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May 2006 Issue

Jane Henney, MD, delivers the 2006 State of the Academic Health Center Address.
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'Academic Health Center' Readopts Original Name

By Richard Puff
Published May 2006

Jane Henney, MD, senior vice president and provost of health affairs, announced during the April 19 "State of the Center" address that the institution was returning to its "official designation" of Academic Health Center.

"Academic Health Center is an appropriate name for who we are and what we do," she said. "We are truly more than our other descriptor of Medical Center or even more than the ambiguous designation, the East Campus, since we are now located in more than one site."

While investigating what needed to be done to make the name change, Dr. Henney said it was discovered that the UC Board of Trustees approved Academic Health Center many years ago.

"So we are not changing our name, but returning to our official designation," she said.

Dr. Henney covered a variety of topics during her address, from challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, to an overview of key relationships, to the unveiling of new Web sites.

In June, the Academic Health Center will have a new "virtual front door" when a revamped Web site is launched.

"We must make best use of the Internet to reach our patients and our prospective patients and students, faculty and staff. Our Web site is our virtual front door. It's the public face of our institution. As such, it's time that we enhance and improve our Web presence," she said.

Dr. Henney outlined ongoing activities at the Academic Health Center to achieve the six goals of UC|21, the university's plan for the future. She also addressed UC's alignment with other organizations, including details of the recently approved Operating and Affiliation Agreement with the Health Alliance.

This agreement includes the formation of a Joint Working Group to discuss coordination of education, research and patient-care activities between UC and the Health Alliance. Additionally, the agreement outlines such things as an annual Educational and Research Payment to UC, joint land-use planning and the development of a 10-year joint master plan for the consolidated campus.

For a copy of the 2006 Academic Health Center report, call (513) 558-4553, e-mail or visit

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