CONTACT: TOM MOORE
Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications
8788 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: March 14, 2002
MEDIA ADVISORY: DEGOWIN BLOOD CENTER TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE
Media representatives are invited to tour the DeGowin Blood
Center in C250 GH from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26. To locate the center,
take elevator B to the second floor and turn west. Ronald Strauss, M.D., medical
director of the center, Judy Levitt, section manager, and Mitch Overton, donor
recruitment coordinator, will be available for interviews. For assistance
in covering this event, call Tom Moore at (319) 356-3945.
The DeGowin Blood Center at University of Iowa Hospitals and
Clinics will hold an open house for University of Iowa Health Care faculty
and staff members from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, in C250 GH.
The center is comprised of four areas including the Blood
Bank, the Blood Donor Center, Patient Care Services and the Hematopoietic
Progenitor Cell Lab (bone marrow transplant). Guests at the open house event
will be able to tour all four areas. The event is not open to members of the
The new DeGowin Blood Center is located closer to patient
care units, and also reflects the changes that have occurred in the past two
decades, including new technologies, increased service volume, and the development
of new therapeutic procedures. For example, highly advanced technology will
soon be available at the center. Five new TRIMA blood cell processors will
allow multiple blood products to be collected at the same time.
In 2001, the DeGowin Blood Center collected 7,469 units of
blood and 3,434 units of apheresis platelets, and also conducted 114 blood
donation drives in the community.
The center was founded by the late Elmer DeGowin, M.D., an
honored pioneer in banking, storing and transporting blood products. DeGowin
joined the faculty of the UI College of Medicine in 1932, beginning a career
that spanned more than 50 years. In 1938, DeGowin and his colleagues opened
the first blood bank west of the Mississippi.
Following in his father's footsteps, hematologist Richard
DeGowin, M.D., continues to serve UI Health Care as an emeritus professor
of internal medicine and radiology.
Currently, about 80 staff members work in the DeGowin Blood
Center, including nurses, physicians, phlebotomists and technicians. All of
the blood products that are collected there are used to help care for patients
at UI Hospitals and Clinics.
For more information about the center, or to donate blood
products, call (319) 356-2058.