I am writing to let you know that, starting in early 2012, we will begin streamlining and centralizing UTMB's budgeting, financial reporting and billing functions. Mr. Bill Elger, Executive Vice President and Chief Business and Finance Officer, and I are confident that this new financial organizational structure will improve planning, allow us to better coordinate and integrate these operations across the institution, make us more efficient, and result in more responsive and more effective financial management.
No changes in staffing are planned, although organizational structures and reporting relationships are being realigned. The principal leadership changes associated with the reorganization are noted below.
Celia Bailey-Ochoa has agreed to assume responsibility for UTMB's overall budget process. In her new role, she will ensure the coordination of efforts within each entity that relate to institutional, UT System and state budgets. In addition, Ms. Bailey-Ochoa will coordinate UTMB's Legislative Appropriations Request.
John States will be responsible for institution-wide accounting and reporting. This includes general and Faculty Group Practice accounting, clinical and research contracts, asset management, and our ongoing work with FEMA.
Cameron Slocum will assume a new role as Chief Operating Officer for the academic enterprise, reporting directly to the Executive Vice President and Provost. In this capacity, he will oversee and coordinate administrative operations — including the implementation of strategic and tactical plans, facilities planning, and resource allocation and management — for all functions within the academic enterprise.
David Connaughton will continue in his role with the Health System, with an even greater focus on long-term financial strategies. Mr. Connaughton's primary duties continue to include financial oversight of our hospitals and clinics, Correctional Managed Care program, and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements.
The reorganization also calls for a new leadership position that will be responsible for billing and collections for the Health System and Faculty Group Practice. A search to fill this revenue cycle leadership position will begin at the start of the new calendar year.
The financial team will work together with institutional leaders over the next six months to finalize details and fully implement the reorganization. These efforts will ensure that we make the most of the talents and knowledge of the people involved in our financial operations and provide a more streamlined process for successfully managing UTMB's long-term financial health.
Dr. David L. Callender