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May 13, 2004

Prybil Named 2004 Walter J. McNerney Fellow

The Health Research and Educational Trust, an American Hospital Association affiliate, has awarded the Walter J. McNerney Fellowship to Lawrence D. Prybil, Ph.D., professor of health management and policy and associate dean for external relations in the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

The fellowship was developed to increase understanding, unity and collaboration among all segments of health care and was presented to Prybil at the AHA's Annual Meeting Recognition Luncheon on May 4.

"Honoring Larry Prybil with the McNerney Fellowship is a fitting recognition of his many contributions to the health care field as an executive, as an educator and as an academic administrator," noted Rev. Michael D. Place, president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United States.

Before joining the UI faculty in 1999, Prybil spent 15 years with the Daughters of Charity National Health System, including 10 years as CEO of a six-state division with responsibility for 27 health care facilities. Previously, Prybil was vice president for administration for the Sisters of Mercy Health Corporation and was with the Medical College of Virginia-Virginia Commonwealth University for 10 years, where he chaired the Department of Health Administration and served as deputy assistant provost for the health sciences campus.

Prybil currently serves as vice-chairman of the board of the Sisters of Charity Health System and is serving as the AHA representative on the Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration. In addition, Prybil has authored or co-authored many publications. Prybil received his Ph.D. in hospital and health services administration from the UI.

"Larry Prybil is one of the few health care leaders who has held senior executive positions and served as a professor of health management and policy," said James Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H., dean of the UI College of Public Health. "This has given him a unique understanding and perspective of the U.S. health care system. It is, therefore, especially fitting that Larry receive this award which recognizes promotion of unity in health care."

The McNerney Fellowship was established to recognize the contributions made to the health care field during the 45-year career of Walter J. McNerney, a professor of health policy at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

The following criteria were used to select the McNerney Fellowship winner. The nominee should:

--Make significant contributions to help the health care system work more effectively and efficiently.

--Exhibit an ability to bridge disciplines and fields and emphasize the importance of diversity.

--Manifest a significant body of work and contributions to improve the health care field.

--Demonstrate a lifelong commitment to learning and mentoring.

McNerney fellows will receive a one-time award of $10,000. Additional funds of up to $12,000 can be petitioned to prepare special projects or educational materials for the field. Awards are announced annually.

Each year, the Health Research and Educational Trust will name at least one fellow to highlight or pursue work that will provide new insights into how different sectors of the health care system can better work together for improved outcomes. The projects developed by the fellows will stimulate new leadership initiatives and reports for the health care field.

STORY SOURCE: The University of Iowa College of Public Health, Office of Communications, 4261 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACT: Dan McMillan, 319-335-6835,; Writer: Debbie Pierce, Health Research and Educational Trust

PHOTOS/GRAPHICS: Photo of Lawrence Prybil available at