March 9, 2007

New meeting series to hash out Medical Center issues

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New meeting series to hash out Medical Center issues

Later this month, the Vice Chancellor for Health Affair's Office at Vanderbilt University Medical Center will launch a series of breakfast talks by VUMC leaders.

Invitations will soon go out by e-mail to selected staff and faculty from across the Medical Center. The talks will be held every other month.

“These gatherings will be an opportunity for members of our executive team and other leaders to meet with diverse groups of staff and faculty to examine matters vital to the Medical Center's present and future,” said Harry Jacobson, M.D., vice chancellor for Health Affairs.

“Under elevate, we're being reminded of the value of open, two-way communication across our organization,” Jacobson said.

“This new series of talks is one more way for us to bring together people from many areas of the organization for discussion with members of the leadership team.”

Department chairs have been asked to submit names of people to be invited to the talks. About 50 people will attend each breakfast.

The first invitation-only talk is March 30, 7:30 a.m., at the University Club. The speaker will be Martin Sandler, M.D., associate vice chancellor for Hospital Affairs. Sandler's talk on focused hospital growth will be followed by a question-and-answer session.