The has announced a $1.5 million gift from alumnus James A. Otterbeck and to endow a professorship in hospice and palliative care at the .
The gift, which will be counted toward the $1.7 billion Campaign for the University of Iowa, will establish the James A. Otterbeck OnePoint Patient Care Professorship in Hospice and Palliative Care, with the goal of helping to establish the UI College of Pharmacy as a leader in preparing healthcare professionals to provide holistic end-of-life care for patients and their families. Otterbeck, the chairman of OnePoint, received a bachelor's degree in decision sciences from UI in 1983 and an MBA in economics and marketing from the in 1989.
"Our college is extremely grateful to Mr. Otterbeck for his generosity and vision," said Donald Letendre, dean of the UI College of Pharmacy. "Establishing a professorship in hospice and palliative care in the UI College of Pharmacy will help emphasize, throughout all of the university's healthcare disciplines, the importance of education, training, and research for end-of-life care. Thanks to Jim's loyalty and commitment, we look forward to becoming a national leader in serving patients and their families in this critical healthcare specialty."