New clinical enterprise structure announced

Image with caption: Bradley Britigan, M.D., clinical enterprise interim president, left, and Bill Dinsmoor, clinical enterprise interim CEO.
Bradley Britigan, M.D., clinical enterprise interim president, left, and Bill Dinsmoor, clinical enterprise interim CEO.
As part of a clinical integration project that began in 2012, The Nebraska Medical Center, Bellevue Medical Center and UNMC Physicians announced on Wednesday a new, unified leadership structure which leaders say is "built for the future."

In the new leadership structure, a single board will govern the newly formed clinical enterprise, and in the interim, a two-person executive team will lead it. Leaders from all entities involved have selected Bradley Britigan, M.D., dean of the UNMC College of Medicine, as interim president, and Bill Dinsmoor, chief financial officer of The Nebraska Medical Center, as interim chief executive officer.

See video: Enterprise leaders discuss the new organizational structure

"This will be an organization built for the future," Dinsmoor said. "We're in the midst of a profound and historic change in the way health care is organized and delivered."

"Organizations that are standing still will find their existence threatened," Dr. Britigan said. "That is not where we want to be. We want to be out in front and leading the pack."

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Glenn Fosdick
The three organizations expect to begin officially operating as one on July 1, 2014. Dinsmoor and Dr. Britigan are expected to name the leaders in other key positions of the new structure in the next few weeks.

"It is more important than ever that our entire clinical enterprise be aligned, strategic and focused," said University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken. "This new structure, thoughtfully developed with the involvement of scores of key health care leaders, positions us very well for success in this new era."

Also on Wednesday, Glenn Fosdick, president and CEO of The Nebraska Medical Center, announced he will retire, effective Dec. 31.

See sidebar at right: Glenn Fosdick's legacy of leadership

"There's never been a day I've regretted this career," Fosdick said. "What a unique opportunity to connect with a broad spectrum of people in the community.

"I've met presidents, vice presidents and I've met gang members. I've worked with remarkable people, incredibly talented physicians, a dedicated professional nursing staff. People who made things change and get better because of their imagination and commitment."


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Glenn Fosdick: Legacy of leadership

During his tenure, Glenn Fosdick led the effort to change the hospital's name from Nebraska Health System to The Nebraska Medical Center. He put a renewed focus on quality, on finding new ways to practice medicine and improving the way health care was delivered.

Three years after Fosdick took the helm, The Nebraska Medical Center was first in consumer awareness and preference and had the highest market share in the Omaha metropolitan area.

In addition to his leadership role at The Nebraska Medical Center, Fosdick has also served as senior associate dean at the UNMC College of Medicine since 2002.

“Under Glenn’s leadership, the hospital increased its efficiency greatly, and the hospital was very successful during his tenure,” UNMC Chancellor Harold M. Maurer, M.D., said. “Glenn also was a strong advocate for quality care throughout the hospital. I heard often from patients about the extra mile that nurses and others would go for them. That doesn’t just happen by coincidence; that’s an expectation that Glenn set, and it permeated throughout the hospital staff.”

Nowhere has the partnership between UNMC and the hospital been more evident than in the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, the largest single project ever at the medical center. Fellow leaders recognize Fosdick for his vision and drive in helping turn a good idea into a transformative part of the future of UNMC and The Nebraska Medical Center.

“With Glenn Fosdick at the helm, The Nebraska Medical Center has earned a strong reputation for high-quality patient care, effective operations and innovation in today’s rapidly changing health care environment,” said University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken.