CONTACT: TOM MOORE
8798 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Feb. 2, 2001
Dance Marathon to be electronically connected with
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- For the first time, patients and
families at the Childrens Hospital of Iowa will be able to see and speak
to participants in the 2001 University of Iowa Dance Marathon this weekend
via a video conferencing system.
The video conferencing units consist of television
cameras and computers. Viewing stations will be set up in the Main Lounge
on the first floor or the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU), in the Dance Marathon
Family Room in the ballroom on the second floor of the IMU, and in the Bone
Marrow Transplant Unit on the seventh floor of the Roy Carver Pavilion at
UI Hospitals and Clinics.
"Were very excited to be able to provide
this live link between patients and their families at the Childrens
Hospital of Iowa and the dancers, children and families at the Dance Marathon,"
said Renee Finnell, development director for the UI Dance Marathon. "Its
a special opportunity for the children in the hospital to connect with us
and to help remind us what Dance Marathon is all about, namely a chance to
support children and their families who are facing some very serious health
Finnell adds that numerous staff members in UI Information
Technology Services, UI Hospitals and Clinics Department of Nursing, Telecommunications
and Child Life Therapy assisted with the development of the video conferencing
system for UI Dance Marathon. SKC Communication Productions, Inc., also generously
donated the H.323 videoconferencing equipment, which sells for $30,000.
UI Dance Marathon is affiliated locally with the Childrens
Miracle Network and is also one of the nations leading student-run philanthropic
events. In 2000, UI Dance Marathon raised more than $357,000. This years
group of 1,100 dancers plans to exceed that total. The event began at
7 p.m. on Feb. 1, and concludes at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership
between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the
patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.
Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.