The Way Forward On the Shoulders of Giants
Dec 31, 2014 10:00 PM
One thing in life is certain: change.
Change is the opportunity to build on what we know, to grow and to improve. At the University of Utah, we have wholeheartedly embraced change, whether in new ways of delivering health care, genomic and technological revolutions, or new approaches to training future health care providers. Our physical landscape is also about to change dramatically—changing the way will discover, train and deliver a new model of patient-centered care together—as we envision a new heart of our health sciences campus and a new Medical Education and Discovery (MED) building for our students, faculty, and staff.
As we begin to imagine the future of health care and define its successful delivery in an academic medical setting, it is worth reflecting on just how far we have come as an organization. Making the notion of affordable and accessible health care a reality is hard work. What we know is that the most transformative and lasting changes don’t happen from top-down government policies and directives. They happen from within, driven by you as our students, faculty, staff and patients.
Thanks to you, we have emerged as a national leader on this front––an institution to watch when it comes to finding solutions to some of health care’s most vexing problems. Our efforts to get a handle on our costs, and our pioneering move to put physician reviews online have led to improved patient satisfaction scores, greater efficiencies and global improvements in our delivery of care. Our exceptional patient experience initiative has woven itself into the culture of our organization, and we are beginning to define what the future of health care might really look like from each of our unique perspectives.
You should be proud. You did this. You did this by engaging in making things better for your patients. I’m proud to be part of such a talented, forward-thinking and collegial institution.
Congratulations everyone, and Happy Holidays!
University of Utah Health Care
- Top in Quality: For the 5th year in a row, University of Utah Health Care won the University HealthSystem Consortium's (UHC) Quality Leadership Award— a winning streak matched by only two other health systems in the U.S.
- NeuStrategy recognized University of Utah Health Care’s Clinical Neurosciences Center (CNC) as one of America’s top performing centers of excellence for neuroscience and spine care by awarding 2014 Neuroscience and Spine Center of Excellence (COE®) Designations.
- For the second year in a row, Hospitals & Health Networks magazine recognized University of Utah Health Care as one of the nation’s "most wired" institutions according to its 2014 Most Wired Survey.
- University of Utah Health Care providers were recognized as leaders in patient satisfaction: One in two of our clinically active providers with 30+ surveys returned scored in the top 10 percent nationwide; nearly half of those were in the top 1 percent.
- University of Utah Health Care was honored by Press Ganey with a Leaders in Transparency Award for implementing solutions to capture the voice of every patient and embracing transparency strategies.
- Faculty generated an impressive $257.7 million in research funding through 677 grants.
- The annual student innovation competition, Bench 2 Bedside, experienced unprecedented growth with nearly 50 teams competing this year, up from 14 in 2011.
- The Center for Medical Innovation received two major grants, including $975,000 from The Sorenson Foundation. The program has given rise to: 19 faculty and 57 student patents; 3 devices in clinical trials and 25 tech ventures.
- The College of Pharmacy again ranked 3rd among pharmacy colleges for NIH funding, the 39th consecutive year of being in the top four in the nation.
- The School of Dentistry is highly competitive, with 690 applicants competing for 22 seats in the 2nd class. Last year, the inaugural class had the highest GPA of any dental school in the country.
- College of Nursing received two new NIH grants totaling $9.4 million to support research in end-of-life care and a new training program for cancer and aging.
- Applicants for admission into the School of Medicine shot up to 2709, almost double the number of previous years.
- We welcomed 190 new faculty.
- University of Utah Health Care signed an exclusive 5-year partnership agreement with the Utah Jazz. We will provide sports medicine services and develop athletic performance research to improve injury prevention and recovery for the NBA franchise.
- University of Utah Health Care broke ground for a new health center in Farmington.
- University of Utah Health Care signed affiliation agreements with independent regional hospital groups in five states, bringing the total number of affiliations to 12.
- Huntsman Cancer Institute broke ground for new $105 million research building expansion.
- Construction of the beautiful new Ray and Tye Noorda Oral Health Sciences Building is complete and plans are underway for the official ribbon-cutting in the Spring.
- The School of Medicine welcomed a class of 102 students this fall, one year closer to fully restoring class size to its way to 122 students in 2015.
- California surgeon and entrepreneur Patrick Soon-Shiong, M.D., and his foundation gave $12 million to enable the whole genome sequencing of 1,000 people in whom diseases or conditions run in the family.
- The Jon M. Huntsman family and the Huntsman Cancer Foundation donated $5 million to seed the establishment of a Center of Excellence in Women’s Cancer at the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI).
- Dick Stimson, who passed away earlier this year, after a remarkable life. We are deeply grateful to Dick’s bequest, which is among the largest individual gifts ever given to the U of U Health Sciences. In honor of his parents, we will use his gift to create numerous Stimson Presidential Endowed Chairs and support faculty, education, research, and care delivery at the School of Medicine, the Department of Orthopaedics and the College of Pharmacy for a long, long time.
- Chase Peterson, M.D., who served as Senior Vice President of Health Sciences from 1978-1983 and then as President of the University, sadly passed away at the age of 84. He will be dearly missed.