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University of Iowa News Release

July 18, 2003

Respiratory Care At UI Hospitals And Clinics Recognized

Respiratory care professionals at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics recently received recognition for the high quality of their services from their professional organization.

The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) awarded the UI Hospitals and Clinics' respiratory care service the honor under its Quality Respiratory Care Recognition program. The AARC began the program early this year to help ensure that patients have access to outstanding respiratory care provided by qualified respiratory therapists.

"This recognition confirms that our staff is providing high quality respiratory care," said Twila Martin, director of respiratory care at UI Hospitals and Clinics. "Our patients can be confident that we meet all of the criteria for providing excellent care."

The AARC recognition program assures the public that hospitals that meet its criteria provide a level of respiratory care that is consistent with national respiratory care standards and guidelines and merit commendation for their commitment to quality care.

Respiratory therapists are specially trained health care professionals who serve on health care teams to provide a wide range of critical care, pulmonary diagnostic procedures, hyperbaric medicine and other services. Their patients include people diagnosed with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, pneumonia, acute lung injuries and other respiratory-related disorders. They also care for premature infants and for severely injured trauma patients.

The AARC is a professional organization representing more than 30,000 respiratory care specialists nationwide.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the University of Iowa 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 http://www.uihealthcare.com.

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CONTACT(S): Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu.