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July 8, 2009

Message to the Health Center Community

To Members of the Health Center Community:

Over the next two months, I will be sending a series of Broadcast Messages that will describe some of the Health Center’s long-term and short-term goals and how we plan to reach them. Each week, individual messages will discuss aspects of our finances, updates on the partnership and other organizational partnership discussions, the development of our strategic planning initiatives, and the many achievements of our faculty, students and staff.

While I know we all have inboxes that are often too full, I also believe, as Jefferson stated, that “knowledge is power, knowledge is safety, and knowledge is happiness.”  I believe this is especially important for these times. I welcome your feedback and encourage you to communicate with me through my blog.

My central message to you is that we are an important, extraordinary and vibrant community. How we address challenges says as much about us as the fact that challenges are overcome. Over the past months we have made important strides, and I predict we will be able to look back at this period as one of transformation. Please know I am also taking the message about the Health Center “to the streets” locally, regionally and nationally -- and I ask that all members of the Heath Center community spread the word about the excellence we pursue (and attain!) each and every day.

I believe that pride, courage, passion and conviction will always win out over fear, doubt, and frustration. I invite you all to be a part of what is in many ways, our moment.

Thanks.

Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, School of Medicine