04/03/2009

WVU hospital and physician organizations to streamline management

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – An internal working group at West Virginia University has completed a proposal to streamline management of hospitals and the physician practices on the Morgantown campus.

“Our goals are to improve patient care, to increase the resources we can generate to support education and research, and to be ready for upcoming changes in how healthcare is financed,” said Fred R. Butcher, Ph.D., interim vice president for health sciences at WVU.

In the current health sciences structure, patient care is organized under two separate structures: WVU Hospitals and University Health Associates.  Each has its own governing board and management structure; each has its own budget.

“As we prepare to select a health sciences chancellor, we have a crucial opportunity to define that leader’s role in the clinical operations more strongly, to link UHA and WVUH more tightly to one another and to our core missions, and to prepare for future challenges,” said WVU Interim President C. Peter Magrath.

For more than a year, faculty, administrators, and members of the various organizations’ governing boards have been studying how patient care is managed at academic health centers around the country and considering changes to WVU’s organizational chart. Their proposal – which will need approval from several governing boards and the medical faculty – would place UHA and WVU Hospitals under one leadership team with one CEO.  It will be called WVU Healthcare.

An executive committee led by the yet-to-be-appointed health sciences chancellor will oversee WVU Healthcare. UHA and WVUH will continue to exist as legal organizations. Each group’s board will nominate four members to the executive committee. UHA will become a member organization of West Virginia United Health System and have voting representation on its board.  

The proposal, developed with the assistance of the Chartis Group, a consultant firm that works with academic medical centers across the U.S., was unanimously endorsed by the 15-member study group. The group included Butcher, two WVU deans, the CEOs of WVUH, UHA and the health system, and the chairs of several WVU School of Medicine departments.

The plan was endorsed by the WVU Board of Governors today (April 3).

For detailed information about the proposal see http://future.hsc.wvu.edu/

            
 

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
johnsa@wvuh.com
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