UTMB Faculty Senate

UTMB Faculty Senate

October 7, 2008

Special Called Meeting

Caduceus Room, 9:00 – 10:00 am


Present:  Drs. T. Albrecht, G. Anderson, N. Cintron, C. Cooper, R. Fox, N. Garg, D. Heliker, C. Holzer, S.D. Hudnall, A. Hudson-Jones, D. Munsell, G. Olson, S. Peloquin, E. Protas, S. Rosenthal, K. Sandor, G. Steer, G. Taglialatela, C. Utsey, S. Watowich, P. Watson, C. Wigg, S. Lieberman and C. Wisnewski

Absent:  Drs. W. Au, J. Bauer, M. Kanuth, R. Leonard, M. O’Keefe, J. Ruiz and N. Wills

Provost’s Comments (Dr. Garland Anderson)

·         Education:  Student housing (minutes not available at the beginning of the meeting).  Students are taken care of this semester; we have three months to look at housing for them.  In January, there will be some housing available for our postdocs and students. 

·         Research:  There will be a meeting this Friday and will be updated.  IRB is back in action. During our recovery phase, we have submitted grants and we have been recently awarded $16 million.  NIH extension - for every day you are out; they will give you a day.   Building 21 is finished.  Space will be available based on who has labs that was damaged from Ike.  Pumps and electrical switches failed and water got into some of the generators that were located on the first floor or basements.  Departments will be asked at a later time to collect information on their losses.  Four buildings that are not completely up and running are:  MRB, BSB, Keiller and Pharmacology.  Rebecca Sealy Hospital, the first floor was thrashed.  Old Red, we are waiting for the structural engineer to inform us, but we predict it will be at least one year.

·         Clinical:  200 beds is the projected amount for us at this time for at least one year.  Ob/Gyn will be brought back first then some surgery and medicine.  All support facilities for the hospital are nonoperational.  We are working on a solution for the Pharmacy.

·         October 20th is the target date for office space to be available and for the hospitals; the MRB may have an earlier date.  Some offices are already up and running. 

·         Congress passed $20 billion for the five states affected by the disaster.  $7 billion for hospitals which is given to FEMA, who will in turn give to the state to allocate.  We do not know the time frame for this is a prolonged process.  Also, the Governor will assist monetarily.  Dr. Shine will give us 45 of 50 million of the 50 million self insurance. For payroll, we have enough money for little more than one month; we need a special legislative session to take place.  Dr. Callender and the mayor are trying to work in a coordinated fashion to get resources.

·         UT Austin Medical School which people will be talking about; we will not be moving to Austin.

·         System Faculty meeting on Saturday stated that UTMB is way ahead on getting back up and running.

·         Direct Deposit:  if you know of anyone getting paper copies of their paychecks instead of direct deposit; please have them sign up for direct deposit.  Some people are having problems getting their checks.  We had some people in labor and delivery that lost their paper checks in Ike so Dr. Anderson graciously gave them some cash to help them out temporarily.

·         Increased Security:  Employees were working in the dark and having to go outside to the portable toilets and since there was recently gunfire in the nearby neighborhood, loitering and non UTMB employees wandering the campus, so for their safety, we had our police officers carry protection.

Dr. Hudnall spoke on behalf of the Faculty Senators stating that they were grateful for Dr. Anderson to speak with them today.

The meeting adjourned at 10:00 am.


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