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Release: Dec. 31, 2002

UI Hospitals and Clinics reports annual service statistics

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics faculty and staff completed another outstanding 12 months of caring for Iowans during fiscal year 2001-2002.

UI Hospitals and Clinics admitted 40,973 patients during the year, including 1,439 newborns. In addition, clinic visits to UI Hospitals and Clinics, UI Community Medical Service locations and UI Health Care outreach sites totaled 814,104.

"We have a long history of serving families from every county in Iowa, and this past year was a perfect example of that remarkable record of service," said Donna Katen-Bahensky, director and chief executive officer of UI Hospitals and Clinics. "Iowans can be very proud of the world-class health care, scientific research and medical training that make this center such an excellent resource across the state, as well as throughout the region and the nation."

UI Hospitals and Clinics surgeons performed 19,809 major surgical operations, including 365 organ and tissue transplants. Physicians also conducted 60,977 minor surgical procedures.

One of the major advances that occurred in the last year was the acquisition of robotic technology that enables surgeons to perform more sophisticated minimally invasive surgery. Patients benefit from this approach because they often experience less pain and discomfort and recover more quickly following their surgeries.

The Emergency Treatment Center and Level I Trauma Center reported 30,587 visits from patients last year; 886 of those patients arrived via the AirCare helicopter service.

"All of us can be pleased with the commitment of the faculty and staff here to reach out and serve the entire state," said John Fieselmann, M.D., director of the Joint Office for Clinical Outreach Services and Clinical Care Coordination. "Their devotion to bettering the lives of the people we care for is extraordinary."

UI Hospitals and Clinics also recently began building for the future. Construction is now under way on the new Center of Excellence in Image-Guided Radiation Therapy. Located immediately to the west of the Pomerantz Family Pavilion at UI Hospitals and Clinics, the state-of-the-art, $39.6 million facility will include the world's first center capable of image- and optic-guided stereotactic radiation delivery for all treatments. Following its planned completion in the summer of 2004, the center will encompass approximately 40,000 gross square feet. The expansion will enable radiation oncology teams to expand the number of treatments from the 43,629 procedures that specialists provided last year.

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.