September 5, 2008
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UNTHSC shatters records in 2008
By President Scott Ransom

It’s been a great year!  First of all, I’d like to say thanks again to the entire Health Science Center family for your hard work and dedication over the past year.  Without you, we wouldn’t be where we are today.  And thank you all for taking part in Employee Appreciation Day last week.  We all had a great time.

Michael Phelps wasn’t the only one breaking records in 2008. We’ve come a long way and I am extremely excited about the organizational records we’ve set in just the past several years.

Here’s a look at what we’ve accomplished:

People growth:

  • Increased from just over 1,000 to over 1,200 students in two years
  • Grew faculty from just over 200 to nearly 400 in two years
  • Achieved the nation’s highest COMLEX scores three years running

UNT Health growth:

  • Increased patient encounters from 225,000 to 600,000 in the past two years
  • Grew clinical revenue 2.5 times in just 2 years
  • Built highest profitability in the practice plan’s history, allowing us to provide the largest-ever UNT Health bonus pool
  • Increased practice plan cash reserves from just over 1 week to 9.5 weeks in the past two years.

Fundraising growth:

  • Grew alumni donations from just 9 participating alumni to an institution record of 580 alumni contributors
  • Raised more than $6 million, up from just over $1 million three years ago
  • Increased number of employees contributing to the HSC, now over 800 – a new record!

Growth in financial stability:

  • Built more than 11 weeks of cash reserve for the institution, up five-fold from two years ago.

Growth in partnerships:

  • Formalized collaboration with Cook Children’s Medical Network
  • Increased existing relationship with JPS Health Network
  • Developed a new Institute for Cancer and Blood Disorders with The Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders

Research growth:

  • Grew to more than $30 million of extramural funding, a three-fold increase over the last decade

New program growth:

  • Created new department of physical therapy: classes expected to begin in the fall 2010
  • Instituted new master’s degree programs in health administration and laboratory sciences
  • Established PhD programs in biostatistics, epidemiology, health policy and management, and social and behavioral sciences

Powerful as these results are, they’re only the beginning. Five years from now, our greater capacity will allow us to reach entirely new levels of success.  We’ve created a five-year plan to guide us along the way. It was developed through a collaborative effort that included the entire campus family, as well as alumni and community leaders.

Here are some of our plans for the next five years:

  • Double the number of students and faculty members in each school for a total of 2000 students and 600 faculty
  • Complete Phase 1 of the Master Facility Plan and starting with the 112,000 square foot Building A this fall
  • Triple private fundraising revenue
  • Become a new destination point for the Forth Worth Cultural District
  • Become a national leader in primary care academics, delivery and research
  • Be the undisputed home for groundbreaking Alzheimer’s treatment and research
  • Be Tarrant County’s preferred multi-specialty healthcare provider

Our five-year plan was presented to and approved by the Board of Regents on August 21.  Download the Five-Year Strategy Plan here.

As we build the capacity to excel, we’re also building momentum to redefine the future of health care in our community through excellence in academics, research and clinical care.

I believe we can accomplish these things.  We cannot put a limit on anything. The more we dream, the farther we get. So I hope you will join me in dreaming BIG. And watch as our results match our dreams! UNTHSC logo


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