Jan

26

Building a Culture of Health

America’s growing burden of chronic disease is forcing the pendulum at hospitals and health systems to swing from episodic, acute clinical care toward wellness, disease prevention and disease management. As an industry we are now responsible for the full continuum of care, and for keeping patients healthy and out of hospitals.

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Jan

01

The Way Forward On the Shoulders of Giants

As we begin to imagine the future of health care and define its successful delivery in an academic medical setting, it is worth reflecting on just how far we have come as an organization. Making the notion of affordable and accessible health care a reality is hard work. What we know is that the most transformative and lasting changes don’t happen from top-down government policies and directives. They happen from within, driven by you as our students, faculty, staff and patients.

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Oct

03

American College of Surgeons, SLC Quality Summit

A Who's Who list of health industry leaders gathered at the Utah Capitol on Oct. 3 to share how they're delivering more efficient, high quality health care. I had the pleasure of participating in the event, sponsored by the American College of Surgeons - and was proud to showcase some of University of Utah Health Sciences' victories in the volume-to-value revolution.

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Sep

25

Restore NIH Purchasing Power

As the senior vice president of the University of Utah Health Sciences (UUHS), I have the privilege of working with some of the top researchers in the country who have devoted their lives to making discoveries that will change others' lives for the better.

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Sep

18

The Promise of Personalized Medicine

Being a physician is a privilege and heavy responsibility. People come to you at their most vulnerable, in pain and distress. Most often we can provide answers, a path forward--not always a cure, at least restorative treatments and hope. There are limits to human knowledge and there are times when we come up empty, unable to offer even the simplest comfort of a diagnosis.

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Sep

15

Chase Peterson, 1929-2014

Chase Peterson sadly passed away this week at the age of 84 after a complicated bout of pneumonia. He served as Senior Vice President of Health Sciences from 1978-1983 before being asked to serve as President of the University. By the time I got to know Chase he was transitioning into retirement from the University. This gave me the opportunity to know him and his remarkable wife, Grethe, in a way that I might not have had I met them earlier in his hectic career.

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