Alumni News

Alumna Mollie Giller profiled as a Forty Under 40 honoree

Learn about the professional goals and aspirations of alumna Mollie Giller (11MPH), director of Amanda the Panda Family Grief Center in West Des Moines, Iowa, and one of the Business Record's 2018 Forty Under 40 honorees. Published March 19, 2018

Alumnus Matt Sogard appointed CEO of Overland Park Regional Medical Center

Matt Sogard (04MHA/MBA) has been named chief executive officer of Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas, effective April 9, 2018. Published March 16, 2018

CPH alums named as Forty Under 40 honorees

Bobbi Bentz (04MPH/MHA) and Mollie Giller (11MPH) have been named by the Des Moines Business Record to the 19th annual list of Forty Under 40 honorees. These 40 local business leaders were chosen by past award winners, are under the age of 40, and have demonstrated impressive career achievements and unparalleled community involvement. Each of the honorees will be profiled in the March 16 edition of the Business Record and recognized at an event on March 29. Published February 15, 2018

Alumna Nina Jovanovic receives travel fellowship

Congratulations to Nina Jovanovic (17MPH) for receiving a 2018 Developing Country Eye Researcher Travel Fellowship from the ARVO Foundation for Eye Research to continue her training. Jovanovic is also a fellow with the UI International Training Program and her work includes pediatric eye injuries and an eye trauma registry in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Published February 8, 2018

Alumnus Sean O’Grady named CCOO at NorthShore

Sean O'Grady (93MA) has been promoted to Chief Clinical Operations Officer at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Ill. As CCOO, he will be responsible for leading NorthShore's four hospitals, medical group operations, nursing, home health & hospice, and health information technology.  Published February 7, 2018

In memoriam: Alumnus Dr. Frank Lisella

Frank Lisella, 81, died peacefully on Jan. 18, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer. He earned a PhD in Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health from the University of Iowa in 1970, and his career in public health practice spanned more than 50 years.  He received an Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Iowa College of Public Health in 2010. Published January 31, 2018

Alumnus George Caldwell named to Health Care Hall of Fame

Alumnus George Caldwell (55MA hospital administration) will be inducted posthumously into the Health Care Hall of Fame at a ceremony March 26 held in conjunction with the American College of Healthcare Executive's 2018 Congress in Chicago. Caldwell was one of the first hospital administrators to advance the idea of patient-centered care. Published January 25, 2018

Nominations for 2018 Outstanding Alumni Awards due Feb. 28

The University of Iowa College of Public Health is pleased to announce that it is accepting nominations for the 2018 College of Public Health Outstanding Alumni Awards. This award program recognizes outstanding alumni in two categories: first, recent graduates who have completed CPH programs within the past ten years and, second, other alumni for accomplishments throughout their careers. Nominations are due Feb. 28. Published January 12, 2018

Alumna Rachel Nash co-leads #KeepKidsCovered campaign

Rachel Nash (14MPH) recently helped lead a national social media campaign in which pediatric trainees from across the country came together to advocate for the extension and funding of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which covers over 9 million children in the U.S. Nash is currently a medical student at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Published January 4, 2018

Boysen starts role as president and CEO of Samaritan Health Services

Alumnus Doug Boysen (98MA) recently assumed the role of president and CEO of Samaritan Health Services in Oregon. The Nevada, Iowa, native brings a background as an attorney who also has a master's degree in health administration to the position. He'll guide a network of five hospitals and 5,000 employees. Published January 2, 2018


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