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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 29, 2004

Annual Healthcare Executive Symposium Set For Oct. 15

The University of Iowa will host the 26th Annual Iowa Healthcare Executive Symposium Oct. 15 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Iowa City. The annual event features national leaders in the field of health care addressing topics of current interest. This year's symposium is titled, "Thriving in the New Millennium: Successful Strategies for Healthcare Organizations in a Rapidly Changing Environment."

"We hope our annual symposium will contribute to participants' efforts to maintain professional development and provide an environment that supports peer interaction and relationship building," said Douglas Wakefield, Ph.D., chair of the symposium planning committee and UI professor and head of health management and policy.

The featured speakers will include David B. Nash, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pa.; Gary A. Mecklenburg, president and chief executive officer of Northwestern Memorial Healthcare in Chicago, Ill.; Carmela Coyle, Ph.D., senior vice president for policy with the American Hospital Association in Washington, D.C.; and Julie MacDonald, senior vice president-patient care services and chief operating officer for St. Joseph Mercy Health System in Ann Arbor, Mich.

A complete conference program and registration form are available online at

The symposium is sponsored by the UI Department of Health Management and Policy Alumni Association and the UI student chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Special support is provided by UI Hospitals and Clinics and the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

For more information about the symposium, please call Lisa Bormann at 319-384-5120 or contact her by e-mail at

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

CONTACT(S): Media: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647,