The proposed model provides a platform for creating a better future by achieving the following key goals:
Ability to create a single unified clinical vision and strategy aligned with the academic mission;
Improved financial performance provides the faculty and WVUH with increased funds;
Clearer and more rapid decision making with oversight from the Executive Committee;
Reduced overhead from integration of administrative services;
Increased faculty role in WVU Healthcare governance and management as well as increased faculty role in WVUHS governance; and,
Improved availability of information for informed decision making.
In addition, the new model should provide tangible benefits, as follows:
The proposed model should enable WVU Healthcare to grow market share, achieve efficiencies, and optimize reimbursement that could be worth $25M annually; however, it will take several years to achieve these benefits.
The majority of the margin improvement results from growth of key service lines such as Cardiovascular and Cancer Care.
Dr. Butcher noted that this model will be a work in progress and possesses the flexibility to adapt to and accommodate unanticipated needs. Dr. Butcher further indicated that he has met with several constituency groups within the healthcare system, and the consensus is that there needs to be one strategic plan to operate under. The current goal for implementing the proposal is to gain all approvals, including a 2/3 vote of the UHA faculty members, in the spring and “go live” by July 1, 2009. In conclusion, Dr. Butcher noted that Interim President Magrath’s participation and endorsement of this restructuring was instrumental in moving the proposal forward.
Interim President Magrath informed the Board that he has met with President-elect Clements on several occasions, providing in-depth briefings on the status of the WVU Healthcare restructuring, and that President-elect Clements is in favor of the current proposal.
Following a brief discussion, Ellen Cappellanti moved that the West Virginia University Board of Governors endorse the restructuring of the WVU Healthcare System, as presented by Dr. Butcher. This motion was seconded by Drew Payne, and passed.
Chairman Long requested that the Board go into Executive Session (Under authority in West Virginia Code §6-9A-4(b)(2)(A) and §6-9A-4(b)(10)and (12) to discuss personnel issues and legal matters. The motion was made by Ed Robinson, seconded by Dr. Steve Kite, and passed. The Board thereupon met in Executive Session. Following the discussion, Ted Mattern moved that the Board rise from Executive Session. The motion was seconded by Ellen Cappellanti, and passed. The Board re-convened in general session at 11:10 a.m. and moved to committee meetings before joining invited guests for lunch.
April 3, 2009