CONTACT: TOM MOORE
8788 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: March 17, 2000
Children's Hospital of Iowa joins nationwide network linking hospitalized
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Children's Hospital of Iowa is the most recent medical
center to join STARBRIGHT World's private and secure interactive network that
is putting hospitalized children across the nation in touch with one another.
The Children's Hospital of Iowa can now offer children who are ill the opportunity
to engage in STARBRIGHT World during their hospital stay.
"STARBRIGHT World is a wonderful service for our patients," said
Frank Morriss, M.D., director of the Children's Hospital of Iowa and UI professor
and head of the University of Iowa department of pediatrics. "We are
delighted to provide this technology to the children we care for. It helps
to make their stays just a bit more pleasant by putting them in touch with
other children who are facing similar challenges."
STARBRIGHT World, a program of STARBRIGHT Foundation, is a private, interactive
computer network specially designed for hospitalized children and teenagers.
STARBRIGHT World is a place like no other -- where children with serious and
chronic health conditions can interact within a community of peers, helping
each other to cope with the day-to-day realities of life with illness. STARBRIGHT
World is made possible through the generous support of STARBRIGHT Foundation
corporate sponsors: Sprint, STARBRIGHT World Exclusive Telecommunications
Provider, and Intel, STARBRIGHT World Exclusive Technology Provider.
"We have created a true virtual playground. A place that can help children
recapture the joy of being a kid," said Steven Spielberg, chairman of
the STARBRIGHT Foundation. "Regardless of how far technology advances,
it is the human connection that matters."
From STARBRIGHT World's inception, Sprint, Intel and Paul Allen have been
instrumental in the development, funding and future expansion of the network.
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, STARBRIGHT's Capital Campaign chairman, adds,
"STARBRIGHT's idea was simple. With the help of SPRINT, Paul Allen and
Intel, we have designed a community for seriously ill children that allows
them an opportunity to escape the often painful realities of their day-to-day
lives in a place called STARBRIGHT World."
For more information, on the Children's Hospital of Iowa, call (319) 384-KIDS
(5437) or (888) 573-KIDS (5437). For more information on the STARBRIGHT Foundation
and STARBRIGHT World, visit http://www.starbright.org
or call (800) 315-2580.