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Casper to chair Medical Center task force; Stein to be special assistant

STANFORD -- President Gerhard Casper will chair a task force, and has enlisted Isaac Stein as special assistant, to develop a strategic plan for the Stanford Medical Center.

"Toward the end of the fall quarter, I came to the conclusion that our strategic plan for the medical center needs to be more comprehensive than the present institution arrangements allow," Casper said. "Therefore, I have decided to establish a task force on strategic planning. I will chair the group, and am delighted that Isaac Stein has agreed to lend his talents to this endeavor."

Stein, 46, is a member of the Stanford University Hospital board of directors, president of the investment firm Waverley Associates Inc. and former chairman of the apparel company Esprit de Corp. He has agreed to serve as a part-time, unpaid, special assistant to the president as the task force works toward issuing a report in May.

"The major task that we have," Stein said, "is clearly to agree on a set of goals for at least the rest of the decade and how the three institutions of the Medical Center - Stanford Medical School, Stanford University Hospital and Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital - have to fit together with each other and with community-based health-care providers.

"All three are highly successful institutions by the standards of their fields. But we don't have sufficient coordination as a medical center. Each institution has a set of plans. What we want to do is see how all those can work together."

The goals of the project include developing common goals, improving coordination and cohesion, recommending ways to achieve greater financial stability and setting forth criteria for evaluating investments in facilities and programs.

"Stanford University is confronting a series of critical issues pertaining to its activities in medical and biological research, medical education, medical care and community service," Casper said in his charge to the President's Task Force on Strategic Planning for the Medical Center.

"These activities take place in the Stanford University Medical Center, which includes the Medical School, Stanford University Hospital and Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital, as well as the network of community-based physicians and service providers who make use of campus medical facilities. These organizations and individuals are loosely organized through a series of affiliations among themselves and with the university. While each organization enjoys considerable autonomy, it is imperative that planning in the broadest sense be done in light of the collective enterprise known as the Medical Center."

The task force, the charge said, will develop a long-range strategic plan by considering, among other things, "both the common and disparate goals of the constituencies which make up the Medical Center, the future of medical research and teaching at Stanford, the economic and regulatory climate for hospital and physician services, and the areas of greatest need in order to maintain Stanford's tradition of excellence in this field."

Besides Casper as chair and Stein as vice-chair, the task force will include:

Kenneth Bloem, president, Stanford University Hospital.

Geoffrey Cox, university vice-provost for institutional planning.

Dr. David Korn, university vice president and dean of the medical school.

Peter Van Etten, university chief financial officer.

Lorraine Zippiroli, president and CEO of Packard Children's Hospital.

The task force also plans to consult with community physicians and other interested parties, and develop methods for the Medical Center to continue such consultation after the task force completes its work.

Stein, a resident of Palo Alto, has been a director of Stanford University Hospital since 1988, and chair of its finance committee since 1991. He said he would take a leave of absence from those posts while serving on the task force.

Stein's Stanford connections also include degrees from the Stanford Business School and Law School, past membership on the law school's board of visitors, and current service on the national advisory board of the Haas Center for Public Service.

After earning a bachelor's in economics and mathematics at Colgate University, and completing his Stanford education in 1972, he became a partner in the San Francisco law firm of Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe, specializing in corporate and securities matters. From 1979 to 1983, he was vice president, secretary and treasurer of Raychem Corp., where he served as chief financial officer and general counsel.

In 1983, Stein formed Waverley Associates, and from 1990 to 1992 was chairman of the board of Esprit, also serving as acting president and chief executive officer from 1991 to 1992. He now is a director of ALZA Corp. and the Benham Group of mutual funds, and is president of the board of trustees of the Crystal Springs Uplands School.



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