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UF Health, the University of Florida’s academic health center, today launched a new five-year strategic plan to serve as a framework for the entire academic health system.
The new strategic plan, called The Power of Together, builds on UF Health’s first-ever integrated strategic plan, Forward Together. Over the past five years, the Forward Together initiative worked to unite all aspects of the UF Health family across colleges, hospitals, institutes and programs with a shared vision, values and goals. Forward Together was the roadmap for growth and decision-making for long-term success.
“Over the past five years, while putting our patients and our community at the center of all we do, we have greatly enhanced our education and research stature in serving the missions of the University of Florida,” said David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., UF senior vice president for health affairs and president of UF Health. “Building on Forward Together, the real power behind UF Health is the 22,000-plus faculty, staff, residents and volunteers. Every person is contributing to our expanding virtuous circle of patient care, education, research and community service.”
The broad, mission-based goals outlined in the new strategic plan will guide future growth and decision-making across the academic health center colleges, hospitals, institutes and programs. They serve as the framework for more specific unit and program-based goals.
The new strategic plan features five guiding principles that form the framework for mission-based goals. They include a focus on patient care, research, education, community engagement, and growth and expansion:
For patient care, quality remains Job 1.
In research, the institution will strive to maximize the impact of state funding for UF preeminence programs in advancing biomedical and population science programs, and bring scientific discovery and technology into commercial use to improve health.
For education, a key goal is to become a national model for interprofessional education.
In community engagement, UF Health strives to improve overall health and quality of life through outreach efforts to people and communities throughout the region.
And UF Health also plans to continue to generate resources that enable expansion and growth across UF Health.
“By pursuing the goal of being among the nation’s top-tier academic health centers, UF Health contributes to the university’s preeminence goal of being one of the nation’s top research universities,” said W. Kent Fuchs, Ph.D., president of the University of Florida.
During the past five years, under the Forward Together strategic plan, UF Health opened a new facility at Springhill, created a freestanding emergency room, opened UF Health North in Jacksonville, dedicated the UF Clinical and Translational Research Building and the UF Research and Academic Building in Lake Nona, and broke ground on the new George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building and the new UF Health Heart & Vascular and Neuromedicine hospitals. In 2011, the UF Health Sebastian Ferrero Office of Clinical Quality and Patient Safety was founded. And during a time of flat NIH funding nationally, the UF Health Science Center colleges continually increased their NIH grant funding over the last five years, including a 45 percent increase at the College of Medicine.
Guzick led the overall planning process. Thomas A. Pearson, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., executive vice president for research and education at UF’s Health Science Center, was responsible for leading the research, education and community engagement components. Laura Huntley, M.B.A., HSC vice president for administration, staffed all meetings and coordinated the entire process.
To see the plan, please visit: https://ufhealth.org/poweroftogether