June 22, 2007

VMG’s growth, progress outlined

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VUH CEO Larry Goldberg speaks at the VMG annual meeting. (photo by Susan Urmy)

VMG’s growth, progress outlined

Those attending the Vanderbilt Medical Group annual meeting earlier this week heard VMG officials point to signs of growth and progress in the past year.

In his presentation about improvements in mortality rates at Vanderbilt, C. Wright Pinson, M.D., associate vice chancellor for Clinical Affairs, noted the continued improvements and announced VMG's goal is to be in the top 10 percent nationally in each measure of mortality.

Among additional points that Pinson and David Posch, CEO of The Vanderbilt Clinic, made to the assembled VMG physicians:

• VMG revenue in the current fiscal year, through April, was $343 million, which is ahead of budget by almost $18 million and ahead of last year by $14.5 million, or 14 percent.

• The practices of VMG continue to add space, including: the Doctors' Office Tower at the Monroe Carell Jr Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt; Medical Center East South Tower; the Vanderbilt Heart & Vascular Institute; the expanded Ophthalmology area; and the proposed expansion into a renovated 100 Oaks Mall. In addition, the Williamson County practice has expanded from its original 15 providers to about 70.

• Patient satisfaction scores continue to improve, with VMG providers rising to the 84th percentile, up from 81.5 last year, good progress toward the goal of 90th percentile.

• Similarly, satisfaction scores for TVC has reached the 94th percentile, up from last year's 89th, and almost at the goal of 95th percentile.