Board of Regents approves plan set to enhance Academic Health Center services

The University Board of Regents approved a strategic plan for the Academic Health Center Friday that will strengthen and enhance the service and education the center provides.
In a presentation to the regents, AHC Vice President Frank Cerra outlined key points of the plan that will elevate the center to the top tier in the nation.
While vague on details, the plan will create a new system for preparing health professionals and enhance the use of technology in providing care and educating students.
The plan will also help the AHC meet the health needs of its diverse population and transform the center into a premier research facility.
The plan is in response to dramatic changes in health research and technological tools, along with the economics and education of health professionals.
“The challenge for Minnesota and the Academic Health Center is to continue to shape and sustain the health of Minnesota through a vibrant Academic Health Center,” Cerra said.
Regent Maureen Reed further stressed the need for the plan.
“We cannot as an institution succeed unless we nail this,” she said. “If we don’t nail this, the institution as a whole is in jeopardy.”

— Patrick Hayes