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TODAY news for Thursday, February 26, 2007

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Boards of Trustees meet in full session

The Boards of Trustees for Loma Linda University, Loma Linda University Medical Center, and Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center met in full session on December 12 and 13. Following are the highlights of board actions:

Loma Linda University
The following administrative appointments were approved: Michael A. Kirby, PhD, associate vice chancellor for research affairs, effective October 1, 2006; Barry K. Krall, DDS, director, pre-doctoral program, department of dental anesthesiology, School of Dentistry, effective     October 15, 2006; Bernard G. Gantes, DDS, interim program director, department of periodontics, School of Dentistry, effective October 2, 2006; and Mathew T. Kattadiyil, BDS, interim program director, fixed prosthodontics, department of restorative dentistry, School of Dentistry, effective October 19, 2006.

A proposal to transition the Faculty of Religion into a School of Religion with a division of humanities was approved, effective July 1, 2007. A new financial plan supporting the School of Religion was also approved. This change is expected to fully enable the new School of Religion to more effectively develop faculty and courses to serve the broad spiritual needs of the University. This makes the eighth professional school of the University, along with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

The strategic plan for 2007 was reviewed and approved by the Board of Trustees. A number of initiatives have been developed and will be implemented through the new year, including a 10-year master plan for University buildings.

A Joint Replacement Center is being established and will be based at the East Campus with support from the department of orthopaedic surgery and other rehabilitation services.

A bachelor of science in respiratory care degree program has been approved in collaboration with Dallah Healthcare Group in Saudi Arabia. This will be a Loma Linda University degree utilizing faculty from both Loma Linda and graduates from the previous Saudi Arabian program in respiratory therapy.

Enrollment for fall quarter 2006 is 3,972 (head count) and 3,582 (FTE). These numbers reflect a continued growth in all Schools. Tuition and fees for the 2007–2008 academic year were approved. On the average, these represent approximately a three to four percent increase. Individual schools have been allowed to adjust their rates to match national trends.

LLU Medical Center
Ruthita J. Fike, MA, Loma Linda University Medical Center chief executive officer, expressed appreciation to the operations team, the LLUAHSC leadership, and the Board of Trustees for the successes during the past year. The overview of 2006 will be presented at the February 2007 Board of Trustees meeting.

David Marlow of the consulting firm Strategic Marketing Concepts shared the results of the fall 2006 service area consumer survey. The presentation included the objective, methodology, and overall findings of the survey. Overall, Loma Linda University Medical Center showed improvement from 2005 to 2006. The overwhelming pattern was up and the top of mind awareness increased. As strong as Loma Linda is in the market, awareness is not universal; hence, there is still a need to continue recently implemented communications, marketing, and public relations efforts.

James Pappas, MD, vice president for quality, shared the recent National Hospital Quality Measures summary update for the third quarter of 2006. Additionally, Dr. Pappas updated the Trustees on JCAHO survey readiness, Six Sigma, Patient Care Process Innovation, the Gallup Q12, and patient satisfaction data.

Michael Jackson, MPH, senior vice president and administrator, Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus Hospital, updated the Trustees on the East Campus site and facility plan. Mr. Jackson outlined phase one and two of the plan and shared photographs of the proposed Boundless Playground, a playground for handicapped children.

Steve Mohr, CPA, senior vice president for finance, presented the financial report, the 2007 budget, the facility modernization capital plan, capital requests, and an update on property transactions. November 2006 ended with a positive bottom line above budget.

LLU Adventist Health Sciences Center
B. Lyn Behrens, MBBS, president & chief executive officer, LLUAHSC, reported to the Board of Trustees the following accomplishments for 2006:

The health care ministries strategic plan—year two, was successfully led by Ruthita Fike, MA, LLUAHSC executive vice president for hospital affairs, and H. Roger Hadley, MD, LLUAHSC executive vice president for medical affairs. It included

Banning Beaumont Satellite
Ambulatory Pavilion
Pediatrics/Maternal Academic Campus
Physician Recruitment Office
Philanthropic support
Centennial Complex campaign
    phase one of $40 million completed, and
East Campus phase one of $7 million completed.

Dr. Behrens commended Ms. Fike and her leadership team for the outstanding fiscal performance by Loma Linda University Medical Center during 2006.

Carlton Lofgren, DDS, and Tom Zapara were presented with gift baskets in appreciation for their wonderful leadership and support for the Centennial Complex and East Campus campaigns respectively. Both campaigns reached their phase one goals in December—the Centennial Complex at $40 million, and East Campus at $7 million.

The Board of Trustees appointed Mark Reeves, MD, PhD, as director of the Cancer Institute. Dr. Reeves graduated from UCLA with a PhD in biochemistry in 1990, and from LLU School of Medicine in 1992. Following graduation, Dr. Reeves took a general surgery residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center and completed fellowships in surgical oncology at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Maryland, and at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Dr. Reeves returned to Loma Linda as a faculty member in 2000.

The Board was given a report on the research strategic planning process by John Abendshien, who is facilitating the process. A number of interviews have taken place on campus and key perceptions of strengths, concerns/threats, and clinical success factors have been compiled. The future for research must be defined so that investments and energies can be focused. The research strategic plan will undergo further development and refinement at a retreat with administration and principal investigators.

The Board of Trustees also approved a number of policies governing the research enterprise. These policies may be obtained from the research affairs office.

The members of the Board of Trustees attended the unveiling of the plans for the new Ambulatory Pavilion outpatient center. Planned services in the pavilion include the International Heart Institute, gastrointestinal and pulmonary services, and imaging services.

The Ambulatory Pavilion will be built directly east of the Schuman Pavilion on the northeast corner of the Medical Center campus. Groundbreaking is anticipated in the fall of 2007.

TODAY news for Thursday, February 26, 2007