Leadership capacity

“My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.” ~ General Montgomery

August 24, 2012

GHSU/UGA Medical Partnership Gets Outstanding New Digs … The Community Celebrates …
This week our colleagues at UGA were great hosts for the opening and superbly organized dedication of the new Health Sciences Campus which is now home to our GHSU/UGA Medical Partnership Campus (http://onlineathens.com/breaking-news/2012-08-22/open-house-held-show-ugas-new-health-sciences-campus#.UDWKRZvB-k0.mailto). It was exciting to tour the renovated, former naval buildings and to see the pride of the Athens community for this initiative. This was particularly timely as our students are already making an impact on the community with new clerkships and with residency programs under development by Athens Hospitals. Congratulations to our faculty, staff, and students on such great new digs and for being the best ambassadors for the partnership.


More Grant Funding Received … Congratulations … Well Done!!
Congratulations to Dr. Manuela Bartoli in the Ophthalmology Department and Vision Discovery Institute on receiving funding by the International Retinal Research Foundation for hyperuricemia and diabetic retinopathy research. Dr. Bartoli also received notice regarding results of impending new federal funding … way to go!


Health System News and New Faculty … Getting Connected … Another Great Communication Tool …
Our thanks to Dr. Bill Kanto for launching the inaugural issue of the Medical Connection. This is a wonderful new communication tool for our Medical Staff Office to inform us all of clinical issues, as well as to recognize new physician faculty as they join us. Check it out!


Patient’s Praise is Praise Indeed … Keep Up the Good Work …
We wanted to pass along a message that we recently received regarding the care a patient received at GHS Medical Center … “loved the visit from start to finish” and “how sweet and polite the front desk staff were as well as the Nurse, Physician, student and resident”. It’s wonderful to be able to pass along the great comments. Keep up the great work … and Thanks!!


Environmental Services Appreciation Day … Help to Say Thanks! …
We all know that the environment of care is also a major determinant of patient satisfaction. September 12th is dedicated as “Environmental Services Appreciation Day”, to honor the environmental services staff who keep our campus clean, our patients happy, reduces transmission of infections, and so much more. Many staff in environmental services do these very important jobs during sleeping hours for many of us (we rarely see them to say “thanks”). If you would like to participate with the care packages, receptions and other activities or you just want to help, please contact Peter Chung (pchung@georgiahealth.edu); Laura Harrison (lauharrison@georgiahealth.edu) or Alise Vega avega@georgiahealth.edu. Please thank these unsung heroes of our institution.


Academic Tips … An Interesting Read …
Check out the Chronicle for Higher Education article “Traits of the Get it Done” Personality, Laser Focus, Resilience, and True Grit” (http://chronicle.com/article/Traits-of-the-Get-it-Done/133291/), which provides expert’s opinions on traits and habits of people who are effective at accomplishing their goals in academe. Six traits were discovered to be shared by people who accomplish their goals: Resilience, Grit, Conscientiousness, Creativity, Focus, and Self-regulation … it is an interesting read.


MCG Faculty Senate Meetings and New Faculty Breakfast … Getting More Engaged …
Dr. Ron Lewis, MCG Faculty Senate President and I want to encourage all MCG faculty to attend the monthly MCG Faculty Senate meetings which gives you, our faculty, a chance to hear what is going on at MCG, along with key speakers and updates from Dr. Lewis and me. See you there at noon, 2nd Friday of each month, Lee Auditorium.

Dr. Lewis and I also greatly enjoyed our first “faculty breakfast” with our new faculty. This is an informal gathering to welcome and spend some one on one time with our new faculty. They are impressive colleagues.


Welcoming Our New Faculty … University Faculty/Spouse Club New Faculty Reception … Please 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 (DTrainorMLS@comcast.net).

Upcoming Dates and Events …
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 Colleagues.

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

September 14th – Diversity Summit – GHSU – Soledad O’Brien key note speaker – Kroc Center www.georgiahealth.edu/Diversity. 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 (charper@georgiahealth.edu)

September 22nd – Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Light the Night Walk” http://connection.georgiahealth.edu/2012/07/17/leukemia-lymphoma-societys-light-the-night-walk/

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

Many thanks for your leadership.

Warm Regards,