CONTACT: SHEILA BALDWIN
Assistant Director of Development
Departmental Campaigns College of Medicine
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
UI Foundation News
500 Levitt Center for University Advancement
Iowa City IA 52242
Phone: (319) 335-3305 or (800) 648-6973
Release: Nov. 2, 2000
New UI faculty position will focus on health care for rural Iowa families
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP) and the
University of Iowa Foundation have raised more than $1.5 million to establish
the first endowed chair in the department of family medicine in the UI College
of Medicine. The chair will focus on issues surrounding the delivery of top-quality
health care to rural Iowa families.
The physician selected in a nationwide search to fill the Iowa Academy of
Family Physicians Endowed Chair in Rural Medicine will provide leadership
to the UI's family practice researchers and strategic direction in the development
of a rural-research network in the state of Iowa.
Dr. Cynda Johnson, head of the UI department of family medicine, hailed
the endowment of the chair as an important step forward for Iowa families
and the physicians who serve them.
"In Iowa, family physicians are the primary health care providers,
particularly for our rural population. To support these physicians and to
encourage more young professionals to focus on rural family medicine, it is
essential that the UI continue to provide leadership and develop practical
ideas that are effective in the real world of rural health care. The physician
who holds this chair will be integral to ensuring we can do just that,"
The success of the endowed chair fund-raising campaign was celebrated at
the Des Moines Club in Des Moines on Oct. 26 during the IAFP's annual meeting.
At the celebration, contributors to the campaign heard remarks from several
speakers underscoring the importance of the new faculty position to Iowa families,
the physicians who serve them, and the UI.
More than 125 individuals, companies and organizations contributed to the
campaign, including Pioneer Hi-Bred International, based in Des Moines, which
gave $25,000. The department of family medicine expects to announce the chairholder
The campaign for the IAFP Endowed Chair in Rural Medicine is part of the
university's planned comprehensive campaign to advance the UI's strategic
goals for the years 2000-2005. The comprehensive campaign, which is in its
early stages and for which no final dollar goal has been established, will
be conducted under the guidance of the UI Foundation and will raise funds
to substantially increase the number of endowed faculty chairs and professorships,
as well as the number of UI merit- and need-based scholarships; support eight
new educational and research facilities; fund outreach and service programs
to benefit individuals, families and communities throughout the state of Iowa;
build the UI's endowment; and launch new initiatives in the arts, sciences,
business, health care and other fields.
The UI Foundation is the preferred channel for private contributions to
all areas of the university. Foundation staff work with alumni and friends
to generate funds for endowed chairs and professorships, research, scholarships,
facilities improvements, equipment purchases and other UI initiatives.