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Faculty Authors’ Reception open to content creators

The Georgia Regents University libraries will host the second annual Faculty Authors’ Reception on Tuesday, Sept. 22. From 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. This event will take place in Reese Library on the Summerville campus.

The Faculty Authors’ Reception honors faculty from both campuses, current and retired, who have published, edited or created works within the past year. This reception also highlights the GRU Libraries Faculty Author Collection, which contains books (written or edited) as well as other works (such as art and films) created by faculty members of Georgia Regents University.

Between now and Sept. 21, faculty can submit their publication information through this online guide: http://guides.gru.edu/facultyauthors

A few current notable works from this year include “Upton Sinclair” and “Max Brand” by Dr. William Bloodworth and “Mental health in the medical setting: delivery, workforce needs, and emerging best practices – an issue of psychiatric clinics of North America” by Dr. Peter Buckley.

For more information about the Faculty Authors’ Reception, please contact Reference Assistant Jennifer Putnam at jputnam@gru.edu.

GRU leadership visits the Rotary Club of Augusta

Georgia Regents University (GRU) was well represented at Monday’s Rotary Club of Augusta meeting

Posing in the photo above along with Billy Franke, president of the Rotary Club of Augusta, was Dr. Peter Buckley, dean of the Medical College of Georgia, Tony Wagner, executive vice president for Administration and Finance, Rotary district governor nominee Pam Lightsey of the JagCard office, Dr. Brooks Keel, president of GRU and CEO of GRHealth and Russell Keen, chief of staff.

Children’s Hospital of Georgia welcomes Roary to the team

_DSC8579The Children’s Hospital of Georgia welcomed its newest addition on Thursday. Roary, Chief Fun Officer of CHOG and the children’s hospital’s new mascot, made a grand entrance in the CHOG lobby to the applause of patients and caregivers alike.

Roary’s arrival was preceded by a short video presentation explaining the hospital’s need for a baby jungle cat.

“We need somebody fun, somebody with excitement, to liven up the children’s hospital,” said Jim Mumford, CHOG Administrator.

“Someone with energy,” said Charlie Howell, CHOG Co-Medical Director, echoing Mumford’s sentiment. “You know, a real character.”

“How about a CFO?” Charlie Linder, CHOG Co-Medical Director, suggested. “A Chief Fun Officer?”

And as simple as that, the decision was made.

Peter Buckley, Dean of the Medical College of Georgia, said Roary’s hire was an exceptional decision.

“It is certainly not an exaggeration to say that great things happen every day at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, but Thursday was special,” said Buckley. “We introduced a Chief Fun Officer named “Roary” to help our patients and families focus on something lighter than the reason for their visit.”

After a short flight to the children’s hospital, Roary introduced himself to the crowd gathered in the CHOG lobby and made his first official act as Chief Fun Officer: hugging and high-fiving dozens of excited children. Later, the baby jag retreated to his office/den to get some much needed rest.

Roary’s hire and welcome ceremony would not have been possible without the contributions of several individuals. Roary would like to thank Kim Basso, Director of Pediatric Patient Care Services, Charlie Howell, Charlie Linder, Jim Mumford, Jared Bell, Video Production Coordination, and Tim Johnson, Video Producer. Roary would also like to give special thanks to Emily Renzi, his handler and trainer.

To watch Roary’s video introduction, click here.

To view a photo gallery of the event, click here.

Buckley receives international recognition as a top achiever in life sciences

Dr. Peter F. Buckley, Dean of the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, Interim Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at GRU, and Interim CEO, Georgia Regents Medical Center & Medical Associates, is among Irish America magazine’s 2015 list of the best and brightest Irish-American and Irish-born trailblazers in the life sciences.

The 30-year-old magazine covers political, economic, social, and cultural matters of interest to Irishmen living in the United States. This annual issue focuses on the top 50 leaders in the fields of medical care, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, medical devices, research and development, as well as life sciences venture capital. The August/September issue of the magazine will be out next month and an award reception will be held in October in Manhattan.

Buckley, who became the 26th Dean of Georgia’s public medical school in 2011, was born in Dublin, emigrated to the U.S. in 1992, and maintains dual citizenship. The son of two physicians earned his medical degree from the University College Dublin School of Medicine in 1986, and completed a psychiatry residency and research fellowship at St. John of God Psychiatric Services.

He came to the U.S. to serve as Clinical Director of the Psychobiology Evaluation and Treatment Programs at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University. Buckley became Medical Director of Western Reserve Psychiatric Hospital in 1994; Medical Director and Vice President for Clinical Affairs at Ohio’s Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare System, which included three inpatient facilities, in 1995; Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Case Western in 1996; Vice Chairman for State Services at Case Western’s Department of Psychiatry in 1999; and Professor at Case Western in 2000.

Buckley came to MCG in 2000 as Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior, was named the inaugural Associate Dean for Leadership Development of the medical school in 2007, Senior Associate Dean for Leadership Development in 2010, and Interim Dean later that same year. He assumed interim leadership over GRU health affairs in 2014.

His international leadership roles include serving on the Administrative Board of the Council of Deans of the Association of the American Medical Colleges and as Chair of the Council’s Fellowship Committee.  Earlier this month, he chaired the National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel on Early Psychosis Intervention and he has been a member of the institute’s Data and Safety Monitoring Board Committee since 2006. Buckley also 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. He recently served on the association’s Workgroup on the Role of Psychiatry in Healthcare Reform, and he co-chairs the Georgia Mental Health and Physical Integrations Task Force for the Atlanta-based Carter Center. Buckley is a Past President of the Pan American Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and is immediate Past President of the Richmond County Medical Society.

Buckley, an expert in schizophrenia, is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Congress on Schizophrenia, which is planning the future of the premier global schizophrenia research conference. He is also a member of the Election Committee of the Schizophrenia International Research Society. Buckley, along with Dr. David J. Castle, Chairman of Psychiatry at Australia’s St. Vincent’s Health and The University of Melbourne, recently co-edited the second edition of a reference book for mental health professionals on schizophrenia. He also is editor of a similar, new reference textbook on the intersection of mental and physical health and is editor/author of 15 other books. He continues an active, federally funded research program with national, multicenter collaborations.

This year he received the inaugural Spirit of MCG Award for Excellence in Leadership from the MCG Faculty Senate. The American Psychiatric Association honored him with the Kempf Fund Award for Psychobiological Research and Mentorship in Schizophrenia in 2014 and the Presidential Commendation for Leadership Accomplishments in 2013.

MCG alumnus Gingrey appointed to Health System Board

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Former U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Georgia Regents Health System.

Appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal, Gingrey represented Georgia’s 11th Congressional District from 2003 to 2015, founding the Congressional Doctors Caucus and serving on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He also served as a state senator and as chairman of the Marietta City School Board.

Gingrey, an Augusta native, graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School and moved to Atlanta to attend Georgia Tech. He returned to Augusta to attend the Medical College of Georgia, completing an internship at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and his residency at MCG. For more than 20 years, he ran a successful Obstetrics and Gynecology practice in Marietta. Gingrey belongs to Cobb County Medical Society, the Medical Association of Georgia, the Georgia Ob/Gyn Society and is a board-certified member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Gingrey fills a spot on the board recently vacated by another MCG alumnus, Dr. J. Roy Rowland, who had served on the Health System Board since his appointment in June 2010.

Rowland is Medical Consultant for the Chief Executive Officer for Middle Georgia Community Mental Health Center. He previously practiced family medicine in Dublin, Georgia, for 28 years. He also served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 12 years and in the Georgia House of Representatives for six years. A graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, he is a member of its Alumni Association and received the Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

“The Medical College of Georgia is very proud of the great leadership of our alumni, both at our institution and all across Georgia,” said Dr. Peter F. Buckley, MCG Dean; Interim Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Georgia Regents University; and Interim CEO, Georgia Regents Medical Center and Medical Associates. “Drs. Gingrey and Rowland are fantastic alumni and role models for all of us.”

The GRHS Board oversees the operations of Georgia Regents Medical Associates, Georgia Regents Medical Center, and the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

MCG is at the top of its game, dean says

A new academic home; a 15 percent increase in medical school applicants; a record-in-recent-history number of seniors choosing the Medical College of Georgia and GRHealth for their residency training; an unprecedented amount of clinical growth; and robust research in a tough funding time.

“It’s a great story, a great journey,” Dr. Peter F. Buckley, MCG Dean said of the nation’s 13th oldest medical school at his annual State of the College address, “Road Trip to Excellence.” “We are branding a message of a medical school that is progressive, that is growing, that has a great story to tell.”

Buckley lauded faculty, students, staff, and residents across MCG’s four campuses as well as alumni who populate the state and nation for the dynamic state of Georgia’s public medical school. He thanked as well physicians, hospitals, and communities across Georgia that have embraced MCG students and enabled a true statewide educational network.

“We have many, many homes across the state, both physically and metaphorically,” Buckley said of three clinical campuses in southwest, northwest, and southeast Georgia, as well as a second four-year campus, the GRU-UGA Medical Partnership in Athens. This year, the Southwest Campus, based in Albany, celebrates a decade of operation, the second cohort of students who attended the Athens campus graduate next week, as do the first group of students who spent their clinical years in the newest campus, based in Rome.

At the home base in Augusta, the new J. Harold Harrison, M.D., Education Commons, continues to draw rave reviews from students, educators, and visitors alike. A recent reviewer for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education commented that he had not seen it’s match in the country, Buckley shared.

That state-of-the-art facility coupled with a long history of educational excellence has helped generate the unprecedented interest in MCG, said Buckley, noting that the 15 percent increase in medical school applicants this year at MCG compares with a 4 percent increase nationally.

Buckley thanked again Dr. J. Harold Harrison, the late 1948 graduate whose $10 million gift generated even more enthusiasm and support for the medical college’s academic home. An additional $66 million gift from Harrison’s estate is enabling an unprecedented number of student scholarships and endowed chairs to help attract and retain more top students and faculty as it builds a culture of philathropy, he said. He called Harrison, “a man who has transformed our medical school. You are seeing it in front of your eyes.”

The energy and synergy permeate the clinical and research arenas as well. Again bucking national trends, MCG and GRHealth are sustaining unprecedented clinical growth while addressing roadblocks such as cancelled clinics.

“We have continued to stay focused, continued to stay robust and develop a research program in probably the most adversarial time in the history of the National Institutes of Health,” Buckley said, encouraging everyone to be proud of their research colleagues.

To watch the 2015 State of the College Address, please visit: https://youtu.be/MVgx56OP_H0

MCG Dean honors longtime pediatric surgeon and hospital administrator

A Medical College of Georgia graduate and pediatric surgeon, who chairs the Department of Surgery, and the longtime administrator of Phoebe Putney Health System, home of MCG’s first clinical campus, were honored Friday by Dr. Peter F. Buckley, Dean of MCG at Georgia Regents University.

Dr. Charles G. Howell
Dr. Charles G. Howell
Joel Wernick
Joel Wernick

Dr. Charles G. Howell, a 1973 graduate and advocate for children and families who has served as Chief of the MCG Section of Pediatric Surgery for more than 20 years and Chairman since 2011, received the Professionalism Award during Buckley’s May 1 State of the College Address. Joel Wernick, Phoebe’s President and CEO for more than a quarter of a century, received the Dean’s Community Advocate Award.

“Dr. Howell is an amazing advocate and consummate professional when it comes to the care of children and their families,” Buckley said. “In his more than 30 years as a faculty member, he has never swayed for even an instant from his core belief that our youngest patients deserve the absolute best.

“This year, as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Southwest Campus, based at Phoebe Putney in Albany, it is absolutely appropriate that we also celebrate the contributions of Mr. Wernick, a visionary CEO, both in his community and in the larger community,” Buckley said. “He, along with Phoebe’s physicians and staff, provide exceptional support to our students, and to our efforts to educate the next generation of physicians for Georgia and beyond.”

Howell helped plan and develop the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, which opened in 1998. He designed the facility’s operating rooms, and has served as Medical Director of Operative Services since the hospital opened. He is also Surgeon-in-Chief and Co-Medical Director of CHOG. Howell has co-directed the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, program for children in respiratory failure at the children’s hospital and helped found the program in 1985 as one of the first in the nation.  Howell helped advocate bringing a Ronald McDonald House to Augusta in the 1980s, and he and his wife, along with Braye and Tori Boardman, co-chaired the fundraising campaign for the new house, which opened just steps away from CHOG in January.

“At the dedication of the new Ronald McDonald House, Mr. Boardman lauded Dr. Howell for being such a tremendous role model and noted how his leadership on behalf of this home-away-from-home for the families of sick children had supported an unprecedented philanthropic support from our physician community,” Buckley added. “Again, his commitment never stops. This weekend Dr. Howell and his wife. Debbie. are hosting the renewed Moretz Society, a gathering of MCG alumni surgeon leaders from across America in support of their alma mater.”

Wernick is consistently ranked by Georgia Trend magazine among the 100 most influential Georgians.  The Arkansas native is on the board of VHA-Georgia and a former board member of VHA, Inc., a national network of not-for-profit health care organizations; the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals; and  the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He chairs the Southwest Georgia Alliance for Progress, a regional coalition to strengthen economic, educational, and cultural infrastructures that support the Marine Corp Logistics Base of Albany. He is a long-time Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow.

The Southwest Campus is part of MCG’s regional campus network that has students living and learning across Georgia. The Albany-based campus has third- and fourth-year medical students working with physicians and hospitals throughout that quadrant of the state, including Albany, Tifton, Cordele, Valdosta, LaGrange, Americus, Thomasville, and Columbus.

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.

Match Day: success in the jungle

In a day that saw frogs hugging squirrels and bananas and gorillas living together in perfect harmony, 181 MCG students gathered at the J. Harold Harrison, M.D. Education Commons to receive and open the envelops that contained their “what’s next.”

“I’m not sure I have a stomach anymore,” said Rachel Marks. “My ulcer actually climbed up my esophagus.”

16667944837_6923f2be9b_hMarks’ envelope contained the news that she would start her residency right here, which was her first choice. The Augusta native was thrilled.

“My mom’s elated,” she said. “I’m excited to be here and be near my parents and to be doing dermatology.”

All across the nation, senior medical students opened similar envelops and found out where they would be receiving their postgraduate specialty training.

In Athens, 39 students enrolled in the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership went through a comparable, though more reserved, ceremony.

MCG’s theme, “Welcome to the Jungle,” drew enthusiastic participation from everyone, including Medical College of Georgia Dean Peter Buckley, who wore full khaki and looked ready to go on safari.

16687631680_c6bd8449ac_hAccording to the Association of American Medical Colleges, nearly 35,000 U.S. and international students applied for one of the more than 27,000 first-year residency positions offered in this year’s Main Residency Match.

Here, this year’s class had an impressive 97.7 percent match rate, with students headed to programs in 35 states. Thirty percent will remain in Georgia for their first and second postgraduate year, with 20 percent remaining at MCG/GRHealth.

They matched in 18 specialties, and 40 percent are pursuing primary care, including Chris Ellington, who got exactly what he wanted.

“I’m staying right here,” he said with a smile. “I love Augusta. The people are nice, and there are just friendly faces everywhere.”

After an agonizing week of waiting, his relief was obvious.

“You knew on Monday whether or not you matched, but you didn’t know where,” he said. “So there’s lots of nerves. The people with the best costumes are probably the most nervous.”

Lindsey Carter and Janelle McGill, who along with several other friends dressed up to form a gaggle of geese, got their first choices, too – Carter to Greenville, South Carolina, and McGill here in Augusta.

16849142736_7f3065a66e_n“All of us (in the gaggle) either got a number one or a number two choice,” Carter said.

Underlying the party atmosphere, however, was the fundamental significance of what was occurring.

“This is a great moment in your career,” Buckley told them before the names were drawn. “You will remember this for the rest of your career, so enjoy the next couple of weeks. They are very, very special.”

Relaxing with friends after the ceremony, Ellison seemed to agree.

“It’s the end of something, but the beginning of something as well,” he said. “We had a really good class. They put in the extra work, and it paid off.”

For additional photos, click here.

For the Match Day highlight video, click here.

Medical Center earns second Energy Star designation

Georgia Regents Medical Center has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s prestigious Energy Star designation for a second time. Georgia Regents Medical Center is the only hospital in Georgia that holds this designation for 2015 and one of only four medical centers in the country with the certification.

To qualify, the Medical Center met strict energy performance standards set by EPA and earned a score of 75 or higher, indicating it performs better than at least 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide. Energy Star certified buildings save energy, save money and help protect the environment by generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions than typical buildings, according to the EPA.

Facilities included in the Energy Star designation are the adult hospital, the Critical Care Center, Children’s Hospital of Georgia and the Medical Office Building.

GRMC first received Energy Star certification in 2012.

“We applaud the significant effort of Chris Miller and our Facilities Division for ensuring that our clinical facilities are good stewards of energy use and of our planet. This absolutely is in keeping with our continuous efforts to be efficient by every definition and to improve wellbeing,” said Dr. Peter F. Buckley, Dean of the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University.

Most recently, in 2013, GRMC partnered with Johnson Controls on an Energy Performance Contract. The scope of the contract was to implement energy-saving projects. A few of the key project components were:

• Chilled water optimization using specific technology and software which allows GRMC to save energy when it provides air conditioning to the hospital.
• LED lighting retrofit for the Medical Office Building parking deck. The use of LED lights not only cut GRMC’s energy use in half, the lighting itself provides a seven-year increased service life, therefore saving money on replacement lighting.
• Water conservation with low flow flush valves and shower heads. GRMC decreased its overall water consumption by 10.93 percent in 2014.

The next major energy reducing project for GRMC will be retrofitting the remaining three parking decks with LED lighting.