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University of Iowa News Release

June 23, 2005

DeGowin Blood Center Looking For July 4 Donors

The DeGowin Blood Center in University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is urging area residents to donate blood or platelets in the days immediately before and after the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.

The supply of available blood products often runs low during long holiday weekends, so donors are needed to ensure that the hospital's blood supply is adequately stocked to meet patient need.

All donors will also receive a free "Iowa Blood Donor" t-shirt when they give blood anytime before Aug. 31.

Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be free of cold and flu symptoms for at least five days prior to donation.

The DeGowin Blood Center is located in room C250 GH on the second level of UI Hospitals and Clinics. The blood center offers free parking to donors who park in hospital ramps 1, 2 or 3 and also will provide free passes to donors who take advantage of the hospital's valet parking services.

Daytime, evening and weekend appointments are available. Call 319-356-2058 to schedule your donation. More information is also available online at www.uihealthcare.com/bloodcenter.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI 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 http://www.uihealthcare.com.

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, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu. Writer: Mitch Overton.