February 24, 2006

Address to highlight VUMC’s progress, direction

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Address to highlight VUMC’s progress, direction

The State of the Medical Center address from Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Harry Jacobson, M.D., is 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 27, in Langford Auditorium.

His annual speech to staff and faculty will outline Vanderbilt University Medical Center's progress over the past year in the areas of patient care, research and education.

With its thriving clinical programs, strong research enterprise and nationally recognized education programs, VUMC is well-positioned to continue its focus on improving the levels of service provided to patients, customers and employees through the elevate program.

The multi-year initiative is geared toward improving the patient experience at VUMC's hospitals and clinics and also the work-related satisfaction of staff and faculty.

Jacobson is anticipated to discuss how elevate made an impact during fiscal year 2005.

Leaders in the Medical Center have been asked to invite their key staff.

“The meeting is open to everyone with an interest knowing what the Medical Center has achieved and where we are headed,” Jacobson said.

“There is no substitute for a work team that understands the environment we are in, who knows our direction and can make decisions based on that.

“Through elevate we are committed to making the Medical Center 'transparent' so that everyone understands their own role and their own value in contributing to our patients, our science and our students.”