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Remembering Tye Noorda

We learned with great sadness that Lewena "Tye" Noorda, a true friend and benefactor of the School of Dentistry, died on April 5, 2014. On behalf of all of us at University of Utah, Health Sciences and the School of Dentistry, I offer our deepest condolences to her four sons and their families at the loss of this generous and remarkable woman.

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Impossible Problems in Australia and New Zealand

Recently, I was invited to deliver two keynote addresses in Melbourne, Australia at the annual meeting of The Health Roundtable, which is the equivalent of University Healthsystem Consortium (UHC) for the teaching hospitals of Australia and New Zealand, about 85 members in all.

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University of Utah Health Sciences' SVP Testifies Before Health and Human Services Subcommittee in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Vivian Lee, Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at the University of Utah, Dean of the University's School of Medicine, and CEO of University of Utah Health Care testified today about the unique relationship between academic medical centers and federal funding streams from HHS before the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations for United States House of Representatives.

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Improved air quality in Utah is important for health and economics

It's no secret that the University of Utah Health Sciences is an attractive place for top-tier physicians and researchers who want a challenging career in a work environment committed to improving health care and advancing scientific discovery.

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Preparing Utah for Looming Primary Care Physician Shortage

It's called the "primary care crunch" in some circles: The looming problem of a health care provider shortage as an aging population needs more care at the same time a staggering number of primary care physicians are preparing to retire. At UUHS, we see what's on the horizon, and we're readying to meet the challenge.

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A New Model For Funding Research

Our current research environment--constrained by National Institutes of Health funding cuts and by new clinical reimbursement models waiting on the health care horizon--must find support in new and inventive partnership models like the new one between the John A. Moran Eye Center and Allergan, Inc. This partnership is the true crystallization of the kind of innovative and collaborative thinking that will help us continue to advance the science and delivery of health care for patients worldwide.

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Sharing Perspectives on Health Care Reform

If we're going to get through health care reform together, we must share and share alike. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Heather Punke, from Becker's Hospital Review for a profile in their series on Leadership and Management, which offers a wide variety of perspectives from around the nation. We had the opportunity to discuss population health, initiatives for 2014 and some challenges we face as academic medical centers. Her article, and our conversation are included here:

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