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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 nursing experience.

"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 Association.