The Final Four are now
two, the Rockies are home and the Avalanche are in the playoffs. Maybe
T.S. Eliot was wrong and April is not the cruelest month after all.
We got some very nice news
this week, thanks to terrific collaboration between Lynette Roff, MBA, who is
the director of the VA Eastern Colorado Health System, Ralph Gigliotti, who is
the director of VISN 19, and a team here led by Bob Schwartz, MD, professor of
medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and director of the Center on
Aging. We are one of three finalists for a GRECC – Geriatric Research,
Education and Clinical Center. The last competition for this award was more than
20 years ago, and we lost to the Salt Lake VA. I honestly don’t remember who
the medical center director was then, but I do recall that the medical center
director at that time was not enthusiastic and we did not come together to
collaborate on the grant the way we have this time. Whatever happens, I
appreciate the support that Lynette and Ralph have provided.
I had six evening events
in five nights this past week. As a result of the scheduling conflicts, I
missed the spring Melomania concert last Wednesday, which I had hoped to
attend. I heard it was terrific. I was attending a reception for our faculty
who have served 25 years. The list of honorees is here.
Thursday was dinner with Peter Jensen, MD, president and CEO of the REACH
Institute, who delivered the third annual Chancellor’s John J. Conger Lecture
on Friday. The dinner and lecture were very good.
On Tuesday and Friday, I
had dinner with five members of the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and
Neglect, who reconvened in Colorado this past week to commemorate the 20th
anniversary of the release of one of its four reports calling for a new
approach in this country’s efforts to protect children. It suggested a new,
child-centered community-based approach to child protection. The School of
Medicine is launching an effort in Colorado Springs to put the board’s
recommended strategy, called Strong Communities for Children, into practice. It calls for community engagement
from volunteers and organizations. Gary Melton, PhD, professor of pediatrics
and associate director for community development and social policy at the Kempe
Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect, is
coordinating the effort and will be working with leaders at the University of
Colorado Colorado Springs. We know this approach works. It was implemented in
Greenville, S.C., and the result was safer children, parents with better
support, and a significant decrease in reports of child maltreatment.
The Joe Bonham Project:
Drawing the Stories of America’s Wounded Veterans, an exhibit that
documents stories of service members, goes on display at the Fulginiti Pavilion
for Bioethics and Humanities beginning Thursday, April 10. The exhibit features
artworks by 16 artists and is free to the public.
The open enrollment
period for employee benefits is right around the corner. It begins Monday,
April 28, and runs through Friday, May 16. That’s a busy time of year for many
of us, so now would be a good time to learn about plan changes and features.
Lilly Marks, University of
Colorado vice president for health affairs and executive vice chancellor of the
Anschutz Medical Campus, was listed No.
47 on 5280 magazine’s “Most Powerful People in Denver.” While it’s a
well-deserved honor, we all know that she ranks higher than that.
Congratulations to the editors at 5280 for recognizing Lilly’s talent and
Finally, you may want to
for graduation and the School of Medicine hooding and oath ceremony on Friday,
May 23. The senior class has invited Michele Obama to be the graduation
speaker. Normally, the chance is small that such a request would be responded
to positively. I actually think we have a shot at a positive response, but if
at the last minute she declines, the class has a back-up ready.
Have a good week,
Richard D. Krugman, MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine
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