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Release: Nov. 15, 2001
Kelch formally appointed director of University of Iowa Health Care
CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa President Mary Sue Coleman has announced
the formal appointment of Robert P. Kelch, M.D., as director of University
of Iowa Health Care effective Dec. 20. Kelch is also vice president for Statewide
Health Services and dean of the College of Medicine.
In addition, Coleman announced two other high-level appointments, which
will also be effective Dec. 20:
Ann Madden Rice will serve as interim director and chief executive
officer of UI Hospitals and Clinics while the university conducts a national
search for a successor to UI Hospitals and Clinics CEO and Director R. Edward
Howell, who recently announced he will leave the University of Iowa for a
similar position with the University of Virginia.
Dennis M. Domsic was named associate vice president for Statewide
Health Services. He will be the senior staff person in the Office of the Vice
President for Statewide Health Services and will provide oversight of the
financial and administrative functions of UI Health Care. Domsic will retain
his title and duties as associate dean for finance in the UI College of Medicine.
Both Rice and Domsic will report to Kelch, who will be responsible for the
oversight and management of all components of UI Health Care, which describes
the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and
Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and
services they provide.
"Ed Howell and Bob Kelch have developed a collaborative relationship
that is seen as a national model for leadership of today's academic medical
center," said Coleman. "The transition plan will sustain that collaboration
between the College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics."
Kelch added, "The extraordinary depth of talent in clinical leadership
at UI Hospitals and Clinics and the College of Medicine at all levels will
assure continued high quality patient care, financial stability, and investment
in the best preventive, diagnostic and treatment options for Iowans."
Kelch was appointed dean of the UI College of Medicine on Aug. 15, 1994.
Prior to coming to the UI, he served as professor and chair of the department
of pediatrics at the University of Michigan School of Medicine and physician-in-chief
at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.
While at Michigan, he also served as assistant dean for clinical affairs
and chief of clinical affairs at University of Michigan Hospitals.
A native of Detroit, Mich., Kelch earned his bachelor's degree from Monteith
College of Wayne State University and his medical degree from the University
of Michigan Medical School in 1967. He is internationally known for his research
in pediatric endocrinology, which had been funded by the National Institutes
of Health for more than 20 years. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine,
serves on numerous national committees and boards and is active in many academic
and professional medical societies.
Rice came to the University of Iowa in May of 1999 as associate director
and chief financial officer of UI Hospitals and Clinics. A native of Mason
City, she received a bachelor's degree in industrial administration from Iowa
State University in 1979. She served two years as a financial analyst at the
UI Hospitals and Clinics while pursuing her master's degree, which she received
from the UI in 1983. Immediately before coming to the UI Hospitals and Clinics
in 1999, she was vice president and chief financial officer of the Mary Greeley
Medical Center in Ames.
Domsic earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Gannon College and an
MBA in Health Administration from Temple University. He began his career with
the Veterans Administration Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1970 and came to
the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 1983. He joined the University
of Iowa as assistant to the chair in the department of surgery in 1983. In
1992 he became associate director of the Faculty Practice Plan and interim
assistant vice president for Finance and Resource Planning in the Office of
the Vice President for Health Sciences. In 1994 he became executive director
of the Faculty Practice Plan and interim associate dean for Finance and Administration
in the College of Medicine. The latter position was made a permanent appointment