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April 6, 2011

Media Advisory: UI to honor donors, faculty and staff for transplant success

WHAT: 2011 Medal of Honor for Organ Donation presentation to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for surpassing national goals for organ donation and transplantation.

During the ceremony, a patient who received a heart transplant will publicly thank the family of his donor just after meeting them in person for the first time.

WHEN: 12 p.m. Friday, April 8.

WHERE: Clasen Board Room, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

WHO: UI President Sally Mason; Ken Kates, CEO, UI Hospitals and Clinics; Paul Sodders, Iowa Donor Network; Mark Iannettoni, M.D., professor and head of the UI Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery; and Kent Pearson, M.D., interim director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Care Marketing and Communications, W319 GH, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

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