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“This is not the time to be afraid or timid because the challenges are formidable. Now is the time to take both personal and institutional risks.” ~ Wenda Weekes Moore


February 24, 2012

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

Congratulations Are In Order …

Congratulations to Dr. Tillman Pearce, 1985 MCG graduate on being named Chief Medical Officer of Threshold Pharmaceuticals.

Congratulations also to Dr. Christie Palladino on being selected to participate in the 2012-2014 SGEA LEAD program (Southern Group on Education Affairs Leadership Education and Development Program). LEAD program is a unique, two-year certificate program grooming exemplary educational leaders in academic medicine.

We also send our congratulations to Senior Athletic Trainer Lloyd (Tim) McClane who will be inducted into the SEATA (Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association) Hall of Fame.

Helping High School Students Be Fit and Healthy … Another New Orthopedic Collaboration …

We want to recognize our Orthopedic Department and the Sports Medicine Center for receiving a funding commitment from Williston-Elko School District for a GHSU Athletic Trainer to teach a Sports Medicine Curriculum at Williston-Elko High School. Our Sports Medicine Center has this in place at Midland Valley High School and it is a successful program.

Continued Accreditation … Great News! …

We applaud our Division of Allergy-Immunology training program in the Department of Pediatrics for its successful review with recommendation for another five (5) year accreditation cycle. Many thanks to our GME office, faculty, staff, residents, and students that prepared for this site visit.

ASU-GHSU Consolidation Update … Our Commitment to Keeping You ‘in the Loop’ …

Please take a moment to visit the website ( to learn the latest news of this important and exciting initiative. We may leave comments or submit questions. We now have approximately 30 teams which are working with the functional aspects of the consolidation. It was also encouraging to see faculty from both institutions at our University Faculty Senate meeting this week.

High Value Healthcare … Collaborations and Organizations …

According to a recent report ( organizations considered being among the nation’s highest performers (those in the new High Value Healthcare Collaborative) often have unique personalities, structures, resources, and local environments. Four key attributes of high value healthcare organizations are enduring commitment to: 1. Specification and planning, 2. Infrastructure design, 3. Measurement and oversight, 4. Self-study. For optimal functioning, all four are systemically ingrained in the institution’s as well as individual routines. Specific tactics may vary, however ‘repeated behaviors and activities’ are shared. As we look to achieve ‘high value healthcare’, we may find that we can’t transfer a particular delivery model, but we can transfer high value healthcare habits. Check out this NEJM provocative article.

MAG Update … GHSU Leading the Way with Membership and Resident/Student Involvement …

GHSU is the first academic institution to join MAG in over 15 years and we are already seeing the benefits of this key affiliation. Just recently Dr. David Fallaw took a group of MCG residents to MAG headquarters to discuss the benefits of organized medicine. Afterwards, the group headed to the Capital for a day of advocacy. Additionally, Dr. DeLoach will give a short presentation on changing healthcare policy at state and national levels with emphasis on how these changes will affect current students as they continue their education and move into residency and practice. This is a great opportunity for our students and we encourage you to attend on April 10 at noon in CB 3803.

Patient Family Centered Care Annual Conference …

Please join us for the annual Patient Family Centered Care symposium scheduled for March 14-15 in the CMC Conference Center where Dr. Bill Schwab, Professor and Vice Chair of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health will serve at the keynote speaker. GHSU has been on a long journey to incorporate PFCC values throughout our colleges, hospitals and clinics. The conference builds on the national trends in the practice of patient and family centered care and offers educational opportunities for personal growth in the practice of patient and family centered care.

Exchange … Quick Tips …

We are continuing to work through the ‘bugs’ of the migration from GroupWise to Microsoft Exchange. Should you have questions regarding the migration or issues that you are experiencing, please see or call the IT Help Desk at 1-4000.

Upcoming Dates and Events …

Month of February – Celebrate Black History Month – Check this website for events all month long

Until the end of February – Sparkle Car Wash will donate $4.00 to the American Heart Association for every car washed between now and February 29. Please contact Kari Martin ( or Tim Wilson (

February 28 – Richmond County Medical Society Dinner and Meeting – 6 pm Old Medical College

March 3 – American Heart Association Heart Walk – Greeneway, North Augusta

March 3 – Heart & Sole 5k Run/Walk in Downtown Augusta and Evening Event at the Marbury Center. Contact Catherine

March 7 – President’s Lecture Series Continues – Dr. Jonathan Braun, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine – 12 Noon – Auditoria Center

March 8-9 – MCG Education Day with guest presenter Dr. Craig Brater, Dean & Walter J. Daly Professor, Indiana University School of Medicine. Education Grand Rounds is March 9 at 8 am in BC 1040, “Creating a Positive Culture Really Works: Transforming Learning and Patient Care in a Medical School” Education Day Award Ceremony and Keynote Speaker, 1:00 p.m., March 9, Health Sciences Building, EC 1222 “Can Medical Education as We Know it Survive?”

March 17 – 2nd annual St Patrick’s Day Night for Vision Research hockey game featuring the Augusta Riverhawks vs. the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League. Game begins at 7:30 p.m. The Riverhawks players will be wearing specially designed jerseys in a St Patrick’s Day motif featuring the GHSU Vision Discovery Institute (VDI) logo. Following the game, the team will auction the individual jerseys to the crowd with proceeds going to VDI research

March 30 – Doctor’s Day


April 24 – President’s Lecture Series Continues – Dr. Linda Burns Bolton will be the guest speaker

April 26-29 – GHSU Homecoming

May 4 – MCG Dean’s State of the College Address, 12 Noon, Large Auditorium

May 10 – Hooding, 2 pm, Bell Auditorium – Keynote Speaker – Vice Admiral Matthew L. Nathan, Navy Surgeon General

May 11 – GHSU Graduation, 2 pm, James Brown Arena

Many thanks and enjoy your weekend.