UTMB Faculty Senate
Members Present: T. Albrecht, G. Anderson, W. Au, S. Ayachi, C. Baker, T. Cuellar, D. Freeman, P. Gallagher, J. Gonzalez, L. Grumbles, R. Johnson, R. Konig, A. Koutrouvelis, S. Lewis, H. Li, K. Mossberg, G. Olson, E. Protas, R. Rahr, K. Sandor, J. Stobo, P. Watson, M. Winter, and C. Wisnewski.
I. Approval of Agenda of 7/9/07 – The July 9, 2007 agenda was approved.
II. Approval of Minutes of 6/11/07 was done electronically.
President’s Comments – Dr. Stobo informed the Senate that he wanted to dispel the rumors that he’d heard that UTMB was treated unfairly in the legislative session for biennium 2008/2009. UTMB actually received $460,000,000 in general revenue, which is 5% more than 2006/2007. Our schools fared well with increases in formula funding but our hospitals and clinics did not. General appropriations has not kept up with medical inflation. The state is no longer willing to fund indigent healthcare. The state believes the counties should step up to provide funding. UTMB provides unsponsored care to 160 counties, of which 76% comes from the following six counties: Galveston, Harris, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Montgomery and Jefferson. Dr. Stobo informed the Senate that the counties don’t have any more money. In response to a question from Dr. Baker regarding any plans for a hospital district, Dr. Stobo responded that a hospital district plan had not been addressed yet. He also informed the Senate that hospital districts are very public boards appointed by county commissioners.
Dr. Stobo informed the Senate that UTMB received $13M for Hurricane Rita losses. Dr. Stobo also informed the Senate that The Department of Health and Human Services has rebased Medicaid services and UTMB will be paid at a higher rate in FY08-09, an additional $22-23M. Correctional managed care received $65M. Dr. Stobo informed the Senate that he ranks this legislative session a “B”, better than 2003/2005.
Dr. Stobo informed the Senate that in May, UTMB’s adjusted operating margin was in the black. Our debt capacity was more than doubled from $100M to $250M. Dr. Stobo informed the Senate that the Timeless Values campaign reached the $250M goal two months ahead of schedule. The most successful fundraising area was education.
III. Deans’ Corner (written reports provided by Drs. Protas and Watson)
• Dr. Protas informed the Senate that Dr. Ken Ottenbacher received an
award from a K-12 application for supporting 12 occupational and physical
therapy faculty scholars in research training. He is partnering with the
Departments of OT and PT at the University of Florida. This is a $5M award
over five years.
IV. Chief Academic Officer Report – Dr. Watson (written report provided)
• Dr. Watson informed the Senate that the Office of the Chief Academic
Officer is working to establish the CAO office as a strong UTMB entity. This
office exists apart from the schools and is its own entity that reports
directly to the President. The Office of the Chief Academic Officer is in
the process of obtaining office space and establishing a central location.
V. The Faculty Compensation Plan Relative to Certain Faculty Benefits (Dr. Kathy Shingleton and Amanda Porter)
Dr. Shingleton and Amanda Porter provided copies of the SOM version of the Impact of the Faculty Compensation Plan on Employee Benefits document prepared by the Human Resources Department in response to questions and concerns raised by faculty. A few questions were asked by senators to clarify points in the document. Dr. Shingleton stated that the SOM version is available on the SOM website; the SAHS version has been distributed by email to all SAHS faculty.
VI. Chair’s Comments—Dr. Baker
• Dr. Baker informed the Senate that she has a copy of the institution’s
financial statements as of 5/31/07 if any Senator or faculty is interested
in reviewing them. She receives these each month.
VII. Past Chair’ Comments – Dr. Winter had no report.
VIII. Chair-Elect Comments
Dr. Albrecht presented a brief report from the May Faculty meeting in
IX. Senate Business
Meeting adjourned at 6:20 p.m.
Committee meetings followed.
Next Faculty Senate Meeting: August 13, 2007 at 4:30 p.m. in the Caduceus Room.