Aligning a New Year to a Successful 2013
| Jan 1, 2014 3:00 PM
Thanks for a great 2013 and happy New Year!
There are many challenges facing us. Like all of academic medicine we're facing health care reform and limited funding for education and research. Harnessing our ability to work together and innovate, I am convinced that we will emerge from these challenging times successfully. We have to continue to move forward with more alignment and a renewed focus on our constituencies—trainees, patients and communities as the defining way to organize our attention. By leading the transformation of academic medicine we will help define the future and we will share the lessons of our success with others.
I invite you to read about and comment on each of these endeavors in greater depth, over the coming months. Your perspectives, ideas and dedication are key to our success as an institution.
I’d like to offer my best wishes to each of you and to your families for a healthy and happy 2014.
A few highlights of 2013 accomplishments:
Our goals for 2014 will be built on a solid foundation of accomplishments from 2013, including our:
- UHC Ranking, for the 4th year in a row, in the Top 10 in Quality among national university hospitals
- New regional affiliations with rural hospitals in Carson City, NV, Driggs, ID, Rexburg, ID, Jackson Hole, WY and Rock Springs, WY
- Value Driven Outcomes tool, a major advancement in knowing our costs and improving our outcomes, received the Hospitals & Health Networks’ Most Wired Award
- Several Bench 2 Bedside projects, from the Center for Medical Innovation, received funding for continued development
- Opening of the L.S. Skaggs Pharmacy Institute
- Launch of the new School of Dentistry, the first new college at the University in over 40 years
- Ground-breaking for the Ray and Tye Noorda Oral Health Sciences Building
- Ground-breaking for the Mid-Valley Health Center
- Restoration of the School of Medicine class size to 102 students this fall, and 122 in 2015 thanks to the support and vision of the community, legislature and Governor
- Generation of $230.3M in research funding; we are especially proud of our junior faculty who garnered many major fellowships this year, including: Pew, Sloan, Doris Duke, NIH Innovators, Searle, Packard, Treadwell and more
- Algorithms for Innovation annual report, which captured a flavor of the excitement and innovation at the health sciences and received national attention, including receiving the Best Annual Report award from Ragan Communications
- Launch of the Health Feed and the Scope Radio on the healthcare.utah.edu site
- New record for Health Sciences fund-raising, with over $87 million raised
- Tremendous new talent through many successful recruitments, for example:
- Rena D’Souza, DDS, MS, Ph.D., Dean of the new Dental School
- Patricia Morton, R.N., Ph.D., Dean of the College of Nursing
- Wendy Chapman, Ph.D., Chair of Biomedical Informatics, School of Medicine
- Sam Finlayson, M.D., MPH, Chair of Surgery, School of Medicine
- David Browdy, Chief Financial Officer and AVP, Health Sciences
- Jay Vogelsang, CFRE, Chief Development Officer and AVP, Health Sciences
- Gabor Marth, D.Sc., who will become Professor of Human Genetics this spring
- Rachel Hess, M.D., M.S. who will serve as the Director of the Health System Innovation and Research (HSIR) program this spring
- Notable promotions of:
- Carrie Byington, M.D., Associate Vice President for Academic and Faculty Affairs, Health Sciences
- Dean Li, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research, Health Sciences
- Mike Strong, M.D., FHM, Chief Medical Information Officer, Health Sciences
- Thanks to
- Jay Graves, Ph.D. for his 10 years of service as the Dean of the College of Health and to Robin Marcus, Ph.D. who is serving as interim Dean
- Lynn Powell, D.D. S., for his vision and leadership driving the creation of the new Dental School
- Evelyn Gopez, M.D. for her work as the Associate Vice President for Inclusion and look forward to her continued success in her role as Associate Dean for Inclusion at the School of Medicine
Clearly we can accomplish a great deal in a short amount of time, working collaboratively. Moving forward successfully means we must evolve into a value-driven organization—a system built to thrive in and define the future of health care. To get there, we must focus our attention on being aligned, strategic and nimble and we must nurture our values of collaboration, innovation and transparency along the way.
I look forward to another successful year of great teamwork with you all!
Author: Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.
About the Author: Dr. Vivian S. Lee is the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at the University of Utah, Dean of the University of Utah School of Medicine, and CEO of University of Utah Health Care. Read her full bio herecomments powered by Disqus