I think leadership requires discipline around communication and consistency. Every 90 days I hold a series of Town Hall meetings for all employees where we review a lot of information about what is going on inside and outside of GHS. Recently, we started producing a video update using some of our own aspiring and accomplished news anchors – some of you may recognize Robyn Zimmerman, she is terrific. After going through the dozen or so meetings with around 1,600 employees, I got to see the following video many times. It dawned on me that the community at large may find this of interest.
I hope you enjoy this as much as our employees. If you have any questions, please let me know….thanks, Mike
Every November I am reminded that I am a Marine. Specifically the 10th of November, which is the Birthday of the Corps. This year we celebrated 235 years. The following is a message from the Commandant:
Sixty years ago, the United States Marine Corps—as it has throughout our history—demonstrated its vital role as America’s Expeditionary Force in Readiness. Just weeks after North Korean Communist forces crossed the 38th Parallel, the First Marine Provisional Brigade landed in South Korea, forming the backbone of the perimeter around the city of Pusan. The efforts of the “Fire Brigade” at Pusan allowed for the daring amphibious landing at Inchon and set the stage for one of the most savage campaigns in our Corps’ history—the Chosin Reservoir. As we pause to celebrate our 235th Birthday, we pay special tribute to the Marines of the Korean War and recognize their contributions to our enduring legacy.
This past year marked the end of Marine Corps combat operations in Iraq. Beginning with the invasion in March 2003 and through the next seven years of fighting, our Corps acquitted itself valiantly in the Anbar province and throughout the country. Locations such as Fallujah and Ramadi have taken their place in the illustrious battle history of our Corps. Our efforts in defeating the insurgency helped to build a brighter future for all Iraqis.
For 235 years, at sea and ashore, Marines have succeeded in every clime and place . . . where hardship and adversity have often been the common thread. Today, in the rugged mountains and valleys of Afghanistan—and recently in earthquake-damaged Haiti . . . in flood-ravaged Pakistan . . . or off the coast of Africa—we continue to protect our Nation, just as we did 60 years ago in Korea.
To the Marines and Sailors deployed overseas, to those training and preparing for their next deployment and to the warriors who no longer wear our uniform . . . we honor your selfless service to the Nation. To our loved ones who endure the many difficulties that come with being part of the Marine Family, I want to extend my sincerest thanks for all you have done and all you continue to do.
Happy 235th Birthday, Marines!
James F. Amos
General, U.S. Marine Corps
I have learned and continue to learn much from the Marines in my life. We (GHS) celebrated our Marines, Sailors, Army, Airforce and Coast Guard veterans on Veterans Day in the LifeCenter on the Greenville Campus. It was a wonderful ceremony that celebrated and honored the many hundreds of our employees that are veterans as well as many in our community. I had the opportunity to say a few words, speak about some of my personal experiences and most importantly experience a sense of gratitude towards those that have and are serving.
The connection to Thanksgiving is obvious, but there is also a tradition. At the formal Marine Corps Birthday celebration, a place is always set for those who have fallen or cannot be with us. It is a wonderful tradition of rememberance and gratitude. It is also a tradition we do at our house on special occassions, we leave a place open for friends and family who have died or cannot be with us, and in a way, it keeps them with us. This year, in particular, I will think about my nephew, a Marine Pfc who is deployed.
November is a time of great Thanksgiving for me….Mike
Our Board utilizes a Committee structure to dig into issues that the system faces. One of the Committees is Quality and Academics and its focus is just what it is in the title. Today I want to touch on the Academic component. I remember when I was interviewing for the position of President and CEO of GHS nearly 4 and a half yeas ago, I was impressed and surprised at the depth of Academic endeavors. As I would talk to my peers around the country they too were impressed and surprised. But what struck me most was how little the community was aware of the rich tradition and accomplishments that GHS has with Academics. The following Annual report highlights the recent activity:
ACADEMIC SERVICES AND THE SUPERVISION OF RESIDENTS
2009 – 2010
|ProgramResidency Programs||Departmental Chairs||Program Directors||Years||Res/Yr|
|Family Medicine||W. Pat Marshall, MD||R. Bruce Hanlin, MD||3||6|
|Internal Medicine||Angelo Sinopoli, MD||Bruce B. Latham, MD||3||10|
|Medicine/Pediatrics||Drs. Sinopoli/Schmidt||Russell C. Kolarik, MD||4||4|
|Obstetrics/Gynecology||Donald (Chip) Wiper, MD||David A. Forstein, DO||4||6|
|Orthopaedic Surgery||Edward W. Bray, MD||Kyle J. Jeray, MD||5||4|
|Pediatrics||William F. Schmidt||Kerry K. Sease, MD||3||9|
|Surgery||Spence M. Taylor, MD||Dane Smith, MD||5||4|
|Preliminary Residents:Subspecialty Fellowships||Internal Medicine 4||Surgery 4|
|Family Med/Sports||W. Pat Marshall, MD||Kyle J. Cassas, MD||1||2|
|Dev/Behav Peds||William F. Schmidt, MD||Desmond P. Kelly, MD||3||1|
|Vascular Medicine*||Spence M. Taylor, MD||Bruce H. Gray, DO||1||2|
|Vascular Surgery||Spence M. Taylor, MD||Eugene M. Langan, MD||2||2|
|Minimally Invasive Surgery*||Spence M. Taylor, MD||Will Cobb, MD||1||1|
|Total Joint*||Edward W. Bray, MD||Jay Rodrigo, MD||1||1|
|Orthopaedic Surgery/Sports||ORFC||Richard Hawkins, MD||1||5|
|As evidenced from the chart below, scholarly productivity of the faculty continues to be strong and has significantly increased compared to last year.
||Journal Publications||Book Chapters|
The CME offerings provided by GHS remain of high quality and continue to provide excellent educational opportunities for our physicians and practitioners. GHS remains the third largest provider of CME activities in the state. In January 2010, GHS underwent a successful CME accreditation site visit by the SCMA resulting in an unusual 6 year accreditation with commendation. Of concern is uniformly declining commercial support for medical education programs. CME highlights for 2010 included:
Annual Greenville Postgraduate Seminar had record attendance of 362 participantsFaculty Development (FEED) education series was continued under the leadership of Michael J. Fuller, MD and is receiving national acclaimThe Greenville Healthcare Simulation Center, now under the Medical Direction of Rob Morgan, MD, provided simulation-based training sessions attended by 4,439 students which accounted for 6,640 hours of utilization. This reflects a 15% increase over prior year.
Use for resident education is increasing for courses like Difficult Airway Management, ATLS, ACLS, PALS line insertion, and other patient safety and quality courses.
In 2010, 56 Category I CME activities providing 916 hours of educational programming included:
In 2009-2010, 1536 of our employees took advantage of AHEC continuing education programs, many developed based upon the needs identified by GHS for the re-licensure and re-certification of 14 different healthcare professionals including nurses, therapists, pharmacists, and social workers. This arrangement saved GHS and its employees greater than $72,000.
The Greenville Campus of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCOP) continues implementation of a 4-year degree campus at GHS. Experiential education is in process for 25 third-year students who started in August 2011. Twelve thousand square feet of space has been upfit in the front of Marshall Pickens to accommodate the classroom education of SCCOP students and administrative support/initial faculty for USCSOM-Greenville
The Greenville satellite program of the USCSOM CRNA program opened in January 2010 with 6 students and is thriving.
USC and GHS submitted to the LCME formal application as an emerging medical school in January 2010. USCSOM – Greenville is now on the LCME website as a stage I emerging medical school. The Data Base and Self Study documents are in preparation. Current plans are to submit them in mid-December for site visit in March 2011.
The most successful collaboration is the Senior Driving research initiative led by Johnell Brooks. The Bioengineering Department is soon to occupy its newly upfit space on the fourth floor of Patewood C to pursue translational orthopaedic and vascular surgery research.
MUSC & Greenville Tech
The Greenville Healthcare Simulation Center is located on the Greenville Memorial campus. The combined efforts of GHS and Greenville Technical College continue to provide simulation-based education for Greenville Technical College students both at the GHS center and in the STAT
GHS continues to be a collaborative partner with MUSC, USC College of Nursing, Clemson College of Nursing and others as part of the Health Sciences South Carolina collaborative.
The premed clinical exposure opportunities for students from Furman, Clemson and other upstate Universities have been formalized through the CUR2E program. Also, the Tier 2 phase of the MEDEX Academy will be initiated this year with 15 Furman rising sophomore students.
Health Sciences South Carolina, a collaborative entity composed of GHS, USC, PH, Spartanburg Regional, Clemson and MUSC changed its model and purpose to facilitate health care transformation through statewide organization of quality improvement initiatives.
Med Ex Academy
The Tier I Phase of the GHS workforce development pipeline program was successfully launched this year with graduation of 12 highly qualified Carolina Academy and Southside High School senior students.
The GHS Office of Research Compliance and Administration (ORCA) has converted all IRB activity to electronic submission and review. As a consequence, GHS ORCA is a statewide HSSC resource for eIRB implementation. An electronic grants management data base to support the efforts of the investigators and research coordinators is being reconsidered. GHS became AAHRP accredited, joining MUSC as the only two such accredited research sites in South Carolina.
GHS and Cancer Centers of the Carolinas recently launched ITOR (Institute for Translational Oncology Research) to expedite personalized cancer therapy based upon individual combinations of cellular biomarkers. This is being done by the GHS Phase I Clinical Research Unit (CRU) through a formal relationship with Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida.