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University of Iowa News Release

March 19, 2004

UI Heart Care Receives National Recognition

A national publication recently honored UI Heart Care as one of the top cardiac programs for women in the United States.

Good Housekeeping magazine named University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to its list of the best hospitals in the nation in caring for women diagnosed with heart disease in its February 2004 issue. Forty-four medical centers made the elite rankings.

"While no one should make a decision on where they go for health care based only upon such ratings such as this, we are honored by the recognition," said Neal Weintraub, M.D., associate professor and interim director of the cardiovascular diseases division in the UI Department of Internal Medicine. "It is a confirmation of the high quality of the cardiac care we provide to all of our patients."

Theresa Brennan, M.D., assistant professor and director of clinical cardiovascular services, added, "While we provide outstanding care to all of our patients, it's gratifying to receive this recognition for the treatment we give to our female patients. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American women, and we want to help women understand their risk for heart problems and help them learn what they can do to prevent and treat those problems."

The national publication partnered with Castle Connolly, Ltd., which publishes the popular guide "America's Top Doctors." A research team identified the "best of the best" heart centers across the nation and noted each program's specialties.

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.