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Message from the President Friends, In 2018, UT Health San Antonio embarked on an ambitious journey of excellence when our Strategic Vision was launched. It will continue to serve as a compass for our work over the next four years and addresses strategies to achieve even greater heights in education, research, health care, community engagement and organizational effectiveness. Looking back on 2018, we see that: • Our educational mission has been greatly enhanced through the recruitment of renowned faculty, the creation of new programs and curricula, and the enhancement of innovative technologies and facilities. •

We have grown excellence in research to better understand health and disease and have greatly expanded our research technology infrastructure.

We have expanded our reach to provide compassionate, quality health care to a greater number of patients in South Texas.

We have intensified our commitment to the community through partnerships with the military, research into health disparities, community service opportunities, and through advocacy on behalf of health care and education.

We have invested significant resources into enhancing and improving infrastructure to support our missions.

I invite you to look through the following pages for more details on these exciting developments. Today, one year into the 2018-2022 Strategic Vision, I am pleased to report that we have started down a promising path toward being recognized among the elite academic health centers in the country. William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP President

Professor of Medicine UT Health San Antonio Published November 2018

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Our Vision To be a world-class academic health center transforming health and health care for a diverse society. From the 2018-2022 Strategic Vision

Our Mission

Our Core Values

The mission of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is to make lives better through excellence in education, research, health care and community engagement. Strategies for achieving this mission are:

UT Health San Antonio is committed to these core values: •

Accountability: We are committed to responsible and transparent stewardship of university resources.

Educating a diverse student body to become excellent health care providers and scientists.

Diversity: We strive for inclusivity across the university.

Engaging in research to understand health and disease.

Excellence: We continue to strive for excellence through creativity, innovation and dedication.

Commercializing discoveries, as appropriate, to benefit the public.

Providing compassionate and culturally proficient health care.

Innovation: We discover, create, develop and measure new, exciting and effective methods of education or pedagogy, research and clinical care.

Engaging our community to improve health.

Influencing thoughtful advances in health policy.

Integrity: We are truthful, equitable, and committed to intellectual honesty.

Professionalism: We will maintain the highest standards of professionalism through ethical behavior, life-long learning, and respect for all members of the university.

Teamwork & Collaboration: We support each other and promote interprofessional collaboration.

Tradition: We learn from our history, create an optimistic future and promote the unique nature of the health science center environment.

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Education

Be the university that students and faculty choose for its vibrant academic culture, innovative programs and service to the community, state and region. From the 2018-2022 Strategic Vision

Strategies 1. Enhance student and faculty recruitment efforts that demonstrate UT Health San Antonio’s commitment to foster a diverse and inclusive community that is representative of the 4. populations it serves. 2. Maintain a strong continuous evaluation process to sustain the excellence of our educational programs. 3. Strategically assess where UT Health San Antonio can leverage its educational program

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strengths to refine, change, or launch new academic programs that are responsive to the academic and professional market place. Strengthen interprofessional team-based learning opportunities across the organization.

5. Strengthen student career development programs that reflect professional and workplace needs.

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Accomplishments Two faculty were honored with the 2018 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards from The University of Texas System. The $25,000 awards are given annually to recognize faculty members within UT System’s 14 institutions who demonstrate extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in undergraduate education. The two awardees were: •

Ellen Kraig, Ph.D., professor and deputy chair of faculty development within the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine’s Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy

Robert M. Esterl Jr., M.D. associate dean for undergraduate medical education and professor of surgery at University Transplant Center, a partnership between University Health System and UT Health San Antonio.

UT Health San Antonio completed five critical steps toward attaining decennial reaffirmation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The commission will vote on reaffirmation of the university’s accreditation in December 2018. The School of Health Professions’ newest degree program, the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, accepted its first cohort of students in January 2018. Students are provided a robust scientific education and intensive clinical training in preparation for careers as medical speech-language pathologists able to work in diverse health care settings. In August 2018, the School of Nursing hosted the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Accreditation site visit for a 10-year accreditation review of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. All programs were reviewed and received a “fully compliant” rating from the accrediting body with no recommendations.

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The School of Dentistry completed a comprehensive revision of the biomedical science curriculum for its first- and second-year dental students. The innovative curriculum model aims to prepare students for an easy transition into clinical work. The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences received two five-year, National Institutes of Health training grants: the Medical Scientist Training Program grant for $790,000 and the Graduate Research in Immunology Program grant for $550,000. Additionally, a Neuroscience Training Grant for $518,000 was renewed for five more years. The awards provide funding to support students and educational programs, and enable programmatic growth and improvement. To prepare students for future professional and workplace needs, the Long School of Medicine increased the number of interprofessional education opportunities for its students. The team-based learning opportunities allow medical students to work in tandem and alongside nursing, respiratory care and occupational therapy students. Faculty members spearheading the initiative continue to seek opportunities where interprofessional education can be embedded within the formal curriculum. The Military Health Institute hosted a meeting with the leadership team for undergraduate and graduate medical education at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) to facilitate clinical rotations at BAMC and family medicine clerkships at local Army Patient Centered Medical Homes. The Military Health Institute continues to facilitate clinical rotations to provide a unique training environment, especially for medical students on scholarship from the Department of Defense. A five-year Health Resources and Services Administration grant for dental students from disadvantaged backgrounds was renewed during the year. The federal grant, which provides a

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$30,000 annual scholarship to 30 students, helps the School of Dentistry enroll and retain students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The School of Health Professions is near completion of a proposal to offer a Ph.D. program in health sciences. The program will prepare students to become the next generation of faculty, researchers and clinical leaders within health sciences. The Long School of Medicine initiated a partnership with The University of Texas at San Antonio to develop an M.D./M.B.A. dual degree program to competitively recruit top-tier students. Furthermore, proficiency in both management and medicine will ensure the program’s graduates are better equipped for the demands of the changing health care market. The School of Nursing received approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for a new Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. The B.S.N. to D.N.P. program, which focuses on interprofessional collaboration, further enhances the quality of programs for the School of Nursing and addresses a need in the marketplace. The national health care system is focused on patientcentered care and improved outcomes, and there is a strong demand for nursing leaders who are prepared to be catalysts for change and who are decision makers. The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences created and launched the first-ever Student Interprofessional Orientation, which brought together students from each of the five schools at UT Health San Antonio. The event showcased the institution’s commitment to interprofessional development and the future of health care. During fiscal year 2018, The Office of Admissions and Outreach increased its reach to approximately 7,000 students who might need mentoring and guidance to prepare for entrance into medical school. Eighty-four general outreach and 46 inclusion and equality events were held throughout the year, which included fairs, presentations, workshops, webcasts and podcasts.

Highlights included events for women in medicine, college students in rural areas and events for African American and Hispanic college students at institutions designated as Historically Black Colleges (HBCs) and Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACUs). The School of Nursing maintained an annual National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) pass rate of 98 percent for 250 newly graduated B.S.N. students and a greater than 90 percent pass rate for graduate nursing certification. The consistently high pass rates from School of Nursing students indicate the school’s commitment to the advancement of quality within its degree programs to compete nationally and internationally. A plan to introduce interprofessional education across all schools and programs was developed to fulfill the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaffirmation requirement that institutions have an acceptable Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The five-year plan, Linking Interprofessional Networks for Collaboration, is intended to coordinate the delivery of Interprofessional Education and Collaborative (IPEC) competencies and learning outcomes. The School of Health Professions realized an 84 percent job placement rate for its graduates. The school is committed to the continued growth in the job placement rate to improve the health care workforce of tomorrow with quality professionals. The Health Resources and Services Administration awarded the School of Nursing a $2.5 million grant to initiate a specialized nursing bachelor’s program in primary care. The program, within the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing track, includes a new curriculum emphasizing primary care in a clinical care setting, as well as team-based, primary care clinical training in locations that serve primarily at-risk, underserved populations.

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Research

Continue to develop and grow research programs of excellence and distinction in advancing human health. From the 2018-2022 Strategic Vision

Strategies 1. Invest in and continue 3. Enhance the clinical trials to support priority infrastructure. research themes in: 4. Strengthen critical aging, cancer, diabetes, research platforms to immunology & infectious support the research diseases, neurosciences priority areas, to include and population health/ bio-banking, medical/ outcomes research. bioinformatics, a science 2. Promote a culture incubator and research that values research, cores, institutes and collaboration and centers. innovation.

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Accomplishments In fall 2017, ground was broken on the new location for the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies, one of the world’s premier aging research institutes. The institute is the only agingintensive research institute in the country to currently hold four designations: the National Institute on Aging-funded Nathan Shock Center and the Claude D. Pepper Center, a testing site of the NIA-sponsored Aging Interventions Testing Program, and a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Geriatric Research, Education & Clinical Center. When the new location is complete in late 2019, the institute will expand the science and research of healthy aging from the lab to the clinical bedside. UT Health San Antonio and UTHealth in Houston announced agreements June 23, 2018, to grant exclusive global licenses for two unique biologic therapeutics to AlaMab Therapeutics Inc., a subsidiary of CSPC Pharmaceutical Group Ltd. The biologics will be developed into novel, first-in-class therapies for spinal cord injury and breast cancer bone metastasis. Under the agreements, AlaMab will make an initial upfront payment of $4.5 million to license the technologies. For the third time in 10 years, UT Health San Antonio garnered highly competitive National Institutes of Health grants to speed the translation of research discovery into improved patient care. Over the next five years, $24 million will be received under the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program. The CTSA Program enables research teams to address scientific and operational problems in clinical and translational research from throughout the UT System, and provides crucial resources to develop biomedical professionals to improve health in the community.

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The University of Texas System awarded four faculty members Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention (STARs) awards. The annual awards provide funding to help purchase state-of-the-art research equipment and make necessary laboratory renovations to encourage faculty members to perform their research at UT institutions. The four awardees were: •

Kumar Sharma, M.D., professor and chief of nephrology, was awarded $1.4 million to establish a Center for Renal Precision Medicine at UT Health San Antonio. The goal of the center’s research is to facilitate the identification of targets for new therapeutics, which will reduce the progression of kidney diseases and the need for dialysis treatment and kidney transplants.

Xianlin Han, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Medicine and the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies, was granted $300,000. Dr. Han’s laboratory, which focuses on lipidomics, seeks to uncover the causal factors of disease development by using a mass spectrometry-based technology developed in the laboratory to study lipids. Measurements of aberrant changes of lipid levels will enable Dr. Han to reveal insights into the causes of diseases.

Carolyn E.Z. Pickering, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Nursing, received $250,000. Dr. Pickering will use the award to develop a community research collaborative to accommodate the unique needs of persons with dementia and their caregivers and better support their participation in research.

Teppei Fujikawa, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Long School of Medicine’s Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology, was awarded $250,000. Dr. Fuhikawa plans to use the funding to unravel the neuronal and cellular mechanisms by which the central nervous system regulates homeostasis in metabolically changing environments such as exercise.

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Exceeding expectations, the School of Health Professions had more than $4 million in external grant expenditures. Securing external grants is a priority for the school as the awards elevate the visibility of the larger institution as a premiere academic medical center. In a commitment to research staff and investigators, an expansion plan was implemented within the Clinical Trials Office to expand services provided to encompass non-cancer industry sponsored clinical trials. The end of fiscal year 2018 marked the first year of the expansion plan and resulted in an increase of approximately 237 percent in clinical trial fees, an indication the institution’s investment is paying dividends. An action plan was implemented to improve the institution’s security posture related to the protection of intellectual property. The plan included security policy updates, improved information security awareness training, enhanced employee on-boarding and exit procedures, a formalized incident reporting process and participation in a third-party intellectual property surveillance contract through UT System. The first Postdoctoral Fellowship in Military Health for a researcher in a field relevant to the health of active service members, veterans and/or their families was completed in 2018. The fellowship provides significant opportunities for researchers to interface with key leaders from the military health community to advance their academic careers and the mission of the Military Health Institute. In partnership with the Vice President for Research and the School of Dentistry, the Long School of Medicine acquired Pure, an Elsevier Research Intelligence product, which is an enterprise research management solution that aggregates research information into a single accurate and comprehensive platform. Pure’s data validation and controls ensure unduplicated, accurate and complete information, decreasing the administrative burden of collecting faculty productivity metrics. When fully implemented, benchmarks and appropriate funding targets for each department, center and institute will be developed. 14

A team of dental researchers from the School of Dentistry was honored with the Journal of Dental Research Cover of the Year Award for 2017. The journal cover presented Anibal Diogenes, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.S., associate professor of endodontics, and his research team for their work on a new method to generate a scaffold for stem cells from healthy extracted human wisdom teeth that would otherwise be discarded. In conjunction with the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Office of Technology Commercialization launched a campaign to establish a start-up accelerator at the university to initially focus on UT Health San Antonio-specific innovations. As of the end of fiscal year 2018, the university was in the process of launching the accelerator. To deliver the most up-to-date, evidence-based care to patients, it is crucial the institution’s faculty engage in ongoing research. The School of Health Professions exceeded its forecast with a total of 71 peer-reviewed and published articles, abstracts and book chapters. In the spring 2018, UT Health San Antonio was awarded full accreditation by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International. AAALAC accreditation indicates excellence in the humane treatment of animals in research, and a commitment to the contribution of animal research to science. In 2018, the Long School of Medicine launched a pilot of “Grants 102” with eight faculty from clinical departments participating. The six-month program involves bimonthly meetings and workshops during which participants will develop and refine proposals for extramural funding opportunities. At the end of the year, seven of the eight participants were on track to submit an extramural funding application. The program is currently being refined and is on track for a full launch in 2019.

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The Military Health Institute is working with the Office of Technology Commercialization to develop a new model to support the transition of intellectual property from UT Health San Antonio through the Department of Defense research and development

process to commercialization and acquisition. This new development model will assist UT Health San Antonio’s faculty in identifying processes that will carry over to civilian technology development.

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2018 NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Officially launched a partnership with MD Anderson Cancer Center

MAYS FAMILY FOUNDATION

To honor the Mays Family Foundation legacy gift of $30 million, the cancer center was named Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center

42%

increase

31%

increase

PRIMARY CARE

patient visits, new and total, increased 42%

and 31% respectively over fiscal year 2017 for UT Health Physicians

$9.9 MILLION IN CPRIT GRANTS was awarded to

fund groundbreaking cancer research and

prevention programs and services in Texas

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OUTSTANDING TEACHING AWARDS

Ellen Kraig, Ph.D. and Robert M. Esterl Jr., M.D. were honored with the 2018 Regent’s

Outstanding Teaching Awards recognizing faculty members who demonstrate

extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in undergraduate education

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THE SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY provided oral health services at no

#3

#1

charge to 25,146 residents in various underserved communities at a value of

$5.6 million

THE UT HEALTH IMAGING CENTER was ranked No. 1 in the state of

Texas and No. 3 in the nation by the National Research Corporation

THE SCHOOL OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS’ newest degree

program, the Master of Science in Speech-

THE SCHOOL OF NURSING provided

Language Pathology, accepted its first cohort in fiscal 2018

immediate and vital

health care services to

Texas Gulf Coast residents

affected by the Category 4

HARVEY

Hurricane Harvey

11%

INCREASE

in awards over last year

THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE created the

PROGRAM AWARDS

11% increase in all

sponsored program

awards totaling $182.6 million in fiscal 2018

first-ever Student Interprofessional Orientation to introduce students from each of the five schools to each other and programs at the

beginning of their matriculation at UT Health San Antonio

$79.8

MILLION

NIH FUNDING

$79.8 million awarded to enhance health, extend life and reduce the

burdens of illness and

UT HEALTH PHYSICIANS realized

over fiscal 2017

total patient visits

disability, a 31% increase

growth of 23% in new patient visits and 13% in

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Health Care

To be the health care provider of choice for Central and South Texas with a focus on patient-centered care. From the 2018-2022 Strategic Vision

Strategies 1. Build a primary care network consisting of employed and associated health care providers. 2. Expand our specialist network by selective associations and employment of community specialists.

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3. Increase our geographic footprint. 4. Create more nationally recognized clinical programs.

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Accomplishments In February 2018, UT Health San Antonio officially launched its partnership with MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide greater access to the most advanced cancer treatments. Named the UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center, it is located in the Mays Cancer Center. To continue to deliver excellence in cancer care, key investments were made in faculty, scientists, clinical and research program expansion, and in significant infrastructure upgrades such as a new Welcome Center and enhanced Infusion Center and pharmacy. In fiscal year 2018, UT Health San Antonio continued to expand its primary care footprint by opening UT Health Shavano and UT Health Verde Hills, increasing the total number of UT Health Physicians Primary Care Centers in the San Antonio region to seven. The National Research Corporation ranked the UT Health Imaging Center as the No. 1 imaging center in the state of Texas and the No. 3 imaging center in the nation. The rankings were based on patient survey scores that assessed the overall rating of the facility. The ranking is a tribute to the radiology department employees and their focus on putting the patient and quality of care first. A pediatric practice was established within the UT Nursing Clinical Enterprise, an initiative of the School of Nursing, to support the nurse practitioner clinical practice and to provide clinical practice space and experiences for nursing students. The establishment of the pediatric practice increases the School of Nursing’s ability to provide quality care to more community patients, including the children of UT Health San Antonio employees. In fiscal year 2018, UT Health San Antonio established its own Accountable Care Organization (ACO), the UT Health San Antonio Regional Physician Network. The ACO is a partnership of physicians where coordination of care and integrated networks provide value well beyond a visit or procedure, with better outcomes that are good for the patient, community, practice and

the provider. This new entity developed a governance structure and the necessary infrastructure to begin participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program in 2019. Primary care efforts focused on improving patient access and refining a patient-centered care delivery model to enhance the quality of care resulted in an increase of 42 percent in new primary care patient visits and 31 percent in total primary care patient visits over fiscal year 2017. UT Health Physicians, led by an access taskforce, embarked on an initiative focused on managing patient access. The results have been outstanding, helping increase capacity to meet the continuously growing demand of the practice and enhancing the patient experience. UT Health Physicians realized a growth of 23 percent in new patient visits and 13 percent in total patient visits. The UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center continues to work seamlessly with MD Anderson Cancer Center on a multidisciplinary treatment approach, refined clinical protocols, joint tumor boards, facility enhancement projects, as well as collaborative research trials and studies. The School of Dentistry entered into a partnership with Formlabs, a 3D printing technology developer and manufacturer, to acquire an automated, multiple 3D printer. The printer is one of a kind and the School of Dentistry is the only dental school in the country to have one. The school will leverage the technology to produce mouthguards, dental and orthodontics models, impressions and surgical guides to place implants more accurately. The technology, which will increase quality while reducing turnaround time, has broader implications for many other medical uses across other schools and departments.

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Community Engagement

Foster a UT Health San Antonio community partnership that benefits the diverse communities we serve through education, practice and research to meet mutually identified health and health education needs. From the 2018-2022 Strategic Vision

Strategies 1. Identify the populations and/or communities to engage on population health needs. 2. Develop the infrastructure to support our faculty, students and community members to address relevant health and health care issues. 3. Promote lifelong learning among our students, faculty and community members on the relevant health and health care issues of the communities that are served.

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4. Form community partnerships that identify health challenges and problems deemed mutually important to South Texas communities and the institution; work together to create new models of health care that offer sustainable interventions that can be implemented, evaluated and enhanced. 5. Accelerate and support community-focused outcomes research through innovation and collaboration between researchers and the communities they serve to develop interventions that are sustainable to the community.

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Accomplishments Peggy and Lowry Mays and their family, through the Mays Family Foundation, further solidified their commitment to ensuring patients in San Antonio and South Texas receive world-class cancer care by increasing their legacy gift to the UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center to $30 million. In recognition and appreciation of the Mays’ generosity, the UT System Board of Regents authorized naming the cancer center the Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center. During fiscal year 2018, UT Health San Antonio garnered more than $74 million in overall giving, outpacing the institution’s five-year goal of $50 million per year over the next five years. Giving was successfully secured for key priorities including the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases, the UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies.

underserved communities in San Antonio and the South Texas region at large. In 2018, the School of Dentistry launched a new street medicine initiative to provide dental services to the homeless population at Haven for Hope near downtown San Antonio. UT Health San Antonio’s Dental Hispanic Center of Excellence continued its commitment to address the need for more Hispanic dental professionals. The extensive program aims to recruit underrepresented minority students in middle and high school into the fields of science, math, engineering and the health professions. In 2018, the center completed numerous on-campus visits and participated in conferences and presentations, reaching more than 1,000 students. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission awarded two grants totaling more than $4 million to the School of Nursing to educate Bexar County first responders in how to identify and reverse opioid overdose.

The Office of Governmental Relations facilitated national, state and local meetings with elected officials to present and promote UT Health San Antonio’s legislative funding and policy priorities. As of the end of fiscal year 2018, the Office of Governmental Relations continues to advocate for the institution ahead of the 86th Texas Legislative Session (2020-2021 Biennium) to be held in January 2019. Thanks to a $200,000 donation from singer Paul Simon, co-founder of the Children’s Health Fund, and his wife, singer Edie Brickell, the School of Nursing was able to provide immediate and vital health care services to Texas Gulf Coast residents affected by the Category 4 Hurricane Harvey. The School of Dentistry continued its community partnerships in San Antonio, Laredo, Del Rio, Carrizo Springs and other cities located in the South Texas Rio Grande Valley region to provide oral health services at no charge to 25,146 residents at an estimated value of $5.6 million. The school maintains its commitment to the pediatric, adult and homeless populations in

UT Health San Antonio’s 10th President’s Gala, held in September 2017, honored Lacie and Joe Gorder (pictured above), chairman, president and CEO of Valero Energy Corporation, for their exceptional service to the community. Proceeds from the gala established the Lacie and Joe Gorder President’s Endowment in Heart Disease Research to support the university’s heart disease research program in perpetuity.

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Culture of Excellence

Foster a culture of professional excellence, collaboration and growth. From the 2018-2022 Strategic Vision

Strategies 1. Be an employer of choice and retain exceptional talent in San Antonio and South Texas. 2. Support a culture of excellence through increasing and improving communications.

3. Promote faculty and staff engagement initiatives, and enhance support for faculty and staff development. 4. Prepare the next generation of organizational leaders.

Accomplishments Robert A. Hromas, M.D., FACP, was appointed dean of the Long School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs. Dr. Hromas previously served as chair of the Department of Medicine at University of Florida Health and vice president of the University of Florida Physicians Clinical Practice Association.

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Amy Tawney, M.B.A., SPHR, was appointed vice president and chief human resources officer in 2018. With more than 20 years of human resources experience in a variety of industries, Ms. Tawney will work with deans, vice presidents, university leaders and constituencies across the institution to develop and enhance the human resources strategies and

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implement the “Building a Culture of Excellence” work plan for UT Health San Antonio. UT Health San Antonio launched the 2018 Organizational Assessment for Growth and Effectiveness project, which aims to evaluate operational processes and functions across the institution to capitalize on opportunities to maximize efficiency and effectiveness. The robust, multifaceted, collaborative effort includes a detailed assessment of the entire organization and will produce tangible recommendations in late 2018. The Goal & Performance System, an online performance management system, was fully implemented and launched. The purpose of the system is to transform and enhance the performance management process from a one-time annual task to an ongoing collaborative process. At the end of fiscal year 2018, UT Health San Antonio was in the process of building a new, state-of-the-art Prefabricated Modular Data Center to increase and modernize IT infrastructure, data system reliability and security and compliance. Projected to be complete by the end of 2018, the center will consolidate multiple aged data centers with legacy infrastructures into a single onsite primary data center. Renovations to the Nursing School Building and the Dental School Building are in process. When complete, the buildings will feature modern functional spaces and will enable faculty members to take advantage of collaborative teaching techniques and modern technologies. Both projects are expected to be completed in fall 2019. The Office of Human Resources continued the Along the Leader’s Path training program to help supervisors, and those aspiring to supervisory roles, learn the foundational leadership and management skills needed to be successful. This series introduces the basics of effective leadership and management by covering topics ranging from leadership/management theory to practical application and tools of successful leaders.

A new leadership development program, Leadership Excellence for Academic Professionals, designed for current mid- to senior-level managers, was launched in 2018. The program’s goals are to expand participants’ leadership knowledge and skills, enhance collaboration and facilitate a culture of continuous strategic improvement, innovation and excellence. The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences created the Joe Robles Graduate Student Leadership Award, the Heather Menzie Junior Graduate Student of the Year Award and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Senior Student of the Year Award. The highly competitive awards promote, reward and recognize the success of their students. UT Healthier TV, an online streaming service, was officially launched. It provides a new way for the more than 10,000 faculty, staff, students and residents at UT Health San Antonio to connect with each other. The viewer gets to choose what to watch based on their interests so they can learn more about what is happening at UT Health San Antonio in short video segments. In spring 2018, UT Health San Antonio launched an initiative to ensure compliance with the updated General Data Protection Regulation, a European Union law that focuses on data protection and privacy. The initiative, spearheaded by the information and management services department, specifically extends the following rights to students, employees and members of the public, where applicable: the right of access by the data subject, the right to rectification, the right to erasure, the right to restriction of processing, the right to data portability, the right to object and the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences implemented a doctoral candidacy ceremony to recognize and award students for achieving major milestones in their programs.

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