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Release: Jan. 11, 2001

Ellen Cram honored by Council on Disability Awareness

IOWA CITY--The University of Iowa Council on Disability Awareness (CDA) has named Ellen Cram, associate director of nursing for Cardiopulmonary and Intensive Care Services at the UI Hospitals and Clinics, winner of the 2000-01 Council on Disability Achievement Award.

The award will be presented to Cram during a 4 p.m. ceremony Wednesday, Jan. 24 in the Sun Porch of the Iowa Memorial Union. Cram will receive the award for implementing a new return-to-work program that is used by all of her division's employees who resume their duties while recovering from work-related injuries. Members of the UI community are invited to attend the ceremony.

Carol Gruber, co-chair of CDA, says Cram has provided leadership to the Intensive and Surgical Services division by sharing her philosophy in repeatedly seeking new and unique strategies to enable injured UI employees to return to gainful work in their former positions while recovering from illness or injury.

"Ellen's efforts have led to a decline in the number of university employees leaving gainful employment. And as such, the university is extremely grateful for her efforts and support of her employees," Gruber said.

Jeff Bishop, former Information Technology Services employee, will also be honored by the CDA for his years of service in providing assistive technology services to members of the UI community.

The Council on Disability Awareness Award acknowledges the efforts and achievements of individuals or organizations on campus that contribute to the integration and inclusion of persons with disabilities in campus life or within the community at large.