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Release: Sept. 21, 2000

UI Health Care to provide pharmacy management services to Ottumwa Regional Health Center

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Ottumwa Regional Health Center (ORHC) and University of Iowa Health Care jointly announced today that they have agreed to terms that call for University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to provide pharmacy management services to the ORHC.

Under the contract, the UI Hospitals and Clinics Department of Pharmaceutical Care will assign a pharmacist to serve as director of pharmacy for ORHC. The UI Hospitals and Clinics will also provide consultants to manage the ORHC pharmacy, assist in the development of ORHC clinical pharmacy programs and support other initiatives, such as implementing advanced automation equipment and a pharmacy computer system.

"We reviewed our needs for pharmaceutical care and determined that this approach would be both effective and cost-efficient," said Colee' Hospers, ORHC Vice President. "Our health center has a tradition of excellence, and we believe that this agreement will enhance that excellence."

Greg Burger, assistant director of pharmaceutical care at the UI Hospitals and Clinics, is currently serving as director of pharmacy at ORHC.

"Greg Burger is an outstanding pharmacy leader and administrator," said Paul Abramowitz, Pharm.D., director of pharmaceutical care at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. "We appreciate this opportunity to work closely with our peers at Ottumwa Regional Health Center, and we look forward to supporting their efforts to achieve their goals for their pharmacy program."

"This is an excellent opportunity for me and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to advance the practice of pharmaceutical care at Ottumwa Regional Health Center," Burger said. "We have already worked closely with Human Resources and the nursing and physician staffs to recruit four highly qualified pharmacists who are eager to implement clinical pharmacy programs."

David Henderson, M.D., chairman of the pharmacy and therapeutics committee at ORHC, said, "These are exciting times for the medical staff to have a full complement of qualified pharmacists under the superb leadership of Mr. Burger. We look forward to working closely with him to enhance the multi-disciplinary approach to health care at Ottumwa Regional Health Center."

The agreement became effective July 2000. "By contracting these services we will gain access to experts in pharmacy management with national standing who are based right here in Iowa," said Lynn Olson, CEO of Ottumwa Regional Health Center. "That understanding of our individual needs and circumstances can only enhance the outcome."

R. Edward Howell, director and CEO of the UI Hospitals and Clinics, added, "We have a long history of collaboration with community hospitals around the state and with Ottumwa Regional Health Center, in particular. We are pleased that they have invited us to provide this service."

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.