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CONTACT: TOM MOORE
Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications
8788 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 356-3945
e-mail: thomas-moore@uiowa.edu

Release: April 23, 2002

UI Hospitals and Clinics volunteers provide e-mail service for patients

Volunteer Services at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics recently implemented a new service that uses e-mail to help patients stay in touch with loved ones and friends.

Anyone can access the new "E-mail a Patient" service at Volunteer Services' main Web page at www.uihealthcare.com/Volunteers or at the UI Health Care Web site (www.uihealthcare.com) under "Information for Patients/Visitors.

Loved ones and friends can send e-mail greetings to any patient at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Volunteers print out and hand-deliver the messages on colorful bordered paper to patients during regular business hours. Patients and their family members may send their own responses by using computers located in the Patients' Library and other areas throughout the hospital. Early response to the program remains positive and the service is becoming a popular means for communicating best wishes.

The "E-mail a Patient" service is provided free of charge by Volunteer Services. For more information, contact Volunteer Services at UI Hospitals and Clinics at (319) 356-2515.

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University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and 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.