Thank you for your continued patience with the restructuring work for the health sciences. As I reiterated in my last message, change is rarely easy. As we continue the process of reimagining what the “Academic Health Center” means to the University of Minnesota and move toward a more team-science-oriented, interdisciplinary, innovative model, I write to communicate a few final and important decision points, informed by the health sciences restructuring steering committee, that will help us all move forward:
Thank you for your patience with the restructuring work for the health sciences. Change is never easy, and I understand this has created uncertainty for some about the future of the AHC. We are in the process of reimagining what the “Academic Health Center” means to the University of Minnesota, as we move toward a more team-science oriented, interdisciplinary, innovative model.
The health sciences restructuring steering committee and staff work group have been working diligently on the AHC transition, meeting with affected units and gathering information. The steering committee and staff work group have noted the effective and efficient work that continues to take place in AHC units, including the high level of service delivered. Our goal is to preserve this excellent work and service, and we are committed to retaining our talented staff and faculty.
As I have previously indicated, the goals of this restructuring are to strengthen collaboration in the research and teaching missions of our work in the health sciences and to create greater operational integration and alignment. Our shared vision is excellence in clinical work, scientific discoveries, and interprofessional education across the University.
As we move forward on the restructuring of health sciences work at the University of Minnesota, I have charged a staff workgroup to develop a process for transition. They will work in consultation with impacted Academic Health Center units and make recommendations to the steering committee. The steering committee, which includes Executive Vice President and Provost Karen Hanson, Senior Vice President Brian Burnett, Vice President and Dean of the Medical School Jakub Tolar, Vice President Al Levine, and Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine Trevor Ames, is charged to review these recommendations, make decisions, and provide general oversight. The timeline is short and will occur in phases: the most straightforward changes will happen immediately, and the more complex changes must be implemented by December 2018. Members of the staff workgroup have already begun contacting affected AHC units and will continue to work closely with them throughout this transition.