April 10, 1998

Institution leadership changes unveiled

Institution leadership changes unveiled

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Norman Urmy

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Dr. James Geraughty

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Roxane Spitzer, Ph.D.

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Dr. James Snell Jr.

Several changes to the structure of Vanderbilt University Medical Center's leadership team have been announced.

o Norman B. Urmy, formerly executive director of Vanderbilt University Hospital, has assumed the newly created position of Executive Vice President for Clinical Affairs. Urmy's new responsibilities include the oversight of VUH, Vanderbilt Health Services, the office of Space and Facilities Planning, the Vanderbilt Community Network, and hospital network development and strategic planning.

o Dr. James K. Geraughty has accepted the full-time position of President of Vanderbilt Health Plans. In his new position, Geraughty will be responsible for Vanderbilt's health maintenance organizations ‹ VHP Community Cares, Health 1*2*3, and Health 1*2*3 Platinum. Geraughty's former responsibilities as Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs have been assigned to Urmy.

o Roxane Spitzer, Ph.D., associate dean of the School of Nursing, has been named Assistant Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt Medical Group. She will provide support and oversight of VMG's off-campus practice sites, including the practices of Vanderbilt's clinical nurse practitioners in University Community Health Services, which is being merged with VMG operations.

o Dr. James D. Snell Jr., professor of Medicine and director of Ambulatory Care Programs, has been appointed as the medical center's Corporate Compliance Officer. This new office has been charged with the responsibility of assisting all VUMC departments in remaining compliant with government regulations.

These moves join the recent announcement that Lee E. Limbird, Ph.D., has been named Associate Vice Chancellor for Research.

"These changes will enhance the medical center's ability to pursue its three missions of education, research and patient care," said Dr. Harry R. Jacobson, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs. "This new organizational structure takes advantage of each of these individuals' unique talents, which will help the medical center thrive in today's highly competitive health care environment.

"However, these are not the only organizational changes that are going to be made. We anticipate others in both our clinical and academic enterprises, which we hope will take place within the next year," Jacobson said.

Urmy has been executive director of VUH since 1982, and has been responsible for all aspects of hospital management. Prior to that he served as Vice President of New York University Medical Center and served as the chief administrative officer of University Hospital.

Geraughty has served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs for Managed Care since 1995; his responsibilities have included the oversight, coordination and direction of VUMC's managed care activities and strategic priorities.

Spitzer will maintain her School of Nursing appointment in addition to taking on her new duties as Associate Chief Medical Officer of VMG. In addition to her Ph.D. in management, Spitzer holds a B.S. and M.A. in Nursing as well as an M.B.A. Her career has spanned work as a public health nurse in Nassau County, N.Y., academic appointments at several universities, and executive positions at both the not-for-profit Hospital of the Good Samaritan and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and at for-profit businesses, such as Medicus Systems Corp. in San Diego.

Snell is a 1958 graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. With the exception of a fellowship in clinical pulmonary disease at The New York Hospital in 1962, Snell's entire career has been spent at Vanderbilt. Snell has also served as director of Ambulatory Care Programs and as vice-chairman of the Department of Medicine.