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June 15, 2007
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Merit Plan

Even if you couldn’t attend the past couple of Town Hall meetings, you most likely heard through the “HSC Grapevine” something about merit bonuses.

It’s true.

As part of a comprehensive review of our compensation program as it relates to our goal of becoming a “Top 10” Health Science Center – remember our Strategy Map 2006-2007? – the Health Science Center is launching a merit bonus program to recognize and reward our top performers. The first phase of this project involves non-faculty staff only. Faculty members will participate in a separate evaluation system that is geared to their particular teaching, research and, where appropriate, clinical, responsibilities.

Approximately $1 million has been allocated for these one-time bonus awards. The professionals in our Human Resources Department will communicate more with you about the forms, training and logistics… here are the basic requirements and deadlines. 

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President reports on Legislative session
President Scott Ransom reported to the campus that the State Legislature has chosen to increase its formula funding for higher education. The Health Science Center is scheduled to receive a 16.45 percent increase in general revenue funds for FY 2008-09.

“This increased funding will support the hard work of the faculty and staff to grow our student body and add the kinds of programs, people and facilities necessary to meet the future health care needs of Texas and beyond,” Ransom said.

This represents the greatest formula funding we have ever received, and the highest percentage increase in formula funding of any health science center in the state.

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UNT Health holds Town Halls
Approximately 150 UNT Health staff attended town hall meetings recently to get operational and clinical updates on the multi-specialty physician group. One issue of key importance emphasized by Interim President, Randy Jones, was the continued focus on customer service and patient satisfaction.

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Health Disparities Conference a success
Almost 300 medical professionals, students and staff attended the Second Annual Texas Conference on Health Disparities May 31 – June 2 at the Health Science Center. 

Keynote Speaker Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee challenged the group to be agents of change in seeing through a bigger lens to “bring the health vulnerable to higher ground.”  She emphasized treating and understanding individual differences and beginning the evolution to improved healthcare for all Americans.

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TCOM alumni gather at TOMA convention
The Texas Osteopathic Medical Association held its 108th Convention and Scientific Seminar in San Antonio June 6-10. The annual convention gives health care professionals from around the state the chance to stay up to date on a variety of topics in the field of osteopathic medicine.  It’s also like a reunion for TCOM alums, who gathered at a reception held by the TCOM Alumni Association and the Department of Institutional Advancement. Outgoing TOMA President Dr. Daniel Saylak, TCOM ’86, was honored for his service to TOMA. The new TOMA president is Dr. Jack McCarty, TCOM ’78.

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Ceremony marks beginning of clinical rotation for TCOM students
The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine will host its third annual Student Clinician Ceremony June 20 at the Fort Worth Club.

The ceremony is designed to provide guidance, information and support to medical students beginning their clerkships.

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Test drive the new faculty evaluation form
The faculty evaluation project team, Office of Strategy and Measurement and Information Technology have collaborated to automate the evaluation process. It’s now available online and they need your help. Faculty and their support staff are encouraged to review the form and provide feedback on its usability.

If you’d like to participate, e-mail Jim Runyan and he’ll send you the instructions to get started.  There will also be a short luncheon training and feedback session.  Space is limited so contact Jim right away to get on the list.  Other feedback sessions will be scheduled if requested. UNT HSC Logo



Blue Ribbon

Department of Strategy and Measurement names Best Practice Award winners
President Scott Ransom and Thomas Fairchild, VP of strategy and measurement, presented the 2007 Best Practices Awards at a ceremony on May 30. Awards were given in each of the mission-centric areas of the institution for implementing “a technique or methodology that, through experience and research, has proven to be the best path to a desired result.”

The President’s Award went to Human Resource Services for improving the efficiency of the HRM-6 payroll authorization process. They’ve made payroll authorization more efficient by streamlining the steps in the process and making sure their staff is fully trained to implement the process. The changes help ensure that new employees or anyone with a payroll change will get paid on time.

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FWISD recognizes UNTHSC school outreach
The Health Science Center has received the Golden Achievement Award for Partnership Excellence from the Fort Worth Independent School District for our school outreach programs.  Health Science Center employees were recognized by the district for “giving time, talent and resources to support strategic activities and programs for students and teachers.” This is the fourth year the district has given the Golden Achievement Awards to recognize contributions by business and community partners to the students and teachers of the Fort Worth ISD. This is the fourth consecutive year that UNTHSC has received the Golden Achievement Award. UNT HSC Logo



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Join the UNTHSC Medical Crew for Breast Cancer 3-Day
For the second year, the Health Science Center will be the official medical partner for the DFW Breast Cancer 3-Day to benefit the Komen Foundation. A kickoff event for staff regarding the medical team and other volunteer opportunities is set for Wednesday, June 20 in the Atrium, from 7- 9 am A continental breakfast will be served.

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Van de Putte

State senator to address health disparities
The 2007 Distinguished Speaker Series continues with Texas State Senator Leticia Van de Putte’s talk on health disparities. Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, a pharmacist for more than 25 years and a state legislator since 1990, will present “Genes, Culture and Medicines: Bridging the Gaps in Treatment of Hispanic Americans.” The program takes place on June 21 at 5:15pm in Luibel Hall with a reception following in the Atrium.  The free program offers CME credits, and is open to anyone.  Seating is limited, so to get your name on the list call the PACE office at ext. 2539. UNT HSC Logo



Dr. Carmel Dyer
Dr. Carmel Dyer

It’s not too late to register for Elderly Abuse Community Conference
The Health Science Center will present “Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation: Community Collaboration” at 8:30am on June 22 in Luibel Hall. The conference brings together several organizations to discuss community concerns and issues related to elder abuse and neglect. 

Speakers include President Scott Ransom and Dr. Jennifer Heffernan, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Geriatrics. Dr. Carmel Dyer, director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston will give the keynote address: “Elder Abuse Detection and Intervention.” Registration ($30 before June 15, $40 after) includes parking and lunch. CME credits are available for this conference. For more information or to register call ext. 2016 or 817-526-1958. UNT HSC Logo



Dr. Peter Koulen

Koulen speaks at center opening
Dr. Peter Koulen gave the keynote address at the grand opening of the Sunrise Assisted Living community of Fort Worth on June 7.

The new community provides state-of-the-art assisted living and specializes in Alzheimer's and memory loss care.  In his address Dr. Koulen, member of UNTHSC’s Institute for Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Research and director of the North Texas Eye Institute, emphasized how the research and clinical facilities at the Health Science Center can benefit senior living facilities like this one.

Also in attendance were Fort Worth City Councilman Chuck Silcox, representatives of Sunrise Senior Living, area health care professionals and future residents of the community and their families. UNT HSC Logo



Dr. Patrick Moonan
SPH alum investigating globetrotting XDR tuberculosis case
Dr. Patrick Moonan, a senior epidemiologist for the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is the lead epidemiologist investigating the TB case of Andrew Speaker, who recently traveled from Atlanta to Europe with extensively drug resistant tuberculosis. In addition to his duties as part of the CDC outbreak investigation team, Dr. Moonan coordinates the U.S. National Tuberculosis Genotyping Service.

Dr. Moonan, who earned both his DrPH and MPH at the Health Science Center, was interviewed on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” on June 13. The segment included an explanation of how TB genotyping helps track the disease. UNT HSC Logo

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