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Institute for Quality Healthcare elects officers

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Institute for Quality Healthcare, a consortium of hospitals dedicated to improving the quality of patient care, elected new officers during its April 25 council meeting in Newton, Iowa.

Tony Hayes, vice president of Burlington Medical Center, was elected chairperson. He succeeds Karen Bossard, administrator and CEO at Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson, Iowa. Bossard, who has served as chair since 1996, will serve as immediate past chair of the institute.

Also elected were Colleé Hospers, vice president of patient services at Ottumwa Regional Health Center, as vice chairperson, and Fred Lineer, senior vice president at Trinity Regional Hospital in Fort Dodge, Iowa, as secretary-treasurer. Each will serve a one-year term.

The Institute for Quality Healthcare was established in 1990 and now has 47 members. It was initially supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, but is now funded by membership dues and income from services provided to member and nonmember health care organizations. The institute's Resource Center is located at the University of Iowa.

6/13/97