I want to provide you with an overview of the State Budget passed by the General Assembly July 1, 2016, and its provisions that directly impact us at UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine:
Funding for the UNC School of Medicine
- $3 million in recurring funds to the UNC School of Medicine for the purpose of additional residencies in western North Carolina. This funding will help the UNC School of Medicine make strides toward meeting rural health needs in the western part of the state by adding future physicians to an area affected by critical shortages in health care services. It will also enhance our resources in western North Carolina – resources that included but are not limited to the School of Medicine’s Asheville Campus, the Mountain Area Health Education Center, and Pardee Memorial Hospital and Caldwell Memorial Hospital.
- $8 million to the UNC School of Medicine to support the infrastructure of the UNC School of Medicine Asheville Campus and the Center for Rural Health. This funding will help increase the capacity of the School of Medicine’s Asheville Campus. To date, the program has been very successful in providing much-needed healthcare services in western North Carolina. By adding more students to the Asheville Campus and increasing interest among students in working in rural, underserved areas, we provide both immediate healthcare services to patients in rural settings and lay the groundwork for adding future providers who will help us achieve our goal of meeting rural health needs in the region.
Pay increases and bonus for School of Medicine employees and temporary staff
- A pay increase of 1.5% and an across-the-board 0.5% one-time bonus for all for UNC School of Medicine employees (including temporary staff). The 0.5% bonus applies to those employed as of Sept. 1, 2016, to be issued in the October check, and is not subject to retirement contribution.
- While this is good news for our colleagues in the School of Medicine, remember that these increases and bonuses do not affect UNC Health Care employees since UNC Health Care’s compensation system is not tied to the state budget. UNC Health Care has historically provided annual salary increases and we anticipate that will be the case again this year. Watch News for Employees for updates as they become available in the fall.
Thanks to each of you for your tireless work towards our goal of making both UNC Health Care the nation’s leading public academic health system and the UNC School of Medicine the nation’s leading public medical school.
I look forward to working with each of you in the 2017 fiscal year. Thank you for your continued dedication to the people of North Carolina.
William L. Roper
CEO, UNC Health Care System
Dean, UNC School of Medicine