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Farmington Economic Development Department Breakfast Meeting October 13, 2010 Farmington Economic Development Department Breakfast Meeting Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D. Vice President for Health Affairs Dean, School of Medicine The University of Connecticut October 13, 2010 Who We Are.
October 13, 2010
Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice President for Health AffairsDean, School of MedicineThe University of Connecticut
October 13, 2010
We are proud.
We are the UCONN Health Center.
Our state’s only publicly-funded academic medical center.
The Only Public tertiary care hospital.
The hub of medical and dental education, clinical care and research.
The new UConn Health Network.
The renewal of our university hospital, the John Dempsey Hospital.
How we will help enhance the business environment in Farmington and the surrounding towns.
How you can help.
As we embark on this new chapter for the Health Center, we are simultaneously celebrating a milestone that took place nearly 50 years ago.
Connecticut General Assembly approved legislation.
UConn Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine.
-the face of healthcare in our state.
-new generations of healthcare providers in Connecticut
-advanced healthcare services for citizens
John Dempsey Hospital (JDH): 224-bed acute care university teaching hospital
In FY 09, 22.8% Medicaid inpatient days as a percentage of total patient days
UConn Medical Group (UMG): region’s largest multi-specialty clinical practice
UConn Dental Clinics: Connecticut’s single largest provider of dental services for the under and uninsured; 68% Medicaid recipients –
In addition, University Dentists: our comprehensive practice – provides complete care for patients in the region
We are home to the only full service Emergency Department in the Farmington Valley — staffed entirely by board-certified emergency medicine physicians and highly trained staff.
Our cardiology outpatient and inpatient service — the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center
—honored by the American Heart Association for exemplary care for patients with heart failure.
The only freestanding center for musculoskeletal health in the region and its director, Dr. Jay Lieberman — a joint replacement specialist — was recently honored with the Urist Award, one of the most prestigious national awards in Orthopedic Surgery.
More physicians on the prestigious America’s Top Doctors list than any other hospital in the region.
Major employer: more than 5300 employees working on our campus and across the State
Major contributor to Connecticut’s economy: Generate nearly $1 billion in Gross State Product
Workforce development: Major producer of physicians and dentist who practice in the state
UCHC represents ½ of the University of Connecticut, ½ of its budget, ½ of its employees and ½ of its research portfolio.
The Health Center ended our last fiscal year on June 30th with more than $100 million in extramural research funding.
This fall, four of our most prominent — and growing — research centers moved across the street to the new Cell and Genome Sciences Building where there is also incubator space for new bioscience start-ups.
We’re very encouraged about these endeavors.
structural challenges …
small and encumbered with low-profit services
UCHC has implemented $100 million in operating expense reductions and revenue enhancements.
PwC had predicted unless and until the underlying causes of these operating losses are corrected.
The Health Center’s need for deficit appropriations began a multi-year dialogue about how to fix the problem.
In 2007, we proposed building a larger replacement hospital on this campus.
In 2009, we proposed creating a partnership with Hartford Healthcare, Corp (which many I shared with you last fall).
— clear findings from the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering in 2007 that verified the need for new clinical facilities on this campus.
March -Governor M. Jodi Rell, backing of all regional hospitals, announced a new path forward .
Coined the term UConn Health Network.
--Represents a new era of cooperation among regional hospitals
-- combined with state bond funds for the renewal of John Dempsey Hospital
--provide funding for related clinical, research and academic initiatives in the region.
Plan was approved by the General Assembly in May and signed by Governor Rell in June –
Here at the Health Center.
Moving forward however with any new state bonding funds is contingent upon the UCHC securing $100m in non –state funds.
The creation of a new hospital tower plus the renovation of a significant portion of JDH serves is the cornerstone of our success going forward:
Financial stability to all UCHC operations, including the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine, the Graduate School in Biomedical Sciences, John Dempsey Hospital and the UConn Medical Group;
Improving the quality of the medical and dental schools by recruiting and retaining outstanding students, residents, fellows and faculty;
Creating a supportive environment an emerging translational research program;
Serving increasingly important role state’s system of care by strengthening the services of UCHC and other health care providers throughout the state.
Comprehensive application to the federal Health Resources and Services Administration for a $100 million federal grant to support the construction of a new patient tower on this campus and renovations
planning and design.
Architectural planning firm selected.
Renovate existing space within our hospital
Construct a new, 169-bed tower.
Critical piece: the assumption of the licensure of 30 Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) beds and 10 beds from the Special Care Nursery to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
Beds will stay here – where neonatology started in northern Connecticut – but will be licensed to and operated by Connecticut Children’s.
Connecticut Children’s at UConn Health Center.
Efforts will ultimately allow us to add 50 new adult medical-surgical beds into our mix,
Allow us to offer private, state-of-the-art rooms for patients with additional space for teaching and research collaborations.
Solving Structural Deficit
Distribution of Services
The UConn Health Network is a series of regional initiatives with local hospitals and healthcare organizations. All are designed to address pressing healthcare needs. The legislation provides funding – in some cases “start up” funding – for these projects including:
Based at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Focused on addressing the growing shortage of primary care physicians
Innovative models of training and improving patient care
Enhanced with cutting-edge resources< train next generation surgeons in the robotic/minimally invasive techniques and innovations
Focused on addressing problems of inequality in health care, with support from the Cobb Institute of the National Medical Association
Within five years, the Center would be supported by over $4.5M in external grant funding, corresponding to over 80 new jobs for the region
Addressing Health Disparities/Savings in Capital and Suffering
Cancer centers in the region to work together, as one entity, to seek designation as a National Institutes of Health Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Put region on par with nationally-recognized cancer centers, which serve as destinations for excellence in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
Brings together all the highly accomplished cancer Will contribute to efforts to attract federal and private sector funds for large-scale clinical trials related to cancer care, screening, and prevention
Considerable potential for job creation through enhanced research contracts and grants
Launched in 2009
Educating and nurturing new scientists throughout the region
Focused on increasing the number of clinical and translational research projects in the greater Hartford area – particularly large-scale projects
Master of Science Degree in Clinical and Translational Research
Development of Participants Clinical Interactions Resources
Development of Region Wide Expertise in Clinical Research
NIH Grant 50MM Submitted Yesterday.
Intended to attract new commercial investment into the area, with a particular focus in Farmington, New Britain, Bristol and Hartford.
The biomedical research activity of the University of Connecticut is envisioned as a stimulus for the Biomedical Enterprise Zone, with technology transfer linkages being pursued to commercialize University based biomedical research.
Integrating care with Connecticut Children's
Provides comprehensive, sole-source NICU services in the region and improves accessibility, efficiency, and continuity of care
Attracts highest quality pediatricians, obstetricians, and other clinical health care professionals to the greater Hartford area
Drives more grant opportunities to the region
Based at the UConn School of Nursing in Storrs, the Institute will explore new ways to enhance the recruitment, education, and retention of nurses and nursing faculty throughout the region.
The Hospital of Central Connecticut is
-planning phase for a comprehensive community cancer center
bring new levels of service expertise and access to care to patients throughout Central Connecticut and beyond.
The UConn Health Network also supports patient room renovations at Bristol Hospital.
Two of Hartford’s community health centers and the Hispanic Health Council that serve at-risk populations also receive support resulting from the establishment of the UConn Health Network.
Also, estimates regarding state output project that the new hospital, together with the UConn Health Network components, will generate $994 million annually in new output.
A financially solid academic center is a dynamic force for economic growth. As we grow and recruit more physicians, scientists, nurses and other staff, there is a clear benefit to our hometown and the surrounding area.
This project, with its capacity to bring financial viability to our hospital, represents the future of our enterprise and those we serve.
This is an opportunity not just to improve, but to transform. Uniquely positioned as the state’s only public academic medical center, UCHC is now also uniquely positioned for a true partnership with the federal government, our state government, teaching affiliates and community partners statewide.
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Talk About the Health Center
Be a Part of Its Future
WHITE COAT GALA
to benefit the UConn Health Center
on the Occasion of its 50th Anniversary
Save the Date!
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT
7 p.m. Cocktails, 8 p.m. Dinner, Program and Live Auction
Marja M. Hurley, M.D.
Ravindra Nanda, M.D.S., Ph.D.
For Tickets and sponsorship information, please contact
Dina Plapler at 860.679.8077
We are in an era of renewal and growth — and look forward to many successful years ahead.
Thank you! I’m now happy to answer your questions.