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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.

Heart specialists at the Children's Hospital of Iowa and Heart Friends Support Group are celebrating this special day in several ways.

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.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI 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 www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

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