University Health Care Committee Retreat "Growing to Serve Kentucky and Beyond"
On June 7, the University Health Care Committee, formerly known as
the University Hospital Committee, of the University Board of Trustees
met for their annual retreat. Each year the committee (plus
guests) meets at the Keeneland Race Track and embarks on a full day of
presentations. This year we once again had a great lineup of speakers
and very informative presentations.
First up was Jim Field, General Manager, with The Advisory Board
Company in Washington, DC. His presentation, Toward Accountable Care Imperatives for the Future Health Care Market,
was eye opening and really got to what is in store for the future of
health care. This was a great way to start off the day and got a lot of
attention from the group.
Next Dr. Karpf discussed our results from the 2004 strategic plan, UK HealthCare Growing to Serve Kentucky.
The tasks at this time were to 1) develop a vision, 2) engage all
constituencies and 3) organize an appropriate operational model. The
vision was to bring together financial planning, facilities planning,
strategic planning and academic planning and communicate to everyone
from the Board of Trustees to employees. Our outreach efforts were
primarily focused within the state lines. Then Dr. Karpf proceeded to
discuss strategic planning moving forward and the new focus of advancing
to serve the health care needs of Kentucky and beyond.
Our market boundaries have crossed state lines into surrounding states.
In order to be a destination for advanced subspecialty care we must
have a large enough geographical expansion to ensure access to a large
enough population. For example the national average for kidney
transplantation is 56 kidney transplants per million population. For UK
HealthCare to have a program averaging 120 kidney transplants per year,
we must have access to over two million people.
During the next few hours we heard from physicians leaders in our
various service lines. I am always impressed with the level of expertise
and passion that our clinical leaders have for their areas of
The last presenter was Tom Roberston with the University Health
Consortium. He presented the results of an analysis of how UK HealthCare
compares with other academic medical centers. It was nice to hear that
UK compares favorably with other larger Academic Health Centers. As you
can see from the following Herald Leader article, we are becoming a top
regional medical center as we expand our ability to care for the most
complex illnesses. UK HealthCare is becoming a top regional hospital in
the Midwest and Southeast part of the nation.