UI Hospitals & Clinics names Blomberg as chief operating officer

University of Iowa Health Care leaders have selected Emily C. Blomberg, MHA, as chief operating officer (COO) for UI Hospitals & Clinics.

Emily Blomberg, portrait
Emily C. Blomberg, MHA

Blomberg will begin March 14 and report to Suresh Gunasekaran, MBA, CEO of UI Hospitals & Clinics and senior associate vice president for UI Health Care.

As COO, Blomberg will oversee the management of patient care operations, ancillary services, and related support services at UI Hospitals & Clinics. Working with hospital leaders, department chairs, and others, she will develop and monitor operational strategies that strengthen inpatient, outpatient, and surgical services on the main hospital campus and at off-campus facilities.

“I’m pleased to welcome Emily to our strong senior leadership team,” Gunasekaran says. “Her background and experience in operational management is outstanding, and she’s been a leader at some of the nation’s premier health systems. I am confident that Emily will contribute significantly to our team's efforts to deliver the very best patient care and service to Iowans and strengthen our operational efficiency.”

Blomberg comes to Iowa from Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she served as COO and oversaw surgical, ambulatory, pharmacy, clinical laboratory, information technology, and facility-related services. She also led the organization’s COVID-19 pandemic response, including its vaccine deployment, and she provided executive oversight in areas of budget, capital planning, and employee engagement.

“I am delighted to join the UI Health Care team,” Blomberg says. “I’m looking forward to quickly getting up to speed on the hospital’s clinical operations as well as discovering the Iowa City community with my family.”