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May 23, 2008

At A Glance

Holden Cancer Center recognized for high-quality cancer care

Leaders of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa in Iowa City announced today that the state's only comprehensive academic health center has received a national award for providing superior care to patients and families affected by cancer. The Program Review Subcommittee of the Commission on Cancer (CoC) named Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center as a recipient of its Outstanding Achievement Award.

Established in 2004 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) honors cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. A facility receives the OAA following an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement).

In addition, a facility receives a compliance rating for the remaining 29 standards. Sixty-seven programs received the OAA as a result of surveys performed in 2007. This number represents approximately 15 percent of the programs surveyed during this period.

More information about the center is available at

Nikki Lunden Trio to perform on 'Java Blend' May 30

The Nikki Lunden Trio will perform live on the Iowa Public Radio performance series "Java Blend" from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, May 30, at the Java House in downtown Iowa City. The Iowa City-based group is touring to support its new album, "Depends on the Weather."

The free show originates from WSUI-AM 910 and will be recorded for broadcast Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15, across the state on Iowa Public Radio. For more information see and

Piano recital May 30 to benefit UI Children's Hospital

Ihab Hassan, M.D., a third-year resident in internal medicine at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, will perform a piano recital at 8 p.m. Friday, May 30, in Harper Hall at the UI Voxman Music Building.

Hassan, originally from Lebanon, will perform works from Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninov and Paganini-Liszt. He has played piano since age 8 and studied under Zvart Sarkissian, a graduate of the Marguerite Long School of Music in Paris. Hassan has performed at the American University of Beirut, and in 2006 he gave a recital in Iowa City to benefit Lebanese refugees and UNICEF.

Donations will be accepted at the door, with proceeds going to UI Children's Hospital through Children's Miracle Network. For more information, contact Lisa Baum at 319-335-8484 or

Bill Sackter documentary premieres at Hancher June 7

A documentary about Bill Sackter, the unlikely UI hero who changed how people think about disability, will have its world premiere at Hancher Auditorium June 7.

"A Friend Indeed-The Bill Sackter Story" by local filmmaker Lane Wyrick recounts how Sackter went from resident of a home for the mentally disabled to proprietor of a small UI coffee shop to a guest at the White House and the subject of two TV movies starring Mickey Rooney. Constructed from archival material and interviews, the film presents an entertaining and inspirational introduction to the real Sackter, who died in 1983.

Tickets for the premiere are $10 and may be purchased from the Hancher box office. For phone purchases, dial 319-335-1160 (local) or 1-800-HANCHER (toll free), or purchase tickets online at


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