Former University of Iowa resident physician accused of molesting female relative in Tulsa July 31, 2008Posted by John in Crime/Courts, Medicine.
Tags: Iowa City (Iowa), University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Coralville (Iowa), Kirk Smith, physicians, medical doctors, sex crimes, MD
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From Tulsa World:
A Tulsa doctor who is accused of molesting a female relative was accused several times of inappropriate sexual contact during his residency program in Missouri, reports show. …
In November 2001, the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners denied Smith’s application for a license, citing allegations of inappropriate contact with female patients during a little more than a year at a residency program in Kansas City, Mo. …
Smith was later accepted into the University of Iowa’s residency program, and Iowa’s medical board granted Smith a restricted license in April 2002. The board said he should always be accompanied by a chaperone while treating female patients and should continue seeing a psychiatrist. …
More from Gazette archives:
March 6, 2002 Iowa City Gazette
Coralville doctor denied Iowa license after alleged misdoings
DES MOINES – A doctor has been denied an Iowa license following allegations that he performed inappropriate gynecological exams on four patients during an out-of-state residency.
Kirk Smith, 29, of Coralville, is appealing the decision by the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners. His lawyer, Michael Sellers, said the board has received only “thirdhand hearsay” evidence about what happened.
According to the board, while Smith was a resident in Kansas City, a woman accused him of improperly examining her. Administrators there ordered Smith to have a chaperone when performing such exams, the board said, but he continued to do them alone, and three more women also complained about improper exams. Smith took a medical leave of absence from the program to deal with psychiatric issues, board documents say.
Sellers said Smith is awaiting a hearing before the board. Sellers said Smith was accepted into a training program at University Hospitals in Iowa City, but he can’t participate without a resident license.
May 19, 2002 Iowa City Gazette
Suspended doctors granted Iowa licenses
DES MOINES – A doctor accused of performing inappropriate exams on women patients in Missouri has been granted permission by regulators to get a license to practice in Iowa.
The Iowa Board of Medical Examiners concluded that Dr. Kirk Smith’s problems were caused by a psychiatric condition he has under control.
Smith, 29, was suspended from a Kansas City residency-training program in November 2000 after four women accused him of improperly touching them or examining them.
He was diagnosed with an obsessive-compulsive disorder and given medication to control it.
Two psychiatrists have said Smith can safely return to practicing medicine.
Smith earned his medical degree at the University of Iowa, but the Board of Medical Examiners turned down his application for a residency license, citing his problems in Missouri.
After Smith applied again for a license, the board decided in April to grant Smith approval but said that he must have a chaperon present when he examines female patients and that he must continue psychiatric treatment.
November 22, 2004 Gazette
Ruling may delay word of medical accusations
Court: Information can’t be made public until final decision
DES MOINES – A court ruling last week could mean that Iowans will have to wait months to find out whether their doctors have been accused of wrongdoing.
Polk County District Judge Joel Novak ruled Wednesday that the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners must stop publicly disclosing information related to a physician’s disciplinary case until a final decision is made.
Legal experts are trying to sort out whether Novak’s ruling will cause lengthy delays in the time it will take for patients and others to learn of allegations against Iowa doctors, nurses and other medical professionals.
The board frequently does not file final disciplinary orders for a year or more.
Novak’s ruling came in the case of Dr. Kirk M. Smith, who was denied an Iowa license three years ago because of allegations he improperly touched women while in an out-of-state training program.
The license denial was made public. So was the medical board’s subsequent decision to issue a license, with several restrictions, after it decided Smith had received adequate treatment
for psychiatric problems.
April 7, 2007 Gazette
Supreme Court rules on negligence case
Also Friday, the [Iowa Supreme Court] upheld a district court decision ordering the Board of Medical Examiners to cease dissemination of the board’s denial of a physician’s license.
The board appealed a Polk County District Court decision in the case of Dr. Kirk M. Smith, who was accepted into the University of Iowa’s family practice residency program as a transfer student from the University of Missouri.
Smith initially was denied an Iowa physician license, which was granted after an appeal.
While granting his license, the board denied Smith’s request that the board rescind its notice to the National Practitioner’s Data Bank regarding the earlier license denial.
Instead, the board indicated an entry was to be added to the Data Bank explaining that the license application was granted after an appeal hearing. The district court ordered such a disclosure must stop. …
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From Walgreens release:
Walgreens is working with the American Red Cross and the Linn County Emergency Management Authority (EMA) to donate drinking water and supplies to communities hardest hit by recent flooding in Iowa.
Walgreens has donated two semi-trailers full of bottled water to the EMA and is coordinating with the Red Cross to provide personal hygiene and cleaning supplies for the aftermath of the flooding.
“Our top priority is the health of the people in these communities. … “
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featuring flood pictures from Associated Press (AP), Reuters, and AFP/Getty Images.
Iowa areas photographed: Cedar Rapids, Iowa City (including the University of Iowa), Coralville, Des Moines, Columbus Junction, Burlington, Hills, Palo, Loveland, Thurman, Johnson County, Linn County, Polk County, and more.
Area Best Buy locations to open at midnight on April 29 for Grand Theft Auto IV release April 24, 2008Posted by John in Business, Crime/Courts.
Tags: Best Buy, Cedar Rapids (Iowa), Coralville (Iowa), Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto Series
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One of gaming’s most storied franchises — the felonious fun of Grand Theft Auto — is finally making its way to next-gen systems, and we know you can’t wait to pull the trigger on this sure-to-be hit.
So, Best Buy is opening dozens of stores at midnight on April 29 so you can buy this must-have title as soon as it releases. And get there early, because we’ll have Grand Theft Auto-related giveaways, but quantities will be limited.
Just so there’s no confusion, you’ll want to show up on Monday night, April 28, and wait for the clock to strike 12 midnight — Tuesday, April 29.
Midnight Store Opening Locations
Locations are subject to change. Check with your store for full details.
University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory finds trace anti-seizure medication in Chicago water (with video) April 17, 2008Posted by John in Environment, Medicine.
Tags: Chicago Tribune, Coralville (Iowa), Drinking water, Iowa City (Iowa), Non-prescription drugs, pesticides, Prescription drugs, Tribune Tower, University of Iowa, University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory, University of Iowa Oakdale Campus, Water, Water Resources
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Includes a one-minute video of Dr. John Vargo inside the UI Lab.
Using sampling techniques and containers provided by the University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory, Tribune reporters took samples on March 17 from drinking fountains at City Hall, Sherman Elementary on the South Side, and the Waukegan Public Library. Water from a tap at Tribune Tower also was filtered through a household filter before collection.
The water samples were shipped to the Iowa lab and analyzed for nearly 40 different compounds, including regulated pesticides and heavy metals and unregulated prescription and non-prescription drugs.
The tests did not reveal the presence of most of the contaminants But water from a drinking fountain on the 7th floor of City Hall, just outside the Department of Streets and Sanitation, contained small amounts of carbamazepine, a prescription drug used to control epileptic seizures and treat bipolar disorder. Also found was acetaminophen, an over-the-counter painkiller. …
John Vargo, the environmental program manager at the University of Iowa lab that conducted the Tribune’s tests, said he has found traces of carbamazepine, acetaminophen and other pharmaceuticals in the drinking water of other Midwestern cities. He declined to reveal the specific locations, citing confidentiality agreements written into the lab’s contracts. …
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From St. Louis Post-Dispatch today:
Panchero’s Mexican Grill, a fast-casual chain based in Coralville, Iowa, will open its first Missouri location at 9570 Watson Road in Crestwood later this month. It will be the chain’s 50th location and Missouri will be its 15th state. …
West Music of Coralville recalls egg shaker toys made in China February 9, 2008Posted by John in Business, Consumer.
Tags: choking hazards, Coralville (Iowa), Recalls, West Music Company
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Posted recently by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
West Music Recalls Egg-Shaker Toy Instruments Due to Choking and Aspiration Hazards
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Transparent Toy Egg Shakers
Units: About 5,500
Manufacturer: West Music Company, of Coralville, Iowa
Hazard: The end cap can detach from the egg shaker and allow the small beads to spill out, posing choking/aspiration hazards to young children.
Incidents/Injuries: West Music has received a report of the end cap detaching. No injuries have been reported.
Description: This recall involves clear, plastic egg-shaped instruments with various color beads inside. The beads inside the shaker instrument come in five colors: red, white, green, dark blue and aqua. “Basic Beat” and “Jumbo Egg Crystal” is printed on a label attached to the plastic bag packaging. Model numbers “BB5102” and “202212” are printed on the side of the label.
Sold at: West Music stores in Iowa and Illinois, West Music catalog, http://www.westmusic.com and at West Music exhibit booths nationwide from October 2006 through December 2007 for about $2.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled egg shakers from young children and contact West Music for a free replacement product.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact West Music at (800) 397-9378 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or e-mail the firm at email@example.com
Coralville-based Panchero’s looks to add 100 locations in Florida January 21, 2008Posted by John in Business.
Tags: Coralville (Iowa), Fort Myers (Florida), Iowa City (Iowa), Panchero’s Mexican Grill, restaurants
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Panchero’s looks to add 100 locations in Florida
Panchero’s Mexican Grill is set to add 100 locations throughout Florida over the next five years and is actively seeking qualified franchisees in Fort Myers.
The Coralville, Iowa-based restaurant chain has plans …