Dec

28

We’re Keeping Our New Year’s Resolution: Better Health Care for All

What does excellent health care look like? It’s a question on the mind of every health industry leader in this country, and it’s a question of value. For all that we spend on health care in the U.S., what do we get in return? Are we getting our money’s worth? At University of Utah Health Sciences, I’m proud to say, the answer is yes.

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Dec

17

Meaningful Mentoring Makes A Difference

Diversity fuels innovation. I’ve written about this before—about how creative solutions to big problems requires a diversity of thought and perspective. Today, I’ve invited our associate vice president for faculty and academic affairs Carrie Byington, M.D., to explain a mentoring program that is making campus a better, more inclusive place to learn, work and innovate while helping to solve the physician-scientist shortage.

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Oct

21

Punching Holes in Health Care’s Glass Ceiling

No one wants to admit their biases. We’d all like to believe that we’re blind to gender, race and ethnicity. I challenge you, though, to look at these photos and then ask yourself: Are these the images that first come to mind when you hear the words “CEO,” “surgeon,” or “scientist?”

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Oct

19

Health Care is Changing, but our Values Remain the Same

All too often, reimagining health care takes a back seat to the immediacy, or busy-ness, of health care. It’s a challenge we face daily at the University of Utah, in spite—indeed, partly because—of efforts to create “value” for our patients by providing better care and service.

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Oct

13

The One Thing

Recently I was asked by a recruit, “What’s the ‘one thing’ you are trying to achieve for the University of Utah Health Sciences?” I suppose he was alluding to the book by Gary Keller, which has been very popular of late among the business set.

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Sep

08

Bending the Cost Curve

Price is one thing, but how much does it actually cost to deliver health care? The University of Utah is among a handful of health systems able to track its costs, right down to the supplies used during surgery. The information is being used to improve care and bend the cost curve.

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Sep

04

An Ode to the Class of 2019: Our Future, Our Greatest Hope

At the start of Autumn, medical students participate in a rite of passage known as the “white coat” ceremony. This year 122 students ceremoniously donned their white coats, embarking on one of the most remarkable transformations in higher education—the transformation from “pre-med” to “doctor.”

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Jul

22

The Exceptional Huntsman Cancer Institute

This month, the Huntsman Cancer Institute achieved a significant milestone—the designation of Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, joining an elite group of just over 40 cancer centers across the nation with this award. This designation reflects on the remarkable success the Huntsman Cancer Institute has had in catalyzing collaboration across the health sciences and university.

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