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Release: March 17, 2000

Children's Hospital of Iowa joins nationwide network linking hospitalized children

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Children's Hospital of Iowa is the most recent medical center to join STARBRIGHT World's private and secure interactive network that is putting hospitalized children across the nation in touch with one another. The Children's Hospital of Iowa can now offer children who are ill the opportunity to engage in STARBRIGHT World during their hospital stay.

"STARBRIGHT World is a wonderful service for our patients," said Frank Morriss, M.D., director of the Children's Hospital of Iowa and UI professor and head of the University of Iowa department of pediatrics. "We are delighted to provide this technology to the children we care for. It helps to make their stays just a bit more pleasant by putting them in touch with other children who are facing similar challenges."

STARBRIGHT World, a program of STARBRIGHT Foundation, is a private, interactive computer network specially designed for hospitalized children and teenagers. STARBRIGHT World is a place like no other -- where children with serious and chronic health conditions can interact within a community of peers, helping each other to cope with the day-to-day realities of life with illness. STARBRIGHT World is made possible through the generous support of STARBRIGHT Foundation corporate sponsors: Sprint, STARBRIGHT World Exclusive Telecommunications Provider, and Intel, STARBRIGHT World Exclusive Technology Provider.

"We have created a true virtual playground. A place that can help children recapture the joy of being a kid," said Steven Spielberg, chairman of the STARBRIGHT Foundation. "Regardless of how far technology advances, it is the human connection that matters."

From STARBRIGHT World's inception, Sprint, Intel and Paul Allen have been instrumental in the development, funding and future expansion of the network. General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, STARBRIGHT's Capital Campaign chairman, adds, "STARBRIGHT's idea was simple. With the help of SPRINT, Paul Allen and Intel, we have designed a community for seriously ill children that allows them an opportunity to escape the often painful realities of their day-to-day lives in a place called STARBRIGHT World."

For more information, on the Children's Hospital of Iowa, call (319) 384-KIDS (5437) or (888) 573-KIDS (5437). For more information on the STARBRIGHT Foundation and STARBRIGHT World, visit or call (800) 315-2580.