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University of Iowa News Release

April 9, 2004

Bell's Commitment To Iowa's Children Honored By Governor

Edward Bell, M.D., University of Iowa professor of pediatrics and director of the neonatology division at Children's Hospital of Iowa, was recently honored with an "Above and Beyond" award by Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack and Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson.

The presentation was March 29 at the State Historical Building in Des Moines. Bell and other honorees were presented with proclamations in recognition of their time, energy and talents devoted to "improving the lives of Iowa children by ensuring they have quality health care," Pederson said.

"Dr. Bell's commitment to the wellbeing of the most fragile and smallest of infants has positively affected the lives of thousands of children," Vilsack said. "His calm demeanor, competency, collegial spirit and compassion have served as solace to families devastated by their child's premature entry into the world and their struggle for life."

Bell serves as director of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics. His clinical work focuses on newborn intensive care and the post-discharge care of medically fragile babies in the NICU.

The March 29 event was part of a yearlong series of recognition ceremonies related to the Vilsack and Pederson's "Above and Beyond" initiative to honor individuals and groups making outstanding contributions to the well being of Iowa children.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACT(S): Media: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,; Writer: Tiffany Bronk