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Dec. 4, 2007

UI Hospitals and Clinics selects new nurse leader

University of Iowa Health Care leaders announced today the appointment of Ann Williamson, Ph.D., as associate vice president for nursing and chief nursing officer at UI Hospitals and Clinics, effective Feb. 1, 2008.

Williamson is currently a patient care director at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center and an associate clinical professor at the UCSF School of Nursing. She has held a number of leadership positions at UCSF Medical Center since 1992, including serving as interim chief nurse, director of nursing education and research, manager of the Emergency Department, and Joint Commission coordinator. Williamson has led UCSF Medical Center's participation in regional and national databases for nursing quality indicators, as well as provided leadership for patient safety and information technology initiatives.

In 2007, Williamson received the Chancellor's Award from UCSF for exceptional university management.

Prior to joining UCSF, Williamson served in various capacities in emergency services nursing, including director, clinical nurse specialist and staff nurse at hospitals in California, North Carolina and Texas. She also held positions in nursing education in North Carolina, including instructor and lecturer.

Williamson earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master's degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin, and a doctorate from UCSF, with a concentration in nursing informatics and health systems.

Her professional associations include the American Nurses Association, American Organization of Nurse Executives, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, American Medical Informatics Association, Association of California Nurse Leaders, Emergency Nurses Association (chapter president, 1995), and Sigma Theta Tau (Alpha Eta Chapter board member 2000-2004, chapter vice president, 2002-2004.)

"We are delighted that Ann Williamson has agreed to join our leadership team," said Jean E. Robillard, M.D., UI vice president for medical affairs and dean of the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. "Her qualifications are impeccable, and I am certain that she will play an invaluable role in leading our outstanding nursing professionals to even higher levels of achievement."

Williamson will succeed former chief nursing officer Linda Q. Everett, Ph.D., who left on Feb. 16, 2007, to join the executive team at Clarian Health in Indianapolis, Ind. Heidi Nobiling has served as interim associate hospital director and chief nursing officer since Everett's departure. Nobiling will continue her interim duties until Williamson's arrival. Nobiling will return to her previous position as senior assistant director of the Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

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