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Release: July 3, 2002
New CEO is chosen for University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
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of Iowa Health Care officials announced today that Donna M. Katen-Bahensky,
currently the executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) of
Medical College of Virginia Hospitals and Clinics of the Virginia Commonwealth
University Health System, will be the new director and CEO of University of
Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, pending approval by the Board of Regents, State
If the Regents approve Katen-Bahensky during their July meeting as the fifth
CEO and director of UI Hospitals and Clinics, she would begin her new duties
If her appointment is approved, Katen-Bahensky will succeed R. Edward Howell,
who left UI Hospitals and Clinics in February 2002 to serve as vice president
and CEO at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Howell served as director
and CEO of UI Hospitals and Clinics for seven years. Ann Madden Rice, chief
financial officer, served as interim director and CEO.
Following Howell's resignation, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa ordered
a nationwide search to determine a successor. David Johnsen, D.D.S., dean
of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, and Linda Q. Everett, Ph.D.,
associate director and chief nursing officer, UI Hospitals and Clinics, co-chaired
the search committee.
"I would like to thank the search committee, and in particular the
leadership of Dr. David Johnsen and Linda Everett, for bringing to our attention
such a fine slate of candidates in a thoughtful, but timely way," said
Robert Kelch, M.D., dean, University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver
College of Medicine and vice president for Statewide Health Services. "I
am very pleased that Donna Katen-Bahensky has agreed to be the next director
and chief executive officer of UI Hospitals and Clinics, and I look forward
to working with her in advancing the missions of University of Iowa Health
UI President Mary Sue Coleman said, "I am thrilled that Donna Katen-Bahensky
has accepted the nomination to serve as University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics'
next director and CEO. She has done excellent work at the Medical College
of Virginia Hospitals and Clinics, an institution very similar to UI Hospitals
and Clinics. Her commitment to strategic planning and collaborative working
relationships will make her a superb fit for Iowa, as will her devotion to
the importance of public hospitals. Ms. Katen-Bahensky's appointment should
assure all Iowans that our hospitals and clinics will continue advancing their
excellence and will maintain their critical services to all of our citizens.
On a national scale, her leadership will keep UI Hospitals and Clinics in
the forefront of the best teaching hospitals in the United States."
Katen-Bahensky assumed the COO post at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals
in June 1998 and became executive vice president and COO of the Medical College
of Virginia Hospitals and Clinics of the Virginia Commonwealth Health System
in July 2000. She also held several positions at the University of Nebraska,
including vice president for Ambulatory Care at the Nebraska Health System,
vice chancellor for business and finance at the University of Nebraska Medical
Center and COO, associate hospital director and acting hospital director at
the University of Nebraska Hospital.
"University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is known across the nation
for its high quality patient care, research and education. I was very impressed
with the caliber of the people I met there," said Katen-Bahensky. "I'm
encouraged about the future and the opportunity to work with the faculty and
staff in Iowa. I also felt very welcome during my visits there. The people
make it a very welcoming environment." Katen-Bahensky and her husband,
Jim Bahensky, have one child, Alex.
If the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approves plans to hire Katen-Bahensky,
she will earn an annual salary of $350,000.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between
the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and 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.