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May 2007 Issue

Jane Henney, MD, addresses a crowd of faculty and staff at the 2007 State of the Academic Health Center address.
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Academic Health Center Critical to Community and University

By Richard Puff
Published May 2007

The Academic Health Center (AHC) plays an integral role in the Cincinnati community and helps set the university apart as a major research institution, Jane Henney, MD, told attendees at her annual “State of the Academic Health Center” address April 18.

“The AHC and its faculty, staff and students are a valuable element of the Greater Cincinnati region and an indispensable part of UC. It’s our academic health enterprise that helps to set UC apart as a major public educational institution and as one of America’s great urban research universities,” said Henney, senior vice president and provost for health affairs.

She noted that the AHC contributes more than three-quarters of the $332 million in research money that comes to the university annually. More than 55 percent of the institution’s annual $1.3 billion budget also comes from the AHC, and the university’s $1.1 billion endowment is bolstered by more than $560 million from the AHC’s four colleges.

“As the numbers indicate, we—the AHC—in all measures comprise more than half of this great institution and in some categories the numbers are much higher,” Henney said. “I think it’s safe to say that without the health component, UC would be a very different university. Together, the two halves make quite a powerful whole.”

Henney congratulated attendees for the tremendous contributions during the last year and noted many significant achievements. These included continued success in college and program rankings, strong research funding despite a very difficult environment for federal grants, the approval of new programs, increased enrollments and superb examination pass rates in all four colleges.

“Looking back at 2006, we should be pleased at all we have accomplished,” she said.

Henney also discussed the ongoing College of Medicine strategic planning initiative, provided an update on budgetary issues and the litigation between the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati and two of its member hospitals, Christ and St. Luke. She also highlighted the strong relationship between the AHC, UC Physicians and University Hospital.

“The physicians and resident workforce from the UC College of Medicine and physician practices from UC Physicians drive clinical revenue for University Hospital. In return, University Hospital pays more than $10.1 million to the College of Medicine for both programmatic support and contributing to the recruitment packages for clinical chairs,” Henney explained. “Another $25.6 million goes from University Hospital to UC Physicians for the services of our physician faculty.

“The College of Medicine provides an academic environment for the faculty who make up UC Physicians,” she added. “And more than $24.2 million goes from UC Physicians to the College of Medicine departments to fund education and research. So you see how much each needs the others in this symbiotic relationship.”

For a copy of the 2006 Academic Health Center report, call (513) 558-4553, e-mail or visit

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