GRU is golden opportunity

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I have spent my entire 71 years in Augusta – as a son, student (Augusta College), Vietnam-bound soldier, husband, father, grandfather and taxpayer. I love this place.

These past two years I have had the privilege of serving on one of the Georgia Health Sciences University boards, and have a new appreciation of the powerful advantages this new, consolidated entity will enjoy.

One of my board responsibilities is to chair the Audit and Compliance Committee. In January, I attended a national seminar about audit and compliance procedures and received a wake-up call from keynote speakers from the GBI and the FBI.

State and federal governments have doubled or tripled their Medicaid/Medicare enforcement efforts, with more rules and regulations to come.

How do health-care providers protect themselves from fines and penalties? They hire auditors, compliance personnel, IT staff, etc. Where will these employees receive training? Georgia Regents University.

Plus, who knows better than a hospital which future skills will be needed in health care? I envision GRU adding new health-care programs perhaps unavailable anywhere else in the country. How cool is that?

An incredible economic engine will be created from this consolidated university. More programs, more students, more faculty, more support staff, more buildings, more maintenance services, more payroll, and on and on. Think jobs.

GHSU President Ricardo Azziz and his team have begun to attract enormous financial support to Augusta from the governor, the Board of Regents, alumni, the Woodruff Foundation and even local philanthropists. They all believe GRU will become one of the nation’s top 50, globally recognized research universities and academic health centers. They believe Augusta can become a medical destination for the nation. Health care is the growth industry, and state leaders want the citizens of Georgia to benefit. So do I!

Honestly, the new name doesn’t thrill me, but I’ll get used to it. As one writer said, what is important is not what is attached to the outside of the walls, but what is within. Luckily for Augusta, we’ve got the very best! Go Jags!

Cobbs Nixon

Augusta

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prov227
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prov227 08/27/12 - 12:30 am
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Will happen anyway

This type of training will happen regardless of the naming.

americafirst
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americafirst 08/27/12 - 06:54 am
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Why did they have to merge

Why did they have to merge the schools and effectively eliminate ASU to accomplish this goal with GHSU?

Insider Information
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Insider Information 08/27/12 - 08:08 am
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Keep drinking the Kool-Aid

I challenge anyone who supports the merger to tell me what - if anything - ASU and MCG have in common, except being part of the Board of Regents.

Look at it like a marriage... In a successful marriage, you can have differences, but you can't be different species. The marriage of MCG and ASU is like the marriage of a poodle and an elephant.

It just ain't gonna work.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/27/12 - 03:12 pm
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Septuagenarian

Dr. Azziz has been packing GHSU's boards with retired folks. He knows in general that the elderly are more easily manipulated than people in their prime. And Mr. Nixon also seems to be a celebrity worshipper with Dr. Azziz the latest object of his affection. As evidence I quote Mr. Nixon from his letter above, “How cool is that?”

Yes, he is guzzling from Dr. Azziz's kool-aid.

And look at this quote from Mr. Nixon:

How do health-care providers protect themselves from fines and penalties? They hire auditors, compliance personnel, IT staff, etc.

If you ask me, the way to protect one's self from fines and penalties is to do your job with integrity; then you would not need to hire so many auditors, compliance personnel and IT staff.

Now I'm not knocking septuagenarians. In fact, I hope to be one someday. But I will not be prime material for a hospital board when that day comes.

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Benjamin Paine 08/27/12 - 07:54 pm
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Growth- Priceless?

"An incredible economic engine will be created from this consolidated university. More programs, more students, more faculty, more support staff, more buildings, more maintenance services, more payroll, and on and on. Think jobs."

Who can argue with this one? That would be like arguing with Mom, apple pie and the good Ole USA. Oh wait a minute, Mr. Huckaby and the Honorable Govenor Deal may want to have a say in all of this. "University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby has ordered the organization’s fiscal affairs staff to cut all universities’ budgets by 3 percent to meet a reduction request from Gov. Nathan Deal."

What's that? Is this a one time cut due to a difficult budget? "Huckaby warned members of the system’s Board of Regents the fiscal austerity that has affected most areas of state government for the last five years is about to become the “new normal” for the state’s 35 public colleges and universities."

Pass the Kool-Aid. I think I need a drink now.

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