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Release: June 8, 2001

Nursing Names Maas As Sally Mathis Hartwig Professor

Meridean L. Maas, Ph.D., has been named Sally Mathis Hartwig Professor in the University of Iowa College of Nursing, the college announced Friday. Maas, a 1957 graduate of the college, is professor and chair of the Adult and Gerontological Nursing area of study and is principal investigator and director of the John A. Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Iowa. She also directs the college's doctoral program.

The Sally Mathis Hartwig Professorship in Gerontological Nursing Research is a joint appointment between the College of Nursing and the UI Hospitals and Clinics' Department of Nursing and Patient Care Services. The individual holding the position leads a program of research and interdisciplinary collaboration to enhance the lives of elders and their families, and mentors faculty and students in developing research and translating findings into everyday practice. Maas is the first person named to the professorship, which was established in 1999 by private gifts to the UI Foundation from Hartwig's friends and colleagues.

A member of the UI nursing faculty since 1983, Maas has conducted National Institutes of Health-funded research in gerontological nursing, long term care and the involvement of family members in the care of people with Alzheimer's disease, and has published her findings in numerous journal articles, book chapters and books. She has also conducted and published studies in the areas of nursing administration, organizational theory and development of standardized nomenclatures for patient outcomes. In addition to her academic responsibilities, Maas co-owns an innovative community supported living facility in North Liberty, Iowa, for people with dementia.

Maas is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society for nurses, and several other honorary and professional organizations. She has received numerous awards, including the Iowa Board of Regents Faculty Excellence Award and the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association Outstanding Contribution Award.

Sally Mathis Hartwig, for whom the professorship is named, served as director of nursing at the UI Hospitals and Clinics from 1979 to 1993 and again on an interim basis in 1998. Under her leadership the registered nursing staff grew from 848 to 1,540 and the position of nursing director was elevated to become associate director of UI Hospitals and Clinics for nursing and patient care services. Hartwig is widely credited with adapting the hospitals' nursing services to changing conditions in the health care industry during a time that saw shorter hospital stays and more

emphasis on outpatient care, the implementation of prospective payment for hospital services and the shift toward health maintenance organizations. In 1999 her colleagues and associates established a fund to support the Sally Mathis Hartwig professorship to recognize her contributions both to the hospitals and clinics and the College of Nursing.