December 17, 2021

1. Season's Greetings from the Chancellor

Hello and Season's Greetings,

For over a dozen years, I have had the pleasure and privilege of serving as the chancellor of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. As I prepare to retire from my position in the next few months, I reflect on all we have accomplished together. The important milestones we have reached are due in large part to your steadfast support.

The past year has been a challenging, but good period for the UTHSC.

2020-2021 was marked by significant successes in enrollment, strong total revenue, growing revenue from sponsored programs, a record number of degrees awarded, and record growth in research awards. At the same time, tuition has remained flat for the fourth year in a row.

These successes move the University toward its goal of becoming a top-quartile academic health science center across its missions of education, clinical care, and research and all were achieved despite the challenge of the global pandemic.

We continue to deal with COVID-19. It has been an ongoing challenge that forced us to change the way we do business, but we have met that challenge. The campus is operating under a new hybrid model that is very successful.
As the year draws to a close and my tenure nears its end, I express my deep gratitude to all those who have contributed to our success. I ask you to welcome my successor, Dr. Peter Buckley, who has been my friend and colleague for over 20 years. As a world-class psychiatrist, he has led both the Medical College of Georgia and Virginia Commonwealth University's Medical College of Virginia.

Thank you for recognizing and fostering the excellent work taking place at UTHSC. Your continued investment will propel the university into its next chapter, building on our achievements of the last twelve years.

Carol and I wish you and yours health and prosperity in the new year, and I look forward to a future full of possibility.

Steve Schwab, MD

2. Winners of the UTHSC Impact Awards!

Congratulations to the winners of the UTHSC Impact Awards, sponsored by the Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity!

3. Flu and COVID-19 Vaccine Available at UHS

University Health Services (UHS) has flu and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine available for employees and students. The vaccine is in limited supply and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. UHS is supplying all doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of where you are in the series. UHS is located on the 9th floor of the 910 Madison Building on the Memphis campus.

Flu vaccinations can be self-scheduled on the UHS patient portalCOVID-19 vaccination appointments must be scheduled by UHS staff due to the difference in preparation. Please call UHS at 901.448.5630 to schedule your appointment.

4. A Special Holiday Thank You for Faculty and Staff!

On behalf of the entire UTHSC Administration, and with the approval of UT President Boyd, we are excited to announce a special reward to our hardworking, rise-to-the-occasion, do-whatever-is-needed (COVID or no COVID), faculty and staff:

We are extending the upcoming holiday for all employees (faculty and staff) by adding two extra paid days off – Wednesday, December 22, and Thursday, December 23! 

Please enjoy your holiday leave, December 22 – 31. You have truly earned these days off.

Happy Holidays and THANK YOU from the UTHSC Administration!

Steve Schwab, MD

Kennard Brown, JD, PhD, MPA, FACHE
Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operations Officer

5. Happy Holidays!!!

UTHSC will be closed for the holidays from Wednesday, December 22 through Friday, December 31. Please be safe and enjoy the break!

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