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New Leadership in Nursing, Surgery and Dentistry

I am pleased to announce the appointment of the following new individuals at University of Utah Health Sciences: Dr. Patricia Gonce Morton as the new dean of the College of Nursing; Samuel R. G. Finlayson, M.D., MPH, as surgery department chairman; and Dr. Rena D'Souza as the dean of our new School of Dentistry. Please join me in welcoming these new leaders to the University of Utah.

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Dean Keefe Retires, Leaving A Nursing College Better Than She Found It

We recently celebrated the retirement of Maureen Keefe, and I wanted to share a departing Q&A we held with her in honor of all that she gave to our institution.

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Becoming the Best Academic Medical Center

Henry David Thoreau wrote, “To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.” This quote reflects my desire and motivation to make University of Utah Health Care the best academic medical center in the nation: “To affect the quality of the day.” That is why we, who are in academic medicine, do what we do. To learn, to discover, to heal. With our knowledge, research and training we can affect the quality of many days for many people. Because the landscape for health care is changing rapidly, we, and everyone else in the country, are operating under greater financial constraints than ever in all three of our core missions—clinical care, research and education. As a result, we must cut a new path and leave a clear trail behind.

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