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WATCH: Camp Lakeside: Coming Soon!

Summer is a time for adventure, fun, and making memories. For a lot of kids, that means heading off to summer camp for a few days. But not all children are fortunate enough, or healthy enough, to enjoy those summer days with their friends.

Now, with the partnership between The Family YMCA of Greater Augusta and the Children’s Hospital of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, children of all abilities can enjoy a wonderful summer camp in a safe environment.

The YMCA has been a provider of summer and holiday camps since the 1940s. CHOG has a long legacy of caring for sick children and their families in the community. Together, these two organizations have begun renovating Camp Lakeside so it will soon be able to serve children with disabilities or serious and chronic health conditions in a medically safe environment.

Activities that will be available at the camp include swimming, arts and crafts, disc golf, fishing, archery, kayaking, basketball, canoeing, and more! The camp will be an extension of the Family Y’s adapted program and will become the future home for CHOG special-needs camps.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the “new” Camp Lakeside took place Monday, June 22, 2015. Phase 1 of renovation officially has begun and will include a multipurpose room/gym, medical facility, outdoor pool, and 10 adaptive cabins for the children.

To learn more about other available camps, visit grhealth.org or thefamilyy.org.

Join us: Camp Lakeside groundbreaking June 22

The Family YMCA of Greater Augusta and the Children’s Hospital of Georgia will break ground at 11 a.m. Monday, June 22, to kick off renovations at Camp Lakeside, a 100-acre camp located on beautiful Lake Thurmond.

CampLakesideInteriorCampSignSketchesCamp Lakeside has long served Family Y camps, but with renovations and new construction to include a medical facility and multi-purpose building in the first phase, it will also serve the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.
CHOG camps are hoping to relocate from Rutledge, Ga., to the Lincolnton, Ga. Camp on 1238 Dogwood Drive – which is closer to CHOG.

Upon completion of all construction, this site will host the traditional Family Y camps, along with the CHOG camps, including Camp Rainbow for cancer patients, Camp Joint Venture for children with juvenile arthritis, Camp Sweet Life for diabetic patients, Camp Strong Hearts for heart patients, and Camp Share and Care for families with children with new cancer diagnoses. Future plans include an outdoor pool and 10 adapted cabins.

“Camp Lakeside will enable sick children treated at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia an opportunity to enjoy a typical summer camp experience,” said Kimberly Allen, Manager of Child and Adolescent Life at CHOG and Director of Camp Rainbow. “Through the support of our community and medical team, more children will be able to forget about their illness and enjoy the outdoors as well as other summer camp fun, in closer proximity to our hospital.”

The groundbreaking is open to the public. Please RSVP to Katie Duncan at the Family Y at kduncan@thefamilyy.org or 706-829-0164.

Read: Philips/GRHealth: 18 months later

DotMed: April 30, 2015

On July 1, 2013, Philips Healthcare and Georgia Regents Medical Center embarked on a 15-year partnership worth $300 million to transform the health care delivery model.  Nearly two years later, GRHealth has experienced about $7 million in savings, as well as a 35 percent reduction in technology spending.

Read the full article: Philips and Georgia Regents partner to innovate care delivery model: Two years later





Read: The outsourcing explosion

Fierce Health Finance: April 21, 2015

Hospitals turn to outside firms to provide more clinical services [Special Report]

Hospital imaging often renders a disquieting financial picture. The equipment costs millions of dollars to either purchase or lease, is often manpower intensive to operate and usually needs replacement or major upgrades every few years. That’s not to mention the constant pressure to optimize patient throughput in order to pay for the equipment in the first place.

The GRHealth-Philips health care delivery model includes everything from equipment purchasing and maintenance to volume discounts and performance improvement initiatives.

Georgia Regents Health System, which operates Georgia Regents Medical Center, … decided to outsource responsibility for much of its imaging services. In 2013, it entered into an agreement with Philips Healthcare to not only provide new imaging equipment, but manage radiology and cardiology services, clinical monitoring of patients, and the relevant education and training for GRHealth staff.

Read the full article: The outsourcing explosion

Case study: Philips alliance at 18 months

It’s been nearly two years since GRHealth and Royal Philips signed a $300 million, 15-year alliance agreement, and much has been accomplished.

A recently published case study offers a closer look at lessons learned, savings realized, processed improved, and technology acquired. In year one of the alliance, the hospital has been able to replace 800 imaging and patient care devices, including many that were several generations behind. A new interventional radiology suite was constructed, 525 patient monitors were replaced, and a dozen mobile digital X-ray systems were deployed.

Currently, one of the major projects is an overhaul of pediatric imaging at Children’s Hospital of Georgia. And, did you know that there is a Philips Learning Center on the 9th floor of the Medical Center?  In the photo above, you can see how the center is used to plan and execute the roll-out of new equipment and patient care solutions, like the CHOG imaging renovation.

You can read more about these accomplishments and the future of the alliance in the full case study on our website.

Orchestrating Wellness featured in GResearch Magazine

GResearch Spring 2015 coverThe role music therapy in healing . . . using interactive video games to enhance the quality of life of those with chronic conditions . . . a study of the ecological impact of thwarting Mother Nature. . .

These are among the articles featured in the spring edition of GResearch, the university’s biannual research magazine. Read about GRU researchers’ innovations in these areas and many others at http://gru.edu/research/.

GRU launches special Initiative to reduce the burden of preventable cancers in Georgia

The Georgia Regents University Cancer Center today launched an initiative seeking to reduce the burden of cancer among minority and underserved populations in Georgia.

Within the cancer-Community Awareness Access Research and Education initiative, modules will be created to concentrate on one or more cancers that are either preventable or may be detected early enough to improve outcomes. Each module will use trained community health workers to deliver evidence-based, culturally appropriate cancer education.

John Damonti, President of Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation

Short-term, c-CARE is designed to increase compliance with prevention and early detection recommendations and ensure access to needed services. The long-term goal is to reduce new cases and deaths from largely preventable cancers.

“Tremendous progress has been made in cancer prevention, early detection and treatment over the past few decades,” said Dr. Samir Khleif, Director of the GRU Cancer Center and leader of the c-CARE initiative. “Unfortunately, the benefits of these advances are not being experienced equally throughout our population. By working collaboratively with churches, clinics, schools, and other trusted institutions to build cancer awareness, improve knowledge and expand access, c-CARE will help eliminate cancer disparities in the communities we serve.”

Thanks to a three-year, $1.74 million grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, the GRU Cancer Center will focus its initial c-CARE implementation on reducing the burden of lung cancer in the Central Savannah River Area.  Lung cancer is particularly lethal, causing more deaths than any other cancer among men and women of all races and ethnicities throughout the nation.  The American Cancer Society estimates that 4,640 Georgians will die of lung cancer in 2015, more than the combined deaths from breast, colorectal, pancreatic and prostate cancers.

“We are pleased to partner with the GRU Cancer Center to reduce the burden of lung cancer among high disparity populations in the Central Savannah River Area through c-CARE, an innovative new model to enhance cancer awareness, prevention, care and supportive community services,” said John Damonti, President of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation.  “We are excited to learn what c-CARE interventions are most effective so they can be scaled to address lung cancer throughout Georgia and across the country.”

Mayor Hardie Davis

The c-CARE lung cancer module will initially be implemented at 12 sites in the CSRA, including African-American churches, community clinics, and the Salvation Army Kroc Center of Augusta.   Community health workers at those sites will be trained to present current information about lung cancer prevention, guidelines for early detection, and new treatment options. c-CARE participants will be assisted as needed to secure tobacco cessation and lung cancer screening services.  When disease is suspected or diagnosed, participants will be navigated to proper care in the community, including clinical trials.

“The Cancer Center has made c-CARE the cornerstone of our commitment to improve cancer outcomes in Georgia, particularly for low access populations,” Khleif continued.  “Launching the lung cancer module in the CSRA with support from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation is a great beginning. We will soon create c-CARE modules focused on breast, cervical, colorectal and other preventable cancers and expand c-CARE to reach more of Georgia’s neediest residents.”

GRHealth named AHA Fit-Friendly Worksite

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The American Heart Association has recognized GRHealth as a Gold-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite for championing employee wellness. GRHealth is the only Augusta hospital to achieve this honor.

DS-6029 AHA_Seal14_Gold_cmykFit-Friendly Worksites reach gold and platinum levels by implementing activities and programs that encourage physical activity, nutrition, and culture enhancements that foster healthy living.

“As an organization focused on providing quality health care, we must be positive role models for our patients, families, staff, and peers,” said Susan A. Norton, Vice President for Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer. “Receiving this award not only enhances our ability to attract highly qualified staff in the face of shortages in health care professions, but, more importantly, it inspires all of us who work here to continue to value our own health and well-being.”

Some of the healthy initiatives at GRHealth that helped earn the Fit-Friendly designation include:
• Publishing and promoting campus walking routes and programs
• Publishing health and fitness tips through an online newsletter
• Maintaining a tobacco-free environment
• Providing “mindful eating” and other healthy food choices in the cafeteria
• Offering weight loss programs at work
• Implementing an employee wellness program that includes coaching

“GRHealth is a caring employer, committed to providing the best workplace environment possible,” said Frances A. Toole, Director of Employee Health and Wellness. “We will continue to develop ways to actively engage our staff in taking care of their health, and we hope that more companies will follow our lead in promoting healthy lifestyles.”

According to the American Heart Association, American employers are losing an estimated $226 billion a year because of health care expenses and health-related losses in productivity. Many American adults have sedentary jobs, which contributes to a lack of physical activity and an increased risk of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and a host of other medical issues. The AHA aims to transform corporate cultures through the Fit-Friendly initiative and other wellness programs.

The AHA recommends employee walking programs as walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity.

Employee Advisory Council – Employee Awards Program (Nominations Accepted)

The following communication is from the Georgia Regents Employee Advisory Council:

The Georgia Regents Employee Advisory Council is proud to announce the Employee Awards Program that showcases individuals, teams, and departments within Georgia Regents University and Health System for their outstanding and meritorious work. The awards open for nominations include:

The Service Excellence Award recognizes outstanding and high (or exemplary)-quality performance toward the overall mission of all academic, administration, and clinical area.

The Teamwork Award recognizes outstanding and high-quality performance toward the overall mission of all academic, administration, and clinical areas.

The Golden Pen Award recognizes staff who have reached a significant level of achievement and excellence both in their careers and in their contributions to the growth and development of GRU and GRHealth by either publishing or presenting outside of the Georgia Regents organization.

Nominations for the specified awards will be accepted online. Self-nominations are not allowed. For more information on each award, please visit the Employee Advisory Council website to view the criteria sheets.

Nominations will be accepted now through close of business (5 p.m.) March 20, 2015, via the online nomination tool, which is available through the links provided in the award titles listed above.

If you have questions, please contact Debra Arnold at darnold@gru.edu.

Thank you!


Georgia Regents Employee Advisory Council

Go Downtown

Georgia Regents University faculty, staff, and students and GRHealth employees are encouraged to Go Downtown on Thursday, Feb. 19, to receive discounts from more than 70 downtown businesses. Go Downtown is held every third Thursday of the month. University shuttles will run from 4 to 9:30 p.m.

Downtown Shuttle Stops:

6th & Broad Street

8th & Broad Street

10th & Broad Street

12th & Broad Street

9th & Reynolds Street

10th & Reynolds Street

In conjunction with Homecoming and Military Appreciation Week, a few downtown businesses will host viewing parties of the nationally televised game in their restaurants on Saturday, Feb. 21, beginning at noon. The participating businesses include Whiskey Bar Kitchen, Metro Coffee House, Blue Sky Kitchen, 1102 Downtown Bar & Grill, Mellow Mushroom, and Farmhaus Burgers.

The game will be aired on:

AT&T U-verse Channel 643 and 1643(HD)
Comcast Channel 735 and 288(HD)
DIRECTV Channel 221 and 221(HD)
DISH Network Channel 158 and 158(HD)