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UNC hosts 13th annual HIV/AIDS symposium in honor of World AIDS Day

Doctors, nurses, research assistants and medical students gathered to listen to the latest information in HIV/AIDS research Thursday in honor of World AIDS Day. UNC hosted the 13th annual HIV/AIDS symposium from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Bioinformatics building, with experts in the field.
“You get front row seats to cutting-edge HIV research,” said Michele Bailey, the program coordinator for the North Carolina AIDS Training and Education Center.

UNC Hospitals

UNC Hospitals is a 803-bed facility that serves more than 37,000 people in the Southeast every year. It houses the N.C. Children’s Hospital as well as the N.C. Women’s Hospital. In addition to that, the hospital offers specialized patient care services such as the Diabetes Care Center, the Rehabilitation Center, the Comprehensive Transplant Center and more. UNC houses the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of 40 National Cancer Institute-designated centers in the United States.

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UNC Build a Block celebrates success

Following more than 7,052 hours of work by more than 1,400 University students, faculty and staff, leaders of the Build a Block project will welcome their first family this weekend. The project, organized by the UNC chapter of Habitat for Humanity, will house UNC Hospitals employees and their families in 10 houses, all of which were built in the last year.


	T.J. Deluca, head fire inspector at UNC, also a retired New York City firefighter, gives a presentation to UNC Hospital security staff about the potential dangers of attacks on a University campus.

UNC Hospitals discusses emergency preparedness tactics

There is a perceived sense of safety in hospitals that has little to do with security guards. Much as in airports, dangerous situations — including bombs, shooters, abandoned bags and radiation — can be masked by the bustle characteristic of hospitals, said UNC Hospitals officials who led a routine information session on safety issues Tuesday.


	Ray Lafrenaye, vice president of facility planning and development for UNC Hospitals, outside of the North Carolina Cancer Hospital.

UNC Health Care sees growth

UNC Health Care will likely have to look off campus or renovate current spaces when considering growth of its facilities. In the last two to three months, patient beds have been occupied at 90 percent to 100 percent — the symptom of an aging and growing Triangle population — and UNC Health Care is among many area providers trying to figure out how to best serve patients.


	Katy Heubel and Rivers Woodward perform antics as apart of ArtHeels’ anticipation of Patch Adam’s visit to UNC next week.

Student clowns bring humor to hospitals

Red rubber noses, outlandish outfits, giant underwear — all in an unexpected place. In the spirit of unconventional health care activist and doctor Patch Adams — who is coming to campus to speak next week— members of UNC’s art therapy organization, ArtHeels, bring the art of clowning to the children of UNC Hospitals.


Doctor shortage increases

Jim Bedford has been studying at UNC for more than eight years. Now a fourth-year medical student, Bedford, who specializes in psychiatry, recently learned he would be completing his residency somewhere he is desperately needed — right at home.