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Nov. 21, 2005

Prybil Selected As 2006 Recipient Of Edwin L. Crosby Fellowship

Lawrence Prybil, Ph.D., professor of health management and senior advisor to the dean of the University of Iowa College of Public Health, has been awarded the Edwin L. Crosby Senior Fellowship by the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET).

The fellowship, named in honor of Dr. Edwin L. Crosby, former president of the American Hospital Association and long-time leader in the health care field, is given to an experienced health care researcher, administrator or policy analyst to conduct studies in key areas of health services and policy.

"Larry Prybil's experience as a senior executive in two of our country's largest not-for-profit health care systems, and as a highly regarded educator at the University of Iowa, has given him unique insights and access within the provider community," according to Mary Pittman, president of HRET. "It is a privilege to select such an accomplished health care leader for this senior fellowship position."

Prybil's recent research has focused on governance of high performing hospitals. He also is well known for his work in health care ethics and the organization and management of multi-unit health care systems. With his appointment as a HRET Senior Fellow, Prybil will continue his governance research and advise HRET on other studies and health policy issues. 

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. Previously, Prybil was vice president for administration for the Sisters of Mercy Health Corporation and was a faculty member at 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-Leavenworth and as a member of the Catholic Healthcare Audit Network's board of managers. He 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 honor recognizes his extraordinary commitment and accomplishments in both aspects of the healthcare field."

HRET, an American Hospital Association affiliate, is a private, not-for-profit organization involved in research, education and demonstration programs addressing health management and policy issues.

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

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