Reflections on 2012 - A Year of Great Success
| Dec 26, 2012 1:00 PM
I trust you are enjoying the holidays with your families and friends as this year comes to a close and a new one begins. There is much to look forward to at the Health Sciences in the coming year—and much of the progress will be built on what we’ve accomplished in 2012.
Among our notable achievements this year, we have officially established a new School of Dentistry at the University of Utah, thanks to a generous donation from the Noorda family. With founding Dean Lynn Powell, we will break ground on a four-year dental school in the spring, and our first official entering class will begin this fall. Among other highlights, we launched the Utah Genome Project, a signature initiative to advance the development of better disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment through our world-class genetics research and one-of-a-kind resource in the Utah Population Database. We established a University-wide Center for Medical Innovation to bring together innovators across the university to advance the science and delivery of health care. We also created Algorithms for Innovation, a unique publication and Web site that has started a national discussion about the big questions facing academic medicine and the range of creative solutions being proposed.
In our delivery of health care, I am especially proud we again ranked in the top 10 in quality of care among academic medical centers in the nation and that our patient satisfaction rating now exceeds the 90th percentile system wide. We also initiated two major programs—LEAN and VDO (value-driven outcomes)—which, simply put, will enable us to provide the highest quality health care at the lowest possible cost through streamlined processes and improved efficiency. In a time of unprecedented change in health care, health care centers and providers that accomplish those two goals will thrive, and we intend to be among them.
The achievements across the Health Sciences are far-ranging, impressive, and too numerous to detail in this post.
As we celebrate our successes, it is appropriate to note the passing this year of Dr. Homer Warner whose outstanding work in the field of biomedical informatics helped make the U health sciences the great institution that it is.
Looking back at our journey this year, it is clear that all we achieved was made possible by the hard work of the whole team. We have a remarkable community of staff, faculty, and trainees at the Health Sciences who are passionate about quality and excellence and who care about each other. We are all dedicated to making ours the best academic medical center in the country. I believe that the community and state recognize our exemplary service and contributions, and I am proud to be part of such a distinctively effective and caring organization. I thank each of you for the work you do.
Warmest wishes for a happy New Year!
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