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Hospital Report Card: On the Thursday, April 2 edition of The Iowa Journal

March 31, 2009

(Johnston, Iowa) – Thursday’s edition of The Iowa Journal will explore how Iowa hospitals are working to prevent the spread of infections and reduce medical errors. This episode will air Thursday, April 2 at 8 p.m. on statewide Iowa Public Television. It will be rebroadcast on Friday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m. on IPTV. The program, as well as additional interviews and information, will also be available online at Iptv.org.

A new World Health Organization study shows that hospitals can prevent the spread of infections and improve the safety of a hospital stay by following checklists. This week, The Iowa Journal will visit both large and small medical centers to learn more about their efforts to reduce infections—Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, and Waverly Health Center, a 25-bed institution in Waverly. While the two hospitals have chosen to emphasize different areas in their efforts, both organizations have embraced the concept of working in groups to improve patient outcomes.

In the studio to discuss how hospitals are changing their methods will be Dr. Tom Evans, director and C.E.O. of the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative and Dr. Douglas G. Merrill, medical director of Ambulatory Surgery, and Patient Safety Officer at UI Healthcare in Iowa City.

This week’s Out and About segment visits Bedford, one of many Iowa communities that have been named a Main Street Community. Part of the focus of the Main Street program is to use a town’s past to build for the future. As correspondent Dan Kaercher tells us, Bedford is doing that and more.

For more information about The Iowa Journal, visit www.iptv.org/iowajournal or call (515) 242-3146.

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Iowa Public Television is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network. IPTV provides quality, noncommercial programming to make a difference in the lives of Iowans. As one of the last locally controlled media enterprises in the state, IPTV is committed to telling Iowa's stories like no one else can. Our mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford. More than 1.4 million viewers a week turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak.

For immediate release:
March 31, 2009

For information contact:
Tonya Weber Dusold
Communications Manager
tonya@iptv.org
(515) 725-9705

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