Vermeer leaving UI Health Care to join Molina Healthcare of Iowa

Jennifer Vermeer, MPA, MHCDS, assistant vice president for population health and external affairs with University of Iowa Health Care, has accepted a new role as plan president of Molina Healthcare of Iowa. Her last day with UI Health Care will be Friday, Sept. 10.

As assistant vice president, Vermeer led efforts for UI Health Care to better connect with and support our mission to serve all Iowans regardless of their ability to pay. She was a champion of the tripartite mission of medical education, research, and patient care to key external stakeholders, carrying the message of UI Health Care’s value to Iowa. This includes establishing a partnership with UnityPoint Health’s Medicare Next Generation ACO (accountable care organization) to make UI Health Care providers available to more Medicare patients in Iowa and surrounding states.

Vermeer, who joined UI Health Care in 2014, fostered relationships across the state that helped UI Health Care secure more sustainable support for graduate medical education and access for all Iowans to unique specialty care consistent with UI Health Care’s role as Iowa’s largest safety net provider. Vermeer also oversaw collaboration with other Iowa health systems in order to deliver high-quality care at a controlled cost

In addition, through collaboration with UI Health Care physicians, nurses, and other members of the care delivery team, Vermeer developed a primary care physician incentive program; increased quality measures; and established multidisciplinary performance/process improvements.

“Jennifer has had such a tremendous impact on UI Health Care, and the entire state,” says Brooks Jackson, MD, MBA, UI vice president for medical affairs and the Tyrone D. Artz Dean of the Carver College of Medicine. “From shaping policy and addressing health care disparities, to facilitating partnerships with other health systems, to improving our own services and operations, she’s always kept the health of Iowans at the forefront. We wish her well in her next endeavor.”

Details about the organization’s future plans for Vermeer’s position and the efforts she led will be shared at a later date.