Kaila Boothroy named Internal Medicine Human Resources Director

The Department of Internal Medicine is pleased to announce that Kaila Boothroy, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, will become its next Director of Human Resources, effective December 12. Boothroy joins the department already familiar with many of our members and processes from her position as the HR Manager for the UI Heart and Vascular Center and the Department of Emergency Medicine. In that role, she provides strategic support to both departments, as well as functional oversight to three team members and is responsible for the human resources needs of nearly 200 associates in one of UI Health Care’s busiest service lines. These functions include oversight of staffing in a challenging, post-pandemic environment, ensuring compliance with a wide variety of regulations, and developing and implementing new guidelines and policies to meet strategic goals.

Her familiarity with UI Health Care operations will be an asset to our department, but her experience before joining our institution also revealed her to be the right person for the job. For three years she was Director of People and Culture for a software company called Cartegraph, which employed a mix of on-site and remote staff. Experience in complicated regulatory environments also came for Boothroy while she was Director of Human Resources for the City of Ames and serving in various HR leadership positions in the banking industry.

Boothroy is involved in the Society for Human Resource Management, as well as other professional organizations. An Iowa City native and graduate of Iowa State University, she was previously recognized as one of ‘Forty under 40’ to watch in the Johnson County area.

Boothroy said she is eager to start in this new role. “The volume of activity within the department is a large component of what makes all of UI Health Care so important to the state. The culture of innovation and respect for tradition is one I want to help foster.”

Clinical Department Administrator Denise Zang, MBA, FACMPE, said she was “thrilled” when Boothroy accepted the position. “Kaila has an unmatched mix of experience both in private and public service and in both small, nimble organizations and in larger institutions. That diversity of experience gives her insight that will be invaluable to our department in the years to come.”

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