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Dec. 5, 2007

Photo: Donna Katen-Bahensky, outgoing senior associate vice president for medical affairs and chief executive officer of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Click here for a high-resolution version of the image.

UI officials offer praise, good wishes to Hospital CEO Donna Katen-Bahensky

University of Iowa President Sally Mason and Vice President for Medical Affairs Jean Robillard offered thanks and good wishes late this afternoon after learning that Donna Katen-Bahensky resigned her position as senior associate vice president for medical affairs and chief executive officer of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to accept a new leadership position at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Her resignation is effective Dec. 31, 2007.

Katen-Bahensky was named president and chief executive officer of the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics in Madison, Wis., following approval of her appointment by the Public Authority Board of the University of Wisconsin. The UW-Madison news release may be viewed in PDF form at or on the UWM Web site at

UI President Sally Mason said, "This is a wonderful opportunity for Donna, and we offer our best wishes for the future. We also offer her our thanks for setting a strong foundation for our future success. She will be remembered not only for her leadership at UI Hospitals and Clinics, but also for her commitment to community service."

Robillard, who is also dean of the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, added, "I want to thank Donna for all that she has accomplished at UI Hospitals and Clinics. She provided the leadership required for the hospital to achieve Magnet status for nursing excellence; helped recruit top-notch medical leaders and faculty members; and implemented operating efficiencies that have allowed us to be financially and operationally stronger."

Robillard added: "To ensure a smooth transition, Associate Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer Ken Fisher will assume CEO responsibilities effective immediately. A national search will be launched to identify a new hospital CEO."

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