The Health System Council open Thursday’s meeting of Board sessions with remarks from the School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Medical Center, while the University College of Wise Board of Visitors Committee met on Friday to discuss enrollment figures and school funding requests.
Health System Council Meeting
the Health System Council is the board of trustees of the university’s medical center and transitional care hospital. the Rector of the council serves as a voting member, along with five other voting members of the board of visitors, who are appointed by the rector. In addition to Council members, the Board of Visitors has the power to appoint up to six non-voting public members to serve as non-voting members of the Health System Council for a four-year term.
Wendy Horton, CEO of U.Va. Health, told the Board that overall hospital scores of nine or 10 for the second quarter of fiscal 2022 topped last year’s by eight percentile points, but remained slightly below target.
The University Transitional Care Hospital – which provides care for people requiring a stay of more than 25 days on average – works with great efficiency, according to Horton. At the TCH, the mortality rate is 9.6%, compared to a national reference of 12.01%.
Dean of the School of Medicine, Melina Kibbe, reported that faculty attrition – the rate of faculty leaving their positions at the School of Medicine – throughout fiscal year 2022 has been very favorable, with a departure rate of 4.1%. Of the 52 professors who died, 16 left research departments and 36 left clinical departments.
The leadership of the School of Medicine recently conducted a nationwide search before designation Tracy Downs, MD, senior diversity and community engagement manager, effective July 1. Downs is currently Associate Dean for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Professor of Oncology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine.
According to a U.Va. Health system news announcementDowns will act as the “leading voice on diversity, equity and inclusion and be a strong advocate for related initiatives across the health system and more broadly in the local community.”
Pamela Cipriano, Dean of the School of Nursing, provided an overview of academic recruitment for the School of Nursing.
The School of Nursing Received 81 Candidates for the Accelerated Two-Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, which accepts transfer students from inside or outside the University. Of the applicants, 25 students were accepted into the cohort, of which 33% are first-generation students and 36% are non-white. More than 1,800 people applied for the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, of which only 75 will be selected.
Council then went into closed session to discuss confidential information about the operations of the health system.
A report from the Finance Task Force – presented by Board Member Robert Blue and Douglas Lischke, Chief Financial Officer of U.Va. Health — closed the meeting.
According to report, operating profit for the second quarter of fiscal 2022 was $47.7 million. Whereas prior to December 31, inflation and labor issues created total expenses 2.5% above budget, growth during the second quarter generated final revenues due to a growth in outpatient pharmacy activities and high outpatient volumes.
In fiscal year 2022, the health system had 8,760 full-time equivalent employees, compared to a budgeted 9,032. Staff salaries, however, remained unfavourable, costing an average of $93,797 per full-time employee compared to $90,174 allocated. According to the report, this deprivation was caused by “shortages of national personnel causing[ing] additional compensation for hard-to-recruit positions and high-cost agency staffing.
Blue and Lischke provided a brief overview of the second quarter fiscal 2022 budgets for the U.Va. Group of Physicians, School of Medicine and School of Nursing.
The U.Va. Physicians Group – a group practice dedicated to supporting physicians and providers at U.Va. Health System Locations – generated an operating surplus of $17.3 million due to high patient volume, funding through the US bailout and cost savings from remote working. The School of Medicine generated a surplus of $8.8 million through donation revenue and state funds. The School of Nursing also had a favorable budget balance as salary expenditures slightly over budget due to increased teaching volume were offset by the delay in professional development and recruitment activities.
The Health System Council will then meet at the June session of the Council.
Wise University College Committee
The University of Virginia College in Wise is a public liberal arts institution housed within the larger university system. Located near the Virginia-Kentucky border in the town of Wise, the College at Wise is home to more than 2,000 students.
Donna Price Henry, Chancellor of College at Wise, told meeting attendees about her work to strengthen relationships with lawmakers, hoping they will help champion College at Wise bills and budget priorities.
Among the demands are $11.5 million from the state government over the next two years, degree escalation legislation that allows the school to develop new graduate programs, and funding for a new 52,000 square foot university technology building focused on virtual reality, cybersecurity and robotics. .
Henry also updated the Board of Visitors on U.Va. enrollment numbers. Wise, with 908 people applying to enter the college in fall 2022 and more than 739 students admitted. This year, about 65% of students remained at the College of Wise from their first to second year, a drop of about 5%. Henry largely attributed the decrease to the pandemic.
“Retention and recruitment is a big chunk,” Henry said. “We’re seeing good success in increasing the student population and we want to continue that, but also improve our work on retention,” Henry said.
Henry then acknowledged that the school was focused on counseling and support, particularly because over 50% of students at the College at Wise are first-generation students.
“They really need extra support throughout their undergraduate studies,” Henry said.
Gail Zimmerman, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the College at Wise, updated meeting attendees on ongoing activities at the Office of Student Affairs.
Zimmerman said the Office of Guidance and Counseling moved to a hybrid model as a result of the pandemic, which allows students to begin orientation online and then have the option of visiting the College at Wise.
“We have 99% completion of the online program, which amazes the company we partner with,” Zimmerman said.
Sophomore Jonathan Hagy and sophomore Cleve Packer — who played tennis at U.Va. Wise – spoke. Hagy and Packer completed the Year in Wise program, which allows Virginians placed on the College of Arts and Sciences waitlist to attend College at Wise for one year and then transfer to the Charlottesville campus if they complete 30 hours of transferable credit and maintain a 3.0 GPA.
“My dad had already told me, Cleve, that you would be the only black person there, and I didn’t know what to expect,” Packer said. “When I arrived there, I first met the tennis coach who welcomed me with open arms, and from there I knew I could call this place home.”
Packer said he developed a close relationship with his teachers and tennis team at College at Wise.
According to Hagy, the University has always been a dream school, but he was deferred when he applied after his senior year of high school. He decided to choose the Year at Wise program, which would allow him to go to Grounds.
“Wise didn’t make me feel like I left my home, Wise became my home,” Hagy said.
When Hagy was able to transfer to Grounds, he felt that as a transfer student he was treated well and that his fellow students were interested in learning more about him and his experiences at College at Wise.
“It fills me with immense pride that in my new home, my university, that students like me are welcomed here by leaders like President Ryan and Vice President Hadley,” Hagy said.