Strong elected as 2009 Michigan Health & Hospital Association treasurer
Members of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association elected new officers and board members during the association’s annual membership meeting in late June. Officers of the 2009 MHA Board of Trustees include Frank J. Sardone, chairman; Spencer Maidlow, chairman-elect; and Douglas Strong, treasurer. The board directs the Lansing-based association’s statewide representation of hospitals and health care providers.
Strong, director and CEO, U-M Hospitals and Health Centers, joined the Health System in 1998 as associate vice president for Health System Finance and Strategy. In October 2005 he was named interim chief executive officer of the UMHHC, and in Aug. 2006 he assumed the post on a permanent basis. Strong's major area of focus is to continue to strengthen the efforts that have brought UMHHC to its current position as a high-quality and financially sound institution.
Based in Lansing, the MHA represents all 144 nonprofit community hospitals in the state and successfully advocates on behalf of hospitals and the patients they serve.
Leading gastroenterologist named new chair of Internal Medicine
John M. Carethers, M.D. was named chair of the University of Michigan’s Department of Internal Medicine. Carethers will start at U-M on Nov. 1.
“We are delighted that Dr. Carethers will be leading our internal medicine department. He has proven throughout his career that he is committed to developing faculty, educating trainees and building research and clinical programs,” says James O. Woolliscroft, dean of the University’s medical school.
Carethers will lead the department of 585 faculty in 12 divisions, supervising its research, education, clinical care and development efforts. Woolliscroft says Carethers is well-suited to ensure the department remains among the nation’s leading Internal Medicine Departments, including its ranking as fourth largest recipient of National Institutes of Health grants.
A gastroenterologist, Carethers currently is chief of the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine’s Division of Gastroenterology — a position he’s held since 2004. He also is director of that university’s NIH Digestive Disease Research Development Center.
Carethers takes over from John Del Valle, M.D., Professor of Internal Medicine, who served as interim chair.
Nichols re-elected to DPS Oversight Committee
John Nichols, electrician, Construction Services, has been re-elected for a two-year term beginning in July 2009 as the union staff member representative to the University's Department of Public Safety Oversight Committee. Nichols has served on the committee for four years. The six-member oversight committee is an independent committee comprised of two student members, two faculty members and two staff members (one union and one non-union) who are nominated and elected by their peers for two-year terms. The committee considers grievances against any public safety officer deputized by the University. Its findings and recommendations are reported to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
Medical Innovation Center welcomes new fellows
The Medical Innovation Center welcomes its second class of fellows this fall as it strives to provide services to faculty and staff that need help moving a medical innovation idea forward. The class is a diverse group of professionals from the medical, engineering and business disciplines. The mission of the MIC is to foster innovation and enable new medical technologies by integrating clinicians, scientists, dentist, engineers, and business professionals through education and research to, ultimately, improve health. After their one-year fellowship, fellows will leave U-M with the tools to create and commercialize medical innovations.
The 2009-2010 fellows are:
Mohamed Hosny Elgamal, MBBCh
Yuri Haverman, MBA
Jeffrey V. Groom, MSE, biomedical engineering
Sanjay Shah, MBA, finance and marketing
Aaron Swick, MSE, biomedical engineering
“This year's group of fellows is identifying unmet clinical needs in aortic disease, one of the Health System’s destination programs,” says Managing Director Brenda Jones, MIC. “At a minimum, our goal is to ensure that they learn how to be medical innovators: a basic understanding of how to identify a solid and important clinical need, how to identify a solution for that need as well as the myriad of issues that face the medical device innovator.”The fellows’ curriculum spans a variety of topics including the “art and science” of innovation, legal implications, ethical issues, insurance challenges, as well as the commercialization and regulatory paths for medical device inventions.
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