2010 Annual Report

Bradford C. Berk

Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D.

The year 2010 will undoubtedly be remembered for the milestone passage of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the most comprehensive change to health care since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.  This sweeping legislation presents the opportunity to make health care more patient-centered, effective, transparent, and of measurably higher quality, and in so doing, stem the rise in cost.

For the last several years, the University of Rochester Medical Center’s (URMC) leaders have been at the table helping to shape the national dialogue.  As this year’s annual report chronicles, we have already taken steps to ensure access to primary and preventive care, to improve the quality, efficiency, and breadth of our delivery system, and to apply our research practically to improve human health. In fact, construction is nearly complete on one of the nation’s first facilities dedicated to expediting clinical and translational science into patient care breakthroughs.

Careful fiscal discipline has put URMC in a position to respond positively and proactively in an environment that’s not always friendly to academic medicine.  Thanks to the efforts of our Deans, Department Chairs and Center Directors, our schools have become leaner and more focused.  Buoyed by multi-million dollar awards for lymphoma, influenza, and bioterrorism research, URMC’s federal research funding grew by seven percent, to $216 million in the federal fiscal year ended October 31st, bucking the national trend toward smaller research portfolios. 

Plus, we’re learning that Rochester’s research discoveries disproportionately influence the thinking of other scientists across the nation. A recent study by Thompson Reuters ranked Rochester as #17 on a short list of universities whose publications were cited most frequently by colleagues.   

Within our hospitals, focused teamwork has improved quality and safety. Patient and family-centeredness will be a major focus in 2011.  Construction will soon begin on an addition that will judiciously create more inpatient capacity to meet demand.  And we are about to deploy our new electronic medical record which will vastly improve communication across the continuum.

For sure, 2011 brought enormous challenges but also occasion to celebrate.  Across our missions, we are more than just competitive; we’re ready to lead the change.

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