The MIT Medical Department will come under the purview of Vice President for Human Resources Joan F. Rice, President Charles M. Vest announced Tuesday.
Dr. Vest said that when this vice presidency was created two years ago, "the intent was to develop a more modern, comprehensive approach to human resource development and quality of life on our campus. This integration of the Medical Department into Ms. Rice's office, which plays the central role in employee benefits, is a further step in this direction."
Dr. Vest further indicated that Vice President Rice and Medical Director Dr. Arnold N. Weinberg face great challenges in shaping the delivery of medical care to members of the MIT community as national health care policy and provider organizations continue to evolve rapidly and dramatically. A blue-ribbon panel has been examining medical benefits and operations for several months, and its report is expected in the near future.
"With the task of carefully administering the retirement incentive program last year behind us, I look forward to working with Dr. Weinberg and the members of the Medical Department," Ms. Rice said.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 2, 1996.