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May 19, 2009

At A Glance

UI Children's Hospital earns Level I trauma status for pediatrics

Leaders of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City announced today that the UI Trauma Center there has received a renewal of its verification from the American College of Surgeons as a Level I trauma center for adults.

The American College of Surgeons also verified University of Iowa Children's Hospital as the first and only facility in the state to earn designation as a Level I trauma center for pediatrics.

The achievement recognizes the UI Trauma Center's commitment to providing superior care for all trauma patients.

The Level I Trauma Center annually admits approximately 1,600 patients with trauma, primarily severe blunt force or farming-related injuries. The Trauma Center is part of the UI Emergency Treatment Center.

UI Hospitals and Clinics celebrates EMS Week

Specialists at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City are celebrating National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week May 17-23.

The UI Department of Emergency Medicine plays a critical role in the lives of Iowans. More than 45,000 patients a year seek care in the Emergency Treatment Center. Its medical helicopter service, AirCare, has transported critically ill patients across the region for more than 30 years.

The UI Trauma Center, part of the Emergency Treatment Center, also recently became the first and only trauma center in the state to earn a Level I verification for its pediatric service from the American College of Surgeons. The organization also re-verified the UI Trauma Center as a Level I trauma center for adult services.

Community talk will focus on children's digestive problems May 27

Children's digestive problems will be the focus of the next "Health For Your Lifetime" program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at the Iowa Children's Museum at Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville.

Dawn Ebach, M.D., pediatric gastroenterologist with University of Iowa Children's Hospital, will discuss symptoms that may indicate a digestive problem requiring medical attention. Discussion will cover these conditions:
--Crohn's disease.
--Celiac disease.
--Irritable bowel syndrome.

Families are welcome to attend this free event, with advance registration encouraged. During the talk, the museum will be closed to the public, and the children of those attending the talk will be free to explore the museum.

To register, call 319-335-8886 or 877-MEDIOWA (toll-free), or register online at

Additional information is available at

New UI Health Care program makes vascular screening easy

A new program at the University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center makes it easier for people to get screened for peripheral arterial disease. Nearly 10 million Americans are at risk for this serious vascular disease, which has few warning signs but is associated with stroke, heart attack or sudden death.

In the past, screening usually involved physician referral. Now, people can directly schedule up to three simple, painless tests.

Candidates for screening include adults age 50 and older with any of these risk factors: diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, obesity or family history of stroke, heart or vascular disease.

Each screening costs $50, and the fee is $120 for all three. The tests -- carotid artery ultrasound, abdominal aortic ultrasound and ankle brachial index -- are not covered by insurance, but are reimbursable through flexible spending.

To learn more, call 319-356-2777 or visit


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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.