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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 15, 2004

Children's Hospital Of Iowa Wins 'Presidential' Election On Web

Children's Hospital of Iowa specialists announced today that its entry in the STARBRIGHT World "Presidential" election garnered the most votes and won election as the best web site of all the network's member hospitals.

STARBRIGHT World's private and secure interactive network links hospitalized children across the nation. Children's Hospital of Iowa began offering ill children the opportunity to engage in STARBRIGHT World during their hospital stays in March 2000.

STARBRIGHT World sites across the United States participated in the election this past summer. Children's Hospital of Iowa won the popular vote, with William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. winning the Vice President post. As the winning site, Children's Hospital of Iowa received a Game Cube system and 50 games for patients and families to enjoy.

"This was just a fun opportunity for our patients, families and staff to join together and throw their support behind a very strong candidate," said Lisa Miguel, a specialist with the Child Life staff in Children's Hospital of Iowa. "It was really great to see their enthusiasm and how much they enjoyed the process."

The participation of Children's Hospital of Iowa in STARBRIGHT World is supported through a generous gift from the Kohl's Cares for Kids Program.

STARBRIGHT World, a program of STARBRIGHT Foundation, is a private, interactive computer network specially designed for hospitalized children and teenagers. STARBRIGHT World is a place like no other, where children with serious and chronic health conditions can interact within a community of peers, helping each other to cope with the day-to-day realities of life with illness. STARBRIGHT World is made possible through the generous support of STARBRIGHT Foundation corporate sponsors: Sprint, STARBRIGHT World Exclusive Telecommunications Provider, and Intel, STARBRIGHT World Exclusive Technology Provider.

For more information, on the Children's Hospital of Iowa, call 319-384-8442 or toll free 800-777-8442. For more information on the STARBRIGHT Foundation and STARBRIGHT World, visit or call toll free 800-315-2580.

Children's Hospital of Iowa at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is a nationally recognized pediatric center of excellence, providing comprehensive health care for children from birth to young adulthood. Its pediatric outreach and satellite clinics provide primary and specialty care every year for more than 130,000 children throughout Iowa. It is the state's longest serving children's hospital. As a "hospital within a hospital," Children's Hospital of Iowa benefits from the sophisticated services and comprehensive resources of UI Hospitals and Clinics - consistently ranked as one of the "Best Hospitals in America" by U.S. News & World Report magazine. For more information call the Children's Hospital of Iowa toll free at 800-777-8442 or 319-384-8442 or visit its Web site at

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STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,