Des Moines University

L-R: Angela L. Walker Franklin, president and CEO; Mark Peiffer, senior vice president and chief financial officer; Victoria Harper-Halverson, fiscal operations administrator; John Harris, director of facilities; Stephanie Greiner, chief development officer. Photographer: Brett T. Roseman.

Q: How would you describe your organization?
A: Founded in 1898, Des Moines University has been serving the nation as a top medical and health sciences university educating tomorrow’s health care leaders and scholars. And now, the Des Moines University Steering Committee has been devoted to building the transformative health sciences university of the future in West Des Moines.

Q: What do you love most about Greater Des Moines?
A: Des Moines has been home to our university for nearly 125 years in five different locations since its founding. We are proud to be a vital contributing member to our economy and well-being, advancing the great quality of life we all enjoy in a place that has everything without the challenges of big city living.

Q: What are some guiding principles you’ve used in your organization?
A: Des Moines University operates with a commitment to the values of accountability, collaboration, honesty, inclusiveness and wellness. We live these values every day in all the operations from education to clinical services, and University decisions are made in thoughtful alignment with these core principles.

Q: What is a fact about DMU others may not know?
A: Despite the rigors of their programs, students regularly volunteer to serve the community. Adding to the COVID-19 response, students and employees offer an annual “50+ Better Health Fair”; post-event treatments at the IMT Des Moines Marathon; free back-to-school physicals for K-12 students and more. DMU gives back about 5,000 hours to the community each year.

3200 Grand Avenue | Des Moines, IA 50312 | (515) 271-1661 |

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