The Michigan Daily - Monday, July 22, 2002 - 3
'U, hospital system earns No.
8 spot in U.S. News rankings
By Linda Choo performance in these specialties deter- in terms of supporting and developing
For the Daily mined whether or not it made the new programs for the care of older
"honor roll." people. It's nice to see that those activi-
In its annual rankings of the nation's The highest ranking for the Univer- ties are recognized nationally," he said.
best hospitals released last week, US. sity in any specialty was for ear, nose, UMHS also improved its rankings
News and World Report ranked the and throat at no. 4. Medical Prof. from last year in six specialty areas:
University of Michigan Health System Charles Koopmann said his depart- cancer; digestive disorders; ear, nose,
eighth on its list, one down from last ment is strong in all areas. and throat; gynecology; respiratory
year's ranking. "We have great depth in patient disorders; rheumatology, which all
US. News compiled an "honor roll" care, resident training and research," ranked in the top 11. The lowest rank-
of 17 hospitals with Johns Hopkins, he said. "We're very successful in all ing in any specialty was for heart and
Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic three aspects" heart surgery at no. 42.
heading the list. In addition to ear, nose and throat, In terms of making further improve-
In addition, hospitals were ranked in the U-M Health System ranked in the ments, Gilbert Omenn, executive vice
17 different specialties, including can- top 10 for cancer, respiratory disorders president for medical affairs, noted
cer, digestive disorders and hormonal and geriatrics. that several clinical facility expansions
disorders. Internal medicine Prof. Jeffrey Hal- are in the works, including a cardio-
The rankings were based on an eval- ter, director of the University Geri- vascular center. "We established the U
uation of factors such as reputation atrics Center, said he is proud of the of M cardiovascular center during the
among board-certified physicians, hard work the University has been past two years," he said. "We have
mortality statistics, the ratio of nurses doing in the geriatrics field. UMHS expanded clinical and research servic-
to beds, technology services, the num- provides four out of the seven geriatric es, and we are well along in planning a
ber of discharges and discharge plan- programs evaluated in the rankings. major new facility (for the center)."
ning services. A hospital's overall "Our hospital has been a leader ... Halter said the hospital will soon
begin a new progra focused on delir-
,a complication of surgery affect-
ing older pople.
He said UMHS can always
X , "strive to do better" as far the serv-
ices it provides to the community,
adding that the hospitals are work-
ing "to review how its services are
provided and to be innovative, pro-
vide the best possible care, and
make sure the care is delivered in
the safest manner possible."
Although the U-M Health System is
down a notch from seventh last year,
Omenn said that "seventh, eighth and
X Yninth rankings are almost precisely
FILE PHOTO "Staying in the top 10 year-to-year
University Hospital, part of the University of Michigan Health System, houses and improving our scores are good
many of the departments featured in this week's U.S. News rankings. goals," he added.
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not to cut appropriations from higher
education if schools did not raise
tuition more than 8.5 percent.
While the University has one of
the lowest tuition increases in the Big
Ten and the state of Michigan this
year, it still has one of the highest
Also at the meeting, Athletic
Director Bill Martin presented the
budget for the Athletic Department.
He said the department has a $1.8
million surplus for the 2002-2003
budget, mainly because the University
will have seven home football games
next year rather than the usual six.
But Martin also emphasized the
need for the construction and renova-
tion of athletic buildings, including
an academic success center, compar-
ing the advantages and disadvantages
of the University Athletic Depart-
ment's $13 million debt to Ohio State
University's $260 million debt.
"The difference is that they've
built (on) their campus for the past
100 years and we've ignored ours for
the past 20," Martin said, adding that
the need for fundraising and dona-
tions has grown over the past 15
years because the number of varsity
sports has nearly doubled.
Maynard also stated the impor-
tance of keeping current campus
buildings in good shape, saying that
if a building needs work, "you have
to renovate it."
Earlier in the week, the regents
also held a special meeting held by
conference call to finalize and
approve the contract for President-
elect Mary Sue Coleman.
According to the contract, Cole-
man will receive a base pay of
$475,000 per year, to be reviewed
annually. A provision was added July
15 giving Coleman deferred compen-
sation of $75,000 per year unless she
terminates her employment prior to
July 31, 2007 by reasons other than
death or disability.
Given other benefits and a five-
year retention bonus of $500,000, as
w Al as a retirement package of up
to $200,000, Coleman's yearly pay
will total approximately $650,000,
University spokeswoman Julie
But Peterson said that total, while
competitive with other colleges and
universities, still does not beat the
pay received by incoming leaders at
the University of Texas and the Uni-
versity of Tennessee, who could
receive more than $700,000 annually,
according to a Chronicle of Higher
Coleman's contract finalization is
the end of a six-month-long,
$334,637 search process. The total
cost of the search was released by the
University last Monday and includes
a $169,345 consultant fee, as well as
$63,858 in consultant's expenses,
such as traveling and lounging.
Both those figures are much high-
er than they were for the 10-month-
long search that resulted in
Bollinger's presidency, when consult-
ant fees cost $91,666 and expenses
- Daily Netws Editor Maria Sprow.
contributed to this report.