CONTACT: COLEEN MADDY
8788 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: March 15, 1999
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics focuses on pediatric health
EDITOR'S NOTE: A complete list of events is available by contacting
Gwen Senio, (319) 356-1103.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Every day, thousands of children visit hospitals
across North America for treatment of illnesses or injuries. For a child,
the hospital can be a big, scary place. The Children's Hospital of Iowa
(CHI) at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics will attempt to address
some of those fears during Children and Healthcare Week March 21-27.
One of the main goals of this event is to raise public and professional
consciousness concerning the needs of children and their families in health
care settings. Emphasis is placed on helping them understand what to expect
during a hospital stay.
"The purpose of the activities and programs we offer during Children
and Healthcare Week is to take the mystery and fear out of hospital experiences.
These events provide an opportunity to increase public and professional
awareness of the unique needs of children and their families," said
Gwen Senio, coordinator of the Child Life Program at the UIHC.
The week will begin with "Hurt Alert Day" Monday, March 22
as a way to help pediatric patients learn appropriate techniques for coping
with painful or frightening procedures. Other events scheduled throughout
the week include "Look Good, Feel Better, Say Cheese," an opportunity
for children to dress up and have their pictures taken; a clown scavenger
hunt; and a children's carnival. These events have been planned by staff
members from different units at the CHI for in-house patients and their
This year's theme, "Partners for Pediatric Pain Management,"
reflects the united commitment of health professionals and parents to explore
and communicate the essential components of pediatric pain management.
The CHI practices a family-centered approach to health care and emphasizes
ongoing and open communication among all the individuals on the health
care team, including the patient and the family.
"We hope the community will join us in exploring ways in which
health care providers can better respond to the emotional and developmental
needs of children while honoring excellence across the continuum of pediatric
health care," Senio said.
For more information about Children and Healthcare Week, contact Gwen
Senio in the Child Life Program at (319) 356-4469, pager 1825.