PART 5: 10 Goals in 10 Years: The People
September 20, 2011
Let’s set 10 goals. 10 steps that lead to a teaching hospital, medical school and health science center.
Let’s reinforce an Austin way of life built around intelligence, inclusiveness and community well-being.
I’ve met, consulted and worked with a large group of dedicated people – many of you in this room – to come up with these 10 concrete outcomes. Achieving them will require hard work, targeted work and responsibility. So Central Texas business and community leaders will form an organizing committee to create Austin’s medical school and health science center.
This is the group that Austin should look to and hold accountable for achieving this community vision and goal.
I’m proud to tell you that the response to this call-to-arms has been great. The initial organizing committee will consist of experts, visionaries and committed community leaders from:
- The University of Texas System, represented by Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and Executive Vice Chancellor Ken Shine;
- UT-Southwestern Medical Center, represented by Dr. Sue Cox, the regional dean for Austin programs;
- The University of Texas at Austin, represented by President Bill Powers and Executive Vice President and Provost Steve Leslie;
- The Seton Healthcare Family, which will have will have its President and CEO, Charles Barnett, at the table;
- St. David’s Healthcare will be represented by its President and CEO, David Huffstutler;
- Current Board Chair Dr. Tom Coopwood and incoming Board Chair Rosie Mendoza will serve on behalf of Central Health;
- The Austin Community Foundation, in the person of its President and CEO Jeff Garvey, will represent the philanthropic community and groups;
- The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce will represent the business community – incoming Chair of the Chamber, Clarke Heidrick, will serve on the organizing committee;
- The Travis County Medical Society will represent members of the medical community;
- We will have at least one representative from other local healthcare clinics;
- The Livestrong Foundation will be represented by Doug Ulman, its CEO;
- Mayor Lee Leffingwell;
- and Judge Sam Biscoe also will serve.
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