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Release: June 2, 1999

Photo exhibit showcases how children’s hospitals care for children

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An exhibit and competition of 50 photographs depicting how children’s hospitals care for children is on display at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics June 6-16. The exhibit, "Picture the Mission: Clinical Care, Education, Research and Advocacy in Children’s Hospitals," is sponsored by the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) and the Association for the Care of Children's Health (ACCH). Hosted at the UI by Children’s Hospital of Iowa, Project Art and the Medical Museum, the exhibit is on display in Medical Museum Gallery B, located on the eighth floor of John Colloton Pavilion.

Submitted by members of the two sponsoring associations, the photos were selected and ranked by a panel of judges consisting of clinical care providers, parents and professionals. In conjunction with the Children’s Miracle Network Weekend of Champions, the public is invited to view this exhibit opening Sunday, June 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. The exhibit will be open weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. on weekends.

In its seventh year, the exhibit illustrates the unique health care needs of children and provides a look at how children’s hospitals are responding to these needs in communities nationwide. Health care professionals at Children’s Hospital of Iowa provide the full range of children’s health care, including newborn checkups and immunizations, primary care, acute care for injured or sick children, emergency services especially designed for children's critical care needs and long-term and rehabilitative care.

The first-place photo, from La Rabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago, depicts a young burn victim and the firefighter who saved his life. The second-place photo, from Children’s Hospital of New York, shows the delighted response of a young oncology patient enjoying a visit from a clown. The third-place photo shows a young girl playing while in the Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Other hospitals with photos in the top ten include: Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, Inc., Baltimore; Children’s Hospital, Richmond, Va.; and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia.

The Children’s Hospital of Iowa is a member of NACHRI and ACCH.