CONTACT: TOM MOORE
Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications
8788 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Dec. 19, 2001
NEC AMERICA to help connect Children's Hospital of Iowa patients with
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Patients of the Children's Hospital of Iowa will have
the opportunity to place telephone calls to their relatives anywhere in the
world free of charge on Dec. 20, thanks to NEC America, Inc.
Patients and their families will gather in the East Room to make the phone
calls between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. this Thursday. During that time period, there
will be no limits on the number or length of calls that the patients may place
to their relatives anywhere on the globe.
NEC America began this annual program in 2000 at the University of Texas
Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. Utilizing NEC's Voice Over Internet
Protocol technology, patients hospitalized over the Christmas holiday received
the opportunity to make phone calls to relatives anywhere in the world. NEC
engages in numerous charity events and says this program is an additional
opportunity to connect people separated by circumstances at this special time
The Children's Hospital of Iowa at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
and its outreach clinics across the state serve critically ill and injured
children. More than 100,000 children receive care at the Children's Hospital
of Iowa each year.
NEC, recognized as a worldwide leader in high technology, is one of the
few companies capable of offering a full spectrum of products and systems
in telecommunications, computers and computer peripherals, imaging, electron
devices, and semiconductors. NEC America, Inc., a subsidiary of NEC Corporation,
develops and manufactures communications equipment and systems.
For assistance in covering this special event, please contact Tom Moore
at (319) 356-3945.
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. Visit
UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.