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May 24, 2007

Children's Miracle Network Celebration Supports UI Children's Hospital

The 2007 Children's Miracle Network Celebration to help raise funds to support children's hospitals, including University of Iowa Children's Hospital, will air on Mediacom Connections Channel 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Saturday, June 2, and from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 3.

For the fifth consecutive year, Mediacom is the "exclusive broadcast partner" with UI Children's Hospital to broadcast the Children's Miracle Network Telethon.

This year's telethon, hosted by Marie Osmond and John Schneider, features entertainment acts and short stories about how children are being helped through the efforts of Children's Miracle Network.

Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises money to support children's hospitals across the United States and Canada. During the program there will be a local phone number and Web site on the screen for viewers who want to donate to the Children's Miracle Network at UI Children's Hospital. The funds raised from Iowa will stay in the state.

"The stories of children served by University of Iowa Children's Hospital are indicative of the types of specialists that are available at Iowa's only academic medical center. Iowa is fortunate to have the depth of services available here in Iowa City," said Michael Artman, M.D., physician-in-chief at UI Children's Hospital.

Check your local listings for the Mediacom Connections Channel in your community.

"Mediacom is pleased to partner with University of Iowa Children's Hospital to bring the Children's Miracle Network Telethon into our customers' homes statewide throughout Iowa on the Mediacom Connections Channel," said Todd Behrends, Mediacom's communications manager.

Mediacom Communications Corporation is the nation's eighth-largest cable television company and the leading cable operator focused on serving the smaller cities and towns in the United States. The company's cable systems pass approximately 2.77 million homes and serve about 1.53 million basic subscribers in 23 states. Mediacom Communications offers a wide array of broadband products and services, including traditional video services, digital television, high-speed Internet access, video-on-demand and high-definition television.

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Children's Miracle Network is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to generating funds and awareness programs to benefit children treated at 170 children's hospitals throughout the United States and Canada. The network also includes 75 corporate sponsors, 200 television stations and more than 135 radio stations.

UI Children's Hospital serves children and their families at its main campus in Iowa City and satellite clinics in communities throughout Iowa. A 165-bed "hospital within a hospital," UI Children's Hospital benefits from the sophisticated services and comprehensive resources of UI Hospitals and Clinics. Child magazine ranks UI Children's Hospital among the top 20 children's hospitals in the nation.

For more information about how you can help the Children's Miracle Network cause, contact Lisa Baum at 319-335-8447 or Michelle Altmaier at 319-335-9003. You can also learn more about Children's Miracle Network and UI Children's Hospital online at

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,