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University of Iowa Health Care restructures its leadership

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University of Iowa Health Care is restructuring its leadership, putting Jean Robillard in charge both of medical affairs and the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

Robillard’s role as vice president for medical affairs of UI Health Care is merging with the dean of the College of Medicine role on Monday. Debra A. Schwinn, who has served as the college’s dean since November 2012, will become associate vice president for medical affairs, a new role focused on special projects that will “foster stronger alignment of the organization’s clinical and educational missions.”

Robillard, who served as vice president for medical affairs for more than eight years after first serving as dean of the Carver College of Medicine, said the change was spurred on by rapid changes in healthcare that has put pressure to organization to adapt its existing infrastructure.

“We must become even more tightly aligned if we are to succeed in the face of so many environmental factors and be able to readily respond to opportunities,” said Robillard, who also served as interim UI president over the summer after former UI President Sally Mason’s retirement.

The new UIHC leadership structure is expected to enable greater faculty participation in “organizational direction-setting,” while also enhancing efficiency, according to a UIHC statement.

Provost Barry Butler said the leadership change represents UI Health Care’s “ongoing commitment to excellence in its missions of patient care, innovative research, and educating the next generation of health care professionals for Iowa communities.”

“It also enables the university to benefit from the skills of these uniquely talented individuals for the foreseeable future,” he said.

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