Something we thought was impossible

“Something which we think is impossible now is not impossible in another decade.”

~ Constance Baker Motley


August 31, 2012


Congratulations … Orthopedics in the News … Recent Board Certifications Achieved …

Congratulations to Dr. Jay Hinson, Orthopedic Faculty member on recently becoming Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery.

Also congratulations to Dr. Norman Chutkan on being named the AOSNA (AO Spine North America) Community Development Committee Chair.


Alumnus Appointed to Georgia Board for Physician Workforce … Congratulations …

Congratulations to Dr. Dean Burke, 1981 MCG alumnus who received a rural physician scholarship to attend our medical school on the recent appointment by Governor Nathan Deal to the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce Dr. Burke lives and practices in Bainbridge and is a physician leader in the community. The GBPW is a state agency that advises the governor and the legislature on physician workforce and medical education issues.


Inaugural Congressional Fly-In …

The Office of Government Relations and Community Affairs recently hosted GHSU’s Inaugural Congressional Fly-In with sixteen staffers who specifically focused on health issues in the Washington, DC offices of our Georgia Legislature. They spent time learning the true meaning of an academic health center. This was a wonderful opportunity to educate a team of health policy staff, show them who we are and what we are about. Our thanks to Mr. Mike Shaffer, Ms. Monty Philpot and the entire team from Government Relations and Community Affairs on a very successful first time event.


Welcome to TeleNeurology Network …

We want to welcome Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro to the Reach TeleNeurology Network. Many thanks to Dr. David Hess for his leadership and support with this innovative network. Reach (born in 2003) has grown from a beginning of two rural hospitals to twelve hospitals throughout the state.


Zero … Zip … Zilch … Nada … ‘0’ … Quality Counts …

It’s not every day that we want to say congratulations for receiving a big, fat ‘zero’, but today is different … Congratulations are very much in order to Dr. Vinayak Kamath and the faculty, staff, students, and residents on their recent incredible achievement of “Zero” mortality status in the CT Service Line. Quality counts.


Open Forums … Updates and Progress …

President Ricardo Azizz Interim and President Shirley Kenny will hold Open Forums to provide updates on the consolidation progress and answer questions noon, Friday, September 7 in GHSU’s Lee Auditorium and 3 pm, ASU’s Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre. The Lee Auditorium session will be streamed live, and questions can be submitted on line in advance or during the session.


Welcoming Our New Faculty … University Faculty/Spouse Club New Faculty Reception … Come Join Us …

GHSU Faculty/Spouse Club invites all Club members and new GHSU faculty to a Welcome Reception at Twin Gables, 920 Milledge Road, Friday, September 7, 2012 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Help us welcome new faculty to the University, catch up with old friends and make new ones, hear about the exciting monthly programs and activities we have planned for the coming year and tour the beautiful gardens at Twin Gables. Please RSVP to Donna Trainor by August 31 (


Upcoming Dates and Events …


September 1st – 11th Annual Alpha Kappa Alpha Walk-A-Thon for Patients with Sickle Cell Anemia, Downtown Riverwalk (9th and Reynolds Plaza), Call Mrs. Mary Landy-Brown (706) 793-8471 or Mr. Cecil F. Gresham, Jr. (706) 798-2526


September 3rd – Labor Day


September 4th – Breakfast honoring employees with 5, 10, 15, or 20 years of services, Kroc Center, Registration begins at 7:30 and program at 8:30.


September 7th – University Faculty/Spouse Club New Faculty Reception, Twin Gables, 6-8:00 pm


September 8th – GHSU Family Day/MCG White Coat Ceremony and Alumni Reception. Family Day, 11:30 am, Lee Auditorium and White Coat Ceremony, 2:30 pm, Warran Baptist Church. Please join us!


September 12th – Environmental Services Appreciation Day


September 13th – President’s Lecture Series, Noon, Lee Auditorium, Dr. Waded Cruzado, President of Montana State University discusses The People’s University: The Transformational Power of Public Higher Education


September 13th – MCG Faculty Senate and Richmond County Medical Society New Faculty Reception, 7:30 pm, Old Medical College. Please come along to this fun evening event honoring our newest MCG Faculty


September 14th – MCG Faculty Senate Meeting, 12 Noon, Lee Auditorium


September 14th – Diversity Summit – GHSU – Soledad O’Brien key note speaker – Kroc Center This will be a spectacular conference building on the success of last year.


September 20th – Career Development 101 (CD-101), 8:30-3:00, Alumni Center (


September 22nd – Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Light the Night Walk”


September 24th – 4th Annual Medical Scholars Day 12-2 pm, Wellness Center


September 25th – Richmond County Medical Society Meeting 7 pm, Old Medical College


October 20th – MAG 158th House of Delegates Meeting, Savannah Georgia


Lots of folks are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac which turned out not to be as destructive as Katrina, but a very large and slow-moving storm none-the-less. Please keep these people in your thoughts.


Many thanks for your leadership.

Warm Regards,