November Administrative Updates

November 21, 2016

Dear Loyola Health Sciences Community,

November is a month to give thanks and I first want to express my gratitude to each and every one of you for your time and dedication to Loyola. I know that we have a strong community of faculty, staff, and students who will together advance our position in health sciences education, practice, and research.

A few weeks ago we celebrated the inauguration of Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD, as the University’s 24th president. It was wonderful day for those who were able to break away and attend, if you were not, click here to read about the event.

Last month, we also came together as a community for the first Health Sciences Division town hall. I was happy to see so many engaged colleagues in the room from our many schools, departments, and institutes. As you know, our division has undergone many transitions this year. I appreciate your openness and willingness to work together with myself, our deans, and division leaders. In case you were unable to attend the town hall, below is a brief recap of the key topics discussed.

Finances
Any income generated by the division is reinvested here. That said, there is a clear need to improve our financial performance based on increased expenses from the Center for Translational Research and Education and declining revenue from external grants and contracts. We need to be wise stewards of our limited resources to allow for investment in faculty, research, and programs, and have a targeted plan to grow revenue through new academic programs and research.

Research Operations
Enhancing our research operations is key to growing revenue. Our plan includes continuing to support our exceptional scientists, recruiting and retaining faculty, and developing an outcomes research and clinical informatics infrastructure. Also underway is the consolidation and enhancement of the Clinical Research Office under the leadership of Colleen M. Fitzgerald, MD, MS.

Academic Programs
Reviewing our current academic programs and considering new programs that align with student demand is also critical to our success. Several departments have already expressed interest in launching new program options. All ideas are welcome.

As part of our continued effort to increase communication, we have launched a Health Sciences Division administration website. Click here to read past communications, view our organization chart, calendar of events, and more. I will also be hosting small group lunches and breakfasts again this winter. 

Again, thank you and I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving.

Sincerely,

Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN
Provost, Health Sciences Division