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Kenneth P. Kates, MBA

Kenneth P. Kates Portrait

Associate Vice President and Chief Executive Officer
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Kenneth P. Kates is Chief Executive Officer of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) and Associate Vice President of UI Health Care.

As the executive leader of UIHC and the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, Kates oversees the operational, strategic and financial performance for the 729 bed regional referral center. Annually, UIHC admits over 31,000 inpatients, has over 900,000 ambulatory visits and generates over $1.1 billion in revenues.

Kates is focused on providing an extraordinary patient care experience at every level, with a constant eye toward patient safety, clinical excellence, outstanding service and strong financial performance. He is driven to make sure every patient visit exceeds expectations. Under his leadership, UIHC continues to receive recognition on U.S. News & World Report’s list of “The Best Hospitals in America.”

As Associate Vice President, Kates works closely with University of Iowa Health Care leaders to advance UI Health Care’s mission of conducting world-class biomedical research, training the next generation of health professionals and administering unparalleled patient care.

Kates has more than 30 years of experience in academic health care. Prior to coming to Iowa, he held a number of executive positions at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System, including Vice President and Director of the University of Chicago Children’s Hospital, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and Interim President of the Hospitals and Health System. Before joining the University of Chicago, he held senior positions at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Kates received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration/marketing from Philadelphia University, and an MBA in health administration from Temple University’s Fox School of Business in Philadelphia.

Kates serves on both the Member Board and Governing Board of Directors and the Supply Chain Committee of the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC). He maintains an academic appointment as an adjunct professor in the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health. He is actively involved in the local community, serving as a board member of the Iowa City Area Development Group and United Way of Johnson County, as well as the Advisory Board of Directors for US Bank. He is also a member of Rotary International.

Becker's Hospital Review recognized Kates in the 2013 edition of "100 Leaders of Great Hospitals in America."

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