Magnetic personality

“Leadership is not a magnetic personality – that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not “making friends and influencing people” – that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.”

~ Peter F. Drucker


May 13, 2011

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

Friday the 13th …

Many thanks and sincere appreciation goes out to Dr. Laura Mulloy and the MCG Faculty Senate for hosting today’s State of the Medical College of Georgia and to all of you who contributed to the presentation. We had a great turnout from the college, institution and the community. Our congratulations go to Ms. Karyn Nixon – recipient of the Community Advocate Award and to Dr. Alan Roberts – recipient of the Professionalism Award. We covered a lot of ground, focusing on where we are now and what we need to do to get where we want to be. We hope this was helpful to you. If you were unable to attend you will have the opportunity to view the presentation online. We will be sending the link out to everyone shortly.

Presidential Inauguration Week Events …

The week of Presidential Inauguration events begins Monday May 16 at Noon in the Lee Auditorium with an Open Forum with Dr. Azziz. This open forum is for all faculty, staff, residents, and students. Please make every effort to attend this question and answer session with the President. It is a time where you can have an open dialogue with Dr. Azziz.

On Wednesday May 18 at Noon in the Lee Auditorium is the Noon Arts Concert. The Student Government Association hosts these concerts throughout the year featuring performances by faculty, staff, residents, and students. We have highlighted these concerts in past Dean’s Diaries. These concerts are a treat to attend and you will thoroughly enjoy yourself. Won’t you join us?

On Friday May 20 beginning at 2 pm at Paine College’s Gilbert Lambuth Memorial Chapel is the Presidential Investiture Ceremony with a reception at Twin Gables beginning at 4 pm. This is history of GHSU in the making. We hope you are planning to join us at this momentous and invigorating event … you will be amazed and inspired. Faculty have the opportunity to participate in the procession with regalia. Please go here and reserve your place if you have not done so already. We very much appreciate your support and congratulations to Dr. Azziz for his leadership of our institution.

Saturday May 21 marks the climax of Inauguration week with ‘A Day of Service’. This day of volunteering is open to faculty, staff, residents, and students and gives us ‘GHSU family’ time to work together to provide solutions to our community’s most pressing problems. Employees and their families may volunteer for a day with our Service Day Partners, which include many non-profit organizations throughout the CSRA. Please visit this link to register you and your family for ‘A Day of Service’

Another exciting event planned … and Congratulations …

The Child Health Discovery Institute (CHDI) is co-sponsoring a lecture and networking breakfast on Friday May 20 beginning at 7 am in the Lee Auditoria Center. This lecture is part of the Julius Richmond Center of Excellence Lectureship Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) which was awarded to Dr. Joshua Smith, Pediatric co-chief resident. Dr. Smith is the first pediatric resident to receive an extramural award. Congratulations to Dr. Smith for such an outstanding accomplishment. Please join our community pediatricians, GHSU pediatric faculty, as well as public health leaders for the breakfast and subsequent lecture. Dr. Shawn Ralston, Chief of Inpatient Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Health Sciences Center of Texas, San Antonio and Medical Director at Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital will be the guest lecturer.

More congratulations are in order …

Please join me in offering congratulations to the following faculty and researchers for being honored during the Spring Assembly of the University Faculty Senate and MCG Research Institute. Dr. Laura Mulloy, Glover/Mealing Eminent Scholar in Immunology received the 2011 Outstanding Faculty Award. Dr. David H. Pashley received the Research Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing fundamental research regarding disease prevention, progression or therapy. Dr. Jennifer Sullivan received the Research Institute’s Emerging Scientist Award recognizing early, outstanding contributions to science. Drs. Carlos Isales and Jin-Xiong She received the Research Institute’s Distinguished Research Award for their significant, sustained contributions to understanding the mechanisms of disease prevention, detection or therapy. Lori Bolgla, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Graduate Studies, Outstanding Faculty Award from the College of Allied Health Sciences. Dr. Jill Lewis, Associate Professor of Oral Biology and Maxillofacial Pathology, Outstanding Faculty Award from the College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Sharon Bennett, Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Nursing, is the College of Nursing Outstanding Faculty Award recipient. Dr. William Rainey, Regents Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Physiology, received the College of Graduate Studies Outstanding Faculty Award and the 2011 Mahesh Distinguished Research Award from the GHSU Research Institute.

Congratulations as well to Dr. Martha Tingen who is the inaugural recipient of the Charles W. Linder Endowed Chair in Pediatrics. The endowed chair was established in 2009 by Dr. Charles E. Linder, Professor in Pediatrics. Dr. Tingen is most deserving of this chair – please join us in congratulating her.

Finally, we also want to say congratulations to Dr. Rhee Fincher on being invited to speak at the Canadian Council on Medical Education meeting in Toronto. She joins the ranks of John Norcini, PhD, President and CEO of the Foundation for Advancement International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER, the Foundation of the ECFMG) as being the only plenary speakers from the U.S.

EHR Update … Synchronicity …

Due to provider concerns related to care sets not being available at the time of go-live, the most highly utilized orders are being developed as PowerPlans which will help in the ordering process during go-live. Ambulatory training begins on Monday May 16. All medical staff will need to be registered before the pilot go-live and the big bang go-lives. Many providers have expressed concern related to care sets not being available, particularly for lab and radiology, at time of go live. We are in the process now of determining the most highly utilized orders and those sets are being developed as PowerPlans. This will greatly aid the ordering process. Please visit the following link to view the training calendar and register for classes: An FAQ site is currently available related to Synchronicity, it can be found at:

Many thanks ….

Administrative Professionals’ Weeks was celebrated a few weeks ago. We want to say ‘many thanks’ and show our appreciation to the Administrative Professionals in our lives. Administrative Professionals encompasses such a large and diverse group of people at GHSU and we now know that Administrative Professionals are not just ‘secretaries’ anymore. Administrative Professionals touch every aspect of our daily life – office, clinical, research, technical – and we want to say many thanks for your hard work and support of the mission of our institution.

We also want to say ‘many thanks’ to our Nurses. This week was Nurses appreciation week. Our nurses have taken on many different roles over the years. They are a vital part of a patient’s healthcare and the ‘clinical team’. Nursing is often described as a profession that embraces science and art. Nurses are dedicated men and women with varied interests and strengths. We very much appreciate the hard work and dedication our nurses put forth.

The Patriot Flag Flies …

Finally, we would like you to join us on Sunday, May 15th between 11 am and 2 pm at the Augusta Regional Airport where our local area first responders are hosting the Patriot Flag. The Patriot Flag is a tribute to the Armed Forces, First Responders, Second Responders, American Veterans, the 9/11 families and all those that perished in the terrorists attacks of September 11th . The Flag’s theme and message is “United We Stand and We Have Not Forgotten”. The Flag will fly in all 50 states in 50 weeks before it flies over New York City, Washington, DC, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania on the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks. For more information at the Patriot Flag, please visit

We have had a busy week this week and next week is shaping up to be an exciting week with the Inauguration events on the calendar. Many thanks for all your support.

Best wishes,