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Release: May 17, 2001

UI to provide pharmacy services to Mercy Medical Center in Clinton

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Mercy Medical Center, Clinton and University of Iowa Health Care jointly announced today that they have agreed to terms that call for UI Hospitals and Clinics to provide pharmacy management services to Mercy Medical Center, Clinton.

Under the contract, UI Hospitals and Clinics department of pharmaceutical care will assign a pharmacist to serve as director of pharmacy for Mercy Medical Center. UI Hospitals and Clinics will also provide consultants to assist with managing Mercy Medical Center's pharmacy, assist in the development of Mercy Medical Center clinical pharmacy programs, and support other initiatives, such as developing enhanced medication safety programs for patients.

"We reviewed our needs for pharmaceutical care and determined that this approach would be both effective and cost-efficient," said Joan Noe, vice president of Mercy Medical Center, Clinton. "Our health center has a tradition of excellence, and we believe that this agreement will enhance that excellence."

Kevin Cahill, assistant director of pharmaceutical care at UI Hospitals and Clinics, is currently serving as director of pharmacy at Mercy Medical Center. Paul Abramowitz, Pharm.D., director of pharmaceutical care at UI Hospitals and Clinics, said, "We feel fortunate to have recruited Kevin. He has a strong pharmacy leadership background. We appreciate this opportunity to work closely with our peers at Mercy Medical Center, and we look forward to supporting their efforts to achieve their goals for their pharmacy program."

"This is an excellent opportunity for pharmacy staff at Mercy Medical Center working with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to advance the practice of pharmaceutical care at Mercy Medical Center," Cahill said.

The agreement became effective in March 2001. "By contracting these services, we have access to experts in pharmacy management with national standing, but who are based right here in Iowa," said Tom Hesselmann, CEO of the Mercy Medical Center, Clinton. "Their understanding of our individual needs and circumstances can only enhance the pharmacy services we provide for our patients."

R. Edward Howell, director and CEO of UI Hospitals and Clinics, added, "We have a long history of collaboration with community hospitals around the state and with Mercy Medical Center, in particular. We are pleased that they have invited us to provide this service and look forward to working with them under this agreement."

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. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.