Deal highlights budget during GHSU visit

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Gov. Nathan Deal commended two important packages from this year’s General Assembly and the fiscal year 2013 budget for aiding the state’s goal of moving Georgia Health Sciences University into a place among the nation’s top 50 academic health centers.

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Gov. Nathan Deal meets with community members after speaking at Georgia Health Sciences University's cancer center. He commended the school's contributions to the health care profession in the state.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Gov. Nathan Deal meets with community members after speaking at Georgia Health Sciences University's cancer center. He commended the school's contributions to the health care profession in the state.

During a visit to GHSU’s cancer center Tuesday, Deal said $28 million in bond funding allocated to the construction of the Medical Education Commons Building represents an investment in the institution and the state. Funding for 400 new residency slots in hospitals across the state will further support the health care profession across Georgia.

“Health care, we know, is going to continue to be an important industry, not only from the actual providing of health care and the new procedures and the new treatments that are going to be available to people in our state, but also for the research that accompanies that. I think this institution is perfectly suited to be an anchor for all of that taking place,” Deal said.

The classroom building for medical and dental students will support enrollment growth, boost research capabilities and improve clinical care, the governor said.

Investing in 400 more positions for doctors to serve their clinical residencies was a goal of the governor during the state’s legislative session. The additional slots should help keep Georgia’s medical school graduates in the state.

“If we do not have those residency slots, those who have been educated from kindergarten through our colleges and our medical schools will have to leave our state to do their residency,” Deal said. “Unfortunately, many of them never return.”

GHSU President Ricardo Azziz said that the institution has received increased state support in recent years but that public funding must be leveraged by private philanthropy as was accomplished with the Medical Education Commons Building.

“We need to continue to produce results. Results basically engender trust,” he said. “We have a vision, we have a path, we have a clear message. We need to begin to deliver on all of those things.”

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countyman 04/24/12 - 12:32 pm
Gov Deal continues to show

Gov Deal continues to show his support for growing GHSU into a top 50 medical school, and becoming the second nationally ranked cancer center(Emory)... GHSU was given an additonal $5 million in funding towards developing the cancer center...

It's good to see tons of growth taking place in/around the urban core of Augusta... All five projects are located within 5 minutes walking distance of the Medical District..

1. MCG Foundation, Blanchard & Calhoun, city of Augusta, GHSU, and local philanthropist are developing 20 acres(neighborhood Walmart, restaurants, bike lanes, GHSU buildings, etc)
2. Medical Educational Commons
3. Saint Sebastian Landscaping
4. Laney Walker pedestrian park
5. Foundry Place(retail, office space, single family, townhomes, multi-family; 1st floor commerical and 2nd floor residential)

Rendering of the Medical Commons

Riverman1 04/24/12 - 04:48 pm
Is the cancer center a

Is the cancer center a different thing in the minds of those supporting GHSU?

Sweet son
Sweet son 04/24/12 - 04:57 pm
Do you suppose that Dr. Cool

Do you suppose that Dr. Cool has Deal and the Board of Regents in his pocket! No doubt!

Craig Spinks
Craig Spinks 04/24/12 - 08:02 pm
"Carpe diem."

"Carpe diem."

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