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Regents' Policy Manual - Section 3.4: Health Sciences Center and Services

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Adopted Date: 12-14-2010

(replaces RPM 2.13)

Applicability

This policy applies to the academic and clinical programs, facilities and services operating under the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (HSC) and, as provided more fully below, to the subsidiary corporations of the University related thereto.   This policy also applies to those operations of the University that are deemed to be “health care components” of the University as set forth below.

Policy

The health care related education, research, and clinical programs and services offered by the University and/or provided in the University’s facilities and those of certain of its University Research Park and Economic Development Act (“URPEDA”) subsidiaries as described in this Policy are hereby designated as the “UNM Health Sciences Center,” which is and shall be a distinct, component unit of the University.  The clinical elements of the HSC are intended to be a fully integrated, academic health center and health care delivery system and will be collectively administered as the “UNM Health System.”

Component Units of UNM Health Sciences Center

The HSC consists of the School of Medicine, the College of Nursing, the College of Pharmacy; the Health Sciences Center Library & Informatics Center; the UNM Cancer Center, UNM Medical Group, Inc., (“UNMMG”) a New Mexico non-profit and URPEDA corporation organized and formed by the University, UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center, Inc., (“UNM SRMC”) a New Mexico non-profit and URPEDA corporation organized and formed by the University and several research and public service programs related to health sciences. The HSC also includes the University of New Mexico Hospital (“UNMH”), the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital (the “Children’s Hospital”), the University of New Mexico Adult Psychiatric Center formerly known as the Mental Health Center (“Adult Psychiatric Center”), the UNM Children's Psychiatric Hospital (“CPH”), the Carrie Tingley Hospital (“CTH”) and the outpatient facilities and clinics operated under the license(s) of the foregoing.  In this Policy, UNMH, Children’s Hospital, Adult Psychiatric Center, CPH, CTH and the outpatient facilities and clinics thereof shall be referred to collectively as the “UNM Hospital.”  The HSC will also include such other and further clinics, centers, and programs developed and/or to be developed and operated by the HSC or any of the component units currently comprising the HSC or those added to the HSC at a future date.

Governance

The Regents hereby create and designate the “UNM Health Sciences Center Board of Directors” (the “HSC Board of Directors”) to oversee and govern the clinical, operational, financial, research, and educational affairs of the HSC and the UNM Health System with roles and responsibilities described in RPM 3.5.  The UNM Hospital’s Board of Trustees is responsible for oversight and governance of the non-research, non-educational operations of the UNM Hospital.

UNM Health Sciences Center Chancellor

The Regents hereby designate the Chancellor for Health Sciences who shall provide leadership and have administrative responsibility for all activities, operations, and programs of the HSC, and the UNM Health System, consistent with University policies, recognizing that teaching, research, service and patient care are the foundations of an academic health center. 

With the adoption of this Policy, the position of Executive Vice President for Health Sciences is being eliminated and the position of Chancellor for Health Sciences is replacing the same.  The current Executive Vice President for Health Sciences shall serve in the role of Chancellor for Health Sciences.  Thereafter, whenever the position of Chancellor for Health Sciences becomes vacant, the President of the University, for and on behalf of the HSC Board of Directors, shall conduct a search for qualified candidates for the Chancellorship.  The President of the Board of Regents and the President of the University will appoint the advisory search committee.  The advisory search committee will recommend finalists for the position of Chancellor for Health Sciences.  The President will carefully consider the recommendations of the advisory search committee and shall make a recommendation to the HSC Board of Directors as to the individual who will best serve the mission of the University and the HSC.  The HSC Board of Directors shall have the ability to approve, modify or reject the President’s recommendation and shall submit such recommendations(s) to the Board of Regents for the final decision.” 

The President of the University shall recommend to the HSC Board of Directors the annual goals to be established for the Chancellor for Health Sciences in performing his or her job duties, who in turn, shall make a recommendation with respect thereto for final approval to the Board of Regents. The President of the University shall perform an evaluation of the Chancellor for Health Sciences’ performance in respect of such goals, and shall forward such evaluation to the HSC Board of Directors for its consideration, who shall make a recommendation for final approval to the Board of Regents. 

The Chancellor for Health Sciences, serving in the role of  chief executive officer of the UNM Health System, shall, subject to any limitations imposed in his/her employment contract, be the executive head of the HSC and shall have full authority and responsibility over the administration of all affairs and operations of, and all funds generated by the HSC as set forth in this Policy and other applicable Regent Policies and shall have general supervision over the affairs, property and financial resources, of the HSC and over its several officers and employees, and shall generally do and perform all acts incident to the office of a chief executive officer. With respect to the Institutional Compliance Programs identified more fully in RPM 3.7, the Chancellor for Health Sciences shall be designated and shall be the “institutional official” or “designated official,” as the case may be for each Institutional Compliance Program at the HSC requiring the designation of such an official.  In this regard, the Chancellor for Health Sciences shall have such additional powers, duties, and authorities as may from time to time be assigned to him/her by the Regents, the HSC Board of Directors, and/or the President of the University.

Additionally, the Chancellor for Health Sciences shall serve as the chief academic officer relative to colleges, schools, programs, and centers at the HSC and is responsible for coordinating, developing, and improving the educational and research programs at the HSC, subject to any limitations imposed in his/her employment contract.  In this connection, the Chancellor for Health Sciences will ensure that all HSC educational and research programs meet the standards of the State of New Mexico and all relevant and applicable accreditation bodies.  The Chancellor for Health Sciences will oversee the deans of the respective colleges and schools comprising the HSC and the work of the faculty in the colleges, schools, programs, and centers at the HSC.  Moreover, with respect to faculty matters at the HSC all references in Faculty Handbook Policies to the Provost or the Provost’s Office shall mean or shall be interpreted to mean the Chancellor for Health Sciences or to the Office of Chancellor for Health Sciences. 

  1. Authority in an Emergency


    In the event of an emergency declared by the President as described in RPM 3.2, the Chancellor for Health Sciences, in the exercise of reasonable judgment under the circumstances, is authorized to approve actions as are necessary to safeguard persons or property or to maintain the HSC's educational, research and clinical functions.  Such actions shall remain in effect during the state of emergency, unless cancelled sooner by the President.

  2. Appointment of Additional Officers for the UNM Health Sciences Center


    The Chancellor for Health Sciences may appoint such additional deans of the component colleges and schools of the HSC and/or officers of the HSC or the UNM Health System and such agents and employees as the Chancellor for Health Sciences may deem necessary, appropriate and advisable and may delegate to such deans and/or officers as is consistent with Regent policies and policies of the University that are applicable to the HSC.

  3. Policies and Procedures for the UNM Health Sciences Center


    The Chancellor for Health Sciences may issue administrative policies and procedures related to HSC matters for the HSC and for the UNM Health System as long as the polices are not in conflict with policies in the Regents’ Policy ManualFaculty Handbook, or the University Business Policies and Procedures Manual

References

University Research Park and Economic Development Act, N.M. Stat. ann. § 21-28-1 et seq. (1978, as amended); RPM 3.2 “Authority in an Emergency”; RPM 3.5 “Health Sciences Center Board of Directors”; RPM 3.6 “UNM Hospital Board of Trustees”; RPM 3.7 “Institutional Compliance Program.”