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New position predicted for Carver dean

Shift seen as part of reorganization

Diane Heldt

The Gazette

January 6, 2006

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  IOWA CITY — It’s expected that Jean Robillard, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine dean, on Monday will be named as the new UI vice president for medical affairs, sources said Friday.

  Robillard would retain his title as Carver College dean, a post he’s held since 2003, according to sources close to the college who provided the information on the condition of anonymity.

  Robillard on Friday referred comment to UI Interim President Gary Fethke.

  An e-mail was sent Friday morning to Carver College faculty, inviting them to a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. Monday with Fethke. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss new administrative responsibilities within the academic medical center, according to the e-mail.

  Fethke said Friday that officials were looking at some reorganization issues within the academic medical center. Regarding the meeting and Robillard, Fethke said that he is speaking to several large groups at University Hospitals and the Carver College on Monday about ‘‘how we might organize our services and present a more integrated patient delivery system.’’

  ‘‘Before anything can be said officially, that will have to go through the regents,’’ he said. ‘‘That will probably occur some time next week.’’

  The state Board of Regents will meet Thursday, one source said, though that meeting had not been announced as of Friday. The new UI post, according to sources, will have a much more narrow focus than vice president for health sciences positions had in the past. It will oversee inpatient and ambulatory care, with the goal of better coordinating inpatient and outpatient services and a focus on patient satisfaction. It’s aimed at making the delivery of care more efficient and productive so UI clinics can better compete, sources said.

  Along with appointing Robillard, some senior positions will be reconfigured in the academic medical complex to better fit the structure.