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									                                                                                                                                    Volume 21 • No. 7 Wednesday, Month X, 2011
                                                                                                                                                      Wednesday, April 6, 2011

                                                                                  GHSU integrates financial and
                                                                                  administrative operations
                                                                                  By Jennifer Hilliard Scott

                                                                                      Georgia Health Sciences Univer-
                                                                                  sity has integrated its financial and
                                                                                  administrative operations, creating
                                                                                  offices for each that will oversee
                                                                                  related functions university-wide.
                                                                                      “GHSU, its health system and
                                                                                  its auxiliary components are
                                                                                  highly interdependent, sharing a
                                                                                  common mission and complemen-
                                                                                  tary strategies,” said Dr. Ricardo
                                                                                  Azziz, President of GHSU and CEO
                                                                                  of MCG Health System, Inc. “A
The St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System (pictured) in Savannah                     single office for financial opera-
and Brunswick’s Southeast Georgia Health System will                              tions and a single office for admin-
eventually have 20 students living in the area full-time.                         istrative operations will enable a
                                                                                  university-wide perspective while

GHSU Southeast
                                                                                  preserving the integrity of each
                                                                                  entity. These centralized offices
                                                                                  will greatly enhance effectiveness,
                                                                                                                   Dennis Roemer has been                         William R. Bowes has been
                                                                                  optimally positioning GHSU to ad-
                                                                                                                   appointed interim Senior Vice                  appointed interim Senior Vice

clinical campus
                                                                                  vance its mission of better health.”
                                                                                                                   President for Finance and Chief                President for Administration
                                                                                             See Financial, page 6 Financial Officer.                             and Chief Administrative Officer.

ahead of schedule                                                                 Guion named Associate Provost,
By Jennifer Hilliard Scott

   Beginning in July, seven Georgia
                                          and Professor of Medicine at GHSU’s
                                          Medical College of Georgia. “Clerk-
                                          ship sites have been established for
                                                                                  Keskula named Acting Dean
Health Sciences University medical        the seven core areas – obstetrics       By Sharron Walls                         man. “I look forward to working        and campuswide wellness. He is a
students will be the first group to       and gynecology, surgery, psychiatry,                                             with him in developing this office.”   fellow of the Health Research and
spend most of their third year living     pediatrics, family medicine, internal      Dr. W. Kent Guion has been               Guion, Professor of Physical        Education Trust Cultural Compe-
and learning in southeast Georgia.        medicine and neurology – and this       named Associate Provost for Mul-         Therapy and Graduate Studies,
   The campus, based at St. Jo-           group of students will spend the        ticultural Affairs, effective April 1.   most recently served as the col-                    See Guion, page 13
seph’s/Candler Health System in           majority of their third year in the     He will lead the newly established       lege’s Interim Dean. Dr. Douglas
Savannah and Brunswick’s South-
east Georgia Health System, will
                                             Southeast Georgia Clinical
                                                                                  Office of Multicultural Affairs,
                                                                                  which will focus on diversity and
                                                                                                                           Keskula will serve as Acting Dean
                                                                                                                           until Dr. Andrew Balas fills the           Issue X-Ray
eventually have 20 students living in     Campus Dean Dr. Kathryn Martin          implementation of the institution’s      position permanently in June.
the area full-time, in addition to the    said students have been doing 4- to     Quality Enhancement Plan on cul-            Guion chaired GHSU’s Diversity         Shirt off their backs • 8
students who transition through the       6-week clinical rotations at St. Jo-    tural competency.                        Work Group, which analyzed the              Best of the test • 9
region one clinical rotation at a time.   seph’s/Candler Health System in Sa-        “Dr. Guion is an outstanding fac-     university’s diversity initiatives
   “The university is making good         vannah since 2007 and Brunswick’s       ulty member and proven academic          to optimize cultural competency                 Buzzles • 12
progress toward establishing a re-        Southeast Georgia Health System         leader, having been part of the lead-    and inclusiveness. His committee             Newsmakers • 13
gional clinical campus in southeast                                               ership team in the College of Allied     appointments include issues of
Georgia,” said Dr. Ruth-Marie Finch-                                              Health Sciences since 2003,” said        gender equity, disabilities, under-            GHSU is a
er, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs                     See Campus, page 7         Interim Provost Gretchen Caugh-          represented student progression           tobacco-free campus

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         News, events and more                                                                                                                www.georgiahealth.edu/beeper
                                                                                                                                              Division of Strategic Support
                                                                                                                                              Georgia Health Sciences University – Augusta, Georgia 30912
Perfect pitch                                   clinical faculty on May 6 from noon to 1
                                                p.m. and May 26 from 4-5 p.m. One hour
                                                                                               more information, contact 706-721-3596 or
                                                                                               mcghealth_volunteers@georgiahealth.edu.              Direct news correspondence to:
   MCGHealth Sports Medicine Center is          of continuing education credit available per
now the official healthcare provider for the
Augusta Greenjackets. The season begins
                                                session. Contact Cora Harper at charper@
                                                                                               For the kids                                                    Stacey Hudson, Editor
                                                georgiahealth.edu to register.
April 15, when GHSU President Ricardo                                                                                                                        smcgowen@georgiahealth.edu
                                                                                                  Health Center Credit Union is sell-
Azziz will throw out the first pitch. Visit                                                                                                                      FI-1042, ext. 1-4410
greenjacketsbaseball.com.                       Perfusion meeting                              ing T-shirts designed by patient Dalton
                                                                                               Miller to raise money for MCGHealth                        beeper@georgiahealth.edu
                                                   Georgia Health Sciences University          Children’s Medical Center. T-shirts are $10
Get well                                        Department of Cardiovascular Perfusion
                                                will host the Perfusion Meeting May 13-14.
                                                                                               for sizes small to extra large, and $12 for
                                                                                               sizes 2X-3X, and are available at HCCU
   Purchase any payroll, flex or 12-month       Attendance is $200. For more informa-          locations. Contact Catherine Stewart            The Beeper is published biweekly by Aiken Communications, a private
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                                                tion, contact Carol Ann Rosenberg at           at706-721-4004 or castewart@georgia-
Wellness Center and receive a free fitness                                                                                                          Opinions expressed by the writers herein are their own and are
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pability, muscular strength and endurance,
flexibility and body composition. For more                                                     Training                                        include inserts, does not constitute an endorsement by Georgia Health
information, call 706-721-6800.                 Climb high                                        Visit georgiahealth.edu/hr/training/ to
                                                                                                                                                     Sciences University of the products or services advertised.

                                                   Qualified nurses seeking promotion          view Human Resources’ April training and                       News and photos are provided by the
                                                                                                                                                                 Division of Strategic Support
Kids’ characters                                should submit a portfolio to The Clinical
                                                Ladder Program before April 30 to new_
                                                                                               education opportunities. Call 706-721-0343
                                                                                               for more information.
   Through spring, buy an Eric Carle plush      clinical_ladder_council@georgiahealth.
character or book at Kohl’s for $5 and          edu. Copy your nurse manager. For more                                                                       Direct advertising inquiries to:
Kohl’s Cares for Kids program will donate       information, visit hi.georgiahealth.edu/       Screenings
83 percent of the price to MCGHealth Chil-      hospital/pcs/nursing_clinical_ladder.             The Head & Neck Cancer Alliance will                       Dee Taylor, Sales Manager
dren’s Medical Center. For more informa-                                                       sponsor oral cancer screenings May 12                         AIKEN COMMUNICATIONS
tion, visit kohlscorporation.com and click
on Kohl’s Cares.                                Lunch and learn                                from 8:30-11:45 a.m. in the MCGHealth
                                                                                               Cancer Center. To schedule a time, call
                                                                                                                                                             P.O. Box 456, Aiken, SC 29802
                                                   The Departmental Administrative Sup-        706-721-4400.
                                                                                                                                                             1-800-559-2311 ext. 2371
                                                                                                                                                                 or 803-644-2371
Burrito bucks                                   port Staff Training Team will present lunch
                                                and learn sessions for business managers                                                                       dtaylor@aikenstandard.com
   For each Joey Bag of Donuts burrito          and administrative staff. All sessions will    Asthma event
purchased April 20 at area Moe’s South-         run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with lunch            Kohl’s will host the MCGHealth Chil-
west Grill locations for the discounted price   provided. The team will cover finance April    dren’s Asthma and Wellness Event May
of $1.99 (usually $6.29), Moe’s will donate
                                                26 in Room 1222 of the Health Sciences         14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kohl’s
$1 to the MCGHealth Children’s Medical          Building and May 10 in a location to be        parking lot in Evans. For more information,
Center. For more information, contact Cath-     determined; budget and purchasing July 26      visit mcghealth.org/kids.
erine Stewart at 706-721-4004.                  and Sept. 13 in locations to be determined                                                                 for April 20 issue - April 12 at noon
                                                and research administration Nov. 8 and
                                                Dec. 6 in locations to be determined. Call     Tech fair                                                    for May 4 issue - April 26 at noon
Performance appraisals                          706-721-0343 for more information.                GHSU will hold the Ninth Annual Tech
   Performance appraisals will run through                                                     Fair May 26 in Greenblatt Library. Harvard
April 20. Appraisals should be submitted to
the Division of Human Resources by cam-         Extended hours                                 Medical School’s Dr. Alex Green will pres-
                                                                                               ent the keynote address: “Cultural Compe-             Georgia Health Sciences University
pus mail to Room 1146, Annex Building,             The Eye Care Center has extended its        tency in Health Care: a Technology-Based                      Dr. Ricardo Azziz, President
by May 15. For more information, contact        optometry practice hours in response to        Approach.” Register by May 15 and receive          Deb Barshafsky, Vice President for Strategic Support
Debra Arnold at 706-721-6197 or darnold@        employee requests. The clinic now offers       lunch. CME and CEU credits available. Visit
georgiahealth.edu. Appraisal forms are                                                                                                             Jack Evans, Director of University Communications
                                                appointments as early as 7 a.m. and as         georgiahealth.edu/techfair.
available at georgiahealth.edu/hr/training/                                                                                                               Damon Cline, Publications Manager
                                                late as 6 p.m. For more information, call
appraisals.html.                                706-721-2020.
                                                                                               We all scream
                                                                                                                                              EMPLOYEE ADDRESS CHANGES & CORRECTIONS should
Spring senate                                   Volunteer at camp                                 Purchase a Frosty key tag for $1 at
                                                                                               participating area Wendy’s restaurants and
                                                                                                                                             be made to Human Resources through department managers.
   The Spring Assembly of the University           Camp Joint Venture and Camp Sweet           receive a free Junior Frosty when you show
Faculty Senate and Medical College of           Life are seeking volunteer counselors          the key tag during follow-up visits through
Georgia Research Institute will be held         age 21 or older who are available from         May 31. Proceeds benefit the MCGHealth
4 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 at the Lee           July 30-Aug. 4 for Camp Joint Venture          Children’s Medical Center.                    The mission of Georgia Health Sciences University is to discover,
Auditorium. Outstanding researchers as          or Sept. 9-11 for Camp Sweet Life. For                                                       disseminate, and apply knowledge to improve health and reduce the
well as an outstanding faculty from each        more information, contact Katie Lawhead                                                      burden of illness on society. In realizing its mission, Georgia Health
of the five colleges will be honored during     at706-721-0749 or klawhead@georgia-            Miracle marathon                              Sciences University is committed to serving the people of Georgia, the
this annual event. For more information,        health.edu.                                                                                  nation and the world by:
contact 706-721-2334.                                                                             The 26th Annual Children’s Miracle
                                                                                                                                             •	Preparing	the	health	professional	workforce	of	the	future;
                                                                                               Network Celebration will broadcast live
                                                                                                                                             •	Conducting	research	through	programs	that	create,	disseminate	and
                                                ‘Volunteens’ needed                            from the MCGHealth Children’s Medical
Promotion workshops                                The Summer Volunteer Program is open
                                                                                               Center lobby June 3-5. To volunteer or
                                                                                               make a donation, call 706-721-3957 or visit
                                                                                                                                             	 apply	new	knowledge	relevant	to	human	health;
                                                                                                                                             •	Providing	exceptional,	innovative,	patient-centered	health
   Full-time faculty members are invited to     to area high school students age 15-18.                                                      	 care	services;
attend workshops on professional promo-         The six-week program offers hands-on                                                         •	Contributing	to	the	economic	development	and	well-being	of	the
tion. Basic science faculty workshops           experience in the hospitals and clinics. To                         See Briefs, page 14        State of Georgia through integrated programs in education,
will be April 18 from noon to 1 p.m., and       apply, go to mcghealth.org/volunteer. For                                                      research and clinical care.
Georgia Health Sciences University                                                                                                               beeper                               Wednesday, April 6, 2011               3

                                                                                                                                                 Savings matter
                                                                                                                                                 when dollar drops

                                                                                                                              Phil Jones photo
                                                                                                                                                 By Joyce Broughton                       merchant web sites. Unsubscribe
                                                                                                                                                                                          from merchant email newsletters
                                                                                                                                                    The value of the U.S. dollar          and promotions.
                                                                                                                                                 dropped to a 15-year low last week,          • Shop with a list of needs and
                                                                                                                                                 which means that a paycheck won’t        stick to it.
Front row: Debra Chambers (from left), Nicole Schultz, Jennifer Ellison and Mark Quarles. Back                                                   stretch as far to buy foreign-made           • Start a savings habit. Pick a
row: Jennifer Still, Caro Cassels, Rika Griffeth, Norma Robinson, Lynn Thigpen, Rebecca                                                          products.                                dollar amount you can realistically
McDermott and Connie Rhodes                                                                                                                         Managing your money can               live without, even if it is just a few
                                                                                                                                                 be difficult in times of currency        dollars, and set it aside each pay

GHSU continuing education receives                                                                                                               crunch, since much of the shelf
                                                                                                                                                 space in stores is filled with
                                                                                                                                                 imports. But the Credit Union Na-
                                                                                                                                                                                          period. No matter how small it is,
                                                                                                                                                                                          it’s a start.
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Record each ATM and debit

accreditation with commendation                                                                                                                  tional Association says consumers
                                                                                                                                                 can tweak their purchasing habits
                                                                                                                                                 to help themselves save more:
                                                                                                                                                                                          card transaction in your account
                                                                                                                                                                                          register. If you don’t carry your
                                                                                                                                                                                          register with you, wrap the receipt
By Sharron Walls                                     Accreditation with commendation         “In the past, we’ve just measured                                                            around the card and record it when
                                                  requires programs to demonstrate        participant satisfaction,” Cassels                        • Do not bring extra cash with        you return home.
   The Georgia Health Sciences                    compliance in all 22 criteria, rang-    said. “Now we have a process for                       you, or borrow from a friend.
University Division of Continuing                 ing from educational planning to        the participant to take what they                         • Do not buy on impulse and              Sticking to a budget can go a
Education has been awarded the                    quality improvement. Decisions are      have learned and move that infor-                      think about any unplanned pur-           long way towards financial security,
highest accreditation possible from               on based on reviews of the organi-      mation into actual practice with                       chases overnight.                        even during insecure times. For
the Accreditation Council for Con-                zation’s self-study report, evidence    patients.”                                                • To avoid temptation, Stay           more information visit hccu.coop/
tinuing Medical Education.                        of performance in practice and an          The program fosters a team spirit,                  away from the mall and away from         services/financial_counseling.html.
   “Accreditation with Commenda-                  accreditation interview.                Cassels said, noting that Continuing
tion” confers a six-year term of ac-                 “You have demonstrated an            Education is often the vehicle for
creditation, rather than the standard
four-year term. Less than 20 percent
                                                  engagement with your environment
                                                  in support of physician learning
                                                                                          breaking down silos. “We may be
                                                                                          doing a diabetes lecture for physi-                     Bourda Green Market
of ACCME providers receive com-                   and change that is part of a system     cians and pull in someone from the
mendation designation, according to               for quality improvement,” wrote         dental or allied health sciences col-
Caro Cassels, Director of GHSU Divi-              Dr. Murray Kopelow, ACCME Chief         leges for additional information.”
sion of Continuing Education.                     Executive, in a letter announcing the      Cassels in particular cited the
   “A great deal of collaboration                 accreditation.                          volunteer faculty from GHSU’s                           • Austrian, German, Swiss Cookies, Cakes, Candies
and integration goes into getting                    Activities noted in additional       Medical College of Georgia. “They
                                                                                                                                                  • Streusel Mixes, Jams, Jellies
accreditation with commendation,”                 criteria areas include smoking ces-     are so willing to be content experts
Cassels said.                                     sation and asthma interventions; ad-    to teach their peers. Without their                     • European Coffees & Teas
   The ACCME cited GHSU’s                         dressing practice-based deficiencies    cooperation we wouldn’t have a                          • Largest selection of Knorr and Dr. Oetkerer Products
partnerships with the Georgia Divi-               that contribute to the state’s high     product.”
sion of Public Health, statewide                  infant mortality rate; a Mini Medical      In addition to Grand Rounds at
Area Health Education Centers,                    School to increase patient involve-     MCGHealth Medical Center, the divi-                              2308 Lumpkin Road • 706/793/4249
the University of Georgia School of               ment in health decisions; identifica-   sion educates approximately 2,100                                             (next to Island Seafood)                       AS05-504801
Pharmacy and the Georgia Agency                   tion of common factors affecting        private practice physicians from
for Telehealth, among others, in its              patient outcomes; and information       throughout the Southeast each year.
report.                                           on generic medication alternatives.

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Autism support group is dear to mother’s heart
By Denise Parrish                         skills, and children can be all over    give families educational informa-
                                          that spectrum. This all was hard for    tion about what does work or what
   Davina Drakeley-Lever had been         me to understand,” she said.            may be helpful for their family so
a pediatric nurse for 15 years, but          Drakeley-Lever sought support        they can make informed decisions.
when her son Alwyn started show-          and found it at Camp Puzzlepal-         We want to shed light on a broad
ing signs of autism, she was the last     ooza in Aiken, a church-sponsored       diagnosis,” she said.
to realize it.                            camp for children and families with        Alwyn, who turned 6 in Febru-
   “At 18 months, Alwyn was meet-         autism spectrum disorders. Over the     ary, receives three hours of adaptive
ing all of his gross motor skills,        past few years, she has met many        behavior therapy daily as well as
crawling and walking on time, but         parents like her who have questions     speech and occupational therapy at
he was not talking,” Drakeley-Lever       about the disorder and treatments;      school. His home therapies include
said. “I was in denial, I guess, think-   some have concerns about their          one hour each of speech, occu-
ing, ‘oh, that’s just him, and he’ll      child’s progress; and others have       pational therapy and therapeutic
get it eventually.’ “                     had trouble coming to terms with        horseback riding each week.
   So she enrolled Alwyn in speech        the diagnosis, she said.                   “Having a child on the autism
therapy and early intervention               As a nurse, she realized that she    spectrum is very stressful as a
through BabyNet, a South Caro-            was in a unique position to bring       parent,” Drakeley-Lever said. “But
lina early intervention program for       those parents together at MCGHealth     my husband and I have learned to
infants and toddlers with develop-        Children’s Medical Center – a place     appreciate the baby steps Alwyn
mental delays.                            where they could get their questions    makes as giant leaps forward. We
   “Things started to improve very        answered, receive information and       hope the families who participate in
slowly with his first word being          share their experiences. She took       the A-Team will be able to say that,
‘bee.’ But he still didn’t respond        her idea to Dr. Caroline DaBittisto,    too.”
when his name was called, and his         who specializes in developmental
speech was babble,” Drakeley-Lever        pediatrics, and together they formed       April is national Autism Aware-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Davina Drakeley-Lever photo
said. Looking back, she also began        the Autism Spectrum Disorder Sup-       ness Month. The Autism Support
to realize that Alwyn’s behavior          port and Resource Group, called the     Group (A-Team) at MCGHealth
while playing with his toys was a bit     A-Team for short.                       Children’s Medical Center will hold
unusual.                                     The A-Team meets the first           a special Autism Awareness Celebra-
   Shortly before his third birthday,     Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7       tion on April 5 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Alwyn was diagnosed with severe           p.m. in the Family Resource Library     in the Family Resource Library on
autism.                                   at MCGHealth Children’s Medical         the first floor of the hospital. The
   “I was shocked. It was very scary      Center.                                 event is open to children, families
for me to hear that. If the doctors          “The resources and information       and caregivers affected by autism
                                                                                  spectrum disorders. If you plan         Alwyn, 6, inspired his mother, Davina Drakeley-Lever, to form
had told me my child needed heart         we share at monthly meetings is
                                                                                  to attend, please RSVP to Davina        the Autism Support Group (A-Team) at MCGHealth Children’s
surgery or had diabetes, I could          evidence-based,” said DiBattisto.
have understood that. But autism          “There are many new treatments          Drakeley-Lever at ddrakele@georgia-     Medical Center.
                                                                                  health.edu by March 29. For more

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is so abstract. Some kids don’t like      out there, and many times parents
loud noise; some are sensitive to         want to know whether something          information about support group
                                                                                  meetings, visit mcghealth.org.

touch; or they lack communication         is right for their child. We want to

AIDS group plans health                                                                                                    LUNCH $                                        *

literacy training                                                                                                          BUFFET
                                                                                                                          *Must present ad, 1 ad per visit
By Jennifer Hilliard Scott                                                                                                 (706)724-3302
                                                                                                                                                                              We Deliver!
                                          they must be active participants        the training or to register, con-
                                          in their treatment and take their       tact Thompson, 706-721-4463 or

                                                                                                                           15th Street (Across from GHSU Annex)
    The AIDS Community Research           medications,” Thompson said.            jothompson@georgiahealth.edu or
Initiative of America is collaborating    “People diagnosed with HIV/AIDS         Lisa Frederick of ACRIA, lfreder-
with Georgia Health Sciences Uni-         today have the same life expectancy     ick@acria.org.

versity to offer an intensive two-day     of people without it, as long as they

training session on health literacy       take their medicines and see their
to community organizations and            physicians on a regular basis.”
churches. The training will be held          But they must understand that
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 14-15 in the
GHSU Greenblatt Library.
    Health literacy is generally under-
                                          treatment, he said. People with
                                          lower health literacy often include
                                          minority populations, medically
stood to mean how well individuals        underserved populations and those                                                Large Specialty Pizza
can obtain, process and understand        with low socioeconomic status –                                                  + Large 1-Topping Pizza
the basic health information they         some of the populations at the high-
need to make appropriate health           est risk of contracting the disease.                                              + Breadsticks + 2-Liter
decisions.                                   ACRIA was founded in 1991 to
    Funded by a grant from the Elton      bring an activist approach to the
John AIDS Foundation, this training       study of new treatments for HIV and

fits right into the organization’s        AIDS. In 1997, ACRIA began offer-
educational mission, said David           ing group workshops and individual
Thompson, Community Outreach              counseling on a variety of AIDS- and
Specialist for the GHSU Ryan White        HIV-related topics with the hope of                                                                         Additional charge for Stuffed Crust and Super Premium
Program.                                  helping people with the virus par-                                                                          Pizzas. Upgrade Breadsticks to Cheese sticks for $1 more.
    “AIDS and HIV can be well man-        ticipate in their own health care.                                                                          Two Fountain Drinks will be substituted for 2-Liter for Dine-In.
aged as long as patients understand          For more information about
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Study examines kidney disease progression
By Toni Baker                             impairs patients’ ability to func-
    Georgia Health Sciences Universi-        Only about one third of Ameri-
ty is enrolling patients in a federally   cans with unhealthy blood pressure
funded study to determine if a lower      achieve adequate blood pressure
blood pressure reduces the progres-       control. “We have to be vigilant in
sion of kidney disease.                   getting blood pressure to reach tar-
    “The question is, if you have         geted goals,” said Mulloy, citing the
kidney disease, should your blood         combination of a healthy, low-salt
pressure goal be lower?” said Dr.         diet, exercise and often more than
Laura Mulloy, Chief of the GHSU           one medication.
Section of Nephrology and a prin-            “I think we can get people to
cipal investigator for the Systolic       goal,” said Dr. Matt Diamond, GHSU
Blood Pressure Intervention Trial,        nephrologist and SPRINT co-inves-
or SPRINT, funded by the National         tigator, whose hypertension and
Institutes of Health.                     nephrology service has helped close
    The standard is to keep the           to 60 percent of its patients obtain
systolic pressure – the top number        good control. “It’s clear that a bet-
indicating pressure inside blood ves-     ter blood pressure slows the progres-
sels when the heart pumps – below         sion of kidney disease. We want to
                                          know if a lower blood pressure can

                                                                                                                                                                                     Phil Jones photo
140 for those with signs of kidney
damage. GHSU physician scien-             do even better.”
tists will help about half of the 100        Participants in the SPRINT trial
patients they enroll in the study get     need to be age 55 and older with
that number below 120.                    chronic kidney disease. Those
    Additionally, the study will mea-     already taking high blood pressure       Study Coordinator Charlene Weathers and Drs. Laura Mulloy and Matt Diamond are participating
sure the lower pressure’s impact on       medication are eligible; participants
                                                                                   in a National Institutes of Health-funded study to determine if people with kidney disease will
cognitive function.                       will be placed or kept on commonly
    High blood pressure affects about     used drugs such as ACE inhibitors        benefit from a blood pressure that is lower than today’s standard.
1 in 3 Americans. Often dubbed            and diuretics. Diabetics are ineli-
the “silent killer” many patients are     gible because of the condition’s risk
unaware they are hypertensive until       of kidney failure.
their kidneys begin failing.                 The researchers will follow study
    Population-based and observa-         participants for up to six years,
tional studies suggest lower blood        regularly checking baseline mea-
pressure is healthier for the brain       sures such as blood pressure; levels
and the kidney but this is the first      of creatinine, a breakdown product
clinical study to objectively measure     that can be measured in the blood
the impact.                               as an indicator of kidney function;
    High blood pressure is a major        and cognitive function.
risk factor for stroke, kidney disease       Nationally about 4,300 patients
and other maladies but at a certain       with chronic kidney disease will be
point low pressure can become             followed. A parallel study is explor-
problematic as well, Mulloy said.         ing the impact of a lower blood
“You have to weigh the risk-benefit       pressure on cardiovascular disease.
ratio,” she said. “We would like for         For more information about the
the blood pressure to be controlled       SPRINT study at GHSU call Charlene
optimally, but at the same time not       Weathers or Heather Anderson,
have blood pressure so low that it        study coordinators, at 706-721-9683.

financial...from page 1
   Dennis R. Roemer has been              nior Vice President for Finance will
appointed interim Senior Vice Presi-      be initiated in the near future.
dent for Finance and Chief Financial         In related structural changes, Aca-
Officer. He will oversee finances for     demic Information Technology will
GHSU, MCG Health System, Inc.,            be managed by the Executive Vice
MCG Health, Inc. and the Physicians       President for Academic Affairs and
Practice Group.                           Provost, and Georgia Correctional
   William R. Bowes has been              Health Care and the Georgia War
appointed interim Senior Vice             Veterans Nursing Home will be man-
President for Administration and          aged by the Executive Vice President
Chief Administrative Officer. He will     for Clinical Affairs.
oversee administrative functions in-
cluding Facilities, Human Resources,
Public Safety, Environmental Health
and Safety, Auxiliary Services,
Emergency Preparedness and Or-
ganizational Development. Bowes
will supervise these functions for
GHSU, the MCG Health System, Inc.,                                                                                                               Now Open!
MCG Health, Inc. and the Physicians
Practice Group.
   National searches for Senior Vice
President for Administration and Se-
Georgia Health Sciences University                                                                              beeper                 Wednesday, April 6, 2011       7

campus...from page 1                                                                                      “My Priorities are Simple…They’re Yours!”
since last year. The campus will            area is a breath of fresh air. We hope
transition to full residential status       that students will come to Southeast
in 2012.
    “The early interest in the campus
has been exciting,” Martin said.
                                            Georgia and see what we have to
                                               The “Southeast Seven” are Chris
                                                                                                             Convenience… and Peaceful Living
“These students, I call them the
Southeast Seven, came to us and
said ‘We want to help you.’ They
recognize the richness of the op-
                                            Blakely and Kevin Goelz, both of
                                            Peachtree City; Desiree Brooks, of
                                            Anchorage, Alaska; Eric Gordon,
                                                                                     Gwen Fulcher Young
                                                                                                           Found in All Three Augusta Properties…
                                            Patrick Grace and Russell Kirks,
portunities for learning in Southeast       all of Savannah; and Aaron Winn,
Georgia. It’s a wonderful thing.”           Dallas, Ga.                                “NESTLED IN THE PINES”     GOSHEN PLANTATION      RIVERPLACE CONDOMINIUM
    Students first day of rotations            St. Joseph’s/Candler Health Sys-
in the region will begin July 5 and         tem gives students extensive hands-
continue for 48 weeks. Dr. Martin           on experience through rotations in
said they will have the opportunity         internal medicine, surgery, OB/GYN,
to learn from more than 150 volun-          emergency medicine, neurology and
teer clinical physicians throughout         psychiatry. Southeast Georgia Health
Southeast Georgia – a number that           System’s Brunswick Campus offers
continues to grow.                          pediatrics and internal medicine/
    Paul P. Hinchey, President and          critical care.
CEO of St. Joseph’s/Candler, said              East Georgia Regional Medical
the health system is “committed to
ensuring that there are more op-
                                            Center in Statesboro offers clinical
                                            rotations in obstetrics and gynecol-
                                                                                           All on one level!          A rare find!     Dramatic View of Savannah River
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portunities with this public-private        ogy and internal medicine/ambula-
partnership with Georgia Health Sci-
ences University. Once students get
                                            tory care and additional clinical
                                            rotations in family medicine are                  $349,900                 $115,900                   $298,900
to live in Savannah for a year, we          available in Waycross, Blackshear
hope that they will want to practice
here as physicians for a lifetime,”
                                            and Jesup. More are coming this
                                            summer at Winn Army Medical
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Hinchey said. “The fact that these          Center at Fort Stewart as well as
students requested to start a year          the Camden Campus of Southeast
early is a testament to the clinical        Georgia Health System. Residency
experience the students are getting         programs at Savannah’s Memorial
with our medical staff.”                    Health University Medical Center
    Dr. Peter Buckley, Dean of MCG,         provide clinical training in family
said physicians at St. Joseph’s/Can-        medicine, surgery, OB/GYN and
dler and others in Southeast Georgia        pediatrics.
are as eager to educate the next               The clinical and four-year cam-
generation as the next generation is        puses are part of an overall plan to
eager to learn from them. “We very          increase MCG class size from 190 to
much appreciate the support and             300 students by 2020 to help meet
partnership of St Joseph’s/Candler,         the need for physicians in a state
which has excellent facilities and          that ranks in the top 10 in popula-
extremely dedicated staff, making           tion and population growth, accord-
it a terrific site for students to train.   ing to the U.S. Census Bureau.
This type of ambition is essential             The plan also includes the South-
as we move to expand the state’s            west Georgia Clinical Campus based
only public medical school to better        at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital
meet Georgia’s growing physician            in Albany, which has been a resi-
shortage.”                                  dential campus since last July, as
    Dr. Dan DeLoach, a Savannah             well as the four-year GHSU/Univer-
plastic surgeon, MCG alumnus and            sity of Georgia Medical Partnership
President of the Medical Association        in Athens, which started classes in
of Georgia, noted that physicians           August with 40 students.
tend to establish practices where              Another clinical campus in Rome
they train. “MCG has a history of           was announced in November with
training students in Savannah and           plans to be operational by 2013.
bringing their students back to the

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                                                                                                                                Student sell shirts off
                                                                                                                                backs for homeless
                                                                                                                                By Stacey Hudson                            “Mostly it’s an acute care clinic
                                                                                                                                                                         where we see things like colds and
                                                                                                                                   Students who help coordinate the      headaches, but we also have a
                                                                                                                                Medical College of Georgia Students’     group of patients that we follow for
                                                                                                                                Health Clinic for the Homeless are       hypertension and diabetes,” said Dr.
                                                                                                                                raising money for supplies.              Bruce LeClair, Associate Professor of
                                                                                                                                   “The clinic helps the homeless        Family Medicine, who is also on the
                                                                                                                                population of Augusta, but it also       board for the organization. He also
                                                                                                                                helps us to further our education,”      serves as course director for MCG’s’s
                                                                                                                                said Sagar Patel, a second-year          Homeless Clinic elective.
                                                                                                                                medical student from Lilburn, Ga.           At the clinic, students meet with
                                                                                                                                   Students will sell T-shirts de-       patients in the St. John United Meth-
                                                                                                                                signed with cartoon caricatures          odist Church’s Stith Mead House
                                                                                                                                of the 12 professors who focus           on Eighth Street, and work with a
                                                                                                                                on organ systems during of the first     physician to diagnose symptoms.
                                                                                                                                two years of medical school. Each           “We also provide them with
                                                                                                                                T-shirt is $12, and all proceeds go to   care packages with basic necessi-
                                                                                                                                the clinic.                              ties – shampoo, conditioner, soap,
                                                                                                                                   Patel is one of four student coor-    toothbrushes if we have them – and
                                                                                                                                dinators who volunteer in the clinic     if we don’t have the medicine they
                                                                                                                                every Monday evening. It is sup-         need, we provide them with a $4
                                                                                                                                ported by the Department of Family       Kroger gift card to get the prescrip-
                                                                                                                                Medicine faculty and residents and       tion filled,” Patel said.
                                                                                                                                the St Vincent de Paul Health Clinic/       So far, the group has sold about
                                                                                                                                Coordinated Health Services.             40 T-shirts, but they hope to sell
                                                                                                                                   The students host at least one        100. LeClair will match the money
                                                                                                                                fundraiser every year to equip the       they raise, up to $1,000.

                                                                                                          Stacey Hudson photo
                                                                                                                                clinic with basic necessities of care,      To purchase a T-shirt, contact
                                                                                                                                such as blood glucose test kits.         Patel at sagpatel@georgiahealth.edu.

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Student leaders recognized for achievements
By Sharron Walls                        for Student Services and Develop-
                                        ment. “Most service and leadership
   The Georgia Health Sciences Uni-     activities are extracurricular and
versity Student Government Associa-     many are extramural. It is essential
tion held its inaugural Leadership      that we promote these opportuni-
Banquet March 23 at The Partridge       ties and acknowledge students that
Inn. Sixteen student leaders and two    have sacrificed their personal time
student organizations were honored      on behalf of others. This is the kind
for their service to the university     of balanced health care professional
and the community. Incoming SGA         that society expects and needs in
officers were also recognized.          these challenging times.”
   “Society expects health care pro-       GHSU President Ricardo Azziz
fessionals to be competent, ethical     congratulated the student leaders,
and compassionate, and to provide       saying, “This is a great occasion. Ul-
service and leadership to advance       timately, leadership is one of those
their professions and communities,”     things that will determine the future,
said Kevin Frazier, Vice President      not just your future, but all of ours.”

    GHSU Student Leadership Awards
    College of Allied Health Sciences
       Kelley Jerris
       Bianca Coley

    College of Dental Medicine
       Bartholomew Wilson
       Shannon Thorsteinson

    College of Graduate Studies
       Colleen Carey                                                              Jose Navarro, College of Dental Medicine student (right), and his date, Kelly Hoover, visit with
       Samuel Herberg                                                             Dr. Azziz at the SGA Leadership Banquet.
    Medical College of Georgia
      Elizabeth Schulz
      Ronnie Zeidan

    College of Nursing
       Michael Klozer
       Reed Halterman

    Student Ambassadors Emeritus Award
       Dr. Bethany A. Loushine

    SGA Most Valuable Participant Award
      Elizabeth Stepanek

    Community Assistants Service Award
      Adrienne Jones, College of Allied Health Sciences
      Jose Navarro, College of Dental Medicine
      Chi Chi Ogbonnaya-Odor, Medical College of Georgia
      Alex Lidd, College of Nursing

    Registered Student Organization Awards
    Community Impact
      SOTA (Student Occupational Therapy Association)
      Bianca Coley, student leader; Dr. Sharon Swift, advisor

    Campus impact
      GSO (Graduate Student Organization)
      Sam Herberg, student leader; Dr. Gretchen Caughman,advisor

    SGA Officers
    Retiring SGA Officers 2010-2011
       Rachel Mathis, President (Medical College of Georgia)
       Ashland Doomes, Vice President (College of Dental Medicine)
       Samuel Herberg, Secretary (College of Graduate Studies)
       Ben Ham, Comptroller (Medical College of Georgia)
       Aimee Hartle, Humanitarian (College of Nursing)

    New SGA Officers 2011-2012
      Ashland Doomes, President (College of Dental Medicine)
      Samuel Herberg, Vice President (College of Graduate Studies)

      Amir Ghalehgol, Secretary (College of Dental Medicine)
      Ben Ham, Comptroller (Medical College of Georgia)
      Catilin Madigan, Humanitarian (College of Graduate Studies)
10   Wednesday, April 6, 2011                        beeper

Match Day brings out characters

                                                                                   Phil Jones photo

                                                                                                                                                                                   Phil Jones photo
Josepha Iluonakhamhe is excited about her match location. This was the largest                        Casey Ward and Andrew Stulce celebrate Match Day. Matches are determined
Match Day in history with more than 26,000 positions and almost 38,000 applicants.                    based on student and hospital rankings. Rankings are submitted to the National
                                                                                                      Resident Matching Program, based in Washington, D.C., and managed by the
                                                                                                      Association of American Medical Colleges.

                                                                                                                                                                                   Phil Jones photo

Scott Burl and his 6-month-old son, Isaac, climb to stage to receive his match information. Burl and 175 other senior medical students participated in Match Day, the
annual event that pairs medical students nationwide with hospitals where they will train in their chosen specialties.
Georgia Health Sciences University                                                                    beeper                       Wednesday, April 6, 2011      11

Bikers share passion for children                                                                     Purchasing fair showcases
                                                                                                      new technology

                                                                                                                                                                     Phil Jones photo
More than 200 motorcyclists rumbled in to MCGHealth Children’s Medical Center during the Ninth        Joseph D. Huse demonstrates a physical therapy simulator
Annual Kelsi Long Memorial Ride. The ride is organized by Mike and Pam Maddox in memory of            from Laerdal Medical Corporation at the Purchasing Showcase.
their granddaughter Kelsi Long, who had Down syndrome and was stillborn.

Patient Trey Goodwin, 7, of Albany, Ga., was so excited about the 220 motorcycles making a stop
at MCGHealth Children’s Medical Center that he decided to put on his best suit for the occasion.

                                                                                                                                                                     Phil Jones photo

With the help of ride captains, hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts park their bikes in the circular   Vendors from around the Southeast set up in the Wellness
drive in front of MCGHealth Children’s Medical Center. This year’s fundraiser brought in more than    Center for the Materials Management Purchasing Showcase
$8,500 in donations for critical care needs at MCGHealth Children’s Medical Center. The fundraiser    March 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help GHSU staff build
has provided more than $70,000 in the last nine years for the area’s only children’s hospital.        collaborative relationships and explore new technology.
12   Wednesday, April 6, 2011                                beeper

     CROSSWORD 224

     ACROSS                             27.   Remedy                         10. Recommendation for
      1. Site of the zona orbicularis   28.   Small, fluid-filled sacs           sore muscles
      4. Santa __, CA                   30.   Chem. and zool.                11. Letters from Greece
      7. Prescribed amount              31.   “Need __ more?”                16. Notice
      8. Molten rock                    32.   Panama, for one                17. Episc. in England
     10. Areas where retrolisthesis     33.   Largest Scandinavian airline   18. On the __; fleeing
         occurs                                                              20. Most ancient
     12. Actor Kristofferson            DOWN                                 21. __ of Douglas; recess between
     13. Tube; conduit                   1. Sharpen                              the uterus/vagina & the rectum
     14. High hearts                     2. Suffix for expert or treat       23. Battery size
     15. Shade tree                      3. Foot                             24. Deli purchase
     16. Like a sickly complexion        4. Base that dissolves in water     25. Blood units, for short
     19. Where onychomycosis             5. Reason to prescribe Xyrem        26. Ladies of the casa, often: abbr.
         might occur                     6. “A Room with __”; 1985 film      28. Twice
     21. Mucous membrane secretion       7. Disease whose susceptibility     29. Nation with the highest obesity
     22. Antitragus location                is determined by the                 rate: abbr.
     25. Unlike Morehouse College           Schick test
     26. SPCA’s advice                   9. Beast of burden
Georgia Health Sciences University                                                                               beeper                                Wednesday, April 6, 2011              13


Dr. Ryan Harris                           Dr. Robert K. Yu

   Dr. Ryan Harris, Clinical Exercise     the American Society for Neuro-
Physiologist at the Georgia Preven-       chemisty from 2001-2003, and has
tion Institute, received a 2011 Car-      been awarded National Institutes
diovascular Section Clinical Science      of Health grants for more than 30
Young Investigator Award from The         years.
American Physiological Society Car-
diovascular Section. Harris will pres-      Obituaries
ent his research during the society’s       The GHSU Community extends
                                          condolences to the friends and
                                                                                                Join Us For The Grand Opening Of
Experimental Biology 2011 meeting
April 9-13 in Washington, D.C.            family of:                                      Aiken County’s Newest Estate-Style Community!
   Dr. Robert K. Yu, GRA Eminent
Scholar in Molecular and Cellular
Neurobiology, will be featured in
a special summer issue of Neuro-
chemical Research devoted to his
                                             Julie Brownell, spouse of
                                          retired George Brownell, Profes-
                                          sor of Biochemistry and Molecular
                                          Biology, died March 21.
                                             Leroy Tinley, retired Trades
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research. Yu has published ap-            Helper, died March 23.
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tency Leadership Program and              He is a Governor’s Teaching Fellow
serves as the institutional team          and the recipient of the College of
leader for Augusta’s upcoming             Allied Health Sciences Research and
Diversity Summit.                         Distinguished Service awards.
   “I am very optimistic about this
opportunity to bring together these
related activities and to create a cen-
ter of gravity around our diversity
efforts,” said Guion. “I am honored
to have been appointed to guide this
critical course of actions that will
integrate our components into a suc-
cessful inclusive unit.”
   Guion earned his master’s and
medical degrees from the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He
has made national presentations,                                                                                                            Where Your Day Ends.
authored publications and overseen                                              Directions: From GHSU (MCG) take Walton Way to the Gordon Hwy. Left on Gordon Hwy (US 1). Just past Bob
grant-funded projects on cultural                                               Richards Toyota take middle choice, Hwy 421. Sign points to Clearwater. Turn Right on Storm Branch Rd. The
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   Keskula is the College of Allied
Health Sciences Associate Dean for
Academic Affairs and has additional
appointments in the College of
Graduate Studies and the Medical
College of Georgia. He previously
chaired the Department of Physical        W. Kent Guion took over
Therapy, transitioning the depart-        as Associate Provost for
ment to a doctoral degree program.        Multicultural Affairs April 1.                                                                                                                AS05-505159
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Briefs...from page 2

Free flu shots
   MCGHealth Occupational Health
                                         at smcgowen@georgiahealth.edu
                                                                                                                       Pet Gazette
Services offers free influenza vac-
cines for campus employees. No           Health study
appointment is necessary, but em-           Adults age 21-40 are needed for a
ployees must show their employee         GHSU study. Participants will have
badge. Open weekdays from 6:30           body scans, non-invasive measure-
a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 1515 Pope Ave.,     ments and fluids collected and will
next to the MCGHealth Human Re-          perform an exercise test. Participants
sources office. Call 706-721-3418.       will be compensated. Contact Can-
                                         dice Yates at 706-721-1195 or Gloria
Medical educators                        Sloan at 706-721-1103.
   The Medical College of Georgia
Academy of Medical Educators is          Knee pain study
accepting applications. The academy         Adults age 18-40 who have had
promotes educational excellence,         anterior knee pain for at least four
innovation and scholarship; serves       weeks are needed for a GHSU study.
faculty with career interests in medi-   Participants will take part in free,
cal education; and works to improve      supervised 30-minute rehabilita-
medical education through faculty        tion sessions up to three times a
development, mentoring and educa-        week for six weeks. Contact Dr. Lori
tional leadership. Visitgeorgiahealth.   Bolgla at 706-721-1517 or lbolgla@
edu/som/ames/index.html.                 georgiahealth.edu.

Join EDI
   The GHSU Education Discov-
ery Institute meets at noon on the
second Wednesday of each month in
the Terrace Dining Dogwood Room                                                               A peach-faced lovebird might    Perinatal Unit.                       Fern barely remembers life
to discuss health professions educa-                                                       not be everyone’s idea of the         Peachy loved pasta, bread       without Peachy, because she’s
tion and educational research. The                                                         perfect pet, but “Peachy,” April   and popcorn, ate breakfast with    had her since she was 10 years
institute provides refreshments, and                                                       Fern’s 15-year-old feathered       Fern in the morning, took naps     old. Sadly, Peachy passed away
participants may bring their lunch.                                                        friend was one of the smartest     with her and chirped until Fern    Jan. 18.
Contact EDI@georgiahealth.edu.                                                             birds of her species.              let her out of her cage when she      “But it is consoling that she
                                                                                              “We had the closest bond I      returned home from work. Per-      outlived her life expectancy and
                                                                                           believe I could ever have with     haps best of all, she was potty    was a happy, spoiled bird,” Fern
Pet set                                                                                    a pet,” said Fern, an RN in the    trained.                           said.
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   GHSU Police stopped a vehicle
March 16 at 9:37 a.m. for failure to
yield to pedestrians in the cross-
walk at Laney-Walker Boulevard
and Rear Drive. The driver was
cited and arrested for driving with a
revoked license. The passenger was
arrested for an outstanding war-
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search of the vehicle, officers found
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16    Wednesday, April 6, 2011                                 beeper

Students, rocked by politics, roll into careers
By Stacey Hudson                        closing the department would have        more advanced trauma centers.                                and Barbara Sims (R-District 119)        Heath, Associate Dean of the Col-
                                        devastated students. Transferring           “If you’re driving through rural                          went to bat for the program, Brass       lege of Nursing. “There is no doubt
   For the first time since the Class   from one CRNA program to another         Georgia and you have a wreck, it’s                           said: “It was a great experience         in our minds that this pattern of
of 2007, all nurse anesthetist gradu-   is nearly impossible. The field is so    likely a CRNA who will provide your                          looking back on it – but it was not      CRNA program excellence will con-
ates passed their board exams on        competitive that GHSU only accepts       anesthesia,” Brass said. So the stu-                         very fun when you’re a few months        tinue to soar.”
the first try.                          about a fifth of its applicants – and,   dents took time from their clinical                          from graduating and $100,000 into
   “We feel very proud,” said           across the country, similar programs     rotations and spent it at the capitol                        student loans.”
Maegen Brass, who now works in          are full.                                talking to legislators and lobbyists,                           All students in the class are
Newnan, Ga. at Southern Crescent           “So it was very scary for these       driving home the point that their                            now practicing nurse anesthetists,
Nurse Anesthesiology. “There was        students, and the fear never left        constituents depend on the program.                          Masiongale said. Brass said during
a lot riding on each of us, as a        them. Every time there was a men-        In 1990, the U.S. Department of                              one day in March she worked on
student.”                               tion of budget difficulty, they were     Health and Human Services indi-                              laparoscopic gallbladder surgeries,
   More than their own careers          always leery,” Masiongale said.          cated a national shortage of 5,400                           an orthopedic shoulder surgery and
depended on their successes. Just          Even in the midst of fear, how-       CRNAs, and an annual shortage of                             on chronic pain treatments.
months ago, the program was             ever, the students rallied by bringing   500-800 graduates to fill new and                               And Masiongale has high expec-
included in the $25 million in          public attention to the need for         vacated positions. That means each                           tations for the students who follow
cuts that the University System of      Georgia to educate more nurse anes-      program has a direct impact on the                           this class: “I expect the 100 percent
Georgia Board of Regents requested      thetists. According to the American      health services available in its state.                      passing rate to become the norm. As
universities make during budget         Association of Nurse Anesthetists,          Masiongale said that the students’                        more people get excited about it, it
reduction talks in 2010.                CRNAs administer 60 percent of all       activity got a lot of attention from                         will be news when we don’t make
   “I think that was a motivating       anesthetics in the U.S., and in rural    Forbes, Business Week, the Atlanta                           100 percent.”
factor for us to study harder and do    area, they may be the only individu-     Journal-Constitution, and WSB-TV,                               “We are so please that our team
as well as we could. We can’t afford    al qualified to administer anesthetics   in addition to Augusta-area media                            of highly credentialed CRNA faculty
to mess up when our program is on       for 50 miles. They provide every-        such as The Augusta Chronicle and                            consistently delivered a rigorous
the chopping bock,” Brass said.         thing from epidurals for laboring        NBC Augusta.                                                 academic and clinical program to
   Jim Masiongale, Director of the      women to trauma stabilization for           And their campaign got results.                           facilitate this outstanding outcome
Nursing Anesthetist Program, said       rural hospitals prior to transport to    Reps. Ben Harbin (R-District 118)                            for the class of 2010,” said Dr. Janie


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First row (from left), Shani George, Mary Clare, Marni Danial; Second row, Anne Patel, Debbie Garth,
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Homecoming schedule
Thursday, April 14
   Respiratory Therapy Continu-
ing Education Program - 8 a.m. to
5 p.m., Health Sciences Building.
Contact Kitty Hernlen, 706-721-3554
or khernlen@mcg.edu.
   Respiratory Therapy Alumni
Reception - 7 p.m. Contact Susan
Whiddon, 706-721-3554 or swhid-                                                                                                                                             AS05-505156
   Physician Assistant Continuing
Medical Education - Room 3329,
Health Sciences Building. Contact
Wendy Paschal, 706-721-3246 or

Friday, April 15
   On-site registration – 9 a.m. to
3 p.m., Cummings Room, Marriott
Hotel and Suites.
   Dental Hygiene Alumni Day –
7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., MCG Alum-
ni Center. Carol Jahn, RDH, MS of
Water Pik Inc. will present “Boomers

                                                                                                                          Phil Jones photo
and Seniors: Living Longer, Living
Healthier; Considerations for Dental
Professionals.” Call 706-721-3967.
   Fifth Annual Art Hardy Memo-
rial Golf Tournament – 8 a.m., Gos-
hen Plantation Golf Course. Proceeds     Alumni enjoyed lunch on the grounds of the president’s home
benefit respiratory therapy student      last year. This year, GHSU President Ricardo Azziz and his wife,
education and scholarships. Cost:        Cindy, will welcome alumni with a family cook-out.
$65 per person, lunch included. Con-
tact Art Taft, 706-721-3554 or ataft@
   33rd Annual Marvin Goldstein          Saturday, April 16                         College of Allied Health Sciences
                                                                                 Dinner and Distinguished Alum-
Lectureship and Luncheon – 8 a.m.            On-site registration – 9 a.m. to    nus Presentation – 6-9 p.m., MCG
lecture, noon lunch, Marriott Hotel      3 p.m., Cummings Room, Marriott         Cancer Center. Cost: $40 for adults
and Suites. Dr. Edward J. Swift will     Hotel and Suites.                       and $25 for children. Dress: casual.
present “Untangling the Confusion            Physical Therapy Continuing Ed-        College of Dental Medicine Ban-
of Today’s Restorative Material.” Call   ucation Workshop, “Evidence-based       quet – 6 p.m., Marriott Hotel and
706-721-3967.                            driving assessment and rehabilita-      Suites. Cost: $70. Dress: semi-formal.
   Campus Tour – 10 a.m., depart-        tion” – 8-11 a.m. lecture, 1-4 p.m.        Medical College of Georgia Class
ing from the Alumni Center. See the      lab. Cost: $75 (lecture only), $125     Reunions – 6 p.m., Marriott Hotel
changes and appreciate the historical    (lecture and lab). Contact Charlotte    and Suites. Classes of 1946, 1951,
beauty of the GHSU campus.               Chatto, 706-721-1493 or orcchatto@      1956, 1961, 1966, 1971,1976, 1981,
   College of Graduate Studies Re-       mcg.edu.                                1986, 1991, 1996 and 2001. Cost:
ception and Presentation, honoring           College of Dental Medicine          $85. Dress: semiformal.
2011 Distinguished Alumnus Richard       Continuing Education – 8-10:30             College of Nursing Alumni Asso-
White – 2 p.m., MCG Alumni Center.       a.m., Room 1020, College of Dental      ciation Banquet and Distinguished
   College of Nursing Distinguished      Medicine. Free for Alumni Associa-      Alumnus Award Presentation – 6
Alumnus Lecture – 2:30-3:30 p.m.,        tion members, $50 for others (will be   p.m., Marriott Hotel and Suites.
Room 1210, Health Sciences Build-        applied to Alumni Association dues).    Cost: $55. Dress: semi-formal.
ing. Alumna Susan Mitchell Grant,        Dress: business casual.                    Homecoming Dance – 9:30 p.m.,
Chief Nursing Officer of Emory               College of Nursing Dean’s           Oglethorpe Ballroom, Marriott Hotel
Healthcare and Associate Dean at         Brunch – 9:30 a.m., Health Sciences     and Suites. Featuring The Toasters,
the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School         Building. Join Dean Lucy Marion         performing beach music, Motown
of Nursing, will present “The Nurse      and your fellow alumni for brunch       and oldies. Dress: semi-formal.
Executive of the Future: IOM Report      and tours of the Health Sciences
and Beyond.” Call 706-721-3771.          Building and Interdisciplinary Simu-
   Medical College of Georgia            lation Center.                          Sunday, April 17
Dean’s Reception – 5:30 p.m.,                College of Dental Medicine Hard        Medical College of Georgia
Marriott Hotel and Suites. Dress:        Hat Tour – 11 a.m. to noon, new         Alumni Association Memorial
semi-formal.                             College of Dental Medicine building.    Service – 10:30 a.m., MCG Alumni
   Medical College of Georgia                President’s Cookout – noon to       Center. Friends and classmates who
Alumni Association Banquet – 6:30        2 p.m., President’s Home. Join Dr.      passed away during the past year
p.m., Marriott Hotel and Suites.         Ricardo Azziz and his wife, Cindy,      will be honored. Dress: business
Cost: $75. Dress: semi-formal.           for an old-fashioned backyard family    attire.
   Physician Assistant Continuing        cookout. Dress: dressy casual.             Medical College of Georgia
Medical Education – Room 3329,               Biomedical and Radiological         Alumni Association Emeritus
Health Sciences Building. Contact        Technologies Honors Celebration –       Club Luncheon – 11:30 a.m., MCG
Wendy Paschal, 706-721-3246 or           2-4 p.m., Natalie and Lansing B. Lee    Alumni Center. Cost: $45 Dress:
wpaschal@mcg.edu.                        Jr. Auditorium. Contact Jan Bane,       business attire.
                                         706-721-4176 or janb@mcg.edu.
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