Author Affiliations: Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center (Mr Saxton and Drs Blake and Johns) and Emory Healthcare (Mr Fox), Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.
Shortly after being appointed Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
and Director of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) of Emory University,
Atlanta, Ga, in July 1996, Michael M. E. Johns, MD, initiated a comprehensive,
center-wide strategic assessment and planning process, building on a previous
round of high-level planning by the preceding administration. Special attention
was given to identifying the potential impact of the recently enacted congressional
Balanced Budget Act. Each core mission was considered separately and then
consolidated into the overall plan. The process enlisted hundreds of faculty
and staff at all levels over 18 months. Results were further evaluated by
experts specializing in organizational planning. Intensive implementation
planning was conducted. Once completed and approved by the appropriate leadership
and boards, the plans were communicated broadly to all staff.
Saxton JF, Blake DA, Fox JT, Johns MME. The Evolving Academic Health Center: Strategies and Priorities at Emory University. JAMA. 2000;283(18):2434–2436. doi:10.1001/jama.283.18.2434
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