CONTACT: MICHAEL SONDERGARD
Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications
8788 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Sept. 3, 2002
University of Iowa Health Care Web site wins international honor
Three University of Iowa Health Care staff members shared a Gold Quill Award
of Excellence in competition sponsored by the International Association of
Business Communicators (IABC).
Greg Johnson and Nola Riley from the UI Virtual Hospital, and Pat Badtke
from the UI Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications, shared
the honor for successfully re-launching the uihealthcare.com
Web site. During its first year, the site demonstrated phenomenal growth:
a 295 percent increase in number of hits, a 200 percent increase in the number
of pages read and a 165 percent increase in the number of visitors. The number
of online patient clinic appointments tripled.
In addition, the UI Health Care Web Advisory Committee received university-wide
recognition in the spring 2001 with an IOWA -- Improving Our Workplace Award.
The uihealthcare.com site also was
featured on the front page of the September 2001 issue of Internet Healthcare
Strategies, a national magazine.
The Gold Quill Awards program -- considered by many to be the hallmark of
excellence in business communication -- offers professional communicators
an opportunity to have their work evaluated by expert judges, many of whom
also have been recognized for excellence in communication. Winners receive
international recognition in IABC's magazine, Communication World, and at
IABC's international conference.
The uihealthcare.com site is the
official Web site for University of Iowa Health Care, the partnership between
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the UI Roy J. and Lucille A.
Carver College of Medicine.
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.