Consulting firm to evaluate operations, strategic plan for UT Health Center at Tyler

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has hired a nationally recognized consulting firm to evaluate strategic opportunities and operations, UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun said.

“The Navigant Consulting team is here to help us refine and further strengthen our organization. They are working with us to identify our organizational challenges and will recommend solutions to those challenges as we enter our budgeting and strategic planning process. As our mission says, we are committed to serving ‘East Texas and beyond’,” Dr. Calhoun said.

Navigant Consulting, based in Chicago, has assessed the operations of organizations such as Johns Hopkins University, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and the University of California at San Francisco/Stanford Health Care.

“Navigant has helped these organizations identify strategic priorities, appropriate partnerships, and solid financial structures,” Dr. Calhoun said.

“Like many UT System institutions, we’ve had great success – in expanding biomedical research, developing educational programs, and in the area of public health. Our challenges come from our size – we’re a small institution in a competitive marketplace – from reductions in state funding, from cuts in Medicare reimbursement, and from the increasing burden of providing health care to uninsured and under-insured people in our community,” Dr. Calhoun said.

“Navigant’s report will identify the programs that best fit our mission and have the greatest potential for success. They will provide a roadmap to improved operational efficiency and to providing improved margins to fund necessary recruitment, growth, and development.” he said.

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