Health System vital economic
partner in community
is under way for an expansion of hospital and clinical space,
a $58 million project that began in January and is expected
to be finished in March 2006.
Economic Engine: Third in a Series
was part of Thomas Jeffersons plan for his University from
the beginning. In 1826, Dr. Robley Dunglison was hired as one
of the Universitys first eight faculty members. He taught
anatomy and treated local patients. But it wasnt until 1901
that the first U.Va. Hospital was built.
facilitys 25 beds soon were overwhelmed, and four years
later a program of expansion and growth began that continues to
this day. The U.Va. Health System works to sustain Jeffersons
vision combining education, research and service as a vital partner
in the economic health of the community.
a budget exceeding $665 million for the current fiscal year, a
workforce of more than 5,300 employees and more than 540 beds
serving patients around the state and beyond, U.Va.s Health
System supplies a steady infusion of money, jobs and health-care
service to Central Virginia. Along with the Medical Center, the
Health System comprises the School of Medicine, the School of
Nursing, the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library and the Health
a health-care organization, we understand how vital our faculty
and staff are to our ability to provide quality care for our patients,
said R. Edward Howell, vice president and chief executive officer
of the U.Va. Medical Center. Paying close attention to their
needs and well-being is vital to our continuing success.
facets are readily visible in the stream of patients who
in the bricks and hard hats dotting the area. Last year, the U.Va.
Medical Center staff cared for nearly 27,000 in-patients and handled
nearly 560,000 out-patient visits. And construction is under way
for an expansion of hospital and clinical space, a $58 million
project that began in January and is expected to be finished in
visible are several equally important benefits, including care
provided patients unable to pay, and research that stimulates
advancements in treatment and innovative business opportunities.
the Medical Center
With thousands of patients, the Medical Center
is the most visible component of the U.Va. Health System.
The elements below play other important roles.
School of Medicine
The U.Va. School of Medicine was authorized by the Board
of Visitors at its first meeting in 1819 and was among the
Universitys original programs, opening in March 1825.
The original faculty consisted of a single professor, Dr.
Robley Dunglison, who was the first full-time professor
of medicine in the United States and a leader in medical
the School of Medicine is a nationally recognized mid-size
school offering graduate and undergraduate programs of medicine
and biomedical research. Students gain clinical experience
here and at affiliated hospitals and private offices throughout
Virginia. After graduation, interns and residents continue
their training as staff in hospitals throughout the United
spring, 126 students, nearly half of them women, graduated
from the U.Va. School of Medicine. Of the graduates, 55,
or 44 percent, planned careers in primary care and 71, or
56 percent, planned to go into specialized fields ranging
from internal medicine to psychiatry.
School of Nursing
Founded in 1901, the same year as the U.Va. Hospital,
the School of Nursing has graduated thousands of students
who serve in hospitals, clinics and other health-care settings
in the Commonwealth and elsewhere in the country.
year, the nursing school graduated nine doctoral students,
60 masters degree students and about 100 bachelors
degree students. The doctoral recipients seek teaching jobs
around the country; the masters students are generally
Virginians looking to specialize and expand their capabilities
while improving their opportunities for advancement. Nursing
undergraduates are usually snapped up by hospitals in Virginia
and the mid-Atlantic region even before they graduate.
Health Services Foundation
The U.Va. Health Services Foundation is the group practice
that manages billing for U.Va. physicians. A private, nonprofit
organization, the foundation was established in 1980 to
support member physicians in patient care, teaching, research
and administrative and financial management.
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
Thomas Jefferson launched a medical collection in 1825 with
the purchase of 710 volumes in the medical sciences. Unfortunately,
the entire collection was lost in the Rotunda fire in 1895.
But with the opening of a new Medical School building
in 1929, the Medical Library moved into new quarters
in the School of Medicine. In 1976, the $2.3 million Claude
Moore Health Sciences Library was dedicated, and a $5.5
million expansion and renovation was completed in 1990.
2001, the U.Va. Medical Center provided $66 million in care for
uninsured Virginians, serving more than 27,000 people who could
not pay for their care.
Were happy to have them, said Larry Fitzgerald,
chief financial officer for the U.Va. Health System. Our
mission is to treat all patients, regardless of their ability
to pay for medically necessary care.
research, the Health System is part of a University-wide enterprise
that has grown dramatically in recent years. U.Va. now ranks 49th
in the country in attracting federal research and development
funding, according to the Office of the Vice President for Research
and Graduate Studies.
2001-02, the U.Va. School of Medicine alone received $155.3 million
in research grants , creating new biotech jobs, while tackling
such debilitating diseases as cancer, diabetes and autoimmune
research funding doesnt just sit in the labs. The U.S. Department
of Commerce estimates that for every $1 million spent on research
in Virginia, 36 new jobs are created, directly and indirectly.
research at U.Va. is helping to build an emerging biotech sector
in Central Virginia, said Robert De Mauri, executive director
of the Thomas Jefferson Regional Economic Development Partnership.
fosters entrepreneurial development, not only from within the
University, but also by attracting outside businesses to the area
and enhancing their research and development capabilities,
De Mauri said. Partnerships with University researchers
coupled with the new lab space in the Universitys research
parks are helping to grow a high-tech community here a
welcome development as some of our older manufacturers have shut
their doors in recent years, putting hundreds of local residents
out of work.
all of the sophisticated research, high-tech care and intense
academics, the Health Systems employees and students also
benefit the local economy in the most practical and direct of
ways. One need only stroll from the Medical Center across University
Avenue to the Corner on a busy day to see the impact.
Chen, manager and co-owner of Sakura Sushi & Noodle on 14th
Street, is one of numerous restaurateurs who say their businesses
thrive during the academic year and slow considerably in the summertime
or during winter break. He figures that hospital employees account
for at least 10 percent of the Japanese restaurants customer
base with students medical and other accounting
for another 40 percent. During vacations, he said, business drops
by about one-third.
Families visiting the area to be with ill relatives at the Medical
Center or Kluge Childrens Rehabilitation Center also spend
money at the restaurants and shops in Charlottesville, especially
on the Corner.
presence of a nationally recognized teaching hospital the
U.Va. Medical Center for years has been ranked among the nations
top 100 hospitals in terms of quality of care, operational efficiency
and financial performance in the community also creates
a magnet both for businesses looking to locate and senior citizens
planning to retire.
quality of health care in Charlottesville far exceeds what one
would expect to find in a small community, De Mauri said.
That attracts both businesses and retirees to the area because
they know they can get the best care without having to live in
a big metro area.
area residents need not walk through the doors of the institution
to benefit from its presence. The School of Nursing in particular
is helping address a shortage that affects health care across
Hysell, the nursing schools assistant dean for graduate
student services, said the students strong clinical experience
at a major medical center, leadership potential and analytical
skills are major draws for employers.
for our nursing students is extremely high, Hysell said.
Offers start coming in around Christmas and most of our
undergraduates have lined up jobs by spring break of their fourth
economic impact of other activities at the nursing school is also
real, if difficult to quantify. There are ongoing research programs
to improve clinical care. There are efforts to extend the reach
of quality health care through clinics in rural Southwestern Virginia.
And there are student initiatives such as Nursing Students Without
Borders, which encourage students to provide health care in developing
sense of outreach permeates the U.Va. Health System. In addition
to the care provided indigent and uninsured patients, employees
contribute in other ways, giving both time and money to important
health- care programs.
year, Health System employees contributed more than $260,000 to
charitable causes through the 2002 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign.
They also joined with other University employees to earmark more
than $47,000 to support the Charlottesville Free Clinic, making
the University the largest single contributor to the clinic for
the year, said Erika Viccellio, Charlottesville Free Clinic executive
in 1992 by two U.Va. medical residents to serve the medical needs
of the working uninsured, the Free Clinic last year treated 1,200
patients and has treated even more this year, Viccellio said.
The University continues to support the mission of the clinic
not only through financial donations, but also by students and
medical professionals volunteering their time.
provides a lot of service to the community through the clinic,