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ASSIGNMENT EDITORS/NEWS EDITORS: Please be advised that the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) will host a public open house from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 at the UIHC. There will be photo and video opportunities of guests taking "behind the scenes" tours (listed below); getting health screenings; visiting the new Medical Museum exhibit, etc. Please let us know if we can be of assistance to your coverage of this important event, which celebrates "100 Years of Caring" at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

University Hospitals Hosts Open House Saturday

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) opens its door to guests this weekend, inviting community members to help celebrate "100 Years of Caring."

Everyone is invited to attend the Community Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the UIHC in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the opening of the first University Hospital in 1898. Guests will gather in the John W. Colloton Pavilion Atrium on the first level where they can see a display featuring aspects of the UIHC's history and contents from the 1897 time capsule opened in honor of the centennial celebration.

While in the lobby they can also register for door prizes, participate in health screenings, and sign up for tours. Following the tours guests will have a chance to see the newly opened Medical Museum exhibit, "A Century of Caring: The Health Sciences at The University of Iowa 1850 to 1950," and enjoy centennial birthday cake and refreshments in the Patient and Visitor Activities Center. Open house guests will park free.

Health screenings being provided at the open house will include a health risk assessment, provided by UI HealthWorks; free blood screening by the department of pathology; and blood pressure and heart rate checks by the department of nursing. "Behind the scenes" tours planned include:

Children's Hospital of Iowa (key treatment areas)

The Eye Institute

Air Care Helicopter Service

Hyperbaric Chamber

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

Cancer Center (medical and surgical oncology)

Ambulatory Surgery Center and Main Operating Room Suite

Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Center

UIHC began its year-long celebration of its centennial year with Commemoration Day Jan. 15, and additional events are planned throughout the year to celebrate the 100-year heritage of University Hospitals.

In the past century UIHC has touched the lives of one of every three Iowans and grown to an 873-bed health care institution consistently recognized as one of the nation's best hospitals. One of the largest teaching hospitals in the nation, UIHC is guided by its mission of providing patient care, educating future health care professionals, and advancing medical knowledge through research.

Today UIHC annually records more than a half million clinic visits and patient admissions. Specialized care is provided by more than 1,300 physicians and dentists, 1,400 professional nurses, and more than 4,000 other professional and support staff members. During fiscal year 1996-97, UIHC health care specialists provided medical care to 495,671 Iowans from all 99 counties, more than 42,000 patients from Illinois, 8,000 from other states, and 155 from other countries. On a typical day, about 600 patients are hospitalized in acute inpatient nursing units, and another 2,000 patients receive care in 262 specialty and subspecialty clinics.

1/29/98