CONTACT: MICHAEL SONDERGARD
8900Z John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Michigan administrator to direct UIHC nursing services, patient care
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Linda Q. Everett, regional administrator for the
Detroit Medical Center, has been named associate director of the University
of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) with responsibilities for nursing
services and patient care, effective Jan. 1.
Everett succeeds Sally Mathis Hartwig, who retired as director of nursing
in 1993 but returned on an interim basis after the resignation of Judith
Ryan, Ph.D, in June 1998. Ryan left the UI to accept an executive leadership
position in South Dakota.
Everett, who will receive a doctorate from the University of Michigan
Dec. 20, is described by friends and colleagues as an energetic, innovative
administrator with strong interpersonal skills and superb professional
"We're very excited that Linda has agreed to join our leadership
team," said R. Edward Howell, UIHC director and chief executive officer.
"We've all been very impressed with her strong commitment to quality
patient care and her excellent leadership skills."
Marita Titler, Ph.D., who chaired the search committee, praised Everett
as an outstanding nursing colleague who will apply her excellent interpersonal
and leadership abilities to the important work she will undertake. "I
am very excited that Linda has been selected to lead nursing at UIHC into
the next millenium," said Titler, UIHC's director for nursing research,
quality and outcomes management. "She's very hard working, she listens
well, and she has a sense of humor. I fully expect great things from her."
Everett comes to the UI from the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), an integrated
health care system in metropolitan Detroit. The DMC, which is affiliated
with Wayne State University, owns eight hospitals, more than 100 ambulatory
sites, and two nursing homes. Everett directs patient care services at
two of those hospitals, Grace Hospital, a 551-bed acute teaching hospital
and trauma center, and Sinai Hospital, a 598-bed adult acute care hospital.
"I'm thrilled with the opportunity to apply my knowledge and experience
to this new situation, with new challenges and new people," she said.
"I'm especially looking forward to working with Mr. Howell and the
administrative team at Iowa, which I consider to be a group of top-quality
professionals from whom I can learn a great deal."
Everett added that she and her husband, Ben, are looking forward to
joining the Iowa City community and living in a university environment.
"We haven't found a house yet but we're planning to settle in Iowa
City and enjoy everything it has to offer."
A 1969 diploma graduate from Riverside-White Cross School of Nursing,
Everett received a BSN degree from Kent State University in 1977, and a
MSN degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1985. She is affiliated
with a number of professional organizations, including the Board of American
Organizations of Nurse Executives, has received numerous professional awards
and has published many articles in professional nursing journals. She is
certified in advanced nursing administration through the American Nursing