Strategic Planning: Vision 2020


Final Draft of the Joint Strategic Plan

As we continue on the challenging and complex course that will ultimately result in a new joint strategic plan, we have benefitted from the input of many in the UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial communities. It has become quite clear that the faculty, staff, students and community members we have heard from are deeply connected to the future success of our institutions, especially as we face dramatic upheavals in health care financing and delivery; medical and health sciences education; and research funding and the translation of research into practice.

Discussion of such issues has informed the strategic planning process. We have recommended that the following final draft goals form the basis of our future success, and we have shared them with the academic medical center community, so that input and response can continue to inform this process and shape our strategic direction:

  • EDUCATION: As a highly innovative, interprofessional community of students and educators, we will build a health care delivery and biomedical research workforce that makes a lasting impact on human health.

  • BASIC RESEARCH: Continuing to be a leader in Massachusetts’ life sciences research, we will enhance the basic science enterprise and drive intellectual excitement, potential new therapies and long-term sustainability through the engine of discovery, with special focus on areas of existing world-class strength.

  • TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH: We will create a transformative research ecosystem that enables rapid development of products for clinical use, collaboration with the Clinical System as a laboratory for clinical and translational research, and partnerships with the community to drive improvements in individual and population health.

  • HEALTH CARE DELIVERY: We will become the best academic health system in New England based on measures of patient safety, quality, cost, patient satisfaction, innovation, education and caregiver engagement.

  • INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: We will establish an information technology environment that enables the best care and patient experience, educates the finest caregivers and scientists, and accelerates future therapies.

  • TALENT: We will attract, inspire and cultivate outstanding talent in science, medicine and healthcare to become one of the nation's most distinguished academic health sciences center.

  • CANCER: We will provide a high value ecosystem that maximizes opportunities and optimizes outcomes for our patients who seek prevention, treatments and cures for cancer, our trainees who seek to become experts in all aspects of cancer and our researchers who seek new knowledge for the prevention, treatment and cure of cancer
  • SERVICES INTEGRATION: We will transform shared service operations to better serve and support mission based activities through alignment of purpose and integration of effort. 

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To learn more about the strategic goals, please read the Final Draft of the Joint Strategic Plan.

These are, clearly, ambitious goals. To achieve them will require the commitment of everyone who works, studies, practices and supports these important institutions. It is also important to make clear that turning these goals into concrete and actionable plans that align with our resources and commitments will be crucial to success.

The leaders from across our institutions who have been involved in this process have devoted significant energy and expertise; we are fortunate to have the insight, vision and expertise of this group.

As we have said repeatedly, the ultimate success of the planning process – indeed, the ultimate success of our institutions – depends on the willingness of our communities to contribute to the creation of the health sciences center of the future.

Stewardship Group Membership:

Milton Anderson, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, UMass Memorial Catarina Kiefe, MD, PhD, Chair, Quantitative Health Sciences, UMMS
David Ayers, MD, Chair, Orthopedics, UMMS/UMass Memorial Mark Klempner, MD, Executive Vice Chancellor, MassBiologics, UMMS
Doug Brown, Esq., Senior Vice President for Member Hospitals and Chief Legal Officer, UMass Memorial Cheryl Lapriore, MBA, Senior Vice President, Chief of Staff, Chief Marketing Officer, UMass Memorial
Charles Cavagnaro, MD, President & CEO, Wing Memorial Hospital Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, Vice Provost for Clinical and Translational Research, UMMS
Brendan Chisholm, Chief of Staff, Office of the Chancellor, UMMS Patrick Muldoon, MBA, President, UMass Memorial Medical Center
Deborah DeMarco, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, UMMS Michele Streeter, MBA, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, UMass Memorial Medical Group
TJ FitzGerald, MD, Chair, Radiation Oncology, UMMS/UMass Memorial Luanne Thorndyke, MD, Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs, UMMS
Terence Flotte, MD, Executive Deputy Chancellor, Provost, Chief Research Officer & Dean, School of Medicine, UMMS Greg Volturo, MD, Chair, Emergency Medicine, UMMS/UMass Memorial
John Greenwood, Chief Financial Officer, UMass Memorial Medical Group Matthias Walz, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, UMMS
Allan Jacobson, PhD, Chair, Microbiology and Physiological Systems, UMMS Greg Wolf, Chief Information Officer, Information Technology, UMMS
Robert Jenal, Executive Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance, UMMS Doug Ziedonis, MD, MPH, Chair, Psychiatry, UMMS/UMass Memorial
Julia Johnson, MD, Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology, UMMS/UMass Memorial


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