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You’re invited: EP lab turns 10!

Please join GRHealth’s Heart & Cardiovascular Services in honoring electrophysiology (EP) physicians and staff for 10 years of EP excellence. The reception will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, in the EP lab (BI 8086). Refreshments will be served.

Click here to read the article published in the spring issue of Health on Time, GRHealth Heart & Cardiovascular Services’ quarterly consumer newsletter.

New cardio center to open at GRHealth

GRHealth’s Heart and Cardiovascular Services will open a new center on campus May 18. The Cardiovascular Center 15th Street will be located at 937 15th Street, Augusta, Georgia, 30912 – the site of the former sports medicine center.

The center will house general cardiology, interventional cardiology, cardiac rehabilitation, and an outpatient echocardiography lab. All services will be available beginning May 18, except for cardiac rehabilitation, which will be available June 1. The center will offer state-of-the-art cardiac rehabilitation monitoring equipment and on-site cardiology diagnostic testing, in addition to convenient parking and close proximity to hospital-based services.

GRHealth’s Heart and Cardiovascular Services will continue to see patients at its two other locations, which include the following with their corresponding services:

  • Cardiovascular Center Chafee Avenue – 1003 Chafee Avenue:
    • Cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery pre- and post-operation appointments
    • Electrophysiology
    • Outpatient vascular lab
  • Medical center – 1120 15th Street: In-patient procedures, including catheterization, echocardiography, electrophysiology, and surgery

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

Celebrate GRHealth this May

Nurses Week, May 6-12

Hospital Week will be celebrated from May 10 to 16 with a variety of events.

On Monday, employees can get healthy snacks in Terrace Dining .

On Tuesday, there will be random drawings for a variety of goods and services.

On Wednesday, there will be a GRHealth double wall tumbler giveaway.

On Friday, 3rd shift will receive biscuits and there will be an Employee Cookout.

EMS Week, May 17-23

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MCG Foundation honors donors, Harrison with $1 million gift toward unretired debt on new building

AUGUSTA, Ga. – To honor donors and inspire future philanthropy, the Medical College of Georgia Foundation, Inc., has contributed $1 million toward retiring remaining debt on the J. Harold Harrison, M.D. Education Commons.

“We feel this is an investment in the Medical College and hopefully in philanthropy in the future,” said Dr. Sandra N. Freedman, Chairman of the MCG Foundation Board and a 1968 MCG graduate. “We give our gift in honor of all our donors because it takes all of us together to maintain the quality of education that we want for our students and for the health care of our state.”

The $1 million comes from unrestricted gifts made to the foundation, many by MCG alumni, and earnings from the foundation’s investment of those dollars. In recognition of the gift, the first floor main corridor of the building has been named the Medical College of Georgia Foundation Commons Corridor.

“The Harrison Commons has transformed our medical school experience,” said D. David Davis, President of the Class of 2018, which started freshman year in older facilities and moved into the new building in January. “Thankful is the number one word that comes to mind.”

“We are absolutely grateful to our donors, to our foundation, and to the state of Georgia for its support of their medical school,” said Dr. Peter F. Buckley, MCG Dean. “As David said, the generosity and support of so many coupled with the skilled investment strategy of our foundation enabled this beautiful academic home that has also become a natural gathering spot for our students.”

The three-story, 177,000-square foot Harrison Commons, MCG’s academic home, opened to students in January and bears the name of Dr. J. Harold Harrison, the late 1948 MCG graduate and benefactor, who twice served as Chairman of the MCG Foundation as well as a term as Alumni Association President. Harrison and his wife Sue gave $10 million for the building in 2013 and, after his death, $66 million for scholarships and endowed chairs to help attract the best students and faculty.

Including the $1 million MCG Foundation gift, more than 200 donors have given more than $22 million to support the $76.5 million project to provide state-of-the art learning facilities. Many of the areas of the building, such as small group learning spaces, learning communities, and the administrative suite, bear the name of donors and additional naming opportunities are still available in the building, said Ralph Alee, Associate Vice President for Major Gifts at MCG and GRU. State appropriations totaled $42 million, leaving a remaining debt of about $12.5 million.

Buckley helping lead international schizophrenia research group, edits two books

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Dr. Peter F. Buckley, a psychiatrist, expert in schizophrenia, and Dean of the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, is a member of the seven-person Executive Committee charged with planning the future of the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research, the premier global conference on schizophrenia research.

Buckley, along with Dr. David J. Castle, Chairman of Psychiatry at Australia’s St. Vincent’s Health and The University of Melbourne, also is co-editor of the second edition of a reference book for mental health professionals on schizophrenia. He is editor of a similar, new reference textbook on the intersection of mental and physical health, as well.

Buckley, who continues to see patients and conduct schizophrenia research, was named in 2013 to the Executive Committee of the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research. He had served for nearly a decade on the Advisory Board for the biennial gathering of more than 1,000 scientists and physician-scientists from a broad range of disciplines involved in schizophrenia research and treatment.

At this year’s meeting in Colorado, Founding Directors Dr. S. Charles Schulz, who recently stepped down as Psychiatry Department Head at the University of Minnesota, and Dr. Carol A. Tamminga, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, turned planning of the 2017 meeting over to the Executive Committee. “We want to keep the congress going and the field moving forward,” Buckley said.

He first came to the United States 23 years ago from his native Ireland as a fellow of the international group, and Schulz, then at Case Western Reserve University, offered him a job in Cleveland. “To now find myself alongside others helping plan future meetings is very gratifying,” Buckley said. The dean is also a member of the Election Committee of the Schizophrenia International Research Society, which meets on alternate years of the International Congress.

The second edition of “Schizophrenia,” published by the Oxford Psychiatry Library, is a current, handy resource for mental health professionals on a condition affecting about 1 percent of the population, or some 2.4 million American adults. Hallucinations are a disease hallmark: patients hear voices and can even see, touch, and taste things that are not real. They can become depressed, reclusive and suicidal and have an increased risk of cardiovascular and other health conditions. These patients die on average 15-20 years younger than the general population.

Psychiatric Clinics of North America’s reference book, “Mental Health in the Medical Setting: Delivery, Workforce Needs, and Emerging Best Practices,” published by Elsevier, covers topical, broadly impactful issues on the intersection of mental and physical wellness and disease. Topics include providing mental health support to victims of terrorism; screening for depression in primary care populations; and office-based screening for common psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety disorder, and posttraumatic stress in older patients resulting from a medical diagnosis or treatment. Each of the nine chapters, as well as a special article to help health care providers perform suicide assessment, starts with a section of key points.

“We hope this book is a ready resource for a wide range of health care providers who want to ensure that the physical and mental health of their patients, which are inextricably linked, are addressed,” Buckley said. “We thank the many authors who shared their expertise and time to make this book possible.”

Buckley co-chairs the Georgia Mental Health and Physical Integrations Task Force for the Atlanta-based Carter Center. As part of the American Psychiatric Association Workgroup on the Role of Psychiatry in Healthcare Reform, he helped explore the interface of mental and physical health from the perspective of major changes in health care policies.

He chairs the National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel on Early Psychosis Intervention and is a member of the institute’s Data and Safety Monitoring Board Committee. Buckley is a member of the Psychiatry Maintenance of Certification Committee of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Psychiatric Association Committee on Research Awards and Membership Committee.

Allen leads nursing Shared Governance

Carla AllenCarla G. Allen, a Senior Staff Nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital of Georgia, has been named Chair of the Shared Governance Coordinating Council (SGCC).  Shared Governance in Nursing is a professional practice model that was founded on the principles of partnership, equity, accountability, and ownership that results in a framework to sustain shared decision-making in order to improve the quality of care, safety, and work life.

“Shared governance is all about bedside nurses being involved in decision-making, policy changes, and process improvements. It gives the bedside nurse a voice,” said Allen, whose main role will be to facilitate discussions during monthly meetings of the Shared Governance council chairs.

There are seven councils that comprise SGCC at GRHealth: (1) Clinical Ladder, (2) Education (3) Informatics, (4) Special Projects, (5) Evidence-Based Practice, (6) Performance Improvement, and (7) Professional Practice. Each council is comprised of bedside nurses who review issues and develop process improvements related to the council on which they serve. Councils’ recommendations are presented to the SGCC for endorsement and then reported up to the Nurse Executive Council for final approval.

“An example of a recent council issue would be the dress code policy,” says Allen. “A recommendation was made to revise the dress code, which went to the Evidence-Based Practice Council for review; and then the issue was sent to the Professional Practice Council for their review and recommendation, and so forth.”

Nursing Shared Governance at GRHealth provides direction for the professional practice of nursing.  The model directs nurses to participate in clinical decision-making, and empowers nurses to have accountability and ownership for the practice.  The ultimate goal is to achieve better patient outcomes.

“We have outstanding nurses at GRHealth who are committed to providing excellent nursing care to every patient, every encounter, every time,” said Allen, who is also chair of the Clinical Ladder Council, which provides for career progression for nurses.

Allen began her career at GRHealth in 2004 as an OB Tech in Labor and Delivery, where she became a Charge Nurse in 2009. She transferred to the NICU last fall. She’s been in Shared Governance since 2008.

This is the first time a senior staff nurse instead of the CNO has chaired Shared Governance at GRHealth, according to Chief Nursing Officer Laura Brower, who is working with the councils to set and achieve more aggressive goals to advance nursing, including pursuing Magnet designation.

GRHealth honors laboratory medicine teams during National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

During National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 19-25, 2015, GRHealth specially recognizes its laboratory professionals and celebrates their dedication as a crucial member of the health care team, collaborating together to improve patient care, contribute to disease prevention and enhance efficiency of healthcare delivery. GRHealth has the good fortune of having a strong and supportive group of distinguished clinician scientists within the Pathology Department who seek to provide excellence, working at the cutting edge of development for new tests and treatments.

From small practices in rural towns to metropolitan hospitals, more than 300,000 medical laboratory professionals deliver accurate test results every day and serve as part of the health care team to guide diagnoses and assess patients’ ongoing treatment and care.

“I salute our outstanding laboratory professionals and all laboratory teams across the nation working together to provide accurate and timely results for patients and healthcare providers. You are the cornerstone of diagnosis and an integral part of the larger patient care team, directly contributing to preserving and enhancing patients’ lives, and health” said Gurmukh Singh, MD, PhD, FCAP, MBA, CPE a physician who specializes in pathology, and is the Clinical Laboratory Director at GRHealth.

During Lab Week 2015, GRHealth is celebrating laboratory professionals’ contribution to patient care. Lab Week’s theme, Laboratory Professionals Get Results, recognizes the proactive, collaborative role laboratory professionals play in advancing patient care.

GRHealth plans to celebrate and recognize lab professionals all through the week with various activities beginning with breakfast to kick off the week. The celebration will include lunches including an outdoor barbeque filled with games and Zumba. There is a friendly Blood Donor Drive completion between the labs, employee massages, chances to win prizes and they plan to finish the week with an ice cream social.

Using state-of-the-art technology and instrumentation, laboratory professionals perform and supervise services that lead to the early detection of potential health problems; the sooner a disease is caught, the likelihood increases for a positive outcome and improvement in efficiency of healthcare. We invite you to visit with us to learn more about Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

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.