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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 4, 2005

South Hardin Kiwanis Honored For Children's Hospital Of Iowa Support

Leaders of Children's Miracle Network thanked members of the South Hardin Kiwanis Club gathered at the Supper Club in Union last week for their support of Children's Hospital of Iowa at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Along with its usual activity report, birthday celebrations and news of anniversaries, Kiwanis members welcomed Lisa Baum, director of Children's Miracle Network, and Michelle Altmaier, assistant director of the program. The women came to extend their personal thanks and to report that in 13 years the club has raised more than $13,000 for the hospital.

"It's an impressive figure and through your fundraising efforts and support the club has helped us create a wonderful family lounge for our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, equipped with a kitchenette, lockers, showers and a computer to stay in contact with family and friends," Baum said. "Families facing healthcare hurdles are easily overwhelmed. Kiwanis support for this lounge has made our hospital a more family-friendly place." 

Jim Bruce, president of the South Hardin Kiwanis Club, entertained discussion among the membership and many related personal experiences with the hospital. "We are all in agreement that many small fundraising initiatives can reap big rewards and in Union, Iowa, we can make a difference for families," Bruce said.

"Children's Miracle Network is an important initiative for our club. Watch for the fundraising projects in the future that will be introduced to Union and surrounding towns. We want to do all we can to make children priority one," he added. 

Children's Hospital of Iowa at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City is the state's longest-serving children's hospital. More than 130,000 children receive care at Children's Hospital of Iowa and its statewide network of outreach clinics each year.

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