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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 24, 2003

Photo: Barbara Ann Muller, left; Daniel Fick, right

Fick, Muller Receive UI Hospitals and Clinics, Carver College of Medicine Appointments

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics have made two leadership appointments: Daniel Fick, M.D., UI associate professor (clinical) of family medicine, will be assistant dean of clinical affairs and senior assistant hospital director, and Barbara Ann Muller, M.D., UI professor (clinical) of internal medicine, will be senior assistant hospital director for medical operations and assistant dean for the Carver College of Medicine.

The two appointments, which will be effective Oct. 1, were announced by Donna Katen-Bahensky, CEO and director of UI Hospitals and Clinics, and Jean Robillard, M.D., dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine. Initially, the hospital and college search committee led an internal search for the position of associate dean and chief of medical operations but in the process realized that the position had a broader array of responsibilities than could effectively be managed by a single individual. Thus, the committee instead recruited two individuals.

Fick, who joined the UI faculty in 1993, will continue to provide oversight on risk management and malpractice issues for the Faculty Practice Plan and will be involved in the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Health Care Organizations and compliance for UI Hospitals and Clinics. He will also provide overall leadership, oversight and guidance to members of the Faculty Practice Plan and will work jointly with the dean and the hospital CEO in developing strategic, operational and tactical business plans.

Muller, who joined the UI faculty in 1991, will work primarily on hospital issues related to resource utilization, quality improvement and care coordination. In addition, she will collaborate with Charles Helms, M.D., Ph.D., UI professor of internal medicine and health management and policy, on critical patient safety and quality priority issues. Muller also will work with the dean and the hospital CEO to develop strategic, operational and tactical business plans to achieve the desired goals for the clinical enterprise. Additionally, she will establish quality standards and metrics with insurance companies and employers.

Both Fick and Muller will both provide support to the Interdisciplinary Clinical Practice Teams.

"We are confident that Dr. Fick and Dr. Muller will be extremely helpful to the practice plan and the hospital leadership as both groups work together towards a mutually successful future," Katen-Bahensky said.

Robillard added, "The appointments of Dr. Fick and Dr. Muller will help ensure high standards of oversight and quality throughout our clinical practice."

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