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Release: Nov. 15, 2001

Kelch formally appointed director of University of Iowa Health Care

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa President Mary Sue Coleman has announced the formal appointment of Robert P. Kelch, M.D., as director of University of Iowa Health Care effective Dec. 20. Kelch is also vice president for Statewide Health Services and dean of the College of Medicine.

In addition, Coleman announced two other high-level appointments, which will also be effective Dec. 20:

• Ann Madden Rice will serve as interim director and chief executive officer of UI Hospitals and Clinics while the university conducts a national search for a successor to UI Hospitals and Clinics CEO and Director R. Edward Howell, who recently announced he will leave the University of Iowa for a similar position with the University of Virginia.

• Dennis M. Domsic was named associate vice president for Statewide Health Services. He will be the senior staff person in the Office of the Vice President for Statewide Health Services and will provide oversight of the financial and administrative functions of UI Health Care. Domsic will retain his title and duties as associate dean for finance in the UI College of Medicine.

Both Rice and Domsic will report to Kelch, who will be responsible for the oversight and management of all components of UI Health Care, which 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.

"Ed Howell and Bob Kelch have developed a collaborative relationship that is seen as a national model for leadership of today's academic medical center," said Coleman. "The transition plan will sustain that collaboration between the College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics."

Kelch added, "The extraordinary depth of talent in clinical leadership at UI Hospitals and Clinics and the College of Medicine at all levels will assure continued high quality patient care, financial stability, and investment in the best preventive, diagnostic and treatment options for Iowans."

Kelch was appointed dean of the UI College of Medicine on Aug. 15, 1994. Prior to coming to the UI, he served as professor and chair of the department of pediatrics at the University of Michigan School of Medicine and physician-in-chief at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

While at Michigan, he also served as assistant dean for clinical affairs and chief of clinical affairs at University of Michigan Hospitals.

A native of Detroit, Mich., Kelch earned his bachelor's degree from Monteith College of Wayne State University and his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1967. He is internationally known for his research in pediatric endocrinology, which had been funded by the National Institutes of Health for more than 20 years. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, serves on numerous national committees and boards and is active in many academic and professional medical societies.

Rice came to the University of Iowa in May of 1999 as associate director and chief financial officer of UI Hospitals and Clinics. A native of Mason City, she received a bachelor's degree in industrial administration from Iowa State University in 1979. She served two years as a financial analyst at the UI Hospitals and Clinics while pursuing her master's degree, which she received from the UI in 1983. Immediately before coming to the UI Hospitals and Clinics in 1999, she was vice president and chief financial officer of the Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames.

Domsic earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Gannon College and an MBA in Health Administration from Temple University. He began his career with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1970 and came to the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 1983. He joined the University of Iowa as assistant to the chair in the department of surgery in 1983. In 1992 he became associate director of the Faculty Practice Plan and interim assistant vice president for Finance and Resource Planning in the Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences. In 1994 he became executive director of the Faculty Practice Plan and interim associate dean for Finance and Administration in the College of Medicine. The latter position was made a permanent appointment in 1995.