Pending Board of Trustees approval, Dr. Jeffrey Gold, chancellor and executive vice president for biosciences and health affairs, has selected Norma Tomlinson to lead UTMC following the appointment of Dr. Scott Scarborough to the position of provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, also pending board approval.
She has served as UTMC associate vice president and associate executive director.
“Norma has been an integral part of UTMC, and we are lucky to have her leadership during this time of transition. Her leadership is an important reason why external organizations like the Joint Commission, U.S. News & World Report and Press Ganey have all held UTMC in high esteem. She has been a stalwart champion of patient safety and quality, and has worked hard to improve the patient experience,” said Gold, who also serves as dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences.
“With more than 30 years at patients’ bedsides and as a leader in health-care delivery — more than seven of them in an administrative role at UTMC — Norma brings an essential perspective to the importance of the highest quality of care, a commitment to patient satisfaction, and an understanding of the ways the integration of technology can make care safer, more efficient and less expensive,” Gold said.
Tomlinson said she was excited by the opportunity and looked forward to continuing the momentum Scarborough and the entire UTMC team had generated.
“Excellent health care is a team effort, and UTMC has a tremendous group of dedicated people who wake up each day with the goal of improving the lives of those we serve,” Tomlinson said. “I’m honored to take on this role, and I’m excited by the opportunities that lie ahead for UTMC.”