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

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Adopted Date: 12-14-2010
Amended: 03-14-2016

(replaces RPM 2.13)

Applicability

This policy applies to the academic and clinical programs, facilities and services operating as part of the UNM Health Sciences Center (HSC) and, as provided more fully below, to certain subsidiary corporations of the University.  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 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.

UNM Health Sciences Center Executive Vice President and Chancellor

The Executive Vice President and Chancellor for Health Sciences (hereinafter and in all other policies "Chancellor for Health Sciences") 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 in accordance with RPM 3.3

The President of the University shall, in consultation with the Board of Regents, set the annual goals to be established for the Chancellor for Health Sciences in performing his or her job duties. The President of the University shall perform an evaluation of the Chancellor for Health Sciences’ performance in respect of such goals in consultation with the Board of Regents. 

Subject to RPM 3.1, the Chancellor for Health Sciences shall have general supervision over the affairs, property, personnel, and financial resources of the HSC.  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 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 and/or by the President of the University in accordance with RPM 3.1.  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


    Upon the approval of the President of the University, 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 Administrative 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.”