February 6, 2009

Address to highlight VMC’s performance

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Address to highlight VMC’s performance

The annual State of the Medical Center Address from Harry Jacobson, M.D., vice chancellor for Health Affairs, is slated for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in Langford Auditorium.

Harry Jacobson, M.D.

Harry Jacobson, M.D.

Jacobson's address will touch on how Vanderbilt Medical Center has performed during the past year and how the institution will address the many challenges that lie ahead.

In response to the slumping economy, departments across the Medical Center worked together this fiscal year to identify areas of cost savings and eliminate unnecessary spending in order to preserve the quality of workers throughout the campus.

Jacobson has said throughout the year that “keeping the team” of 16,000 dedicated employees together is a top priority.

Budgetary cuts were made in areas that would not cause major disruptions to patient care, education or research as travel was reduced and functions scaled back or postponed.

Jacobson will use the five elevate pillars to update attendees on performance in service, quality, people, growth and finance.

VMC has the second lowest cost per discharge in Middle Tennessee and an average cost per discharge that compares very well nationally.

In the area of growth, Jacobson is expected to announce that Vanderbilt Health at One Hundred Oaks will be completed as planned, in addition to the $169 million Critical Care Tower under construction, while some other long-term projects will be postponed.
Refreshments will be served in the Langford Auditorium lobby following the address.