Culture and Strategy, Better Together

Culture and Strategy: Better Together

Strategic Plan for a Healthy Nevada 2017-2019 - Progress is a journey

When we know better, we do better 

Our core values guide our culture assessment process. We recognize that "people are our strength," and we need the input of all our internal stakeholders to understand what its like to be a part of UNR Med.

"We serve with integrity" through transparent dissemination of the culture results and providing opportunities for everyone to participate. Thirteen data dialogues were held across functional areas and leadership levels, with the message that culture change starts with honest and contrustive conversations.

Quick facts about the 2019 Data Dialogues:

  • All three governance committees (Executive Committee, Department Chairs and Center Directors, and Faculty Council) engaged in dialogues about their roles and experiences as leaders at the school of medicine.
  • The 13 sessions were held in 5 different locations, 2 of which were off campus.
  • These dialogues produced over 200 examples demonstrating how we might behave our core values.

"We innovate and improve" means that we can always do better. A summary of the data dialogues with suggested action items will be made available by January 2020. 

Thank you to the individuals who took the time to engage with school-wide change. "We succeed with trust and respect" means that being an employer of choice is only possible when we listen and learn from the perspective of the whole team, empowered to lead us toward a healthy Nevada. 

Didn't participate in a Data Dialogue but have something to share? Please contact Carolyn Brayko, director, organizational development and strategic planning, for questions or comments. Or, submit anonymous questions or comments here.

"True North 20|22" captures both the short-term strategy for success for UNR Med, and the aspirational, adventuresome nature of the journey we will take to get there. 

If strategy is "what" we do, culture is "how" we do it. True North will guide what we work on and how we work together to support the mission and vision of the school.

Our Culture

We are proud to be part of a growing R1 institution while maintaining an intimate training experience for our learners. As Dean Schwenk put it, "UNR Med is a unique medical school: We are at one and the same time community-engaged and research-intensive, striving toward a culture of unrivaled research and unlimited breakthroughs." We have big dreams achieved through small teams.

We strive to intentionally develop the culture of UNR Med based on our mission, vision, and core values. We accomplish this through continuous self-assessment, open dialogues, and taking action to make UNR Med the place we all want to work, learn, research, and receive patient care.

Our Strategy

We have embraced our transformation into a school of medicine fully-based in northern Nevada. The creation of a "new" school with a 50-year tradition and history was made possible through a rigorous, data-informed process to understand our identity, our partners and, perhaps most importantly, our opportunities in serving our region and state. Access the downloadable version of the school's strategic plans, department plans, and follow-up reports with your NetID and password.


Strategic Priorities

New faculty at orientation

Strategic recruitment of academic faculty

Grow and retain a faculty base that serves our community's needs.

Objective Outcome metric
Improve efficiency and effectiveness of faculty recruitment Net increase of 15 faculty hired in priority areas
Establish internal and external faculty pipelines Increase percentage of faculty applicants who identify with at least one mission-based diversity group
Invest in faculty career development 90% of faculty hired since 2014 met target timelines for promotion and tenure
Expand our clinical platform

Expand our clinical platform

Improve access to quality care for Nevadans while enhancing medical education.

Objective Outcome Metric
Grow our multi-specialty clinical footprint in northern Nevada Increase total annual patient volume of all outpatient practice visits to 120,000
Expand our network of clinical partners Increase University Health and co-branded clinical sites to 8
Improve the quality of our patient experience Increase University Health global patient satisfaction to 80%  "agree" or "strongly agree" they are satisfied with their care
Faculty in the clinical research center

Build clinical research

Produce evidence-based information that translates to better health care decisions for practitioners and patients.

Objective  Outcome Metric
Align research priorities with Nevada's health needs Start 3 new clinical research projects relating to an identified health need in Nevada
Develop resources to support faculty clinical research At least 10 academic faculty hold extramural funds in clinical research
Train academic faculty in clinical research skills All trained faculty have submitted a scholarly product within 12 months of finishing program  
Clinical and Translational Research

Engage with our community

Be seen as the institution of choice for health care education, research and clinical care.

Objective Outcome Metric
Enhance UNR Med's reputation nationally Generate at least 10 national media stories featuring UNR Med experts
Increase local awareness of the University Health brand 50-75% University Health brand awareness with existing/internal audiences
Increase participation in continuing education programs that serve community practitioners Increase total participants in accredited CME programs, Project ECHO clinics and other educational programs by 25%