Over the past week and for the next couple weeks, we will be introducing you to the faculty who have joined us in 2020. Some of these new members just joined us at the turn of the new academic year, others have been with us a little longer. Some are returning to academic medicine; others have joined us from other institutions. And still others, my favorite, were successfully recruited to stay with us after finishing their residency or a subspecialty fellowship. I can think of few greater endorsements for what we can offer than a physician who trains here and then stays here. No matter what road led you here, welcome to you all.
Finally, I would just like to echo the message sent out earlier this week by Carver College of Medicine Dean Brooks Jackson and Suresh Gunasekaran, CEO of UI Hospitals & Clinics. The current outbreak of COVID-19 in Johnson County is cause for concern and close monitoring. I continue to be grateful to our UI Health Care leadership, our epidemiologists, and our providers on the front lines in outpatient clinics and in our ICUs. Each of you continues to showcase the very best of what we do here, and I have no doubt we will weather the rough waves ahead, just as we have throughout this pandemic. Please be careful in the community and, if you have not done so already, commit to protecting our neighbors, even when we are not in the hospital, by signing the Pledge for Safety.