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Chancellor’s Holiday Message


Faculty, Staff, and Students:

As we approach the holidays it is an appropriate time to reflect on the year. It has been a year that UTHSC has much to be thankful for.

On the Memphis campus we watched the Translational Science building rise to be a future home for our research enterprise. We endured the renovation of the Alexander and Dunn Dental buildings and the dramatic demolition of multiple old, unused structures. We passed the keys to the contractor to begin demolition of the Feurt building to be replaced by a new, state-of-the-art education and multi-disciplinary simulation facility. We received state funds to renovate the historic 1911 quadrangle in Memphis, plus in Knoxville we broke ground on the Speech and Hearing building while contributing to the renovation of the new medical library.

We witnessed the development of our Nashville clinical campus in partnership with Saint Thomas Health. Advanced training programs in Medicine, Surgery, Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Obstetrics are preparing to start. Pharmacy moved students in years 2 through 4 to Nashville, while Nursing and the Physician Assistant program saw new capital city expansions.

Professional Licensing groups reviewed us and reaffirmed full college and program accreditation after rigorous site visits in Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Professions.

We saw the transformation and birth of new clinical faculty practice groups — UT Region One and UT Methodist Physicians — in partnership with our core teaching hospital partners. We were pleased when Le Bonheur, led by our faculty practice group — UT Le Bonheur Pediatric Specialists– was again named among the Best Children’s Hospitals in the nation. Additionally, both the UT Medical Center in Knoxville and Methodist University Hospital in Memphis contended for positions on this prestigious list.

Finally, UTHSC was named one of the best places to work in Memphis by The Commercial Appeal and received designation as a Governor’s Healthy Workplace.

This and much more has been possible because of the actions of the UTHSC faculty and staff, along with the remarkable performance of our students.

Carol and I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for what you have done to make this another very successful year. Our best wishes to you and yours for a prosperous and happy holiday season.

Chancellor Steve and Professor Carol Schwab