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Release: Oct. 13, 1999

Lounsbury named to cardiovascular rehabilitation board

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Patricia Lounsbury, program director of Iowa CHAMPS (Cardiovascular Health Assessment, Management and Prevention Services) with University of Iowa Health Care, was recently elected to the board of directors of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation at the association's annual meeting in Phoenix, Ariz.

Lounsbury will serve on the board until September 2001. Her election marks the first time that an Iowan has been elected to the board. Previously, Lounsbury was also the first Iowan to be inducted as a fellow of the association.

"I'm honored that my colleagues chose to ask me to serve on the board of directors," Lounsbury said. "I'm looking forward to working with the board and especially representing the views of my fellow cardiovascular nurses." Lounsbury has directed Iowa CHAMPS since January 1990.

"Patty Lounsbury has done a marvelous job in caring for patients enrolled in Iowa CHAMPS," said Michael Winniford, M.D., UI professor of internal medicine and physician director of UI Heart Care. "Her election to this national board demonstrates how highly she is respected by her peers."

Iowa CHAMPS provides rehabilitation services to people who have had heart attacks. Specialists there also assess a person's risk for having a heart attack and help design strategies to manage risk factors for heart disease and prevent heart attacks and strokes. For more information about Iowa CHAMPS, call (319) 356-8899.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.