Engler restructures MSU health programs

Kim Kozlowski
The Detroit News

Michigan State University interim President John Engler on Wednesday announced a realignment of the university’s health care and medical programs.

The new structure will affect MSU’s health colleges, clinical practice and student wellness programs as Engler moves forward in with changes at the university in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.

“One of the great challenges we face today in America is the cost of health care, which is bound closely to issues of access and quality,” Engler said. “We want to better coordinate and integrate the delivery of care as well as the utilization of health resources. We want to provide a uniform standard of excellence, to assure safe and quality care in a system with no wrong door for access.”

Engler also announced two new health leaders, including naming Norman Beauchamp Jr., dean of the the MSU College of Human Medicine, to the newly created post of associate provost and assistant vice president for health affairs.

Among Beauchamp’s new responsibilities will be to increase safety and quality practices in all of MSU’s health care services. Those services include student health clinics, physical therapy and trainers for student-athletes.

Clinical activities for the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Osteopathic Medicine and the MSU HealthTeam will also be included.

Meanwhile, Engler also created the position of assistant provost for student health, wellness and safety and MSU HealthTeam chief medical officer. That will be offered to Anthony M. Avellino, chief executive officer of OSF Healthcare Illinois Neurological Institute in Peoria.

The hiring of Beauchamp and Avellino is pending approval by the MSU Board of Trustees on Friday.

The board also will consider changing the name of MSU’s College of Human Medicine to the College of Medicine.