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    Preparing Utah for Looming Primary Care Physician Shortage
    Mar 03, 2014

    Preparing Utah for Looming Primary Care Physician Shortage

    It's called the "primary care crunch" in some circles: The looming problem of a health care provider shortage as an aging population needs more care at the same time a staggering number of primary care physicians are preparing to retire. At UUHS, we see what's on the horizon, and we're readying to meet the challenge.... Read More

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    A New Model For Funding Research
    Feb 21, 2014

    A New Model For Funding Research

    Our current research environment--constrained by National Institutes of Health funding cuts and by new clinical reimbursement models waiting on the health care horizon--must find support in new and inventive partnership models like the new one between the John A. Moran Eye Center and Allergan, Inc. This partnership is the true crystallization of the kind of innovative and collaborative thinking that will help us continue to advance the science and delivery of health care for patients worldwide. ... Read More

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    Sharing Perspectives on Health Care Reform
    Feb 14, 2014

    Sharing Perspectives on Health Care Reform

    If we're going to get through health care reform together, we must share and share alike. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Heather Punke, from Becker's Hospital Review for a profile in their series on Leadership and Management, which offers a wide variety of perspectives from around the nation. We had the opportunity to discuss population health, initiatives for 2014 and some challenges we face as academic medical centers. Her article, and our conversation are included here: ... Read More

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    The Organization That Will Revolutionize Health Care
    Jan 27, 2014

    The Organization That Will Revolutionize Health Care

    Nearly two years ago, we embarked on journey into uncharted waters. We were at a moment in our history when our Exceptional Patient Experience results and UHC quality rankings affirmed that we had remarkable organizational capability, agility and capacity for change. Today, we are in a unique position to have a tremendous impact on health care reform.... Read More

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    Aligning a New Year to a Successful 2013
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    Jan 01, 2014

    Aligning a New Year to a Successful 2013

    There are many challenges facing us. Like all of academic medicine we're facing health care reform and limited funding for education and research. But harnessing our ability to work together and innovate, I am convinced that we will emerge from these challenging times successfully. ... Read More

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    How to Take Down a Building: Health Sciences Master Planning
    Oct 09, 2013

    How to Take Down a Building: Health Sciences Master Planning

    The transformation of the Health Sciences campus over the past decade has been nothing short of remarkable. Over the last ten years, the Health Sciences campus has erected nearly two million square feet of new space, and while the era of annual new building construction may have passed, the current reality is that some of our aging buildings may need to be replaced. As such, we have a unique opportunity that comes along once every 40 or 50 years to plan for the future of our institution. ... Read More

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    Confessions of a Kevin Pearce Groupie
    Sep 30, 2013

    Confessions of a Kevin Pearce Groupie

    I'm proud to report that I am now one of 26,000-plus Twitter followers of @KevinPearce, a self-described, "Motivational speaker, recovering traumatic brain injury survivor, pro snowboarder, and frend*." Mostly I'm a fan of his "Love Your Brain" initiative. Kevin is the star of a documentary titled, "The Crash Reel", which tells the story of his devastating accident on the half-pipe at Park City a month before the 2010 Olympics. ... Read More

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    Welcome to the SOM Class of 2017
    Sep 03, 2013

    Welcome to the SOM Class of 2017

    With their first load of classes underway, the new class of 2017 is a significant group for the School of Medicine: They are the first restored class of 102 incoming medical students to start thanks to the passage of Senate Bill 42 by the Utah legislature and Gov. Gary Herbert last spring. And what a wonderful new group of students we have!... Read More

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    Fresh Start: 2013 School Year Kicks Off With Exciting Changes
    Aug 26, 2013

    Fresh Start: 2013 School Year Kicks Off With Exciting Changes

    The past few weeks have marked some important beginnings for us at the University of Utah. We celebrated the start of our new dental school with the welcoming of our first class of 20 students in a memorable white coat ceremony at the Rice-Eccles stadium, which was followed the next week by the groundbreaking ceremony for their future home, the Ray and Tye Noorda Oral Health Education Building.... Read More

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    Shaping the Future of Asthma Care Collaboration and Innovation at UUHS
    Jun 27, 2013

    Shaping the Future of Asthma Care Collaboration and Innovation at UUHS

    I¿m proud to recognize that a short time ago, Flory Nkoy, M.D., M.S., M.P.H. was awarded a significant research award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). With this award, Flory and University of Utah Health Sciences will study asthma in children and how better monitoring of the disease could improve health. Besides the remarkable implications of this study, both the collaborative and innovative spirits with which this grant was secured are successful examples of the true culture of our institution.... Read More

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    Be a Driver of Change
    Jun 12, 2013

    Be a Driver of Change

    In any large complex organization, there are many changing circumstances every day that require the system to react. In health sciences we might receive a new regulation from CMS, a request for applications from the NIH, an accreditation site visit, a celebrity patient and so forth. On a daily level, the effective management of these events represents the majority of what most of the organization is focused on, and rightfully so as our success depends upon it.... Read More

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