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Release: Oct. 13, 1999

UI Health Care specialists named to association

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two specialists with University of Iowa Health Care were recently elected to serve as officers of the Iowa Association of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation (IACPR).

Jane Knipper, program director of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at the UI Hospitals and Clinics, was elected president of the IACPR. She will serve a one-year term.

Erik Samuelson, an exercise physiologist with Iowa CHAMPS (Cardiovascular Health, Assessment, Management and Prevention Services) was elected to a two-year term as the association's treasurer.

Knipper has directed the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at the UI since 1992. The program assists patients with respiratory disorders, such as emphysema, to enhance their ability to breathe more normally and return to a more active lifestyle. One of Knipper's goals as president is to establish a system for statewide outcome measurement to allow benchmarking of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs in the state.

Samuelson came to Iowa CHAMPS in 1994. Iowa CHAMPS provides rehabilitation services to people who have had heart attacks. Specialists there also assess a person's risk for having a heart attack and help design strategies to manage risk factors for heart disease and prevent heart attacks and strokes. For more information about Iowa CHAMPS, call (319) 356-8899.

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