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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 14, 2004

UI Hospitals And Clinics Manager Earns National Award

Michael Murphy, manager of the Central Sterilizing Service at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, is the recipient of the 2004 Leonard A. Leipus Award, the most prestigious award of the American Society for Healthcare Central Service Professionals (ASHCSP), a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association.

Established in memory of Leonard Leipus, the society's first president, the ASHCSP Board of Directors awards the honor when a worthy candidate is identified. The award recognizes a ASHCSP member for outstanding leadership in and contributions to the central service/sterile processing profession, and for dedication and loyal service to ASHCSP.

"Mike is a wonderful and treasured Society resource and leader, who demonstrates his commitment to this profession, our organization and to UI Hospitals and Clinics in unwavering fashion," said Frank Sizemore, ASHCSP president. "He is certainly deserving of this recognition for his contributions to promoting effective health care central service and sterile processing practices through education and professional development."

Murphy's achievements include authorship of technical papers and articles on central service and sterile processing related topics, ongoing involvement in national and regional board and committee activities, and making highly regarded and well-received conference presentations. He also created and administered technician training programs, earned both advanced and fellow levels of ASHCSP designations, maintained professional certification, and contributed to ASHCSP publications that strengthen central service/sterile processing technicians' professional knowledge and capabilities.

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.

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