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Sept. 12, 2008

UI Health Care tabs Williams for chief of operations post

University of Iowa Vice President for Medical Affairs Jean Robillard, M.D., announced today that Gordon Williams has agreed to serve as chief of operations, responsible for project planning and construction, effective Sept. 1, contingent upon approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

Williams, 61, has served as interim chief executive officer of UI Hospitals and Clinics since Dec. 31, 2007. Kenneth P. Kates will begin serving as associate vice president and chief executive officer of UI Hospitals and Clinics on Sept. 15.

"I am extremely pleased that Gordon Williams has agreed to serve in this capacity," Robillard said. "His leadership during our search for a new CEO was invaluable and we are fortunate that we are able to retain his knowledge and expertise."

UI Health Care is comprised of the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, UI Hospitals and Clinics, and University of Iowa Physicians (UIP), the faculty-physicians' group practice.

As chief of operations, project planning and construction, Williams will be responsible for the planning and implementation of the construction of the new UI Children's Hospital, the new acute care tower, and the planning and implementation of the relocation of ambulatory care facilities to an off-site location. In addition, he will plan and oversee special projects for the vice president for medical affairs (VPMA) and will serve as a strategic advisor to the VPMA.

"I was born at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and it was always my plan to come full circle and move back to Iowa City to retire," Williams said. "It's great that I won't be retiring just yet. I'm grateful for this opportunity to contribute to the advancement of a national leader in providing high-quality care to our patients."

Williams graduated from UI with a bachelor's degree in zoology and worked at the Iowa City Veteran's Affairs Medical Center.

Just prior to his return to Iowa, Williams served as executive vice dean and chief operating officer and vice chancellor for operations at the Duke University School of Medicine and Health System in Durham, N.C.

His responsibilities at Duke included School of Medicine budget and finance, resource planning, grants and contracts, and administration. For the Duke Health System, including the medical center, he managed corporate services, such as human resources, engineering and operations, the Occupational Environmental Safety Office, procurement, architect's office, medical center information systems and leased properties.

Before joining Duke, he held leadership management positions at institutions that also have integrated their clinical, academic and research missions, including the University of Pennsylvania. He has also served in the U. S. Air Force and in the Iowa Army National Guard.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

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