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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 20, 2003

Holiday Blood Donors Needed

The DeGowin Blood Center at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics urges area residents to donate blood or platelets in the days immediately before and after the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. The supply of available blood products often runs low during long holiday weekends so donors are needed to ensure that the hospital's blood supply is adequately stocked to meet patient needs.

Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be free of cold and flu symptoms for at least five days prior to donation.

The DeGowin Blood Center is located in Room C250GH in UI Hospitals and Clinics. The blood center offers free parking to donors who park in Hospital Ramps I, II or III and will also provide free passes to donors who take advantage of the hospital's valet parking services.

Daytime, evening and Saturday appointments are available, so please call 319-356-2058 to schedule your donation.

More information is also available at www.uihealthcare.com/bloodcenter.

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.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room 8798 JPP, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu.