UI Health Care salutes two outstanding staff members honored as 2011 Women of Influence by the Corridor Business Journal at a March 10 ceremony in Iowa City.
Jane Paulsen, PhD, a UI professor of psychiatry and neurology, and Ann Williamson, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, UI associate vice president for nursing and chief nursing officer, join a class of nine women from the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids area, recognized for their leadership and contributions to the community.
“If there is any one lesson to take away from this year’s Women of Influence class, it is that large challenges can be addressed when met head-on by the work of passionate individuals,” writes Corridor Business Journal editor John Kenyon.
“These women are being singled out for their contributions, but to a person, they are humble, deflecting praise onto others,” he writes. “Each does more than simply contribute her own efforts to the cause, but rather, leverages their influence to get others involved, making their own efforts several-fold more potent.”
Paulsen’s research interests include Huntington’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, and dementia. In 2007 she received the Excellence in Medicine Award from the Iowa chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. She leads a hallmark study called PREDICT-HD that involves 32 sites around the world and almost 1,000 participants. Paulsen is also a co-director of the Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence, one of 20 such centers in the United States.
Williamson oversees nursing services and patient care for UI Hospitals and Clinics. More than 1,600 registered nurses work at UI Hospitals and Clinics and they are supported by hundreds of nursing assistants. Under Williamson’s leadership, UI Hospitals and Clinics was re-designated a Magnet Hospital in 2008—a first for Iowa. She and her team have developed a professional practice model and shared governance structure that attract national attention.