4613 or via email
Creighton Seeks African American Women for Vitamin D Study

Premenopausal African American women between the ages of 25 and 45 are needed for a
Creighton University study on vitamin D.

People get vitamin D from sunlight, certain foods and fortified foods, and supplements. However,
most Americans do not get enough of the vitamin.

African Americans are at particular risk, because the high melanin content in darker skin reduces the
skin's ability to produce vitamin D from sunlight. In addition, studies show that African Americans
consume a lower amount of the vitamin from food than other ethnic groups.

There is strong and growing evidence that adequate vitamin D consumption can help prevent a
number of diseases, including osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

The Creighton study is funded by the National Institutes of Health. To be eligible, women should not
be taking estrogen (other than birth control pills) and should not be pregnant or planning to become
pregnant during the study.

Study participants will receive free bone-density scans, blood pressure and blood glucose checks,
dietary analysis, calcium supplements (if needed) and a monetary stipend. For more information,
contact Tanette Welsh at 402.280.4198 or

Women Smokers Needed

The Osteoporosis Research Center at Creighton University is looking for women who smoke at least
pack of cigarettes a day to participate in a genetic study. The study is looking at the effect smoking
has on bone health. This study involves no medication and is not a stop smoking study. If you
qualify you will receive a bone density test at no cost to you. This bone density test will provide you
with information related to your own bone health. This study involves one visit to our center and a
stipend is available to those who qualify.

To qualify you must:

   Be Caucasian

   Be age 30-40 and pre-menopausal

   Not have taken hormones in the last year (including birth control medications)

   Not have taken osteoporosis medication in the last year
  Not currently on any cholesterol medication

  Not have taken steroid medication in the last 6 months

  Not have taken seizure medications in the last 6 months

  Currently in good health

For more information, please contact our research staff at 402.280.BONE (2663) or 800.368.5097 or