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April 6, 2009

UI Health Care forms international office

University of Iowa Health Care leaders today announced the establishment of an international office to facilitate and coordinate partnerships with health care organizations around the world.

The University of Iowa Health Care International Office will meet a need that is becoming ever more pressing, said Jean Robillard, M.D., UI vice president for medical affairs.

"The profession of medicine is becoming increasingly global," said Robillard. "It is more important than ever that we manage these relationships in a coordinated manner."

Gordon Williams, chief of operations for UI Health Care, will serve as executive director of the new office. He emphasized that the International Office is a budget-neutral initiative that will not increase costs.

"The UI Health Care International Office will not inhibit faculty members who have relationships with colleagues in other nations. Our charge is to establish and implement partnerships on the departmental and enterprise levels, but if individual faculty members need assistance, we will certainly help them," Williams explained.

Sabi Singh, assistant vice president for operational excellence and quality/safety, will serve as co-director of the office, while Kathleen Barbee, assistant chief of operations for UI Health Care, will be the administrative manager of the new office.

Barbee and Williams are drawing upon their experience of founding a similar office for Duke University that created a successful partnership with contacts in Singapore.

Discussions are currently underway with potential partners in the Middle East. Staff in the UI Health Care International Office will coordinate their efforts with the UI's International Programs Administration.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Care Media Relations, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu