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June 4, 2021

1. Chancellor Schwab Announces Plans for Retirement

University of Tennessee Health Science Center Chancellor Steve Schwab announced June 1 that he plans to retire.

The University of Tennessee System will launch a search for Schwab’s replacement in the coming weeks. He will continue to serve as chancellor until June 30, 2022, or until a successor is on board.

“It has been my honor to work beside Chancellor Schwab these past few years,” UT President Randy Boyd said. “He had to be a brilliant doctor and researcher to earn his position, and he obviously is both of those. But in the role, he has proven to also be a great strategist and great leader. He is always honest and direct, has bold vision, and gets things done. The UT family, our OneUT, will always owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Steve for all he has done for each of us, for UT and our state.”

Schwab has been with the UT Health Science Center for 15 years, serving as chancellor since 2010. Prior to that, he served as executive dean for the UT Health Science Center’s College of Medicine.

“It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve as UTHSC chancellor,” Schwab said. “I am pleased by the progress we have made in these 12 years and I look forward to even greater progress going forward.”

Schwab is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Medicine and completed his internship/residency in internal medicine at the University of Kansas Hospitals and Clinics, followed by a fellowship in nephrology with Washington University at the Barnes Hospital. He spent 18 years on the faculty at Duke University, where he rose to become professor and vice chair of the Department of Medicine. In 2003, he was named Regents Professor and chair of the Department of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia, later being named chief clinical officer.

Under Schwab’s leadership, UTHSC:

  • Expanded clinical partnerships across the state, creating an integrated statewide UTHSC organization of four campuses (Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville) with shared educational, clinical and research activities.
  • Transformed the Memphis campus. Driven by the Campus Master Plan, which Executive Vice Chancellor Ken Brown leads, UTHSC has accomplished more than $300 million in construction. Among major additions to the campus are: the Translational Science Research Building, the Center for Health Care Improvement and Patient Simulation, the renovated Historic Quadrangle at the heart of the campus, the ongoing construction on the Delta Dental Building, the Pharmacy Building and the Cancer Research Building.
  • Moved the university toward top-quartile performance in academics, growing the education enterprise to more than 3,300 students and 1,400 residents and fellows, at the same time achieving graduation rates at approximately 95% and overall first-attempt board pass rates at 95% or higher.
  • Raised the research enterprise. UTHSC has doubled its grant awards, with a projected total for awards of more than $120 million this academic year. At the same time, UTHSC has more than doubled sponsored program revenue (non-clinical, all-source grants and contracts) to more the $300 million annually.
  • More than tripled its clinical enterprise with the development of faculty practice plans throughout the state, generating more than $300 million in clinical revenue.
  • Stood as a health care leader in the state during the global pandemic.

The UT System has hired Witt Keiffer to conduct a search for the next chancellor of UTHSC. The firm’s team will work in coordination with UT’s in-house executive recruiter and search committee representing faculty, staff, students and alumni.

2. Campus Updates

Here are a few updates as we continue to re-open campus:

  • Campus Recreation:
  • Health Sciences Library
    • New summer hours:
      • Monday through Thursday: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
      • Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
      • Saturday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
      • Sunday: 2:00 – 10:00 pm
    • Capacity has been extended to 500 people
    • Registrations are no longer necessary to enter Health Sciences Library
    • Individual study rooms may still be checked out at the front desk
    • Third-floor student lounge has been reopened

3. COVID-19 Testing Available at University Health Services

Beginning TODAY, Friday, June 4, COVID-19 testing will be provided at University Health Services on Mondays and Fridays, 2:00 – 4:00 pm with no appointment necessary for faculty, staff, and students. University Health Services is located on the 9th floor of the 910 Madison Building on the Memphis campus.

Spouses, family members, and friends of UTHSC faculty, staff, and students cannot be tested at University Health Services and should go to a community testing site.

Testing at University Health Services is for those who are asymptomatic (no symptoms) and have had no known exposure to COVID-19.

Those with symptoms or who may have been exposed to COVID-19 will be referred to a University Clinical Health mobile testing site by texting “COVID” to 901.203.5526. Test results will take about 48 hours to be returned to the patient.

4. Required HIPAA Training Due June 30

Faculty, Staff, Postdocs, Residents, and Students: To ensure everyone is aware of their responsibilities under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s (UTHSC) workforce must undergo periodic HIPAA Privacy TrainingThis online training is the official 2021 UTHSC-sanctioned training for federal HIPAA compliance purposes.

To access the UTHSC HealthStream HIPAA Training, you MUST use this link: 

The deadline for completing this training is June 30.  

5. Employees: Join the Sick Leave Bank by June 30

The Sick Leave Bank is an opportunity for eligible employees to protect their income. The Sick Leave Bank may provide paid leave to bank members who have exhausted all of their own paid leave due to a personal illness or injury.

Open enrollment for the Sick Leave Bank this year is April 1 through June 30. Enrollment forms must be submitted to the Employee Relations office within Human Resources at 910 Madison, Suite 764 by June 30.

For additional information, please see HR0382 Sick Leave Bank Policy (UT System) and UTHSC Sick Leave Bank Procedures.

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