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The Michigan Daily - Friday, July 11, 1986 -Page 5
New University Hospital enjoys success
By ELLEN FIEDELHOLTZ - cupancy rate is virtually unheard of." it difficult to get new patients into the parking problem by providing ad- optimistic, and the hospital plans to
dedical experts have giventthe Un- Although the hospital opened six beds, he said, particularly when ditional spaces on Fuller Field and develop several "programs of ex-
rsity's Medical Center a high months ago, expansion of the entire discharge dates of other patients are shuttle buses to transport staff to cellence" in the future, particularly
nking compared to similar medical center will not be complete changed. The staff is currently work. They are also relying on the in the fields of cancer, geriatrics, and
ilities nationwide, according to until 1990, according to hospital public working to iron out these problems, completion of a parking structure at organ transplants.
ent news reports. relations coordinator Dave Frito. Warren said. The hospital has also Catherine and Glen streets to ease the
survey conducted by Georgia Frito said the hospital's official faced a variety of other problems, in- crunch. In addition, some of the green "We are very pleased with the way
ysician Herbert Dietrich ranked opening and formal dedication on cluding a parking crunch and an inef- area bordering the original parking the hospital is being used, and we will
new University Hospital among 25 June 1 has helped enhance its image. ficient phone system that has plagued structures has been graveled over. strive to continue to behave in a man-
hospitals that provide specialized "People no longer have to deal with much of campus. ner consistent with our reputation,"
atment. an out-of-date, antiquated facility," Officials have alleviated some of Nonetheless, administrators are Warren said.
IETRICH POLLED 300 national he said. "The new-hospital has a state
dical experts for his book, The of the art setting, fine facilities and a
st in Medicine. His findings were fine reputation. The new facility givest a
orted in USA Today. patients a number of unique oppor-
ssociate hospital administrator tunities."
rry Warren attributed the BECAUSE THE hospital draws its "URI is very im- sources. She noted that the National
pital's success to "an outstanding patients from Michigan, Ohio, and (ContinuedfromPagel) Dean CharlesVest,R ivery im- scese oed ation al
dical staff and fine leadership." northeastern Indiana, Warren views Pentagon," Kock said. portant to resesrch universities like Science Foundation (NSF) programs
added that the effectiveness of the the facility as "a state resource. Haddad, whose $14.6 million project graduate students as well as equip (NIH) programs rose 25 percent last
'sing and other support staffs con- This high-tech institution provides will study methods of increasing the ping our new laboratories with year, compared to a 16 percent defen-
uted to the high ranking. services not available in your speed of computer microchips, is en- medernequipment." se incresse. NIH provides 48 percent
thusiastic abouthis grant. Vest added that he does not consider of the University's total federal
We are very pleased with the way the "This is one of the best projects the URI a military endeavor, though research funds.
os ital is being used.' available," he said. "It is badly it is funded through the defense Naval Architecture Prof. Robert
spitalsI is b wokigbeingRoer
use .eeeedasItilebnwrkngwihBeck is supervising another URI
-Larry Warren graduate students who will definitely de U RIdeals with areas impor- project, an $8.9 million endeavor that
Hospital administrator help with such a highly competitive tant to us and we are not using it for will study the problem of fluid
prHaddad was not present at the weapons development," he said. movement aroundships, with the goal
The hospital has been flourishing average bommunity hospital," protest. VEST AND University Vice of improving hull designs.
ce it's Feb. 14 opening, according to Warren said. Most hospital patients DESPITE the opposition, Univer- President for Reserch Linda Wilson The other project, supervised by
ecutive director John Forsythe. He are referred from other hospitals or sity officials support the research and could not estimate how much the new Metallurgical and Materials
projects would increase the Univer-EniernIwl
d the hospital is operating at a physicians. are optimistic about the grants. Only sties ercentage of defense fd ng~Engineering Prof. Ronald Gibala, will
'el that officials hadn't anticipated As expected, though, the hospital's 71 of the more than 1000 proposals but the gdid yt ld be by" 'mfocus on improving lightweight
til the 1990s, including a 90 percent first few months have not been. submitted nationwide were selected, ut d say it woul b y so materials that are reliable for high
cupancy rate for hospital beds. flawless. "As with anything new there and the University won three of the amount." temperatures for aircraft engines,
'IN THIS DAY and age, most are expected to be a few problems," largest. iln says t reases w nt frames, and skins. Gibala's project
spitals are only 50 to 60 percent Warren said. "I'm very excited about these -din increased from other federal will cost $8.4million.
1." Warren sa "A go n ,nrntne - THE HInGH n nnvcrsncrtemake .a.ds "am d irinterims rntinatfrina

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