- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A daily quiet time has been established at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Hospital officials say less noise provides a more professional atmosphere for staff members and easier rest for the more than 33,000 patients admitted each year. The initiative took effect Tuesday.

Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports (https://bit.ly/1nTSOoQ ) that quiet time runs from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Lights are dimmed and people are encouraged to speak softer. The hospital also is working on equipment changes.

Hospital officials say the campaign was prompted by patient feedback.

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Information from: KCRG-TV, https://www.kcrg.com

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