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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 12, 2004

UI To Host President's Day Blood Drive

The University of Iowa will sponsor a President's Day blood drive with the DeGowin Blood Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16 in the Pappajohn Business Building's Buchanan Auditorium Lobby. Additional staff will be available to serve donors at the DeGowin Blood Center in UI Hospitals and Clinics in C250 General Hospital.

University of Iowa President David Skorton encourages UI faculty, staff and students to donate. "One of the greatest measures of our success as a university is in what we give back to the people of Iowa," he said. "Donating blood to the DeGowin Blood Center is one small but important and effective way in which we can each give something to Iowans."

The DeGowin Blood Center supplies blood products for patients at Iowa's only academic medical center. Last year, there were more than 32,000 total transfusions performed at UI Hospitals and Clinics, or an average of nearly 90 every day.

You must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be cold- and flu-symptom free for five days to donate blood.

Donors will also receive a free "I Bleed Black and Gold" t-shirt when they visit the President's Day blood drive at the Pappajohn Business Building.

You may schedule an appointment to donate by calling 319-356-2058 or visiting the DeGowin Blood Center's Web site at www.uihealthcare.com/bloodcenter. There is also information about the donation process online at www.givesblood.org.

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 http://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.Writer: Mitch Overton.