CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order by Board Chairman, Carolyn Long, at 8:30 a.m. A roll call was taken to determine who was in attendance and a quorum established.
Chairman Long announced that the Annual Report of the Student Representative, on today’s agenda schedule, will be presented during our June, 2009 meeting.
Status of WVU Healthcare Restructuring:
Interim Vice President for Health Sciences, Dr. Fred Butcher, presented the following overview of a proposed restructuring of the WVU Healthcare system:
The School of Medicine faculty practice plan (University Health Associates – UHA) and WVU Hospitals (WVUH) have the opportunity to significantly improve patient care and academic performance by creating a joint management structure. The joint clinical enterprise will be called WVU Healthcare. The proposed model will create an integrated academic health system, wherein there exists a social contract between the health care center and the population it serves. The new plan will create an organization better positioned to manage its resources and grow to serve its communities in a changing healthcare environment to provide optimal care and fully deliver on this social contract. The proposal will establish a tighter relationship between physician executive leadership and management. Faculty will play a greater role in governance, strategic direction and management of the combined organizations. There will be a single set of financial statements and a commitment to financial transparency. Key elements of the proposal include the following:
The faculty practice plan (UHA) and WVU Hospitals will jointly create a WVU Healthcare Executive Committee, chaired by the Health Sciences Chancellor, to govern WVU Healthcare. It will have equal representation from the boards of UHA and WVUH, and those boards will delegate many functions to the Executive Committee.
WVU Healthcare will have a single CEO. It is the CEO’s responsibility to assure that WVU Healthcare can contribute financially to the School of Medicine on a global basis at the level required to support all of the School’s missions.
WVUH and UHA will continue to exist as separate corporate entities. The WVU President will remain the chair of the WVUH Board.
The School of Medicine faculty members will have a significantly stronger voice in governance and strategic direction of the West Virginia United Health System. This will be achieved by making UHA a member of this organization and giving it the power to nominate faculty members to the board. Not only will this ensure full faculty involvement in leadership of the Morgantown campus, but it sets the stage for future advancement of educational research and clinical collaboration with other partners in the System.
April 3, 2009