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Nov. 24, 2004

UI Hospitals And Clinics Recognize Outstanding Community Volunteers

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics leaders honored six staff and faculty members for their outstanding community volunteer service during a special recognition event Nov. 23 in Iowa City.

Three of the honorees -- Ray Haas, Albina (Bina) Querrey and Richard Williams, M.D. -- received the overall Heart and Hands Award for their exceptional volunteer efforts to the UI, local, regional, national and even the international community.

"We are so very proud of all these volunteers, who certainly go far above and beyond the call of duty in serving others on numerous levels," said Diana Leventry, director of Hospital Human Resources at UI Hospitals and Clinics. "We are privileged to recognize them for their amazing accomplishments."

The nominees for the award included:

Ray Haas, a human resource generalist in Hospital Human Resources. He and his wife, Retha, completed a 3,500-mile, cross-country bicycle trek from Barnegat, N.J. to San Francisco, Calif. to increase awareness and funds for Habitat for Humanity. They raised more than $25,000 to help complete a new home for a family in Tipton, Iowa, which was dedicated to the memory of Ray's parents.

Sue Huff, a staff nurse in the Pediatric Specialty Clinic. She has donated a week of her time for the past three years to Camp Hertko Hollow, Iowa's camp for children with diabetes. She provides diabetes management education that incorporates fun and games for the campers. The campers come from all parts of Iowa and western Illinois and are often the only children in their schools with diabetes.

Laura Phearman, a nurse clinician specialist in the Pediatric Specialty Clinic. She has donated a week of her time serving as a volunteer nurse/counselor at the United Ostomy Association youth rally for the past 12 years. The children at the rally attend educational classes related to dating and hygiene, clothing, dancing, sightseeing and shopping as well as independent living skills, which helps them become fully functioning adults. For the past five years, Laura has taken on the added responsibility for the rally supply room (obtaining, organizing and stocking supplies as well as staffing the facility) that provides ostomy supplies and new product education for 150 rally attendees.

Bina Querrey, a staff nurse with the Care Management Program. She provides support and education to patients who are newly diagnosed with celiac disease (gluten intolerance). She advises patients about food manufacturers, cooking methods and gluten-free food suppliers. Additionally, Querrey educates patients on topics such as toothpaste and prescription drugs that they should not use. She modifies "comfort food" recipes to be gluten-free and distributes the recipes to patients. She hosts dinners for newly diagnosed celiac patients that include "old-timers" who share their experiences and successes with the necessary lifestyle and eating changes required to manage the disease.

Jeanne Sheetz, a nurse clinician specialist in the Pediatric Specialty Clinic. She has donated a week of her time for the last 16 years to Camp Hertko Hollow, Iowa's camp for children with diabetes. More than 300 children attended this past summer's diabetes camp. She lives in the cabins with the campers, which provides the opportunity for spontaneous education related to the challenges of managing diabetes. Sheetz also gives a daily diabetes education session, and she is in charge of the Health Lodge, coordinating the physicians and nurses who provide medical care to the campers.

Richard Williams, M.D., professor and head of the UI Department of Urology. He has traveled each January for the past 17 years to Haiti to provide urology care at the Hospital Lumiere in Bonne Finn, Haiti. He takes a surgical team with him made up of a general practicing physician, a physician assistant and an anesthesiologist. Together they complete as many as 50 urologic surgeries and see an additional 50 or more clinic patients in five days. He takes state-of-art medical equipment, medication and stuffed animals for the pediatric patients over rutted, dirt roads to Bonne Finn. The people in Bonne Finn have no access to urologic health care without traveling to Port au Prince. Additionally, he spends two days in Port au Prince presenting urologic lectures.

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