UI Health Alliance names executive director

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The University of Iowa Health Alliance (UIHA) announced today Dan Kueter will lead the collaborative efforts of the organization formed in June 2012. Kueter, 43, has extensive experience in the health care industry; most recently as President and CEO of UnitedHealthcare for Iowa and Central Illinois. He will serve as executive director of the alliance, which includes Mercy Health Network, Genesis Health System, Mercy Medical Center – Cedar Rapids and University of Iowa Health Care. The alliance Board of Directors made the appointment, effective immediately.

“We are very pleased to have Dan on board to help us innovate how we deliver care to our patients,” said Dave Vellinga, President and CEO of Mercy Health Network. “We believe a full-time leader with Dan’s depth of experience is a critical step in moving the alliance forward. He will play a meaningful role in helping the alliance meet its shared goals of improving quality and the patient experience, lowering costs, and enhancing the health of the communities we serve.” Vellinga said Kueter understands how to help the alliance develop the broad range of skills and the size, or scale, needed to deliver better value to patients and purchasers of care.

Doug Cropper, president and CEO, Genesis Health System, added, “While Genesis will continue to maintain its legacy and independence, Dan will help us create a platform for sharing our expertise within and outside the alliance. We are focused on using the latest medical evidence to deliver the best possible care for our patients.”

Across America the health care environment is rapidly changing. New “accountable care” systems and payment programs are emerging. The alliance was announced in June 2012 to address the anticipated changes to the delivery of health care and payment models. According to Jean E. Robillard, MD, vice president for medical affairs, UI Health Care, “The innovation imperative in health care delivery has never been as strong as it is today. We are well-positioned to coordinate our collective talents and skills in patient care, education and research in a whole new way to benefit the communities we serve, while ensuring high quality care.”

“We are focused on using – as well as developing – the latest advances in medicine, creating innovations that will keep people healthy, and providing a highly effective continuum of care,” said Tim Charles, president and CEO of Mercy-Cedar Rapids. “Our goal in this collaborative effort is to deliver the best possible care for our patients.”

“I’m excited to be working with these forward-thinking organizations on topics that have long interested me, such as helping patients more efficiently get the care they need,” Kueter said. His first order of business will be to reach out to other members of the health care industry: “It’s critical that the alliance establish good relationships and collaboration early with physicians, insurance providers and employers to help us define solutions that best meet the needs of our patients. I am looking forward to gathering a broad viewpoint so I can help the alliance members continue to improve the health of our communities.”

Vellinga also said Kueter’s industry experience and contacts will help the alliance respond to the rapidly changing environment. “It is our goal to make this alliance a national model for the delivery of better health care. Dan will help us to ensure the strategy and structure is in place to share services that ultimately help primary care and other physicians better coordinate care for their patients.”

Kueter has a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy, West Point, and a MBA from Harvard Business School. His 20 years of leadership experience includes service as a captain in the U.S. Army, a sales career with Johnson & Johnson, and more than 10 years with UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest health insurer. He is a member of the University of Iowa College of Public Health Board of Advisors, the national Board of Directors for Community Health Charities of America and several other community boards. A native of Cedar Falls, Kueter, and his wife Diana live in Bettendorf with their three young children.

The University of Iowa Health Alliance (UIHA) is comprised of four of Iowa’s premier health care organizations including 50 hospitals and more than 160 clinics. Mercy Health Network based in Des Moines, Genesis Health System based in Davenport and Mercy-Cedar Rapids joined with University of Iowa Health Care of Iowa City to form the alliance in June 2012. Its Mission is stated as: “The University of Iowa Health Alliance will enhance the quality of health and life for Iowans through innovations in care coordination, clinical integration and prevention that reduce cost and improve efficiency.” Alliance members share a vision of creating an organization that can be a national leader in transforming health care through innovations in clinical care, research and education; development of new, integrated models of care delivery and financing; and optimizing population health. In doing this, the alliance strives to address the changing health care environment, ensuring patients throughout Iowa and its contiguous states receive the best possible care. For more information: 515-643-4000.

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