Georgetown faculty members expressed concerns about the recently approved plan to reorganize the Georgetown University Medical Center at the monthly Faculty Senate meeting Tuesday night.

Though other issues were on the agenda, the Faculty Senate discussed the university Board of Directors’ Medical Center proposal, announced last Thursday, for the majority of its meeting.

Spiros Dimolitsas, senior vice president and chief administrative officer, and Stuart Bondurant, interim executive vice president for health services, began the meeting with an update on the plans for the Medical Center.

“The hemorrhage of money from the university due to the edical Center has to stop,” Bondurant said. He added that the changes made in the structuring of Georgetown’s Medical Center were consistent with changes made in institutions elsewhere.

After Dimolitsas and Bondurant discussed the restructuring, several faculty senators expressed concerns and complaints.

Aviad Haramati, faculty senate vice president for the Medical Center and professor of physiology and biophysics, expressed concerns that faculty members did not have enough input into the plan to restructure the Medical Center.

Karen Gale, professor of pharmacology, said she shared Haramati’s concerns.

“We recognize that there were time constraints but there were also communication issues,” she said.

Both senators expressed concerns about the plan to reorganize the Medical Center into four administrative units.

Gale said the Senate Medical Center caucus had “what we thought was a heart to heart talk” with University President John J. DeGioia.

She said three different senators asked DeGioia if the four administrative units would be a part of the structure of the edical Center, and “he said `no’ three times.” DeGioia told the senators that the four administrative units “are just in order to create working groups, just for the purpose of economic analysis,” she said.

Dimolitsas and Bondurant said the restructuring into four administrative units is necessary to eliminating the Medical Center’s debt.

“The board was emphatic that the current structure that we have was unable to stem the flow of red ink,” Bondurant said.

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