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ASSIGNMENT EDITORS/NEWS EDITORS: Please be advised that the University
of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) will host a public open house from
noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 at the UIHC. There will be photo and
video opportunities of guests taking "behind the scenes" tours
(listed below); getting health screenings; visiting the new Medical Museum
exhibit, etc. Please let us know if we can be of assistance to your coverage
of this important event, which celebrates "100 Years of Caring"
at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
University Hospitals Hosts Open House Saturday
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC)
opens its door to guests this weekend, inviting community members to help
celebrate "100 Years of Caring."
Everyone is invited to attend the Community Open House from noon to
4 p.m. Saturday at the UIHC in celebration of the 100th anniversary of
the opening of the first University Hospital in 1898. Guests will gather
in the John W. Colloton Pavilion Atrium on the first level where they can
see a display featuring aspects of the UIHC's history and contents from
the 1897 time capsule opened in honor of the centennial celebration.
While in the lobby they can also register for door prizes, participate
in health screenings, and sign up for tours. Following the tours guests
will have a chance to see the newly opened Medical Museum exhibit, "A
Century of Caring: The Health Sciences at The University of Iowa 1850 to
1950," and enjoy centennial birthday cake and refreshments in the
Patient and Visitor Activities Center. Open house guests will park free.
Health screenings being provided at the open house will include a health
risk assessment, provided by UI HealthWorks; free blood screening by the
department of pathology; and blood pressure and heart rate checks by the
department of nursing. "Behind the scenes" tours planned include:
Children's Hospital of Iowa (key treatment areas)
The Eye Institute
Air Care Helicopter Service
Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
Cancer Center (medical and surgical oncology)
Ambulatory Surgery Center and Main Operating Room Suite
Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Center
UIHC began its year-long celebration of its centennial year with Commemoration
Day Jan. 15, and additional events are planned throughout the year to celebrate
the 100-year heritage of University Hospitals.
In the past century UIHC has touched the lives of one of every three
Iowans and grown to an 873-bed health care institution consistently recognized
as one of the nation's best hospitals. One of the largest teaching hospitals
in the nation, UIHC is guided by its mission of providing patient care,
educating future health care professionals, and advancing medical knowledge
Today UIHC annually records more than a half million clinic visits and
patient admissions. Specialized care is provided by more than 1,300 physicians
and dentists, 1,400 professional nurses, and more than 4,000 other professional
and support staff members. During fiscal year 1996-97, UIHC health care
specialists provided medical care to 495,671 Iowans from all 99 counties,
more than 42,000 patients from Illinois, 8,000 from other states, and 155
from other countries. On a typical day, about 600 patients are hospitalized
in acute inpatient nursing units, and another 2,000 patients receive care
in 262 specialty and subspecialty clinics.