PRESIDENTíS COUNCIL MINUTES January 28, 2009
Present: Ray Greenberg (chair), Wallace Bonaparte, Jack Feussner, Joe Good, Chip Hood, Sarah King, Walter Limehouse, John Raymond, Jerry Reves, Jack Sanders, and Sabra Slaughter.
Guests: Susan Barnhart, Herman Blake, Christine Brown, Steve Hargett, Tom Higerd, Kurt Nendorf, Stephen Valerio, Patrick Wamsley and Bart Yancey.
ITEM 1 Financial Update As of the 6th month period ending 12/31/08 MUSC net income was $ -7.8 Million, MUHA $-7.5 Million; UMA $-17.3; and CFC $5,370. ACTION: Council received this as information.
ITEM 2 Data Security Redux Mr. Nendorf presented a proposed modification of MUSC Computer Use Policy including changes in HIPAA Security Rule compliance, and new data protection and encryption requirements. The policy would add encryption and demagnetizing procedures to computer maintenance and surplusing. The policy applies to all entities that comprise the MUSC enterprise. ACTION: Council received this as information and expressed general support for the proposed policy changes but delayed vote on the item until a future meeting to allow members time to give them full consideration.
ITEM 3 Modification of Conflict of Interest Policy Dr. Raymond briefed Council on the in the Conflict of Interest Policy being considered Board of Trustees during its February meeting. ACTION: Council received this as information.
ITEM 4 General Updates Dr. Raymond report a successful Interprofessional Day in which second-year students from all six MUSC colleges and more than 89 faculty explored health careís professional roles and discussed the concepts of interdisciplinary health care teams to enhance patient care.
Dr. Lanier reported that extramural awards for grants and contracts are slightly ahead of last yearís, and he commented on special honors recently attained by faculty members.
Mr. Bonaparte described a recent EEO determination of violation of disabilities act.
Dr. Slaughter summarized developments to access DOD earmarked funding for MUSC.
Dr. Feussner reported on College of Medicineís Clinical Task Force strategic planning activities of the clinical task force, financial challenges in the practice plan, and practice consolidation discussions explored during a recent College of Medicine retreat.
Mr. Good commented that contracts between various MUSC entities and hotels that were made prior to the economic downturn may engender suits or legal exposure for the institution. He also share concerns expressed by facult about impending reductions in force, changes in the status of TERI employees, and closure/elimination of leased property.
Mr. Hood outlined internal restructuring activities to become more efficient and the exploration of external opportunities underway in FRD.
Dr. Reves summarized the goals of the upcoming College of Medicine strategic planning retreat.
Dr. Clark reported on savings in capital and information technology budget and progress in collaborative discussions with the College of Charleston and The Citadel toward cost-sharing.
Dr. Limehouse commented about legislative activities related to cigarette taxes to promote health care initiatives.
Mr. Anderson reported on the returns on MUSC Endowments. While negative, the performance was substantially better than the average for college and university endowments nationally. For endowment accounts that dropped below their starting value, the impact will prohibit paying funds out to support endowed purpose until the account recovers.
Dr. King reported Catalyst advertisement being up 13% and requested Council members assistance in sending announcements the Office of Public Relations to insure that publications conform to MUSC standards.
Ms. Montgomery announced that meetings with the College of Charleston and The Citadel are making headway toward group purchasing and exploring cost-sharing on human resources functions. She also stated that she is waiting on the Board of Economic Advisors announcement to plan for additional budget adjustments.
Dr. Greenberg summarized recent meetings including his testimony to the S.C. House Ways and Means Committee regarding MUSC needs, discussions with S.C. Medicaid officials regarding regulatory relief being pursued with the state legislature, and dialogue with MUSC Student Government Association officers regarding educational costs. He also commented about discussion with MUSC faculty and staff regarding federal economic stimulus package opportunities, other opportunities through the National Science Foundation, and the need to conduct SWOT analyses to be prepared to write and submit proposals quickly. In addition, he commented about time spent pursuing collaborative discussions around the state.
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned.