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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 30, 2003

UI Hospitals And Clinics Reports Annual Service Statistics

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics faculty and staff continued to increase their service to Iowans during fiscal year 2002-2003 by caring for more patients than ever before.

UI Hospitals and Clinics admitted 41,809 patients during the year, including 1,450 newborns, compared to 40,973 inpatients and 1,439 births, respectively, in 2002. In addition, clinic visits to UI Hospitals and Clinics, UI Community Medical Service locations and UI Health Care outreach sites totaled 842,983, up from 814,104 the year before.

"These statistics represent a remarkable record of service," said Donna Katen-Bahensky, director and chief executive officer of UI Hospitals and Clinics. "Our community of health care professionals has a strong record of serving communities across the state, as well as throughout the region and the nation."

Surgeons at Iowa's only academic medical center performed 20,269 major surgical operations, compared to 19,809 a year ago. That figure includes 379 organ and tissue transplants, following 365 such procedures in 2002. Physicians also conducted 59,566 minor surgeries.

Other major developments include:

* The Burn Treatment Center received re-verification with the highest level of distinction, "Accreditation with Commendation," identifying it as a "Center of Excellence."

* The University of Iowa's Virtual Hospital Web site celebrated its 10th anniversary.

* 35 caregivers formed the UI Hospitals and Clinics Smallpox Response Team in support of the state of Iowa's planning for response to a bioterrorism incident.

* Staff nurses championed the effort to prepare for a Magnet Hospital site visit.

* Approval was received for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program and a new leader of Emergency Medicine, Eric Dickson, M.D., was recruited.

* The Emergency Treatment Center and Level I Trauma Center reported 30,875 visits from patients last year; 1,008 of those patients arrived via the AirCare helicopter service.

* UI Hospitals and Clinics also continues to prepare for the future. Construction on the new Center for Image-Guided Radiation Therapy is scheduled for completion in 2004. The state-of-the-art, $39.6 million facility will include the world's first center capable of image- and optic-guided stereotactic radiation delivery for all treatments. The medical center will also open an updated and relocated labor and delivery unit, as well as the state's only Level I Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the spring.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

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