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1 Leadership Giving Don Faulk, Past President Central Georgia Health System Fall 2012

2 contents Features 4 Leadership Giving: Don and Merry Faulk 6 Donor Spotlight: Sally & John Draughon Happenings 7 Children s Hospital Party with a Purpose 7 Mel Haskins Tournament 8 Callaway Society BarBQ 10 Bo s Camp 11 Nurse Navigator (Thomas Burke Gift) 12 Major Gifts Luncheon 13 Infusion Center Artist in Residence 14 Sell & Melton Hospital Tour 14 Tips for Year End Tax Planning 18 Peach Regional Medical Center Departments 3 Message from the Chair 15 Planned Giving Article: This Veterans Day 16 Pine Pointe Hospice & Palliative Care 17 HEAT Grants CEO Roundtable 21 Upcoming Events 22 Tid-Bits 24 Gifts, Memorials, and Honorariums (June 1, September 30, 2012) Medcen Community Health Foundation Board of Trustees 2012 Officers Danny Gibson, Chair Scott Seigel, Vice Chair Kenneth Banks, Corporate Secretary Rhonda Perry, Corporate Treasurer Trustees Timothy Andrews Kent Baldschun Gene Battles, MD William Baxley, III Rick Bonfim Cyndey Busbee Harriette Carter Kenneth Clark, Ex Officio Linda Clay, Ex Officio John Draughon J. Doug Dunwody A. Don Faulk, FACHE, Ex Officio Witt Gaither, Ex Officio Freddy Gaton, MD Thomas Gibbons, Ex Officio Chris Greene Duke Groover Cal Hays Dottie Houser Emory Johnson, MD James Manley David Rozier Jeff Rutledge Medcen Community Health Foundation Staff Brianne Huie, Development Officer Debbie Schuchmann, Sr. Development Officer Ellen Terrell, CFRE, Sr. Development Officer Kathy Tolbert, Development Officer, The Children s Hospital Shirley Tucker, Executive Assistant Susan Watkins, Development Officer ESTABLISHED MAY 2002 Publisher Medcen Community Health Foundation, Inc. Printer Proforma Ascension Contributing Writers Brianne Huie Debbie Schuchmann Ellen Terrell Kathy Tolbert Missi Upshaw Susan Watkins Warren Selby Jr. Lamar Sizemore R. Earl Smith Karen Smith Dan Speight Jeff Thompson Betty Treadwell, Ex Officio Matilda Walker, Ex Officio Pam White-Colbert Thomas J. Wicker Emeriti Members Pamela C. Chapman Virgil Cooper Jr. Mary Eva Dubose A. V. Elliott John G. Etheridge, MD Patsy Fellows Alan D. Kirsh, MD W. J. O Shaughnessey Jr., MD Donald I. Rosen William H. Somers, MD Oscar S. Spivey, MD William H. M. Weaver, MD Photographers Ken Krakow Debbie Schuchmann Ellen Terrell Kathy Tolbert Susan Watkins Medcen Community Health Foundation, Inc. 858 High Street Macon, GA Medcen Happenings is published by the Medcen Foundation Staff. Inquiries regarding this publication may be directed to Brianne Huie at Medcen Happenings FALL 2012

3 department A message from the chair It s 5:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, and I am wide awake. My mind is racing, thinking about commitments I ve made and devising a plan to honor them, one of which includes writing this article for Medcen Happenings. I also find myself thinking about Don Faulk, not someone I usually find myself thinking about early on a Saturday morning. My wife, Terri, and I had the privilege along with about 250 others to attend Don s retirement party Friday night. We heard people from all walks of life praise Don s leadership. They all used the attributes that we associate with a dedicated and distinguished leader. I thought about a Peter Drucker quote, leadership is defined by results, not attributes. Don certainly provided plenty of results to validate himself as a great leader for Central Georgia Health System. When it was Don s time to speak during the festivities, he, of course, gave the credit for the successes and accomplishments back to the team. I would like to focus this article on that theme, highlighting the role that followers play in an organization s accomplishments. This is the epitome of the Medcen Foundation. My thinking and ideas concerning this focus found their impetus in an article written by Robert E. Kelley, In Praise of Followers, which appeared years ago in the Harvard Business Review. Followers get excited about a cause, an idea and a service. They manage themselves well, commit to a purpose greater than themselves, build competence and focus their efforts. They are courageous, honest and credible. And they do not require top billing. The qualities that make effective followers are the same qualities found in effective leaders. What distinguishes a follower from a leader is not intelligence or character, but simply the role they play. Effective followers and effective leaders are often the same people playing different parts at different time. Kelley stated in the Harvard Business Review:...instead of seeing the leadership role as superior and more active than that of the follower we should think of them as equal but different activities. These thoughts are especially meaningful to me as I prepare to step down as chairman of the Medcen Foundation and turn the reins over to Scott Seigel. The same was true as I took the reins from John Draughon. I am sure of this: We are ALL the same people just playing different roles in an effort to accomplish our missions. I am appreciative of our team and realize that without each and every one of us, we would not succeed as well in our endeavors. If you too want to be part of the team, please contact our staff. With our seduction with leaders, we tend to lose sight of the people who follow. Followers think for themselves, continuously sharpen their skills, focus their efforts and display grit, spunk, and self-control. - Danny Gibson, Chair Medcen Community Health Foundation Board of Trustees An effective follower displays enthusiasm, intelligence, selfreliance, responsibility and self awareness. Medcen Happenings 3

4 feature Leadership Giving: Don Faulk, Past President Central Georgia Health System By: Debbie Schuchmann Don speaking at Groundbreaking Ceremony of Luce Heart Institute The purpose of this publication is to honor and thank all our donors for their precious gifts of time, talent, and treasure. Among those is Don Faulk as well as his wife, Merry. It is with great pleasure I want to share with you how Don has given of his time, talent, and treasure in support of Medcen and ultimately our patients and their families. Let s begin with time. Precious time. Imagine being the CEO of the second largest hospital in Georgia with 637 beds, the largest employer in Macon with over 5,000 employees which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Then imagine ending your long work day, not going home and propping up your feet, attending a grandchild s ball game or going to the gym to work off some stress, but going home and gearing up to attend a special event being hosted by Medcen. Not just one event held once in a blue moon, but several events throughout the year, each with its own important purpose. He comes. He comes with a smile and a handshake or hug for each donor, each volunteer, and each employee. He comes fully engaged with a message of good stewardship, of sincere appreciation, and of lives saved. club for Medical Center employees to donate to the hospital called HEAT (Healthcare Employees Achieving Tomorrow). This is a really big deal ~ we have over 50% of our employees who pledge a specific amount of their paycheck every other week to support MCCG. As a thank you to these employees, he thinks nothing of helping at these events by scooping ice-cream or stuffing bags of popcorn. He s a team player. When I asked him what he d like his legacy to be at CGHS, he responded by saying, Over the decades I ve witnessed MCCG change and grow into a vital part of the community economy. It has now reached a level of excellence and prominence to attract business & industry and I d just like to be remembered as one of the team who helped move our hospital towards being a positive asset in the community. Don also gives of his treasure. He gives to his church, the church where he was raised. He gives to his alma We ask people to give of their talent. Don gives of his talent. Over the past 11 years which I have served at Medcen, I have been privileged to witness Don s amazing ability to communicate with a wide variety of audiences in many settings. He gets involved. Medcen has a giving Pictured with Ves Jones of Charles H. Jones Family Foundation. 4 Medcen Happenings FALL 2012

5 Accepting a check for The Children s Hospital. Speaking at an 1895 community event. mater (Georgia Tech) and serves on the alumni board of the College of Industrial Engineering. Other entities he supports include Mt. de Sales Academy and Macon State College. Don and Merry, generously give back to the Medical Center as well. Both have a long history with The Medical Center, Don and Merry were both actually born in the Medical Center and Merry worked here for many years as a registered nurse. They have generously given to each major campaign and to many special events in between with their cumulative giving raising them to the Signature Level of donors. Of course they plan on supporting the new Comprehensive Cancer & Research Center as well because cancer now touches virtually everyone and having a state-of-the-art cancer center with all outpatient services under one roof will have a tremendous impact on our patients and their families as well as our economy. he said, The Medical Center of Central Georgia is the epitome of a community hospital, one whose very origins were rooted in community volunteerism and philanthropy. It has come a long way since then, but we are entering an era where the importance of a healthy community hospital will surface again. If you want high quality healthcare, the community will have to get behind it and support it emotionally, intellectually, and philanthropically. That being said, on behalf of the Medcen staff, we wish Don and Merry many years of good health and happiness knowing they were part of the team which positively impacted the health and well being of the community they chose as their home. In closing, as I was preparing to interview Don for this article, I asked my husband for any insights he had. After all, he too has attended countless special events and I loved what he said. He said, Don never came to an event to stand out or take center stage. I agree completely. Don never did come to a Medcen or MCCG event to stand out; he came to stand up. He always came to stand up for what he believes is true. When I asked Don what final thoughts he d like to share with our readership Attending an event honoring Dr. Oscar Spivey Medcen Happenings 5

6 feature Donor Spotlight: Sally & John Draughon By: Brianne Huie Sally and John Draughon Sally and John Draughon have been associated one way or another with The Medical Center for a number of years. In fact, both of them were born at the old Macon Hospital. Sally moved away from Macon as a child, but returned and graduated from A.L. Miller High School. John remained in Macon throughout his youth and graduated from Lanier Senior High School for Boys. After Sally returned to Macon, Sally and John started dating and have now been married for 44 years. When it was time for college, Sally went to the University of Georgia and John to Emory University in Atlanta. After graduating from Emory, John received an appointment as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force. Thereafter, he served on active duty for three years as a personnel officer in Charleston, South Carolina. After receiving an honorable discharge from the Air Force, John entered the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University from which he graduated in Popper, the predecessor to his current firm, Sell & Melton, L.L.P. For the past 37 years, John has practiced law in Macon at essentially the same firm. Over the years, John came to value the importance of The Medical Center for its patient care and for its economic impact to the Central Georgia region. John and his law partners have participated in The Children s Hospital Golf Tournament since the inception of the tournament. Subsequently, John and Sally were asked to host a party for Medcen donors. According to John, It all started with a party, when he explains how he got involved with Medcen fifteen years ago. It was not long after the party that Sally and John became Callaway Society members themselves. John then joined the Medcen Board and spent nine years as a board member. Over the years, John has served as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Medcen Board, Chairman of the Business and Corporate Committee, Chairman of the Callaway Society and Co-Chairman of the Signature Gifts Committee. giving of their time and resources over the past fifteen years Sally explained that, we know what fine care patients receive at The Medical Center. John added, The Medical Center does so much good, and I have had great experiences with it personally. Throughout the years, Sally and John have supported the Medcen Foundation through various projects such as The Luce Heart Institute, The Children s Hospital, Pine Pointe Hospice, and recently The Comprehensive Cancer & Research Center, for which construction will begin next year. Both Sally and John are busy with their respective occupations; Sally is an interior designer and owner of Previews Interiors & Antiques, L.L.C., and John as an attorney. They enjoy family activities with their two grown children, Ashley who lives with her husband and two sons in Greenwich, Connecticut and Jack who resides in Atlanta with his wife and two daughters. In addition to their four grandchildren they look forward to meeting their fifth grandchild who is due to arrive next March. While still in law school, John worked as a law clerk at Sell, Comer, & Popper in Macon. He graduated from law school in 1975 and took position as an Associate Attorney at Sell, Comer & Sally and John have been invaluable as community advocates and by introducing new faces to Medcen. When asked why they support The Medical Center of Central Georgia through We are exceedingly grateful to them for including Medcen as a priority in their lives. They are exemplary supporters of and friends to the hospital. 6 Medcen Happenings FALL 2012

7 happenings Children s Hospital Party with a Purpose By: Kathy Tolbert Even the extreme heat couldn t keep people from hearing the exciting news of The Children s Hospital! This past June, Dr. and Mrs. Bryan Weidner hosted a party at their home to talk about the proposed renovation and enhancements of The Children s Hospital lobby. Dr. Weidner shared the projected plans for adding an All Faiths Chapel, a Media/Resource Center, a Telemedicine Conference Room and a gift shop. Dr. Bryan Weidner Speaks about The Children s Hospital Peyton Churchwell, Julie Renfroe and Laura Bonfim enjoyed hearing about The Children s Hospital In addition to the upcoming projects, Dr. Josh Glenn also spoke about the hospital s newest cutting edge technology, our Pediatric da Vinci Robotic Surgery System. Dr. Glenn is currently the only general pediatric surgeon in the state trained in this sophisticated surgery system. Everyone who attended the party left with a sense of hope and excitement for the growth in store for our local Children s Hospital. Erin Geary, Dr. Josh Glenn, Dr. Bryan Weidner, Leigh Glenn and Tiffiny Weidner, talk about The Children s Hospital Mel Haskins Tournament By: Ellen Terrell The 2nd Annual Mel Haskins Memorial Golf Tournament was held in June at the Mohegan Sun Resort in Connecticut. A big THANK YOU to Richard, Amy and Linda Haskins for their continued support of the patients and families we care for at Pine Pointe Hospice and Palliative Care. Medcen Happenings 7

8 happening Callaway Society BarBQ By: SUsan watkins Dottie Houser, Garner and Brianne Huie, Susan Watkins and Erika Speight Amy and Judge Tripp Self David Sanda and Ken Saitow Harriette Carter and Ramona and Chris Sheridan Jaime Kaplan and Joe Starr Don and Merry Faulk and Joe Lavelle John Draughon and Amy Self Karen Smith and Dr. Carol Gallik-Karlson Lenore Sell, Bonnie Starr and Ed Sell 8 Medcen Happenings FALL 2012

9 Amy and Tripp Self graciously hosted a Bar B Q around their pool on September 20. State Representative Allen Peake and Mayor Robert Reichert shared with guests the positive impact that the new Comprehensive Cancer & Research Center will have on Macon, not only providing world class cancer care close to home but also as an economic driver. Amy Self welcomed guests and thanked them for coming and caring about our community. Her husband, Judge Tilman E. Self III (Tripp), blessed our delicious food. Sue Sanda and Randy Smith Don Faulk shared how the alliances in the state of Georgia are important to the future of healthcare, especially for us in the southern two thirds of the state. The process is ongoing with the certificate of need for our new Comprehensive Cancer & Research Center and should be complete by the end of the year. Ground-breaking is scheduled after the first of the year. Mr. Faulk explained that this healthcare environment is becoming increasingly difficult and a lot of pressure is beginning to mount with no relief in sight. Toward that end, we are staying devoted to this project and making sure that it is crafted in a way to enable it to succeed in the years to come. Don praised Robert Reichert and Allen Peake for their willingness to give their lives to public service with dignity and class, bringing our community forward in a positive and meaningful way. Dele Reichert, Dr. Fred Schnell and Kim Schnell State Representative Allen Peake thanked Don for the vision and leadership he has provided that has created an economic engine that is crucial to our community. Allen also thanked our guests for supporting this project and encouraged them to stay behind it because it is all about economic development and creating jobs as well as healthcare. Allen envisions Middle Georgia becoming a tri-county area as is found in North Carolina: Monroe County being the public safety capital of the state, Bibb County being the medical hub and Houston County having Robins Air Force Base as its economic engine. He said the new Comprehensive Cancer & Research Center will bring over 100 jobs to this area which will bring people back to this area. He encouraged everyone to get involved and engaged and that he looks forward to supporting this as well. State Representative Allen Peake and Judge Tripp Self Robert Reichert said we are approaching an intersection of Healthcare Boulevard and Economy Street. We are striving to make Macon the hub city of middle Georgia by the healthcare decisions we make. Our new Comprehensive Cancer & Research Center is a quality of life issue. It is something we want and need and is what sets us apart. For Macon to become the hub city of the middle Georgia area, we need opportunity cultural, business, healthcare, educational and social, as well as connectivity. The Medical Center of Central Georgia is a tertiary level healthcare facility and one of five level 1 trauma centers in the state. For the 2nd year, the #1 revenue source is no longer property tax, but sales tax. Our new Comprehensive Cancer & Research Center is an opportunity to improve not just healthcare and quality of life, but Macon s economy as well. People come in and eat, shop and stay if they have a loved one in the Comprehensive Cancer & Research Center. There is an economic impact that pays back dividends to us in addition to the healthcare and quality of life advantages. The Mayor urges us to support this endeavor in any way that we can, to be enthusiastic and to be an advocate, and to help create an aura of public support. This will really be good for Macon, for us and for our future Lettie Kaplan and Henry Oliner Dr. Fred Schnell is on the forefront of Cancer Care. He explained what a positive partnership we have developed with the University of Alabama at Birmingham, one of the original 5 or 6 NCI designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers. He is excited about bringing new faces, new talents and new innovations to this community so the majority of patients who need cancer care can get it right here close to home. Dr. Schnell hopes we can be proud of our cancer care being recognized as top notch in the future by US News and World Report as our heart services have been recently. Medcen Happenings 9

10 happening By: Missi Upshaw The Children s Hospital held their inaugural Bo s Camp on September 28-30th, 2012, a bereavement camp for parents who have lost children and children who have lost significant loved ones. The camp was held on the campus of Hephzibah Children s Home in Macon. Over 60 parents and children ages 2-70 years of age enjoyed camp activities such as nature trails, arts & crafts, and a ropes course. During the camp, participants were divided into peer age groups to talk about their grief and learn healthy coping skills as individuals and as a family. On Friday, campers traveled from all over Central & South Georgia area to Macon to arrive at the Comfort Suites for dinner and get to know one another. On Saturday, participants traveled to Hephzibah Children s Home to participate in group and family activities on grief. Of course, it wasn t all work, families had fun, too. Later that evening, parents enjoyed dinner along with a special presentation by inspirational speaker - Maryann Abbate, whose family experienced the loss of their son, Luke, in 2006 in a car accident. The movie, 5th Quarter, was filmed on their experience from tragedy to triumph. Parents and children reunited at the end of the evening for smores by campfire and a candlelight memory ceremony by the lake. On Sunday, the final day of the camp, the participants were joined with extended family & friends for a review of the weekend with a memorial service and a butterfly release. Bo s Camp was solely funded by organizations, individuals, and businesses from the community. The camp would not be possible without the help of over 50 volunteers who donated their time for the weekend. Volunteers included staff of The Children s Hospital staff, Pine Pointe Hospice staff, & Transitions Counseling staff. The mission of Bo s Camp is to provide hope & brighter tomorrows. Through Bo s Camp, we are able to provide a hope & healing to families who are experiencing a loss so they do not feel as if they are grieving alone, says Rebecca Cogburn, Director of Pediatric Critical Care at The Children s Hospital at the Medical Center of Central Georgia. Thanks to the donors who made this weekend possible! For more information or to make a financial gift to Bo s Camp, please contact Kathy Tolbert at or mccg.org 10 Medcen Happenings FALL 2012

11 Thomas C. Burke Foundation Making a Difference through Support of the Lung Nurse Navigator Program By: Debbie Schuchmann happening Darquita Loyd, RN, BSN, OCN, ONN Lung Nurse Navigator It is so very gratifying to see a donor s dollars in action to see them literally saving lives. The Thomas C. Burke Foundation, a family foundation established by two sisters who grew up in Macon, should be proud of the difference they re making in the lives of patients suffering from lung cancer. In Georgia, more people die from lung cancer than breast, prostate, and colon cancers combined. Unfortunately, lung cancer is diagnosed too late in the disease progression. Usually by the time a patient is diagnosed the cancer is already at stage 4 (metastatic). Whereas if diagnosed early with immediate interventions and treatments, the survival rate of persons with lung cancer is about 60 80%. The survival rate of someone with stage 4 cancer is less than 10% with the median survival time of 8 months. Well, a strange phenomenon has led to the early diagnosis of many patients with lung cancer. Because our healthcare givers are so focused on cancer wellness and prevention, patients coming in for x-rays or other diagnostic procedures were showing up with possible cancer nodules. In fact, from Oct to June 2011, over 500 patients at the Medical Center were diagnosed with these nodules in their lungs making it imperative for a system to be put into place to address the initial and follow-up care of these patients. If you ve been reading or hearing about the new Comprehensive Cancer & Research Center, you re probably familiar with the term, nurse navigator. This is a nurse specially trained and certified to help patients diagnosed with cancer coordinate every aspect of their care and treatment. The Medical Center already has several nurse navigators working with our GI/Colorectal and Breast Cancer patients. With the growing number of patients diagnosed with cancer, especially the Baby Boomers who are now turning 65 the age when most cancers are diagnosed, the nurse navigators are exceedingly busy. Bottom line, we needed a nurse navigator to serve these patients diagnosed with possible or early stage Lung Cancer. Desperately seeking help to implement this initiative, Medcen turned to the Thomas C. Burke Foundation. They had generously supported the building of Pine Pointe Hospice of Central Georgia and when they (the Board of Trustees) heard about this special program to add a Lung Nurse Navigator, they stepped up to the plate again. It didn t take long for the Cancer Life Center team to put the wheels in motion and begin the steps of attaining their goal: to diagnose lung cancer at an early stage, when it is most responsive to treatment. Only six months into the program the Lung Nurse Navigator was able to report to the Thomas C. Burke Foundation that close to 500 small pulmonary nodules had been captured with 16 of them needing further diagnosis and treatment. Of those, 56% were tested positive for lung cancer. Now under the care of the Lung Nurse Navigator, the rate of survival for these patients is dramatically enhanced. The mission of the Lung cancer patient nurse navigation services is to help lung cancer patients access the full continuum of cancer care from screening to detection, diagnosis, treatment and beyond. This is the epitome of philanthropic dollars making a difference in the health of our community. We only wish we could personally thank Mr. Burke and his daughters for their vision and commitment to providing high quality cancer care to resident s right here in Macon, Georgia at the Medical Center of Central Georgia. If you have a family foundation and would like to include the Comprehensive Cancer & Research Center as a charity of choice, please contact Debbie Schuchmann at 478/ or Medcen Happenings 11

12 happening Penny Whiddon, Robin Otto and Heather Cross of Frito Lay and Don Faulk Major Gifts Luncheon Carlyle Place Major Donors By: susan watkins Don Faulk honored our newest Major Gift Donors at a luncheon on August 22. The donors met in the Medical Center main lobby to view the tiles placed on the Recognition walls in their honor. They proceeded to the Weaver Board room for lunch and received recognition for their generosity. We welcomed these new members to our Callaway Society, Heritage Circle and Business and Corporate Honor Roll. Connie and Vince Coughlin David Reed and Don Faulk Reita Hall Sally and John Draughon Kathy and Buck Myers Lee and Becky Oliver Don and Mary Dale Kea Don Faulk with Wendy Barton of Lane Southern Orchards Mary and Lionel Hutchinson Malcolm and Candy Burgess Rebecca McKelvey and Don Faulk Richard Maddux Tommi Gill 12 Medcen Happenings FALL 2012

13 happening MCCG s W.T. Anderson Infusion Center Patients Enjoying Art Classes By: Debbie Schuchmann Patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments at MCCG s Infusion Center are now enjoying art classes because of a grant approved by the LiveSTRONG Foundation. Artist in Residence, Mary Parks, comes to the Infusion Center on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to teach patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments how to do a one stroke painting and the patients can t get enough according to Jill Hancock, RN, Manager of the Infusion Center. According to Jill, patients receiving chemo can spend up to 6 hours a day undergoing their treatment with little to do to pass the time. The addition of these art classes has given these patients a much-needed diversion from the worry and physical discomfort of their treatment. Patients who have never painted in their life are inspired by Mary s encouraging words to just paint in the moment. Believing there is no right or wrong in art, Mary has taught patients to paint beautiful sunflowers and fall pumpkins and squash. One such patient asked if he could write something on his painting of a sunflower he wrote: smile and just be happy. Additionally the patients are supplied with a guidebook and planner to help them navigate through this most challenging time of their life. Filled with ideas for finding a support group to managing finances, this guidebook provides patients with a wonderful tool to give them control of their own choices about how to live. This program along with many others is a wonderful example of how philanthropy plays a major role in the lives of our patients. It is tangible evidence of how philanthropic dollars can positively impact our patients by providing care and treatment that goes beyond the clinical aspect of care, but touches the very spirit of the individual. Artist in Residence, Mary Parks, with patient Plans for the new Comprehensive Cancer & Research Center include moving the current W.T. Anderson Infusion Center into the new facility. If you would like to participate in helping fund this important aspect of cancer care and treatment, please contact Debbie Schuchmann at 478/ or Medcen Happenings 13

14 happenings Sell & Melton Tour By: Brianne Huie Sell & Melton employees on the Heliport. On July 31st, 12 staff members from Sell & Melton consisting of lawyers and law clerks were hosted by the Marketing Department and Medcen on a tour of The Medical Center of Central Georgia. The 12 employees from Sell & Melton enjoyed lunch in the Patients First Logistic Hub while they listened to CNO, Judy Paull and COO, Joe Lavelle, welcome them and explain to them what they were about to see during the tour. The group toured the Patients First Logistic Hub in action. They saw first hand how The Medical Center monitors each patient. They then headed over to the Emergency Center to tour the Heliport with Lee Oliver, Assistant Vice President of Emergency Services. Lee explained the importance of our Heliport to Central and South Georgia. Since the Heliport opened in 2010, there have been over 1,000 flights that have landed to help save patients lives. The final destination of the tour was The Luce Heart Institute. The group viewed the Procedure Room where heart procedures take place daily. Nurses from The Luce Heart Tower explained Cardiac Services offered to our patients. It is always an honor to be able to show off our hospital to local businesses. We enjoyed spending time with the Sell & Melton staff. Thank you Sell & Melton for all of your support over the years! Tips for Year End Tax Planning By: John Reeves Several tax changes are scheduled to take effect as of January 1, These changes could affect the timing of actions you might take for tax purposes including selling assets and either accelerating or deferring income or deductions in Effective January 1, 2013, the federal tax brackets go from Current to New 10% to 15% 15% to 28% 25% to 28% 28% to 31% 33% to 36% 35% to 39.6% Note the increase in the highest bracket. John Reeves 2. The long term capital gains tax rate currently at a maximum of 15% will generally be increased to 20%. Consider selling assets in The 2% reduction in the social security portion of FICA expires at the end of Itemized deductions and personal dependency exemptions will be phased out for individuals with high incomes in This applies to those with wages exceeding $200,000 ($250,000 for married couples filing jointly and $125,000 for married individuals filing separately). 5. There will be a Medicare payroll tax increase from 1.45% to 2.35% for taxpayers with high incomes. The rate for self employed individuals goes from 2.9% to 3.8%. 6. There is a new Medicare contribution tax of 3.8% on unearned income for high income individuals. The tax generally applies to net investment income. 7. The estate, gift and generation skipping tax exemptions drop from $5 Million to $1 Million. Please consider making a tax deductible gift to Medcen Foundation in connection with your tax planning for 2012 and Contact Susan Watkins at or for more information. 14 Medcen Happenings FALL 2012

15 Planned Giving: This Veterans Day By: susan watkins Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity and responsibility to give something back by becoming more. Anthony Robbins department There was not a dry eye in the room when Mr. Longino chose to give the remainder of his trust to the new Comprehensive Cancer & Research Center being built at the Medical Center of Central Georgia. I like that, Mr. Longino said pointing to a rendering of the new building. This Veteran s Day we would like to honor this Veteran who continues to serve. We plan to name the Hospitality Center at the new Comprehensive Cancer and Research Center for Chief Master Sergeant Charles F. Longino. Mr. Longino served our great country in WWII. He was a pilot in the Air Force for 30 years. Starting at age 19, Mr. Longino traveled to many places including Russia, China, Japan, Italy and Africa. He grew up in Atlanta and has lived in Milledgeville at the Georgia War Veterans Home for the past 6 years behalf. Kitty Bell, Mr. Longino s private caregiver, shared that Mr. Longino loves to sit outside in the sun wearing his cowboy hat and he enjoys watching Western movies. Mr. Longino s Physician s Assistant, Sandra Orr, was especially touched by Mr. Longino s gift, having spent 16 years in cancer research. Mr. Longino s hospitality was apparent when I had the pleasure of meeting him. He kissed my hand and smiled as his beautiful blue eyes twinkled. Patients for generations to come will be touched by the generosity of Mr. Longino. Well done, good and faithful servant. Mr. Longino has a reputation as a very giving person. Brenda Griffin, who has worked at the Georgia War Veterans Home in Milledgeville for 23 years, said he is always very complimentary a true ladies man! Mr. Longino has thrown cook-outs for the employees steaks, baked potatoes and salad under the one condition that he could invite a couple of his friends, too. At Christmas time, the Georgia War Veterans Home adopts families in need. Mr. Longino has graciously provided groceries, toys for children and whatever the families have needed over the years. Once, Mr. Longino hosted a cook out for the fire department! He had ridden down to the fire department in his wheel chair and befriended the chief. Mr. Longino and Don Faulk Mr. Longino calls Brenda his #1! She is the administrative assistant for the Georgia War Veterans Home campus. Going above and beyond her call of duty, she drove to Atlanta and Macon looking for the Stetson cowboy hat you see pictured here. Renata Stone, Director of Social Services, said Mr. Longino showed his hospitality by greeting her the first time she drove up to the Georgia War Veterans Home. They were at eye to eye level he in his wheelchair and she still in her car. Renata started working at the Veterans Home 3 months ago. We will be forever grateful to Mrs. Stone, who called the Medcen Foundation on Mr. Longino s Mr. Longino, Sandra Orr, Susan Watkins and Brenda Griffin Medcen Happenings 15

16 department Reaping What you Sow By: Ellen Terrell We ve often heard that we reap what we sow in life. As we move toward a season of harvest and thanksgiving, this phrase seems especially fitting. I d like to share with you a special letter that reminds us all of our connection to others, and for the reason that we at Medcen are so grateful for the bounty of our friends and supporters. Patsy and Russell Fellows are long-time friends of the hospital and foundation. Patsy served as a Pink Lady in our auxiliary for many years. She later joined the Medcen Community Health Foundation Board and in 2006 she and Russell named one of the patient rooms at Pine Pointe Hospice. Larry Parks is also a long-time friend of ours. He was part of the senior management team at the hospital for years and he and Mary are members of our Callaway Society. We thank all of you for allowing us to share your divine alignment. 16 Medcen Happenings FALL 2012

17 HEAT Awards $83,000 By: Brianne Huie department Every March, the H.E.A.T. committee asks local charities and hospital departments to submit grants for assistance in funding a project that makes the community better. The H.E.A.T. grant allocation committee met in June to review the 30 applications received. We were excited to approve and hand out $83,000 to 25 different grant recipients for H.E.A.T. stands for Healthcare Employees Achieving Tomorrow. In cooperation with the Medcen Community Health Foundation, H.E.A.T. raises money to ensure quality healthcare for our community. This is a 100% voluntary contribution by our employees; which is why we believe H.E.A.T. has been so successful with over 50% participation by the employees since it began in The employee giving program is organized and governed by a committee of CGHS employees. These committee members represent all hospital departments. One of the subsets of the committee is the H.E.A.T. grant allocations committee. Each approved grant has been carefully reviewed to ensure our employee s contributions are spent wisely. The 2012 recipients are listed below H.E.A.T. Grant Recipients Central Georgia CASA American Red Cross Community Health Works Family Advanced Ministries Georgia College & State University Loaves & Fishes Ministry Macon Volunteer Clinic Cancer WellFit Project Central Georgia Breast Care Family Birth Center Heartworks CHF Program Skyler Bear Project Hospice of Central Georgia s Sitter Program Pastoral Care Program Power Over Parkinson s Regional Perinatal Outreach Camp Fun and Fit Ronald McDonald House Salvation Army The Mentors Project of Bibb County United in Pink Wesley Glen Ministries Taylor County Board of Commissioners Food Vouchers for Families in Need Temporary Housing & Food for Families in Need THANK YOU H.E.A.T. MEMBERS FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT!!! Medcen Happenings 17

18 happenings New Hospital in Peach County By: Ellen Terrell An Event You Can t Top Construction workers guide the beam signed by hospital employees, hospital supporters and local government officials to the high point of the new hospital during our Topping Off ceremony held August 22nd. It was a very touching ceremony and we thank everyone that was able to come out and enjoy it with us. Stumbo Gift to New Hospital We want to thank the Honorable and Mrs. John Stumbo for their signature gift to the new hospital. A patient room in the new hospital will be named in honor of their generosity. This photo picturing Don Faulk, Nancy Peed, Mayor John Stumbo, Elbert McQueen, and Helen Rhea Stumbo was taken before construction started at the spot where the front door will be. Sullivan Society Members Honored at recent Board Meeting At their September 21st meeting, the Medical Center of Peach County Board of Directors honored individuals who have joined the Sullivan Society. The following members were recognized: Brenda Arrington Nancy Peed Vivian Elizalde Lisa Urbistondo Brenda Goodman Barbara Walker Lisa Lee Helen Rhea & John Stumbo The Sullivan Society recognizes those who have made commitments to the Capital Campaign with gifts or pledges of $5,000 and greater. Pictured left to right Barbara Walker, Brenda Arrington, Vivian Elizalde, Cathy Davis, Brenda Goodman and Nancy Peed 18 Medcen Happenings FALL 2012

19 Employee Campaign a HUGE Success! The employees of Peach Regional kicked off their campaign entitled Get On Beat with H.E.A.T. (Healthcare Employees Achieving Tomorrow) on August 10th and within a few days had already exceeded their goal of raising $75,000 for the new hospital. The campaign ended twelve days later with an astonishing total of $112,000 in pledges. Plans are underway for a beautiful water garden to be placed in the horseshoe of the front entrance which will be named in honor of our employee s generosity. Green Gift to New Hospital On behalf of the patients and families that will be cared for in our new hospital, we want to thank Tom and Virginia Green for their signature gift! A patient room will be named in honor of their generosity. Peach Regional holds first CEO Roundtable A CEO Roundtable was held on August 15th at Peach Regional Medical Center for business and corporate leaders of Peach and the surrounding counties. The program was led by Nancy Peed, CEO of Peach Regional and Elbert McQueen, Senior Vice President of Central Georgia Health System (CGHS). They shared information about how the new hospital in Peach County will play a vital role in the economic impact of that area and how important collaboration between communities is through this changing healthcare environment. is supporting the new hospital by joining the Corporate Honor Roll. THANK YOU!!! Medcen Happenings 19

20 department CEO Roundtable By: Brianne Huie On August 21st, local business leaders attended a CEO Roundtable to learn about a new state-of-the-art procedure The Medical Center of Central Georgia now offers. Don Faulk, CEO and President of The Medical Center of Central Georgia and Central Georgia Health System and Dr. Richard Harvey, specialist in cardiac, vascular, and thoracic surgery presented the technology called the Ventricular Assist Device (VAD). According to the CDC, Heart Disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States today. In the state of Georgia, almost 2,000 people are in need a heart transplant each year. When there are only 2,500 heart transplants in the U.S yearly, there is a significant need for an alternative not only in Georgia but nationally. The Ventricular Assist Device is a device that allows a patient with heart disease to live again. According to Dr. Richard Harvey, a good day for a patient that is eligible is getting up, getting dressed, and watching TV. VAD s allow individuals to play with their children, run 10K s, and even play hockey. The Ventricular Assist Device is a mechanical device that partially or completely replaces the pumping function of a failing heart. It is designed to replace the left ventricle of the heart. The device improves blood flow which will allow a patient to improve their quality of life. The Medical Center of Central Georgia is one of the only hospitals in the state to offer this procedure. The need for this procedure is tremendous in Central Georgia. With the addition of this procedure, The Georgia Heart Center is able to give heart disease patients their life back and is excited about what the future holds in heart care. Share the Love this Holiday Season, make a gift in someone s honor To The Children s Hospital Building Block Society 20 Medcen Happenings FALL 2012

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