University of Iowa News Release
Feb. 10, 2004
Children's Hospital To Raise Congenital Heart Defects Awareness
A group of dedicated parents, patients, family members and friends, along with health care professionals who care for children with congenital heart defects, are hoping an annual "heart" holiday will help them raise awareness about the most common birth defect in the United States -- congenital heart defects.
State and local government officials around the United States will proclaim
Feb. 14, 2004, as "Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day." Iowa
Gov. Tom Vilsack supported the efforts of health care professionals and families
affected by Congenital Heart Defects by declaring Feb. 14 as "Heart
Defect Awareness Day" in the state of Iowa.
An informational kiosk display is available in the main lobby of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics during the week of Feb. 9-14.
On Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) patients, family members, health care professionals
and others interested in learning more about congenital heart defects are
invited to attend a special party to celebrate Heart Defect Awareness Day.
Sponsored by Heart Friends and the Children's Hospital of Iowa, the event
will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Activities Therapy Gym on the
first level of the John Pappajohn Pavilion in UI Hospitals and Clinics. The
event will feature games, kids' activities, socializing and information about
congenital heart defects and childhood heart disease. If you are interested
in attending, please call toll free 800-777-8442.
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