New Health Center Board Meets for First Time
By Pat Keefe
The Health Center's new 17-member Board of Directors, that replaces the five-member Health Affairs Committee, a subcommittee of the Board of Trustees, met for the first time September 9.
The new, larger board was designed to bring new skills and know-how to the oversight of the Health Center, and an array of perspectives that can provide the critical counsel needed for a modern health care facility to be sustained and grow.
[ For more information about the members of the new board, please go to the June 17, 2002 issue of the Advance. ]
It has authority over all aspects of Health Center operations, with the exception of the operating and capital budgets, which will require final approval by the University's Board of Trustees.
The board will have a committee structure, in which members with particular skills will participate on panels in their areas of strength, such as clinical initiatives, finances, or academics and research.
Board Chair Claire Leonardi said the meeting, during which a number of top administrators provided briefings on education, research, clinical initiatives and finances, was a good start.
"It was the type of meeting that really created a subject- and knowledge-base that will help lead the board forward.
"The agenda and discussion identified the major issues, we as a board will be dealing with," she said, "such as the finalization of the Information Technology strategic plan, the finalization of a capital plan based on 21st Century UConn, and dealing more specifically with the medical school reorganization."
The board heard from:
"I thought it was an excellent meeting," said Bruce Chudwick, of Farmington, a member of the new board. "It was obviously an orientation session, but judging from the level and depth of questions the board members asked, it's plain to see what an exciting and important function the board will have for the Health Center."
The next meeting is scheduled for December 9.