As my five-year appointment as the University of Michigan’s executive vice president for Medical Affairs nears conclusion, I have been thinking about my future – both professionally and personally. Being EVPMA at the University of Michigan and CEO of the University of Michigan Health System has been an enormous privilege. I have relished my time here and will forever be grateful for the growth, experiences and relationships made possible by this opportunity. UMHS is a community of extraordinary people who do extraordinary work. I have been honored to lead this organization, which is what made this decision very difficult for me. I have decided to not serve a second five-year appointment. My last day as EVPMA will be June 1, 2014.
Over the last five years, UMHS has grown and changed tremendously – not just in size, but in strength. I know that I will be leaving the health system well positioned for the future. We should all be incredibly proud of the work we have done together, including creating a strategic plan to guide us now and into the future, and dramatically changing the way we do business –“here” no longer means only Ann Arbor. We have and will continue to expand our reach and demonstrate our core commitment to the health of individuals and families throughout the state via new and enhanced relationships with other hospitals, health systems and physician groups.
Additional points of great pride that make us the envy of others include:
- Our continuous efforts to create the ideal patient care experience, which have resulted in our highest-ever patient satisfaction scores.
- We are financially sound and have been excellent fiscal stewards of our resources. We must continue to be vigilant to use our resources carefully, but, with over $3 billion in cash, we are able to invest strategically in all components of the tripartite mission of clinical care, education and research.
- We lead the state and the nation in population management, as well as physician and hospital collaborations to improve quality and safety. These efforts have had major cost savings for us and governmental and third-party payers.
- We are home to a medical school that remains in the top tier of academic medical centers for a remarkable student population, outstanding research productivity, excellent primary care and specialty programs, and the desirability of its graduates for selection by residency program directors.
- We have built an infrastructure to enable us to envision and launch the Victors for Michigan campaign – and raise 45 percent of our $1 billion goal to date and before public launch.
- We are leveraging the vast promise of the NCRC to exceed expectations, facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration, support entrepreneurship and enable unprecedented opportunities for scientific discovery, and investigator recruitment and retention.
- We have made diversity, health equity and inclusion high-level priorities for our organization.
Because of the foundation we have laid, we have great momentum moving forward. UMHS will build upon its successes and continue to be one of the leading Academic Medical Centers in the country; of this I am confident.
Thank you for making this past five years a time that I will always cherish. I look forward to your continued excellence in creating the future of health care.