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Cheri Bustos, the senior director of corporate communications for Trinity Regional Health Systems for the past six years, is leaving that position to become vice president of corporate communications at Iowa Health System, headquartered in Des Moines, the company announced Wednesday.

Iowa Health System, the largest integrated health system in the state, is the corporate parent of 11 hospitals in large Iowa cities, including three in the Quad-Cities owned by Trinity Regional Health System, which has hospitals in Bettendorf, Rock Island and Moline.

Bustos follows former Trinity president and CEO Bill Leaver, who recently was named the new president and CEO of Iowa Health System.

In her new position, Bustos will oversee marketing and communications for Iowa Health Systems. Her new duties begin Jan. 2.

She said that Leaver has been her boss and mentor for the past six years, and when he asked whether she would be interested in the new position, she took the job.

Bustos also is East Moline Fourth Ward alderman. Although she will work Tuesday through Thursday in Des Moines, she will be able to attend to her City Council duties and make the Monday meetings.

“I’m chairing a revitalization committee, and the effort is to try to bring the downtown back to life,” Bustos said. “With cell phones and laptop computers it’s easy to stay in touch with people.

“The City of East Moline is still a priority for me.”

East Moline Mayor John Thodos said he approached Bustos to run for alderman and is pleased with her contributions to the city.

Bustos is a former editor and writer with the Quad-City Times.

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