First of Three Historic Groundbreakings
By: Author: Lorris Betz, MD, PhD | Jul 5, 2017 11:00 AM
During his tenure (1999-2011) as senior vice president for the University of Utah Health Sciences, CEO of University of Utah Health, and executive dean of the University’s School of Medicine, Lorris Betz, MD, PhD, led us — full speed ahead — into new construction projects aimed at enhancing both the care we provide to patients and our academic learning environment. Now back at the helm as interim senior vice president, CEO and executive dean, Dr. Betz participated in the recent groundbreaking for a 305,000-square-foot Ambulatory Care Complex. In the following guest blog, he reflects on this first vital step in our transformative journey toward achieving the care center of the future.
Guest Blog by Lorris Betz:Over the past two decades, it has been an extraordinary experience to witness the incredible changes across our health system and health sciences campus. During the past six years, in particular, there has been rapid forward momentum under the visionary leadership of Dr. Vivian Lee, MD, PhD, MBA, former senior vice president for the University of Utah Health Sciences, CEO of University of Utah Health, and dean of the University’s School of Medicine. Individually and collectively, Dr. Lee and our exceptional physicians, faculty, trainees and staff have put University of Utah Health on the map. Our peers across the country, and around the globe, have taken note of our achievements in low-cost, high-quality care; patient satisfaction; and world-class research and education.
And with momentum like this, we don’t plan to rest on our laurels. As we broke ground on the Ambulatory Care Complex (ACC) last month, we started to get a glimpse of where we’re headed next. The ACC is one of three new state-of-the-art buildings that are part of our master plan to build the academic medical center of the future. Earlier this year, thanks to the Utah State Legislature and the Governor, Utah leaders issued the bonding authority to build a new Rehabilitation Hospital, and approved a $50 million appropriation to build a cutting-edge Medical Education and Discovery building. This was the largest state appropriation for a public building in Utah history.
University of Utah leaders participating in the groundbreaking of the Ambulatory Care Complex.
Left to right: Primary Children's Hospital, Ambulatory Care Complex, Moran Eye Center.
This demonstrates a tremendous and visionary commitment on the part of our state to provide a new clinical training ground for a new generation of health care professionals. Like never before, our students will benefit from a teaching environment rooted in inter-professional and multidisciplinary training with access to the latest technology and laboratory equipment. And our patients can be served by better access to some of the most leading-edge care in our region at the ACC and the pending Rehab Hospital.
The ACC serves as a model for the future of health care in the state, region and nation. In 2016, Utah was the fastest-growing state in the nation. To address the needs of our rapidly growing population, the ACC will support 100,000 new outpatient visits per year. It will also help with the critical need for new inpatient rooms and surgical suites, increasing capacity in the University Hospital for more complicated procedures. The facility features:
- 123 treatment rooms
- 7 new inpatient beds (with shelled space for up to 108 total)
- 7 flexible outpatient clinic modules
- 6 new state-of-the-art surgical suites
Creating exceptional patient experiences has been one of our goals for the past decade, and every aspect of the facility has been designed with the needs of patients and families at the forefront. The ACC is designed for greater convenience and efficiency. Patients will have more face-time with providers; more waiting rooms to accommodate their families; and fewer transitions and shorter wait times.
This truly was a team effort, with the patient being at the center of all of our discussions. I’ve been impressed by the amount of collaboration that a project of this size and magnitude entails. Representatives from across our three missions of patient care, research and education have come together to shape a new campus that will serve the future needs of our institution and our community. It’s proof that we can do amazing things when we work together. And we will all be better for it.
Everyone on our campus has something at stake in this historic transformation – especially our patients. This project is key to transforming the way we care for patients and communities. It is harnessing the very best of what University of Utah Health has to offer. The campus of the future will be a center of innovation and care – providing patients, students and faculty with enhanced access to renowned expertise in medical innovation, personalized medicine and research. And, perhaps most importantly, these facilities will give our physicians, faculty, trainees and staff the tools they need and desire to propel patient care to the next level.
It’s a real honor and privilege to be back sharing in this experience and I recognize that it is only with the continued support of our dedicated faculty, staff, trainees, and community members that we will continue to propel this remarkable momentum.comments powered by Disqus