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Release: Jan. 30, 2002
UI Dance Marathon and CHI dedicate new Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant
of the University of Iowa Dance Marathon and the Children's Hospital of Iowa
dedicated the new Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit (PBMT) in a ceremony
at UI Hospitals and Clinics Tuesday, Jan. 29. UI Dance Marathon organizers
contributed $100,000 to the project, and the new unit will be named the UI
Dance Marathon Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit.
The event served as a prelude to this weekend's 2002 UI Dance Marathon,
scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 1 through 7 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Main Ballroom of
the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. UI students will dance for 24 hours
to raise funds to support patients of the Children's Hospital of Iowa (CHI)
and their families.
Following the dedication ceremony, attendees toured the new unit location,
which is currently under construction. The $3.7 million project is slated
for completion by April. The 7,000-square-foot facility is located on the
third level of the John Colloton Pavilion. There are five beds on the self-contained
unit. The current PBMT Unit is located on the seventh level of the Roy Carver
"We felt it was very important to say 'thank you' to everyone who has
worked so hard and helped to achieve our goal of helping children affected
by cancer," said Fred Goldman, M.D., UI associate professor of pediatrics
and PBMT Unit director. "Their remarkable success will truly benefit
the families we care for, and it's difficult to express the depth of our gratitude
for what these wonderful, dedicated people have done."
The PBMT unit treats children with a multitude of diseases, including leukemia
and other cancers, and immune and blood disorders. The PBMT unit has transplanted
more than 350 patients since 1986. Patients have come from 35 states and five
The new unit represents the state-of-the-art in cancer treatment and will
provide advanced care for children and their families. The new rooms allow
for family members to sleep in the same room with the child who is receiving
treatments. A special air filtration system enables children to leave their
rooms while they are recovering from a transplant.
The Children's Hospital of Iowa is the state's longest-serving children's
hospital. CHI admits more than 5,000 pediatric patients annually, and an additional
100,000 children receive health care in CHI clinics.
The UI Dance Marathon was first held in 1995. Since then, the event has
expanded to include Iowa State University and Drake University. Last year
approximately 800 dancers raised more than $504,000 during the 2001 UI Dance
The proceeds raised by all three Dance Marathons in Iowa are donated to
CHI through the Children's Miracle Network (CMN). One hundred percent of all
donations to CMN remain in the local region to benefit critically ill and
injured children. CMN is the nation's largest charitable organization. All
of the funds raised stay in the area to benefit the local children's hospital.
Contributions to CMN are used to enhance the quality of patients' hospital
stays, support research and purchase sophisticated pediatric health care equipment.
In 2000, the Children's Hospital of Iowa received almost $1.9 million from
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.