The Consolidation Working Group will hold a public meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 in the first-floor conference room of the GHS Children’s Medical Center. The group is a 21-member committee appointed by University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby to oversee the consolidation.
The Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University Consolidation Working Group will hold an open meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, in the first-floor conference room of the GHS Children’s Medical Center. The group is a 21-member committee appointed by University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby to oversee the consolidation.
Proposed Mission, Vision, & Values Approved by Consolidation Working Group
After using the feedback received from the ASU and GHSU communities, the Consolidation Action Team revised and submitted the following mission, vision, and values to the Chancellor’s Consolidation Working Group for approval. The group unanimously accepted the proposed mission, vision, and values that are being sent to the Board of Regents for review at their May meeting.
Our mission is to provide leadership and excellence in teaching, discovery, clinical care, and service as a student-centered comprehensive research university and academic health center with a wide range of programs from learning assistance through postdoctoral studies.
Our vision is to be a top-tier university that is a destination of choice for education, health care, discovery, creativity, and innovation.
Collegiality – reflected in collaboration, partnership, sense of community, and teamwork.
Compassion – reflected in caring, empathy, and social responsibility.
Excellence – reflected in distinction, effectiveness, efficiency, enthusiasm, passion, and quality.
Inclusivity – reflected in diversity, equality, fairness, impartiality, and respect.
Integrity – reflected in accountability, ethical behavior, honesty, and reliability.
Leadership – reflected in courage, honor, professionalism, transparency, and vision.
Organization Charts Approved by Consolidation Working Group
The Consolidation Working Group also approved the high-level organization charts proposed by Dr. Azziz and Dr. Bloodworth. The group also unanimously accepted these recommendations.
First Drafts of Planning Documents Submitted by Work Teams
Work teams were provided with a structured outline of information needed to begin the work of consolidating functions for the new university. Their first drafts were due on March 9th, and the CAT received 49 reports and provided initial feedback to the teams for their continued development. The next version is due March 30th.
Questions and Comments Welcome
Help us develop and improve our communications about the consolidation. We welcome your comments and questions. They will help us as we continue to expand our communications efforts.
On the USG website for the consolidation challenges, it states, “complexity associated with current Health System structure would be further complicated by integration.” I’ve noticed on the Consolidation Working Group for ASU & GHSU, there’s no representation of the Health System other than the Enterprise Staff. Since the working group had to be approved by the Board of Regents, is it possible to create a subgroup with a stronger respresentation of the Health System? I have no doubt that the group has the best interest of the Health System in mind, but I think a subcommittee with Health System representation would present a more unified message that we all have stake in this merge/integration and the possible “complexities” are being addressed. Also, what other form of support can the rest of the organizations provide in assisting with the consolidation?
As you noted, there is representation on the Consolidation Working Group by senior enterprise staff with roots in the Health System. Perhaps more importantly, there is a great deal of Health System representation on the Work Teams. These Work Teams are the source of recommendations that will guide the details of the consolidation, and in the coming weeks, their workloads will increase drastically. If you are interested in helping to shape the process, please let your supervisor know that you would like to get involved.