President Announces Changes to Executive Reporting Structure

Thursday, Apr 5, 2018

Dr. David L. Callender, President

Effective immediately, I am restructuring UTMB’s executive reporting structure and roles to improve communications, streamline operations, leverage our resources and strengthen accountability within our organization. Going forward, the following functional structures, roles and reporting relationships will be utilized for executive management of UTMB’s mission and support work:


·         The Office of the President will serve as a functional entity that regularly reviews overall institutional planning and performance. The group will help manage UTMB’s institutional strategic planning and management efforts, facilitate and guide business development efforts, review operational and financial results, and help ensure accountability for achieving strategic and tactical outcomes. This group will be comprised of Cheryl Sadro, Chief Financial Officer; Carrie King, Senior Vice President and General Counsel; Becky Korenek, Senior Vice President for Strategic and Business Planning; and Sheila Lidstone, Vice President and Chief of Staff.


·         Institutional finance functions, including Decision Support, Revenue Cycle Operations, Financial Accounting and Reporting, Finance-Institutional Support, and Clinical Contracting Services will continue to report to Cheryl Sadro. Ms. Sadro will move into the role of Chief Financial Officer for UTMB, focusing exclusively, with her team, on ensuring successful financial outcomes at the institutional level.


·         UTMB’s Academic Enterprise and Health System will continue to be overseen by their respective Executive Vice Presidents, Dr. Danny Jacobs and Ms. Donna Sollenberger. The EVPs will continue to be responsible and accountable for working with faculty and administrative leaders to create and execute successful operational plans for their areas of oversight. In addition, finance functions that support the Academic Enterprise and Health System will be decentralized to report to the respective Executive Vice Presidents. David Gruener, Vice President, Health System Finance, will now report directly to Donna Sollenberger and oversee all financial planning and reporting for our hospitals and clinics. Likewise, Fran Hutchison, Vice President, Academic Enterprise Finance, will now report directly to Dr. Danny Jacobs and will be responsible for financial planning and reporting for our schools and academic programs. The Health System and Academic Enterprise will be responsible and accountable for managing and reporting their financial performance with oversight from me, supported by Ms. Sadro and her team. Processes for preparation of the institutional budget are under further review and will be refined over the course of the coming months, but will continue to be overseen at the institutional level by Ms. Sadro and facilitated by Dustin Thomas, Vice President for Decision Support. 


·         Becky Korenek has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Strategic and Business Planning. In her new role, she will assume oversight for UTMB’s Office of Strategic Planning and Management as Dr. Rebecca Saavedra retires in May. Ms. Korenek will also continue to lead the institution’s business development effort, facilitating UTMB’s efforts to define new business opportunities, developing strategic partnerships, expanding our programs in current and new markets and ensuring that our institution is well-positioned to thrive in an increasingly competitive healthcare environment.  She will report directly to me.


·         Institutional support functions, including Information Services, Business Operations and Facilities, Human Resources, Audit, Marketing and Communications, Development, Health Policy and Legislative Affairs, Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Police, University Events, Institutional Strategic Initiatives and Telemedicine and Health Innovation will continue to report to me on an ongoing basis.


In addition, the following changes and plans have been implemented for the Health System:


·         Deb McGrew has stepped down from her role as Chief Operating Officer for UTMB’s Health System.


·         Donna Sollenberger, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer for the UTMB Health System, will be seeking an interim Chief Operating Officer to begin service as soon as possible. I anticipate the interim COO will serve in that role for six to eight months.


·         A national search for a new Chief Operating Officer for the Health System will begin this summer, with the COO appointed as the likely successor for Ms. Sollenberger after she retires.


As we all know, the operating environment for academic health science centers, all health care organizations and all academic institutions is changing rapidly. I believe that this restructuring is essential to helping us plan and implement the necessary organizational responses that will ensure UTMB’s success in this climate of constant and rapid change. You can see a revised organizational chart here.


Thank you for your support as we transition into this new organizational structure, and please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you have about these changes. As always, thank you for your marvelous dedication, commitment and contributions to UTMB and its work.

Dr. David L. Callender