NIH Clinical Center

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Clinical Center Governance: Clinical Center Profile 2000-2001

The Clinical Center’s unique and valuable contribution to the healthcare arena is its ability to respond quickly and creatively to the continually expanding clinical research needs. Strides in medical technologies, imaging sciences, and molecular research require an adaptable and flexible facility for scientific investigation and exploration. The Clinical Center is able to respond to these needs largely because of responsive, articulate, cooperative interactions among its governing and advisory bodies.

Board of Governors. This 15-member group advises, consults with, and makes recommendations to, the NIH and CC directors on issues relating to the operations of the CC, including budget, strategic, and operational planning. The full board meets three times annually and the executive committee meets two times a year. Members are appointed by the NIH director. See a chart of the Board of Governors >

Clinical Center Research Steering Committee. In December 2000, the NIH acting director recommended the establishment of the Clinical Center Research Steering Committee (CCRSC) to replace the Clinical Center Advisory Council. The CCRSC is comprised of institute and center directors as well as clinical research leaders and focuses on policy issues for the Clinical Center, including long-term strategic planning for clinical research activities.

Medical Executive Committee. This group, which meets twice a month, advises the CC director on clinical aspects of operations and develops policies governing standards of medical care in the CC. The group is made up of clinical directors from each institute and other senior clinical and administrative representatives. See a chart of the Executive Committee >

The Patient Advisory Group. Initially convened in 1998 to facilitate planning for the new hospital, this group comprises former and current patients nominated by institute directors. They serve as informal advisors to the CC director on issues of concern to patients.

See more information:
The Board of Governors of the Clinical Center >
Clinical Center Medical Executive Committee >

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