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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 18, 2005

UI Occupational Health Nurse Honored

An occupational health nursing specialist with University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is the recipient of the Iowa 2006 Occupational Health Nursing Leadership Award.

Lynn Cuddihy received the honor from the Northeast Iowa Association of Occupational Health Nurses (NIAOHN). One outstanding leader in each state earns the award in recognition of dedicated and exemplary leadership ability.

Cuddihy serves as the director of Work Related Health Care Services at UI Hospitals and Clinics. The office acts as the point of contact for employers and outside entities that refer workers' compensation cases to the University. It provides support for internal departments who provide services to injured workers.

Cuddihy is a certified occupational health nurse-specialist, a certified case manager and a certified disability management specialist. Her background is in case management of injured workers for state and federal workers compensation. She was an independent case manager in California for more than 10 years. Prior to that, she worked in the hospital setting, home health, an industrial medical clinic, as a company occupational health nurse and as a consultant for the railroad.

Cuddihy oversees programs, services and activities that meet the following employer needs:

-- Facilitates scheduling as needed for patients needing occupational health care at UI Hospitals and Clinics for work-related injuries/illnesses.

-- Assures that inquiries from employers and carriers with regard to the treatment status and work status of patients are handled expediently with one phone number to call to obtain information.

-- Cooperates with external case managers and other entities as needed to coordinate care and facilitate referrals.

-- Supervises, facilitates or provides needed case management and coordination of services for patients entering the institution for work-related health care services.

-- Consults with employers and physicians regarding return-to-work and restricted-duty options and other back-to-work issues.

Contact Cuddihy at 319-384-6107 for assistance with any occupational health needs.

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.