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Release: June 30, 2000

Dean Borg accepts new job responsibilities

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Health Care officials have announced that Dean Borg, the director of the office of public information in the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics since 1973, has accepted a new assignment.

Borg, 62, will continue his association with University of Iowa Health Care, but will now also share an assignment with the University of Iowa office of university relations. His responsibilities will include projects related to health care issues and outreach efforts on a statewide level.

"Through this change we are able to leverage the opportunities to use Dean's skills for the continued benefit of University of Iowa Health Care, as well as enhancing the overall position of the University of Iowa," said R. Edward Howell, director and CEO of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. "At the same time, this change will also provide a focus for the very important media relations functions within University of Iowa Health Care."

Borg will serve as a correspondent and producer with WSUI-AM and KSUI-FM, covering health care topics and state political developments. He will continue to produce and host "University Update," a program focused upon University of Iowa news that is broadcast during the half time period of University of Iowa men's basketball games. He will also produce and host several radio programs with University of Iowa Health Care specialists, as well as assisting the production of the Children's Miracle Network telethon broadcast from the Children's Hospital of Iowa.

"This new assignment is perfect for me," said Borg. "I truly have the best of both worlds. I'll still be involved in reporting on health care, and now I'll also be able to focus on another passion of mine, politics. I'm also going back to my broadcasting roots, so this represents an ideal opportunity in many ways."

"Dean has long been recognized as a leader in the field of public information," said John Staley, Ph.D., chief operating officer of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. "He has received numerous awards and served as an officer in professional organizations throughout his career. We know he will continue to excel and to serve Iowans at the highest level of performance and with his trademark dedication."

Borg will begin his new duties July 1.

NOTE TO EDITORS: The media relations functions that were formerly shared between the Office of Public Information will now be transferred to the Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications. Members of the media who are seeking information regarding patient conditions may still call 319-356-2731. Those who wish to arrange to cover stories in the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics should call Tom Moore at 319-356-3945.