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Messages from the Executive Vice President

August 7, 2013


New Vice President for Strategy and Business Development
In early September, Joseph M. Spallina, FAAMA, FACHE, will join the Health Center as Vice President for Strategy and Business Development. This new leadership position was designed to help develop clinical partnerships and proactively execute on clinical strategic initiatives.

Spallina has more than 35 years of management, planning and strategy expertise in healthcare and academic medicine. He currently is the founder and director of the Arvina Group, L.L.C., a national management services firm that specializes in meeting the diverse needs of healthcare organizations and helping clients strengthen their financial performance.

Spallina previously held leadership positions at a national consulting firm and the University of Michigan Medical Center.

A Positive Trend
The Health Center continues to focus intensely on patient safety and patient satisfaction, and I am pleased to say we are making progress. A recent Consumer Reports rating measured patient safety following common surgical procedures. Like most Connecticut hospitals the Health Center’s score was “average,” though a closer look at the data shows that we outperformed many peers in a number of surgical areas.

We are confident that as ratings incorporate more recent data, our scores will continue to improve. Our ongoing “high reliability” work with the Connecticut Hospital Association, along with our quality improvement efforts with the American College of Surgeons’ National Surgical Quality Improvement Program and our customer service projects, will propel these efforts forward.

As further evidence of this trend, the Health Center’s Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center recently learned that it received the Hospital award, Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association for the third year in a row. The recognition signifies that the John Dempsey Hospital/UConn Health Center has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients with 85 percent compliance for at least 24 months to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.

This is a start.


Frank M. Torti
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, UConn School of Medicine