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Georgia Regents continues hospital push

Friday, March 21, 2014 7:49 PM
Last updated 8:31 PM
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And then there were three again.

The boards of Georgia Regents Health System and Georgia Regents Medical Center voted Friday to support management in its pursuit of a “health campus” in Columbia County. University Hospital and Doctors Hospital had previously said they will continue with their plans to seek a Certificate of Need to build a hospital in the county, the state’s largest without one. The Columbia County Commission earlier this week voted to endorse all three proposals in seeking that required state permission to build a hospital, rather than choosing one to partner with.

During an hour-long executive session, the boards reviewed the previous plan for a $280 million campus with a 144-bed hospital and medical office building as well as the financial projections the health system provided the county. But Sean Vincent, vice president of partnerships, international healthcare and strategic affiliations, would not commit to those numbers and said “we’re evaluating the entire project as a whole” and whether parts of it would be phased in.

“We’re going to continue to move forward but we have to evaluate the timeline,” he said.

Earlier this week, University said it would continue with plans for a $144 million, 100-bed hospital and Doctors said it was sticking with its plan for a $150 million 108-bed hospital. Because of the large number of licensed beds at Augusta hospitals, officials have acknowledged that the hopes for Columbia County getting a hospital rest on three exceptions to the need standards. Those are if it is a “sole community provider” where the county provides 20 percent of the cost of construction, or if the proposal comes from an existing teaching hospital or from an existing trauma center.

University would apply under the 20 percent exception but would cover the county’s share in the form of tax payments made in advance. Georgia Regents could use either the trauma or teaching exceptions without county funds. Doctors has said it would apply under the trauma exception after it is granted trauma status this summer but might consider applying under the 20 percent exception to speed up the process.

Should rival CON applications appear at the Georgia Department of Community Health around the same time, the state would likely join them and consider them together.

“We’re still committed to serving the citizens of Columbia County and meeting their health and wellness needs,” Vincent said.

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soapy_725 03/22/14 - 10:04 am
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Let's go with $280mil +. More opportunity to steal $$.
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Let's go with $280mil +. More opportunity to steal $$.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/22/14 - 10:05 am
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The local Sopranos have placed bids on the concrete&steel.
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The local Sopranos have placed bids on the concrete&steel.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/22/14 - 10:06 am
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Some of the Sopranos crew picking up limbs can stay over.
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Some of the Sopranos crew picking up limbs can stay over.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/22/14 - 10:07 am
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Moving a cubic yard? Concrete of debris? Who cares?
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Moving a cubic yard? Concrete of debris? Who cares?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/22/14 - 10:08 am
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Ground Breaking ceremony for the Ron Cross Memorial Hospital.
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Ground Breaking ceremony for the Ron Cross Memorial Hospital.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/22/14 - 10:08 am
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Ground Breaking ceremony for the Ron Cross Memorial Hospital.
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Ground Breaking ceremony for the Ron Cross Memorial Hospital.

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soapy_725 03/22/14 - 10:09 am
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Esctab
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Esctab 03/22/14 - 10:20 am
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Titles as big as Texas

From the article:
“…Sean Vincent, vice president of partnerships, international healthcare and strategic affiliations…”

The titles of VPs at GRU are amazing. Does Sean’s title even fit on a regular size business card?

I mean no personal disrespect to Mr. Vincent, I have no particular reason to doubt he is a fine person, but these titles at GRU get ridiculously long. And, if anyone thinks that these titles don’t cost big time now and will cost even more if GRU comes to Columbia County, is a bit naïve in my opinion.

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prov227 03/22/14 - 11:11 am
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Scary title(s) ...

he could be with the CIA.

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Riverman1 03/22/14 - 12:00 pm
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International healthcare is Azziz's baby

International healthcare is Azziz's baby. It's the deal with the China school that results in med school slots being lost to Chinese. He visits there with his little group at our expense.

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gargoyle 03/22/14 - 12:57 pm
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So far the numbers seen from

So far the numbers seen from the Shanghai (sp?)deal have been a transfusion not a bleeder. Now we'll see what Azziz can do with this gift horse that pays it own bills. MCG is one of a few select Colleges including Emory to benefit from the alliance.

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Esctab 03/22/14 - 02:13 pm
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Gargoyle, Show me the money:

Gargoyle, show me the money. What transfusion are you talking about?

If the alliance is a “gift horse that pays its own bills” as you say, did the Chinese pay the bill for renovating the first floor the Kelly Building for their new digs? Are they footing the bill for Azziz's trips?

If MCG is the college that has benefited from the “alliance” with the Chinese as you say, then are you saying none of the other colleges at GRU have benefited or will benefit? If so, this is starting out as a very one-sided alliance with one-sided benefits. In a recent blog by Azziz, listed the College of Education and the College of Allied Health as providing instruction for the Confucius Institute; again pretty one-sided if the allied health and education colleges have to do the heavy lifting while the college of medicine (MCG) maybe(?) benefits….

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Riverman1 03/22/14 - 04:03 pm
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In Addition ESCTAB

I'd want the evaluation of the Chinese project to consider in a cost benefit analysis how many Georgia residents have been admitted to the Confucius med school in China? Georgia spends lots per med school admission. Hopefully, the state gets much from the spending.

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Esctab 03/22/14 - 05:05 pm
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Riverman I agree

Riverman, I would like to know the same cost-benefit analysis as you suggest.
Maybe Gargoyle can give us those numbers too?

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gargoyle 03/22/14 - 07:06 pm
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Yep... they pay for the trips

Yep... they pay for the trips the digs the professors and the bill for the students. So far GRU has put up a minimal amount of resources . That may change with time , but for now the Chinese are doing the heavy lifting . MCG and other institutions are benefiting from what the school in China considers a cultural and goodwill exchange .

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Gardencity1 03/22/14 - 07:32 pm
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Ecstab and Riverman

I know Mr. Vincent and by the way he is a local and a great guy, volunteering his time to almost every meaningful cause around the CSRA. I know he gave up a big for profit job to come back to Augusta to work with GRUA. What does the size of the title have to do with Columbia County. The ignorance of your comment amazes me. Generally academics are given titles because they are often giving up big money to work in the non profit arena. Augustans seem to be obsessed over salaries, which is hysterical to me. Most people who post on this site claim to be Republicans, yet they demonstrate class envy over and over. Google the average salaries for people in non profit or for profit that operate billion dollar businesses and check their salaries. Augusta is at the bottom of the barrel compared to other cities in the South and the nation.In Atl the average CEO at a hospital the size of MCG or University would be closer to a million per year when you look at all the perks. If you operated a billion dollar business what would you charge for your services..1/100 of 1 %? As for the china deal, it is my understanding that China is paying full freight for this arrangement, but that hasn't been confirmed by me.

Riverman you are wrong, there are no slots lost because if you read anything about this arrangement published over the last year you will notice that the Chinese people/doctors/students are only observers and not actual medical residents or anything else. Perhaps you could get clarity from your old coworkers at MCG.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/investopedia/2013/01/23/is-a-one-million-dol...

Esctab
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Esctab 03/22/14 - 07:47 pm
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Oh Really?

Gargoyle,
Oh, really?
Show me the money. Please provide all the budget aspects that you claim. I would love to see those numbers.

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gargoyle 03/22/14 - 08:41 pm
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MCG met their criteria for a

MCG met their criteria for a campus just like Emory. The budget aspects you wish would come from the Chinese Institute, They pay the teachers sent and must meet the same criteria that any other teacher here in the US must. The students from China are like any other foreign student getting no special treatment. The goal for the Shanghai Institute is to teach Chinese culture, history and language as a outreach program.

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jbtpt 03/22/14 - 10:25 pm
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Don't even try

Gargoyle...the people posting here don't want to hear anything positive or reasonable. Everything has to be a conspiracy. Just can't accept that good things are not only possible but are happening at GRU despite the naysayers that wish it to fail. Self-defeating behavior really.

jbtpt
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jbtpt 03/22/14 - 10:25 pm
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Don't even try

Gargoyle...the people posting here don't want to hear anything positive or reasonable. Everything has to be a conspiracy. Just can't accept that good things are not only possible but are happening at GRU despite the naysayers that wish it to fail. Self-defeating behavior really.

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