FY16 Priority Initiatives
SUMAR has identified the following key initiatives for FY16 and is committed to supporting departments' leadership of each effort:
- A three year project is being completed to review the University’s emergency preparedness plans and to recommend enhancements to the management of emergency preparedness at Princeton. As part of that project, a team led by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety and the Department of Public Safety, with oversight from the Office of the Executive Vice President, is leading an initiative to update and/or develop COOPs for all departments on campus in a prioritized manner. COOPs guide continuing work during a prolonged emergency when infrastructure is compromised or normal resource levels are unavailable. By the conclusion of this final year of the three year project, all COOPs for departments identified as first and second tier priority will be completed. Tier one and two departments are those that have been identified as having an essential role during campus emergencies (tier one) or providing service and support to those departments (tier two). COOP templates have been enhanced and staff have been dedicated to assist departments with their COOPs. Once tier one and two COOPs are complete, the team will turn their focus to COOPs for the remaining departments on campus, including academic departments.
- Prime Training and Reporting
The comprehensive multi-year effort to develop Princeton Prime concluded and was launched to the campus community in July 2014. Upgraded financial systems have provided departments with tools to improve tracking and management of budgets and financial processes. This effort enables greater efficiency and improved compliance with established business practices. The FY16 focus will be on providing additional support and training to enable managers to fully leverage the Prime tools to enhance budget management and compliance efforts.
- Controlling Healthcare Costs
This multi-year effort continues as the University seeks to identify additional opportunities to control rising healthcare costs. Over the past four years, after careful analysis of the University community’s health status and feedback from PriCom, several strategies have been implemented to mitigate health care costs with minimal increases to employee contributions.
Measurements indicate that the campus community is responding to certain strategies that maintain access to the highest quality healthcare at lower costs to the University and the employee. For example, increasing the use of urgent care centers (instead of higher priced emergency room visits); promoting the use My Medical Expert provided by Best Doctors (for remote access to medical advice from leading physicians, treatment consultation and physician referrals) ; and offering My Health Coach (which provides eligible employees and their eligible dependents with free confidential coaching to achieve personal health goals). Combined with additional design changes being implemented in 2016, an annual estimated savings of $5 million is expected by 2018, which will help to reduce the impact of escalating healthcare costs.