May 03, 2017

Creating a shared vision: Q&A with David A. Spahlinger, M.D.

Michigan Medicine Headlines caught up with the president of the U-M Health System and executive vice dean for clinical affairs to look back on his first 16 months on the job and to take a closer look at his vision for the future

David A. Spahlinger, M.D.

David A. Spahlinger, M.D., assumed his new role as president of the U-M Health System, and executive vice dean for clinical affairs in the Medical School, in January 2016.

Headlines recently caught up with Spahlinger to look back on his first 16 months on the job and to take a closer look at his vision for the future of the organization.

Here’s what he had to say:

Q: Since becoming president of the health system, what has been your greatest success and greatest challenge?

DS: I feel the greatest success has been the creation of a shared vision of what we want to achieve over the next ten years. For example, we want to create a statewide health system through a number of partnerships that will allow us to care for 4 million people throughout Michigan. We also want to provide comprehensive care to 400,000 patients locally. And we want to improve the value of the care we provide by focusing on reducing health-care acquired conditions, improving our outcomes, reducing the cost of care and focusing on appropriateness of care.

The largest challenge is to engage faculty, nurses and all of our health care professionals around our strategic vision and priorities. We have already aligned Mott, UH/CVC and UMMG leadership priorities. The next step is to engage each clinic, patient care unit and department to achieve our strategic goals.