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Release: Oct. 22, 2001
Howell to take post at U. of Virginia; Kelch named director-designate
of UI Health Care
CITY, Iowa R. Edward Howell, CEO and co-director of University of Iowa
Health Care, is leaving the UI to become CEO of University of Virginia Hospitals
and vice president for the medical center of the University of Virginia, UI
President Mary Sue Coleman announced today.
Coleman also announced that she has named Dr. Robert Kelch (photo at left)
as director-designate of UI Health Care and all of its components, including
the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Kelch is also UI vice president
for statewide health services and dean of the College of Medicine. In addition,
he and Howell are co-directors 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, during his seven years at the University of Iowa, has been
pivotal in our development of UI Health Care and our outstanding success as
a nationally prominent hospital," Coleman said. "We will miss his
leadership, but we understand that the opportunity to lead the medical center
at the University of Virginia is attractive."
The UI president also expressed confidence in Kelch. "Because Bob Kelch
has been co-director of UI Health Care since its inception, I am confident
that he will provide outstanding leadership for UI Health Care and UI Hospitals
and Clinics and will assure continuity in our delivery of first-rate health
care to Iowans and others. Bob and the senior staff of UI Hospitals and Clinics
have excellent working relationships, which will also contribute immeasurably
to assuring continuity of care."
Kelch also had words of praise for Howell: "Ed and I enjoyed a wonderful
working relationship as we brought UI Health Care through a turbulent time
in health care financing. The positive interactions between the UI Hospitals
and Clinics and the College of Medicine have never been stronger."
Howell was appointed CEO and director of UI Hospitals and Clinics in August
of 1994. He also holds academic appointments in the College of Business and
the College of Pharmacy and is a professor in the College of Public Health.
He is a member of the executive committee and chair of the Accreditation Council
for Graduate Medical Education, a member of the executive committee of University
HealthSystem Consortium, a member of the Board of Governors of the National
Institutes of Health, Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center, a member of the
American Hospital Association Coordinating Committee on Medical Education,
and chair of the Iowa Business Council.
Kelch was appointed dean of the University of Iowa 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.