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Messages from the Executive Vice President

February 8, 2010

Strategic Planning Initiatives

Last month, I shared with you some of the many reasons why we can be optimistic about the Health Center in 2010. Today, I want to let you know where we are, and where we are going, with regard to strategic planning initiatives that will help us achieve our goals.

Strategic planning is an important road map that will guide our journey forward. Many people in the organization have been involved in a number of planning initiatives addressing our clinical, research, and educational missions. Some of those initiatives are highlighted below.

The Schools and the Academic Plan: Both the School of Medicine and the School of Dental Medicine have recently addressed their academic plans. In late 2009, the School of Medicine completed an Academic Plan that followed a process of thorough review by all of its elected governance bodies including the Councils, Oversight Committee and the SOM faculty. This plan is built around the Universityís new Academic Plan and forms an important framework for future planning. The School of Dental Medicine approved a new Strategic Plan in early 2008, prior to the articulation of the Universityís Academic Plan. Dean MacNeil will be working with dental faculty this year through their School's processes to align that plan more closely with the University's Academic Plan.

Research Strategic Plan: This year, the School of Medicine will implement recommendations from the Research Councilís strategic plan. Already, this is helping to lead the way for the recruitment of several new basic science faculty.

UConn Medical Group (UMG): Over the past year, we have focused considerable time and energy on the hospital. This investment has resulted in the beginning of a turnaround for the hospital in both its finances and quality. Moving forward, there is no question that we will continue to concentrate resources on our inpatient services, but we also need to begin to apply the same concentration to our outpatient practice. This past summer and fall, a task force of faculty convened to address ways to ensure financial success for UMG. As 2010 unfolds, we will be implementing many of the recommendations from that group.

I would like to now announce that we will begin a Health Center wide, formal, strategic planning process. We will utilize our elected governance of the medical and dental schools to move the process forward. Additionally, we will enlist a strategic planning facilitator to help us develop and monitor our progress in the execution of our overall strategy.

I look forward to working with you on this process in the months ahead.

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