UTMB Faculty Senate
January 9, 2012
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Present: Drs. S. Croisant, Chair, S. Al-Arabi, B. Ameredes, J. Badalamenti, K. Beal, B. Bryant, L. Cain, C. Cooper, P. Crane, J. Davis, R. Ellis, L. Farmer, J. Graham, A. Jones, J. LeDuc, N. Mendias, H. Pine, E. Protas, D. Prough, T. Riall, S Sarna, C. St. John, C. Utsey, P. Watson, C. Wiggs, D. Wild and D. Young
Absent: Drs. S. Elsaid, C. Houston, J. McBride and H. West
I. The meeting was called to order at 4:30 pm by Dr. Sharon Croisant, Faculty Senate Chair.
II. The Approval of the December 12, 2011 minutes. The minutes of December 12, 2011 were voted and approved by email on January 4, 2012.
III. Provost, VP and Dean’s Report
Interim Executive Vice President, Provost and Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences – report provided by Dr. Cooper
Interim Dean, School of Medicine, Dr. Prough announced that the Neurology Chair search had their first committee meeting today. Also, we have an excellent slate of medical school applicants.
Dean, School of Health Professions – report provided by Dr. Protas
Dean, School of Nursing and Vice President for Education – report provided by Dr. Watson
Dr. Watson updated her report for the SON enrollment total, the number is 902.
III. Reports by Faculty Senate Executive Committee
· Dr. Croisant introduced Mr. Cameron Slocum, Academic Enterprise, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director, Faculty Group Practice. In Cameron’s new role with Operations, he will attend the Faculty Senate meetings whenever possible.
· Dr. Croisant stated the Executive Committee met with Dr. Callender last week and one of the discussions was the Health-Related Institutions (HRI) rewards. Also, Dr. Croisant has requested input from Senators and Deans for UTMB’s report to the FAC, and has asked for the following information by January 13: Update on EVP/Provost/SOM Dean search; Campus highlights; Focus of Senate Committee work; Facilities update; Correctional managed care contract; Enrollment and graduation statistics; FY 2012-2015 Institutional and academic enterprise goals; and Policies on annual and post-tenure review and student evaluation of faculty.
· Dr. Croisant distributed a draft copy of the Faculty Senate Directory from the bios and photos that were collected. The directory will be linked to the website and posted to the campus announcements as well. We have made significant progress in increasing communications mechanisms with SOM departments. We now have direct faculty representation to all but 8 departments, and Dr. Croisant has asked these department chairs to consider sending a faculty member to represent the department to keep them informed on Senate activities. Based on this request, Dr. Jai Rudra, faculty member from Pharmacology and Toxicology, announced that he is here today, representing his department.
IV. Capital Campaign – Betsy Clardy, CFRE, Vice President and Chief Development Officer
Ms. Clardy presented the Senate with a PowerPoint presentation. Some highlights from her “Working Wonders” A Campaign presentation include:
To reach a goal of $450 million; Six-year campaign from start to finish; and the Faculty/Staff Campaign will kick-off this February.
New Jennie Sealy Hospital $270,000,000
Research Building $30,000,000
Interprofessional Educational Center $40,000,000
Research Endowment $50,000,000
Faculty Endowments $10,000,000
Scholarship Endowments $10,000,000
Priority Programs $25,000,000
Annual Giving $5,000,000
The Campaign benefits all of us with: Scholarships for deserving students; Endowments to recruit and retain top faculty; A state-of-the-art hospital to: Provide a training ground for students and residents; Provide a home for outstanding patient care; and Secure the university’s financial health.
· Senator Pine asked if they can split their donations to different priorities and can departments, sections, etc., receive a plaque or brick acknowledging their donation(s)? Ms. Clardy said yes to both; her office, which had 100% participation, will have a plaque on the wall next to a hospital room of the Development Office donation. If you have any questions, please contact her office and her team can assist you with this process.
V. Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program Medicaid 1115 Waiver – Katrina Lambrecht, JD, MBA, Vice President and Chief of Staff
Ms. Lambrecht presented the Senate with a PowerPoint presentation. Some highlights from her presentation include:
Background: Texas Legislative (General Appropriations Act and Senate Bill 7) instructed Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to:
Expand managed care to achieve cost savings
Preserve locally funded supplemental payments to hospitals (UPL)
1115 Demonstration Waiver:
Expands existing Medicaid managed care programs (STAR and STAR+Plus)
Increases amount of federal funding for Medicaid
Established two funding pools:
Uncompensated Care Pool (UCL)
Delivery System Reform Incentive Pool (DSRIP)
Develops Regional Healthcare Partnerships (RHP)
UTMB Proposal to Anchor Southeast Texas Region:
HHSC Regions 5&6, exclusive of Harris County
UTMB has contracts with all but 4 counties
UT-Tyler has proposed HHSC region 4
Texas 1115 Waiver Steering Committee already working
Health Management Associate has been engaged to assist with development of strategy
Continue working with UT System and HHSC
March 31, 2012, submission of proposed regions, including potential stakeholders and potential level of funding
August 31, 2012, confirm/approve final regions
October 31, 2012, submission of final regional health plans
Dr. Croisant asked if the Faculty Senate can help in anyway as well as CTSA and Ms. Lambrecht said yes and to contact her and if you have any suggestions or topics, please let her know. Dr. Croisant added that she will send out an email asking for topics.
VI. Reports by Faculty Senate Committee Chairs
· Dr. Croisant discussed the HRI reward and will send out an email with the information. The Faculty Quality Committee will assist with the HRI Awards and review process. An email was sent asking for UTMB information for the UT FAC meeting, due January 13th. The Faculty Senate Directory was distributed and asked for the Senators to review their sections and give us any updates. Once finalized, we will post on our webs and send a link to the directory to all faculty.
· Dr. Dan Freeman, Director, Office of Biostatistics will be retiring soon and there are concerns that they will not replace this position until after he has departed. The concern is the office is already down two faculty and they do not have anyone senior enough faculty to run biostatistics and feel that we need input on this situation from the Senate; three months to fill the position is a big gap and this is integral to everyone on campus. Dr. Ameredes will work on a statement/resolution and present to the Senate to vote on.
· Senator Crane, Chair for the Faculty Quality Committee stated that they are participating in developing the HRI awards process. They will meet briefly today to strategize.
· Senator Bryant, Co-Chair for the Governance Committee stated that the policy on the background checks is still with HR. Apparently some get higher background checks than others. The committee will follow-up with this. Dr. Croisant stated that she will send an email to Carolee King to ask to report of their findings and the next steps.
· Senator Cain, Chair for the Academic and Administrative Affairs Committee stated they are exploring the possibility of the implementation of a Junior Faculty Development Program. They wrote a letter to the COD asking the Dean’s to support the concept of the Faculty Development Program and for support in investigating a design for the program. They also passed the childbirth leave policy information to the Student Government Association. Dr. Martin in Student Services has received the information and is reviewing the template for student leave for childbirth. Dr. Cain stated that it is an honor for the Academic and Administrative Affairs Committee to serve UTMB and its faculty.
A motion was made and seconded to extend the Faculty Senate meeting by two minutes and was approved unanimously.
· Senator Ameredes, Co-Chair for the IHOP Committee stated they have revised the draft IHOP policy, IHOP policy 1.1.4 Intellectual Property that Mr. Abair presented at the December meeting and asked for the Senate input and to respond back to him with the outcome. The one change recommended from IHOP was on Page five, section five, which states: “25% to the President’s Royalty Fund” and added at the end of this line: “for the support of research at UTMB.” To now read as: “25% to the President’s Royalty Fund for the support of research at UTMB.”
A motion was made, seconded, discussed and voted on which passed unanimously.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:06 pm. The Subcommittees met following the general meeting.