Health System Academic & Research Employee Council Minutes Thursday, June 15, 2000
Present: Jane Adair, John Aufill, Kelly Bell, Leigh Ann Bush, Daweslyn Butler, Pat Harlow, Sharon Heyka, Bonnie Martin, Lynn McCutcheon, Sherry Morris, Gail Prince-Davis, Gina Steppe, Mary-Leigh Thacker, Eleanore Wade, June Wade, Charlene Williams and Pat Williams
Jim Kennan was the first speaker. The medical center is doing better financially. The 4.1% margin has increased to 4.6%. A consulting group is working to increase revenue. A project done in Neurosurgery has increased both efficiency and quality of care by using nurse practitioners for follow-up, and other changes have also brought improvements. Many clinics switched to hospital-based on 7/1/2000. Employees were given the chance to switch to agency 209. DHHS has deferred the implementation of APCs (Ambulatory Payment Classification) until 8/1/2000. The Children's Miracle Network broke the $1,000,000 mark for the first time, and raised almost $1,096,000. A motorcycle was donated for a raffle, and the drawing is to be 6/17. The value of the motorcycle is close to $20,000; a grateful patient and his family contributed it. Jim explained the snafu with the hospital tickets. The two different color tickets were well intended, but there was a failure in communication. Medical Center employees (agency 209) were issued blue tickets, and medical school (agency 207) employees were issued red tickets. The blue tickets were accepted in the cafeteria, while the red tickets were not. The acceptance of the blue tickets was to accommodate shift workers in the hospital. It was expected that those with red tickets could attend the picnic. When he became aware of the confusion over the acceptance of the tickets in the cafeteria, the Dean agreed to cover items purchased with red tickets. The Brandon Avenue light flashed on yellow for several weeks due to an adjustment problem. It is now fully operational and should be working. A national search for a CEO (Chief Executive Officer) is being conducted. This position has a non-academic function in the health system to replace Mike Halseth. It will report to Leonard Sandridge to decrease his workload. Nick Carter is the COO (Chief Operating Officer). A new organizational chart for the health system is being developed. The governor has granted an additional holiday on Monday, 7/3. Agency 207 (medical employees) will be credited with 8 hours of compensatory time to be used within the next year. The extra time does not apply to agency 209 (medical center) employees. Clinics will be open. Blue Ridge Hospital is no longer health system property. It has become the property of the UVA Real Estate Foundation. Approximately 30 acres are on a long-term lease with Monticello. The business portion of Monticello will be relocated.
Bill Vining spoke next. UVA had more than 9,000 years of service represented among the 851 employees with 10, 15 and 20 years of service at the recent service awards ceremony. The 215 employees with 25 or more years of service had approximately 6,100 years of service for a total of more than 15,000 years of service. 50% of employees have more than 10 years of service. Employees display a high work ethic every day in their contact with, and support of, patients and students. While the trend now is for individuals to have 5 - 6 jobs in their careers, this doesn't happen at UVA. Its size allows employees to advance within the university. At one time, 40% of the jobs posted were filled internally. New grants provide new jobs and promotional opportunities. UVA has also been successful in retaining personnel whose grants are ending and placing them in positions paid by new grants and contracts. UVA's service awards were listed in the Daily Progress, Inside UVA and Link.
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Approval of Minutes: The minutes for the May meeting were approved with one correction: the outpatient clinics will be moving to an APC (not DRG) system starting July 1. There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned.