March 28, 2008

Address, elevate meeting to share common themes

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Pro football great Dan Marino, here with Vanderbilt’s BethAnn McLaughlin, Ph.D., will be on hand for next month’s symposium exploring the impact of environmental agents on autism risk.

Address, elevate meeting to share common themes

Though the two events are separated by nearly two weeks, next month the State of the Medical Center Address and the elevate Leadership Development Institute will dovetail.

The entire Vanderbilt community is invited next week when Harry Jacobson, M.D., vice chancellor for Health Affairs, presents his annual State of the Medical Center Address at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 3, in Langford Auditorium.

On April 15, when approximately 800 members of the Medical Center leadership team convene for the spring 2008 edition of the Leadership Development Institute, they'll pick up and develop a theme set out by Jacobson at his address.

“We want to let all our participants know that this next LDI will be a bit different, with part one happening on April 3 at the State of the Medical Center Address,” said Peter Giammalvo, VUMC's chief learning officer.

At last year's State of the Medical Center Address Jacobson outlined the remarkable accomplishments of the Medical Center over the last decade and challenged faculty and staff to capitalize on Vanderbilt's strength to begin making a measurable impact on society — Vision 2020.

A good portion of Jacobson's April 3 address will be devoted to ideas taking shape under the Vision 2020 discussion.

“Vision 2020 will help us view the mission of this medical center in terms of our impact on society. While we all continue to be variously engaged in patient care, education and research, Vision 2020 will lead us to a new appreciation of organizational cohesion through a shared vision, ultimately leading us to shared goals,” Giammalvo said.

Giammalvo said that at this State of the Medical Center Address, Jacobson will propose that VUMC's potential impact on society can be most effective through a focus on three key drivers: working in new ways, achieving results that matter and transferring knowledge within and beyond the institution.

Later at the LDI, Jacobson and other leaders will invite the leadership team to become participants in the discussion and explore the implications of Vision 2020 for their own areas of the Medical Center.

Because supervisors at this time of year are especially busy with budgeting and job performance evaluations, the April 15 LDI will last only a half-day.

Anyone unable to attend the State of the Medical Center Address can view it online on the Medical Center Web site at