“What is the recipe for successful achievement? Choose a career you love. Give it the best there is in you. And be a member of the team.”

Benjamin Franklin

We want to thank you for you valued and appreciated 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 or 45 year of service. Through the years, your talents and efforts have helped us to be successful. We celebrate and take pride in your accomplishment and your commitment to excellence. Congratulations on reaching this milestone!

AU professor

20 Plus Years of Service Recipients

Area of Employment

35 Years of Service
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Sue Ellen Abney-Roberts

Clinical Outcomes Manager

Women & Childrens Hospital of Georgia Admin

“Sue Ellen is certainly a servant-leader. Her passion for giving to others leads her whether working in Perinatal Services, or at one of her many volunteer efforts. She represents AU Health well in all that she does and we are so lucky to have had her here for 35 years!”

20 Years of Service
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David Adams

Coordinator Anatomical Svcs

MCG-Cellular Biology & Anatomy

“Mr. Adams is the Coordinator of Anatomical Services in the Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy. Mr. Adams oversees the Anatomical Donation Program at Augusta University which serves the Medical College of Georgia, the Dental College, the College of Allied Health and Sciences, the College of Nursing, and the Graduate School. He is a very compassionate, dedicated, and service-orientated individual and strives to ensure that Augusta University’s “Anatomical Donation Program” follows the strict policies governed by state and federal guidelines. He is truly a master of his trade. We are proud to have him as part of our Cellular Biology and Anatomy “Family.””

25 Years of Service
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Shannon Albert

Registered Nurse

Cancer Clinic

25 Years of Service
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Heather Armitage- Dunagan

Nurse Navigator

Medicine

40 Years of Service
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Janis Arnold

Registered Nurse

Perianesthesia

“Jan Arnold has been an employee at AU for 40 years! Her dedication to AU, the patients, and to growing and training nurses is inspiring. Jan has served in many capacities at AU from cardiac nurse, to endoscopy manager, and now works in the Preanesthesia Testing Clinic. She is a wealth of knowledge, incredibly detail oriented, and one of the biggest patient advocates I have ever worked with. Jan always keeps me laughing and makes everyone she meets feel very welcomed here. AU and the nursing profession are grateful for Jan’s many years of service and the positive impacts she has had along the way.”

35 Years of Service
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Estelle Arthur

Clinical Lab Scientist

Clinical Pathology

25 Years of Service
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Evelyn Barfield

Lead HIMS Record Analyst

Health Info. Mangement Services

“Evelyn takes charge and stays on top of things! She completely fits the saying, “She is my right-hand man.” I never need to worry. Evelyn is always dependable and caring for others. Having Evelyn on our team makes a huge difference. Thank you Evelyn, for your leadership and the good vibes you bring to HIMS and AUMC. Thank you for your hard work and super attitude. I appreciate you for more than just your work, I appreciate you. Thank you for your amazing 25 years of service!”

25 Years of Service
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Cherickia Barley

HIMS Record Analyst

Health Info. Mangement Services

“Cherickia is so sweet! She is always willing to help others and go that extra mile. She is self–motivated, meticulous, and provides excellent customer service to all. Cherickia, it gives me immense pride saying how great you are as a team member in HIMS and at AUMC. Thank you for all the motivation and encouragement you’ve given throughout the years. Thank you for your dedication of 25 years of service. ”

30 Years of Service
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Gerald Battaglia

Nursing (House) Supervisor

ED & Crtcal Cr Admin

20 Years of Service
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Jeremiah Batts

Sous Chef

Dietary

“From humble beginnings as a Hospitality Specialist working the front of the house of our department delivering trays to our patient, to making formula for our little angels to discover ging his passion for cooking and embarking on a successful journey as a Sous Chef. In all, He’s a pillar of excellence in Food & Nutrition Services.”

35 Years of Service
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Rodney Belcher

Patient Billing Advocate

Patient Accounts

“Rodney Belcher is an exemplary employee in the Customer Service Department and has served 35 years contributing to the overall success for AU Health. Rodney is a great communicator throughout the Health System resolving patient’s issues and concerns as they are presented regarding his current role as Patient Billing Advocate. He has made substantial contributions to the Centralized Business Office as a previous Supervisor for the Customer Service Department. He is a team player, very organized and understands the importance of putting our patients and families first. His knowledge, experience and dedication will continue to make him a valuable asset for years to come. It is an honor to work with him and have him in our department. Congratulations for 35 great years and thank you for choosing to remain with Customer Service for all of these years!!!”

25 Years of Service
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Brenda Benjamin

Outpatient Surgery Scheduler

Sports Medicine Administration

“Brenda is such a loyal, dedicated, and hard-working employee. She goes above and beyond to make sure the Orthopedic patients are taken care of before their surgeries. She is detail oriented and is meticulous about getting patients taken care of as quickly as possible. She is so personable and has a way of putting patient's minds at ease when discussing such an important topic as surgery. She always has a smile on her face and brings a positive attitude to work every day. The Orthopedics staff and their patients are very lucky to have Brenda working for them!”

20 Years of Service
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Mildred Bennett

Emergency Communications Spec

Emergency Commun Ctr

“Mildred Bennett works in the Emergency Communication center at night. On her shifts she is solely responsible for incoming ER to ER transfers and incoming EMS alerts. She is a hard worker that is dedicated. We are so glad to have her.”

35 Years of Service
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Tammy Berry

Special Events Coordinator

Protocol and Special Events

“Tammy Berry has been a valuable member of the Augusta University family for thirty-five years. Her loyal service has included time with the MCG Alumni Association, Advancement and Protocol and Special Events. She is appreciated not only for her professional expertise and astounding institutional knowledge and history, but also for her dedication, positivity, and kindness. She is a tremendous asset to Augusta University.”

30 Years of Service
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James Best

Supv, Cytology

Cytology

“James “Jim” Best is the current Cytology Supervisor in Anatomic Pathology Services. Jim has been an integral and often instrumental employee for advancing the services provided by cytology as well as maintaining CAP accreditation and QC requirements. It is my honor to acknowledge Jim’s 30 years of service achievement. Congratulations!”

25 Years of Service
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Russell Blalock

Clinical Lab Scientist

Clinical Pathology

20 Years of Service
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Erika Bland

Registered Nurse

Pediatric Vascular Access

“Erika Bland has worked in the CHOG serving in several areas. She has worked in PICU and currently is working on the Pediatric Vascular access Team. Erika holds certifications in each of these area and is known as a team player within the team and is a strong patient advocate.”

20 Years of Service
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Johnnie Boatwright

Lead Maintenance Tech-Zone

Cancer Center Facility

“Mr. Boatwright is our lead mechanic for the Cancer Center & the Stoney Building. Mr. Boatwright is very liked in his buildings always getting emails or calls about his performance, always with great responses. Mr. Boatwright always willing to help his fellow coworker or anyone that needs it, always with a smile and a great attitude. Mr. Boatwright is one of our lead mechanics on the tube system always trying to make it better & he is on call most of the year for the tube system for all building that have this system. Please help congratulate Mr. Boatwright for a great 20 years of services.”

20 Years of Service
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David Bogorad

Professor - Part Time

MCG-Ophthalmology

“Dr Bogorad has been on the MCG faculty for 20 years. He is an outstanding clinician and educator, with primary focus areas of physiologic optics, refractive, and cataract surgery. He has also served on important leadership committees at the local and state level.”

35 Years of Service
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Sandra Booker

HIMS Record Analyst

Health Info Mgmt Svc

“Sandra is our customer service representative. She is always willing to help others and goes that extra mile. She is self–motivated, super dependable and provides excellent customer service to all. Sandra, it gives me immense pride saying how great you are as a team member in HIMS and at AUMC. Your commitment is exceptional. Thank you for always being there. Thank you for your great service of 35 years - how commendable!”

20 Years of Service
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Erika Bowdre

Environmental Services Manager

Georgia War Nursing Home

“Erika always has a positive attitude and a smile on her face. Her knowledge and insight directing environmental services for Georgia War are a blessing for our team. We appreciate the contributions she has made to help us be successful in our mission to care for our veteran residents.”

20 Years of Service
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Melanie Bowen

Registered Nurse

AHA Training Center

“Melanie Bowen is a dedicated employee. She serves on multiple committees and task forces. Melanie is always willing to step in and fill a void when asked. She also constantly betters herself. Over the past year, Melanie has completed her master's degree in Nursing Leadership. She maintains her Board Certification in Vascular Access and is a level five on the clinical ladder.”

20 Years of Service
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Jacqueline Bradley

Anesthesia Technician

Operating Room

20 Years of Service
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Deana Brown

Clerkship Program Coord 1

MCG-Neurology

“We want to recognize Deana Brown for her incredible work ethic and loyalty to AU over the last two decades. She is a pleasure to work with and always goes the extra mile in all she does. She is committed to serving others and you can count on her to respond at any time of day or night, weekend, or even on vacation. She is a fast learner, incredibly helpful and dedicated, and can multitask and handle a large workload without a sweat. Our department wants to honor her service to our faculty and learners. We would be nowhere without her help! Mrs. Brown is one of the best employees I have ever had the honor of working with over my 27 years. See is exceptionally well organized, she is an independent thinker and problem solver. She is always going above and beyond her job duties to help students and staff. Since I am an educator I frequently am in contact with 3rd year and 4th year students every day and therefore we occasionally have student problems over the weekends. Mrs. Brown is always available to help with administrative and logistical issues for the students as they relate to the health system. She is clearly dedicated to doing her best work every day and we all greatly appreciate her efforts.”

20 Years of Service
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Melissa Brown

Trauma Registrar

Trauma Coordination

25 Years of Service
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Sarah Bryson

Manager Parking & Transportation

Parking Administration

“Beth is one of the most dedicated team members at Augusta University. The twenty-five years of knowledge and experience she brings to the Parking Office is unmatched and relied upon by people all over campus. She keeps everyone informed and strives to make each interaction a pleasant experience. I’m so thankful for her talent and commitment. Thanks for all you do for Augusta University, Beth!”

20 Years of Service
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Mark Buckner

Senior Skilled Trades Worker

Georgia War Nursing Home

“Mark is a valuable member of our Georgia War team. He provides excellent customer service to our residents, families and staff. He is an excellent problem solver, and persistent in completing tasks. He is an integral member of the maintenance department and we are glad he is part of the team.”

25 Years of Service
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Michael Budd

DCG Clinics Support Manager

Dental College of Georgia

“Michael Budd has been a dedicated employee of DCG for over 25 years. He continually holds himself and his staff accountable for maintaining high standards of professionalism and customer service. Michael is a consummate team player who always has a positive, can do attitude and encourages others to do the same. These qualities, as well as his commitment to the success of DCG, make him a role model for others to emulate.”

25 Years of Service
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Denise Buff

Registered Nurse

Medicine Internal Care Unit

“25 years on MICU night shift! What an accomplishment. We thank Denise for her dedication to the unit.”

20 Years of Service
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Charles Busbee

Director, Technical Services

Information Technology

20 Years of Service
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Ronald Bush

Environmental Services Technician

Environmental Services

“Thank you for your dedication and services you provide to the campus community. We recognize your excellent performance and professionalism, and we would like to thank you for your hard work and commitment .”

25 Years of Service
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Teresa Bush

Business Operations Specialist

Public Safety

“We are excited to help celebrate Ms. Roxie Bush in our office who will be celebrating 25 years of service this year. Roxie is the consummate professional who has dedicated her career to improving the business operations of Public Safety. She is detail oriented, efficient and excellent at "Roxie Math", making sure we're accounting for every penny spent. She has exemplified excellence in her job knowledge....after all, she learned from the best; her Mama who retired from AU in the same position! ”

25 Years of Service
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Rodrigo Bustos

Librarian Assistant Professor

LIBR-Libraries

“Rod Bustos has 25 years of service in the USG and joined us in 2011 from Georgia State University, who continuously try to steal him back. He is a rockstar in the world of library systems and led Augusta University through the consolidation of library resources that included the different cataloging schemes at Greenblatt and Reese Libraries as well as the project manager for the subsequent migration from the Voyager Library System to Alma. Rod is the liaison librarian to the Hull College of Business and the School of Computer and Cyber Science. He works extensively with the faculty and students in the HCOB, helping them with their research and acting as a “Shark Tank style” judge for their final projects. He has published a number of reviews in Library Journal, and has several peer reviewed publications and presentations. He was selected as the 2019 Outstanding Faculty Award Winner from the University Libraries, and received a Presidential Citation from the Special Libraries Association in 2016. ”

20 Years of Service
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Isaac Butler

Operating Room Assistant

Operating Room

25 Years of Service
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David Butts

DJJ Staff Nurse

Department of Juvenile Justice

“Mr. Butts is a dedicated employee who always presents a positive outlook. He shows a genuine commitment to his profession, and it shows as he shines in the workplace. We, his co-workers, are routinely generous with positive things to say about him and are excited to take this opportunity to congratulate him on his 25 years of service. Kudos!!!”

25 Years of Service
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Barbara Bynes

Registered Nurse

Childrens Hospital of Georgia-OR

“Barbara's value to the CHOG OR is immeasurable. She consistently contributes to numerous departmental quality improvement initiatives without hesitation. She's mentored numerous students, physicians, and new hire RN's through the years, instilling in everyone the highest regard for patient safety. Thank you, Barbara, for your commitment to AU Health and the patients we serve!”

25 Years of Service
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Deborah Caddell

Registered Nurse

Neurology Intensive Care Unit

“Debbie is an excellent Neonatal Nurse! She provides expert care to our tiniest patients. Debbie is dedicated and dependable with a strong work ethic. She is quiet, but observant. I appreciate her humor and practical approach to the stress of working in a Level IV NICU!”

35 Years of Service
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Teresa Cadle

Charge Nurse

4C Pediatric Medicine

“Teresa, congratulations on 35 years! You have been a strong patient advocate. Your love of caring for newborns and infants has been your hallmark. We thank you for our long-standing involvement in Unit and Division Shared Governances. You have represented our units well.”

20 Years of Service
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Myra Calzado-Norman

Registered Nurse

Perianesthesia

“Myra Calzado-Norman brings a strong Med Surg background to our perioperative department. Her dedication and compassion to all her patients never goes unnoticed. Myra has routinely cared for our procedural psych patients and been a huge advocate in their care. She always arrives at work with a contagious smile and a fun personality to greet her coworkers and patients. We sincerely appreciate her hard work and efforts throughout the last 20 years!”

25 Years of Service
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Leslie Carrow

Administrative Assistant 1

MCG-Family Medicine

“Leslie sets the bar for professionalism. She is a role model for other staff through her organizational skills and reliability, never failing to keep a promise and always delivering above and beyond the call of duty. Leslie is also one of the DFM’s key morale boosters, always doing kind and thoughtful things for everyone.”

25 Years of Service
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Larry Carter

Mgr, Facilities Services

Facil Ops Zone Maint

“Larry Carter has worked in the Facilities Department at Augusta University Medical Center for 25 years. He has worked in various areas of the Facilities Department. He started in EVS, then he moved to maintenance and he was promoted to a Zone Mechanic, then he became the Building Mechanic for the Cancer Center, and then he was promoted to Facilities manager for the Zone Shop in 2016. Larry has done a great job managing & leading the Zone Shop and making sure they take care of our Facilities, Patients, Visitors, and Staff on a daily basis. I would like to congratulate Larry for his dedication, commitment, and service to AUMC for the past 25 years.”

25 Years of Service
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Paula Cato

Posting Specialist

Patient Accounts

“Paula has been in Patient Accounting for a little over 20 years but at AU for 25. She is helpful in so many ways. She is loved and appreciated by her team. She is always willing to go above and beyond. She is definitely an asset to Patient Accounting and AU.”

35 Years of Service
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Teresa Channell

Supv, Centralized Business Off

Patient Accounts

20 Years of Service
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Edward Chin

Professor

MCG-Med-Endo,Diab&Metabolism

“Dr. Chin has actually been with us longer than the 20 years since he was a medical student here. He has been an outstanding faculty member, director of our fellowship program and Chief of Endocrine at the VA Hospital Augusta. He is a very active clinician and an invaluable resource not only to students but to all our faculty.”

25 Years of Service
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Kwong Chong

Department Chair

College of Allied Health Sciences

“Dr. Chong began his career as a researcher in the College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) in the Department of Physical Therapy (PT). Today, Dr. Chong is still participating in funded research and is one of the CAHS’s most successful investigators. Dr. Chong is the current chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences and the program director for the PhD in Applied Health Sciences. He work is invaluable to the success of the CAHS.”

20 Years of Service
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Leon Clark

Operating Room Assistant

Operating Room

20 Years of Service
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Keith Clay

Lead Maintenance Tech-Zone

Facilities Wheeler R

“Keith has been with the department for 20 years now. Keith has become a valuable employee within this department. Over his tenure here, Keith has been promoted to a lead within the Zone Maintenance Shop. Keith leads by example and provides nothing but the best customer service to all of his customers. Keith is a valued employee.”

30 Years of Service
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Sandra Clay

Nurse Manager

Medicine Internal Care Unit

25 Years of Service
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Shawn Clayborn

Team Lead, End User Support

IT End User Technology

“Shawn has been a valuable employee with our organization for over 25 years serving in several different roles within the Information Technology Services department over his tenure. Since August 1 of 2020, Shawn has served as our Team Lead of our End User Device - Support Team. Shawn leads this team of ten technicians supporting all of the AU Medical Center, assigned campus clinical areas as well as all of our Ambulatory Clinics from Lake Oconee, GA to Savannah, GA over to Aiken, SC.”

35 Years of Service
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Tammy Clements

Radiation Oncology Ops Coord

Grt Center Administr

“Tammy has been the backbone of the Georgia Radiation Therapy Center for her entire career at AU. She brings joy to our unit and is loved by all who know her. Not only can she do her work with her eyes closed, she contributes to others is such a positive and meaningful way. We are so grateful to have her as a member of the Cancer Center team.”

20 Years of Service
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Tammy Clements

Payroll Coordinator

Corporate Accounting

“Tammy Clements has held progressive roles in the payroll department for the last 20 years. She has seen our organization through a lot of change but has always remained consistent with her amazing work ethic, passion, and dedication every day. We are very thankful for Tammy and the contributions that she has made to the Accounting Department.”

40 Years of Service
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Jo Cobb

Supv, Materials

CD Invent Management

“Jo (LA) Cobb has dedicated her time and energy for 40 years to AU Health System supporting our mission. She is an exceptional employee who shows impressive commitment, hard work and loyalty to our patients and our institution. She consistently strives to provide excellent service to our departments and ensures our clinicians have the equipment and supplies needed to provide exceptional patient care.”

30 Years of Service
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Thomas Colbert

Assistant Chair

College of Science & Mathematics

“Professor of Physics, Dr. Tom Colbert, is one of the most dedicated and hardworking faculty on campus. He is the first to arrive every morning. He knows every student in the major well and advises generously. He is extensively involved in committee work and service. He is greatly respected by of all his colleagues as an outstanding teacher, mentor, and advocate.”

30 Years of Service
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Krista Combs LaRussa

Float Pool RN

Float Pool

“Krista has been a “Staple” at AU for many years. Krista’s charisma, love of teaching and passion for patient care stood out to me as a new hire in 2014 when skills fair was being conducted on 9S. I vividly remember her and her warm welcome to AU. Through the years, our roles have changed and crossed paths on occasion, but the constant drive for quality and excellence remains. Krista is such an asset to AU and an asset to Float Pool. Congratulations on this milestone in your career.”

30 Years of Service
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Vicki Connell

Business Operations Specialist

MCG-Neurosci & Reg Medicine

“Vicki Connell joined MCG in December, 1992 and has been with the Department of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine (formerly IMMAG) since September, 2002. Vicki is one of the most conscientious and reliable employees I have ever had the opportunity to work with. For 20 years she has managed all ordering and accounting functions for the DNRM which is crucial to the successful operation of the labs and the department. Her attention to detail and her ability and desire to find more streamlined ways to operate have played a key role, which many in the department may not realize as these “behind the scenes activities” are not transparent to many. Due to recent reorganization, Vicki has volunteered to take on more duties and she continues to go above and beyond. Thank you Vicki for your 30 years of service and your many contributions to AU!”

30 Years of Service
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Stuart Cooley

Registered Nurse

Perianesthesia- PACU

“From once working in our labor and delivery department to now being a recovery room nurse, Stuart Cooley has done it all at our institution and done it all very well. It never takes him very long to establish a rapport with a patient and for the patient to feel like they have known Stuart for years, even after only just a few minutes. He is always more than willing to go above and beyond for his patients as well as his co-workers. Stuart's big heart and commitment to always giving compassionate nursing care have been something that hundreds of patients that he has taken care of over these past 30 years have always remembered.”

30 Years of Service
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Elizabeth Cooper

Critical Event Operations Coordinator

Critical Event Preparation & Response

“The value Mrs. Cooper provides to the Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response, CEPaR, cannot be overstated. She commands a wealth of legacy institutional knowledge and couples the knowledge with a genuine desire to help and serve others. She lives up to her interdepartmental moniker on a daily basis; she IS Super Cooper!”

20 Years of Service
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Diane Counts

Patient Care Technician

4C Pediatric Medicine

“Diane, congratulations 20 years! You are always willing to support our patients' families and staff in any way that you can. When someone needs help on the unit, we can count on a "Yes" or "Okay" from you. Thank you for having such a cooperative and calm spirit.”

20 Years of Service
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Autumn Courtney

Registration Specialist

Desk Operations

20 Years of Service
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Sherri Curtis

Histology Technician

Anatomic Pathology

20 Years of Service
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Julie Dahl-Smith

Professor

MCG-Family Medicine

“The MCG family medicine residency has continuously grown over the last 20 years with Dr. Dahl-Smith overseeing much of that expansion. She is recognized as one of the top medical educators in the State. She is an ideal role model for an entire generation of Georgia’s family physicians.”

20 Years of Service
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Anthony Damm

IR Technologist

Radiology Intervention

20 Years of Service
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Ronald Danforth

Sterile Processing Tech-NC

Central Sterile

20 Years of Service
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Marian Davidson

Registered Nurse

GCC DTWN AUG CHEMO

30 Years of Service
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Loretta Davis

Department Chair

MCG-Dermatology

“Dr. Loretta Davis is the chair of the Department of Dermatology. She is an excellent department chair who has been very adept to MCG students; successfully guiding them in one of the most competitive residency programs.”

20 Years of Service
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Golie Davis

Applications Analyst

IT Revenue Cycle Application

“Over his 20 years Golie has demonstrated his commitment and accountability to Revenue Cycle IT at AU Health. Golie strives to get the job done and accepts a challenge head on that produce quality outcomes.”

20 Years of Service
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Dee Derrick

Transplant Coordinator

Kidney Transplant Practice

20 Years of Service
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Yanbin Dong

Professor

MCG GA Prevention Institute

“Dr. Dong was recently named director of our Georgia Prevention Institute. He is a productive investigator with a long record of NIH-funding and multiple grants. He is an outstanding colleague, known for being collaborative and integrating the GPI with other departments throughout the medical school.”

20 Years of Service
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Zheng Dong

Professor

MCG-Cellular Biology & Anatomy

“Dr. Dong, Regents’ Professor and Leon H. Charbonnier Endowed Chair in Cell Biology, is an expert in kidney injury and repair. He brings international recognition to our institution as evidenced by more than 300 publications in high impact journals and continuous NIH R01 funding throughout his tenure on our faculty. He is an accomplished researcher and very highly valued colleague!”

35 Years of Service
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Janice Dorsey

Licensed Practical Nurse

Georgia War Nursing Home

“Janice Dorsey is currently an LPN at GWVNH and enjoys serving others. The reason she got into nursing is because she took care of her grandmother at a young age and enjoyed providing care for her. Janice always has a pleasant attitude and ready to assist wherever needed. She has been a preceptor for many new nurses during her 35 years at Augusta University. Ms. Dorsey will tell anyone she loves the nursing profession and enjoys taking care of other. We at GWVNH are happy to have her as part of the nursing team!”

30 Years of Service
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Susan Doughtie

Social Worker

Cancer Center Support

35 Years of Service
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Rebecca Douglas

Dir, Ambulatory Care Nursing

Acc Administration

30 Years of Service
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Janice Douglas

Dir, Prof Coding & Compl

Health Info. Mangement Services

“Janice’s service and commitment towards this organization is exceptional. Her dedication and professionalism is truly remarkable. She always strives for excellence. Janice’s work ethic and involvement are admirable. I am fortunate to have someone as dedicated on the Professional Coding and Revenue Cycle team. Congratulations on 30 years and thank you!”

25 Years of Service
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Mark Downs

Supv, Centralized Business Off

Patient Accounts

“Mark Downs is currently the Customer Service Supervisor for the Centralized Business Office. Originally Mark was a part of my team for over 13 years. He recently transitioned back to Customer Service and instantly made a positive impact. He has served 25 years as a dedicated employee for AU Health. He is a team player, dependable and kind. He always promotes a positive attitude with patients and colleagues. He is a valuable asset to Customer Service and AU Health as a whole. I am very honored to have him return and is a privilege to work with him. Congratulations for 25 wonderful years and thank you for being a great addition to our team!!”

20 Years of Service
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Shannon Dunn

Dental Lab Technician

Dental College of Georgia

“We have been blessed to have had Mrs. Shannon Dunn with us in the Orthodontic Department for the past 20 years. She is the epitome of a team player, a dedicated, highly motivated, reliable, enthusiastic employee. She is actually more than an employee, she is a part of our Orthodontic family.”

25 Years of Service
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Venita Durham

Dental Surgical Technologist

Dental College of Georgia

“As a well trained and experienced Operating Room Technician, Ms. Durham provides a wealth of knowledge to the institution with regard to surgical procedures and the logistics involved to support those procedures. She has been a valuable asset to both the AU Surgery Center and the Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic. It has been an absolute pleasure to have her on the team!”

30 Years of Service
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Kelly Edwards

School Nurse

Women & Childrens Hospital of Georgia Admin

“Kelly has really worked in most areas of CHOG. Her current roll represents AU Health and the Children’s Hospital of Georgia well as the School Nurse at Apparo Academy. Her passion for children, both normally able and those with disabilities, is at the heart of her work.”

20 Years of Service
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Telena Edwards

Pre-Access Services Rep

Financial Quality

30 Years of Service
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Matthew Eidson

Registered Nurse

Perianesthesia- PACU

“Matthew Eidson is one of the most detail-oriented nurses that I have ever had the privilege to work with. He has been personally recognized by countless families over his 30-year career because he treats his patients with such thorough nursing care, kindness, and respect. Matthew's over 20-year experience in the Shock Trauma ICU makes him such a strong resource now for our Perioperative Services Department, especially during our recent transition into a COVID ICU during the pandemic. His leadership during this time was unmatched. Matthew Eidson is an asset to our institution, and we are very thankful to have a nurse like him here at AUMC.”

30 Years of Service
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Joyce Ellis

Hospital Services Rep

Concierge Greeter Sv

“Joyce Ellis joined our Blue Coat Ambassador team in March of 2021. She came to our team from Security. She worked in the ED as the Communications Officer. In her role as a Blue Coat Ambassador, Joyce covers our F Entrance. Joyce welcomes every guest with her warm smile, eager to assist them with any and all needs that they may have. We are delighted that Joyce chose to join our team and appreciate all that she does to support patient- and family-centered care in this way.”

20 Years of Service
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Ahmed Elmarakby

Professor

Dental College of Georgia

“Dr. Ahmed Elmarakby is a valued colleague who has served the university in various capacities over a distinguished career, having recently been promoted to the rank of full professor. Dr. Elmarakby's commitment to improving student education, his willingness to help his colleagues, and his collaborative nature in research, endear him to his fellow faculty. Congratulations, Dr. Elmarakby!”

35 Years of Service
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Donna Eubanks

Imaging Schedule Coordinator

Radiology General

20 Years of Service
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Kim Evans

Gastroenterology Technician

Endoscopy

25 Years of Service
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Bonnie Faglier

Office Coordinator

Auxiliary Services

“Bonnie is a great employee. She goes above and beyond to make sure that our customers get their orders. Thank you for 25 years of service.”

25 Years of Service
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Rhonda Faulkner

Registered Nurse

Perianesthesia

“Rhonda Faulker has taken care of some of the most medically complex heart patients in our institution's Surgical ICU and does it with an overwhelming confidence and ease. Because of her vast nursing experience and knowledge, Rhonda has been instrumental in the training of new nurses to be able to take care of these patients as well. Rhonda has played such an integral role in the success of so many surgical and cardiothoracic patients that have been treated here at AUMC. Rhonda's leadership helps to facilitate a teamwork approach to these patients receiving all needed care, whether it be from physicians, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, or even our pharmacy department. We are now thankful that her tremendous nursing knowledge has followed her into our perioperative services department, now being able to take care of some of these same types of patients as they enter the hospital. She is able to speak to these patients with a large amount of confidence and put them at ease during a time when they most need it. Without a doubt, Rhonda Faulker has played a big role in the success of many patients her at AUMC and will continue to do so for years to come.”

25 Years of Service
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Jamaica Ferguson

Resource Specialist

CARE Facilitation

“Jamaica is the example of the perfect employee! Her efficiency, flexibility, and teamwork contribute to the success of our Utilization Management department. She is so valued by each of her team members, and we thank her for that.”

35 Years of Service
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Ramon Figueroa Ortiz

Professor

MCG-Radiology Diagnostic

“Dr. Figueroa has been the anchor of the Radiology department. His passion for mentorship has greatly impacted our training programs and clinical services—with dedication borne out in serving as Neuroradiology Section Chief (for 30 years!), PD of our Diagnostic Radiology Residency program, Interim Chair, and now as VC for Faculty Development. He has also been a force of nature for global health, having founded and led the Sociedad Ibero Latino Americana de Neuroradiologia [SILAN] MCG Visiting Fellowship program since 1996 (154 fellows)—truly outstanding.”

20 Years of Service
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Felicia Ford

MRI Technologist

Radiology MRI

“Felicia Ford is an awesome team member in the department of Radiology-MRI. She is dedicated to teaching our students, residents and gives outstanding patient care. She leads our research team working very closely with our physicist and research faculty. Our team is very blessed to have her.”

30 Years of Service
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Kevin Foutch

Registered Nurse

CHOG PACU

“We are honored to celebrate Kevin Foutch's 30 years of service! His seasoned career can't be celebrated without acknowledging his steadfast commitment to pediatric perioperative services. Kevin is an exceptional PACU nurse, valued & loyal teammate, and overall stellar person. He is caring, thoughtful, and dedicated to optimizing the patient experience.”

20 Years of Service
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David Fulton

Director

MCG-Vascular Biology Center

“Dr. David Fulton is the director of the Vascular Biology Center and is well funded by the National Institutes of Health. Remarkably, under his leadership, every member of the VBC is NIH funded.”

30 Years of Service
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Gloria Gallop

Unit Clerk

3N Neurology

20 Years of Service
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Clarensa Gilkes

Provider Documentation Analyst

Health Info. Mangement Services

“Clarensa is always giving and caring for others! She consistently goes the extra mile for not just the work, but also her co-workers. It’s impressive and inspiring. Thank you very much CG, for your focus on proving yourself to others and your tremendous support to HIMS and AUMC. Thank you for your 20 years of service!”

20 Years of Service
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Stephen Gilliam

Assistant Professor

College of Nursing-Biobehavioral Nursing

“Since August 2002, Dr. Stephen Gilliam has been a constant presence on the College of Nursing’s Athens Campus. He has been a role model, mentor, and champion, especially for males in Nursing, through his roles as faculty and family nurse practitioner. He has taught across the nursing curricula in the prelicensure and graduate programs with a special emphasis on health assessment, nursing process and nursing theory. He has provided leadership for the College of Nursing’s faculty senate and for the Athens campus when needed. Dr. Gilliam officially retires June 30, 2022 and will be missed by students, staff, and his faculty colleagues.”

20 Years of Service
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Jo Nell Glass

Coding Education Spec-Prof

Health Info. Mangement Services

25 Years of Service
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Altermease Godbold

Licensed Practical Nurse

Medicine

30 Years of Service
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Julie Goley

Director, Career Services

Career Services

“Persistent, patient, and caring are words that describe a lifetime practice of student-focused work. With expertise as both an academic and career advisor, Ms. Goley has to lead her team through many difficult transitions and all the while has helped her team remain focused on what matters most, the students.”

30 Years of Service
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James Grayson

Professor

HCB-College of Business

“Dr. Jim Grayson has served the Hull College of Business with distinction for 30 years. He has been a stellar teacher, a productive researcher, and a dedicated institutional servant. However, his teaching stands out the most, as Hull alumni and current students would attest, and for which he recently was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award for 2022 from the AU Graduate College. We are blessed to have Dr. Grayson among us and sharing his knowledge and experience with his students.”

20 Years of Service
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Angela Griffin

Unit Clerk

Emergency Medicine

“Angela Griffin is reliable and a hard worker. She is detail oriented and I know I can always go to her for assistance. She is friendly and always wants to help. We are so glad to have her.”

30 Years of Service
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Ronda Grigsby

Registered Nurse

Neurology Intensive Care Unit

“Ronda is a wonderful soul and an amazing Neonatal Nurse. She is dedicated to her patients, families, and coworkers. Ronda has a refreshing positive manner that is infectious. I appreciate her expertise on PM shift. She is a great preceptor and mentor.”

30 Years of Service
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Barbara Grove

Registered Nurse

4C Pediatric Medicine

“Barbara, congratulations on 30 years! You are dedicated to always doing the right thing and providing a since of assurance to families and staff. You are mindful and considerate of others. Thank you for having such a joyous and happy spirit.”

25 Years of Service
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Susan Gurley

Registered Nurse

Childrens Hospital of Georgia-OR

“Susan is the tangible example of perioperative accountability, professionalism, and quality. She consistently ensures regulatory efforts are upheld and policy and procedure is followed. She enjoys participating in process improvement initiatives, sincerely valuing the impact such initiatives have on patient safety. Thank you, Susan, for your steadfast commitment to delivering quality-driven care!”

35 Years of Service
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Samuel Hall

Senior Clinical Lab Scientist

Specimen Referral

20 Years of Service
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Natasha Hall

Lead Registration Specialist

Emergency Services Registration

20 Years of Service
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Julie Hammond

NSQIP Coordinator

Clinical Quality Exc

“For the last 20 years, Julie has served in various nursing roles within the health system. As a valued member of the Clinical Quality Excellence team, she uses her extensive perioperative knowledge to promote evidence based quality of care in the adult surgery population. I am extremely honored to recognize Julie’s 20 years of dedication to Augusta University Health, and the patients we serve.”

20 Years of Service
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Mark Hamrick

Professor

MCG-Cellular Biology & Anatomy

“Dr. Hamrick, Regents’ Professor and George W. Weiss Research Professor, has been a major contributor to the tripartite mission of our institution for many years. In addition to overseeing a vibrant and productive research program that seeks to find novel therapies for musculoskeletal aging, he also serves as Senior Associate Dean for Research for MCG. He is an exemplary colleague whose contributions are extremely valuable!”

30 Years of Service
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Ann Handy

Charge Nurse

3N Neurology

25 Years of Service
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Jack Hanson

Senior Physical Therapist

West Wheeler - Rehabilitation

“Ted demonstrates compassion and devotion to all patients. He serves as the Center Coordinator of Clinical Education and is a co-director for the Orthopedic Clinical Residency program at AU Adult Outpatient Rehabilitation. Ted is also certified in McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy technique and works with a broad range of patients in our outpatient rehabilitation facilities. Ted is innovative and always coming up with new and creative ways to help his patients so that they can recover quickly and resume the activities that are important to them.”

25 Years of Service
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Mary Harmon

Transfer Center Nurse

Bed Management

30 Years of Service
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Mindy Harrison

Registered Nurse

Cancer Clinic

20 Years of Service
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Dale Hartenburg

AVP Campus Services & Chief Auxuiliary Officer

Auxiliary Services

“Dale Hartenburg’s leadership is critical to the success of auxiliary services. He creatively seeks opportunities and effectively collaborates with his peers to enhance our campus experience. Dale meets any challenge with a calm demeanor focused on the best outcome and is a pleasure to work with. Congratulations on 20 years of service!”

35 Years of Service
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Valarie Hayes

Clinical Lab Scientist

Clinical Pathology

30 Years of Service
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Elizabeth Haynes

Office Specialist

MCG-Pediatric Cardiology

“The Department of Pediatrics is grateful for the diligent, thoughtful service and uplifting attitude Ms. Haynes (Liz) brings to every task. She has made wonderful contributions to the department, the division and the pediatric cardiology fellowship program. She has been the constant for faculty, staff and generations of trainees who are now successful Pediatric Cardiologists here and abroad! Thank you and congratulations Liz!”

25 Years of Service
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Kathleen Heath

Registered Nurse

Perianesthesia

“Kathleen “Beth” Heath has been an employee at Augusta University for 25 years! She has served in many capacities throughout the years from the pediatric intensive care unit, to interventional radiology, and now in day surgery/8West. She always welcomes her patients with a warm smile and treats them like family. We are grateful for her wealth of knowledge and service to AU throughout the years!”

25 Years of Service
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Kathryn Hefner

Transplant Coordinator

Kidney Transplant Practice

30 Years of Service
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Angela Henry

Registered Nurse

7 West Labor/Deliver

“Angie strives to provide exceptional care with every patient. She is an expert postpartum & newborn nurse who never hesitates to lend her expertise to others. She is positive & always willing to give to others before thinking of herself. We are so grateful for her 30 years of service to the Perinatal unit!”

25 Years of Service
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Steven Herrington

Maintenance Technician

Facilities-Plant Operations

“Steven Herrington is a very dedicated and reliable employee. He has a positive attitude and he is always willing to help. Steven has great attendance as he has over 2000 sick leave hours.”

25 Years of Service
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Anita Herrington

HR Records Coordinator

HR Solution Center

“Thank you for dedicating 25 years of amazing service to Augusta University and Human Resources. You continue to inspire me with your vast knowledge, passion, positive attitude, and utmost dedication to your team. We are proud of you and all of your hard work and accomplishments over the years. Words are not enough to thank you for everything that you have contributed to this organization. Great job and happy Work Anniversary.”

20 Years of Service
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Charlyna Hobbs

Registered Nurse

Perianesthesia

“Charlyna Hobbs has been with AU for 20 years! Her dedication to AU spans from working Med Surg to now working in our Perianesthesia Testing Clinic. She has been recognized for her warm compassionate personality while providing care for her patients prior to surgery. She continues to make a positive difference here at AU. Thank you for all your hard work over the years.”

30 Years of Service
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Joyce Hobson

Accounting Assistant 3

MCG-Biochemistry & Molec Bio

“Mrs. Hobson is a committed, loyal and an outstanding member of our BMB department. She is committed to helping each faculty and goes an extra mile (no extra hundred miles) to meet the our faculty’s research needs. We are grateful for Mrs. Hobson’s thirty-years of service to MCG-AU and hopefully for many years to come.”

20 Years of Service
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Cinnamon Hood

Dir, HIM Operations

Health Info. Mangement Services

“Cinnamon graduated from MCG’s Health Information Administration program in 2001 and was hired into our HIM Department as Transcription Section Manager in 2002. Since then Cinnamon has managed several sections in the department, was promote to Asst. Director of HIM and currently holds the position of HIM Operations Director. Cinnamon is an absolute joy to work. She is greatly admired by her staff, her peers, her students and all those she comes in contact with. Cinnamon and her husband, Keith have two young daughters and they are all huge fans of Disney World, Star Wars and Harry Potter.”

20 Years of Service
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Hans Hopkins

Dir,Ent Data Wrhsg & Reporting

Information Technology

20 Years of Service
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Diane Hopkins

Research Manager

MCG-Cntr for Biotech/Genom Med

“Diane holds an integral role as Project Manager in the Center for Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine and is an incredible asset to the Augusta University community. She is extremely devoted to her research participants and the research mission of the university. She leads her team with compassion, patience, respect, and integrity. It is truly a pleasure to celebrate Diane in her remarkable accomplishment of 20 years of dedication to Augusta University.”

20 Years of Service
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Angela Hornsby

Nurse Manager-Ambulatory

Cancer Clinic

“Angela Hornsby MBA RN OCN has served Augusta University for 20 years. She has previous time spent in the Emergency Department and transitioned to the Cancer Center as a Registered Nurse in the Infusion Suite administering chemotherapy. She quickly progressed to Charge Nurse duties for several years prior to the opportunity to currently serve as Manager for the Cancer Infusion locations. She completed her BSN and MBA while working for the Cancer Center. She has played a huge part in the expansion of GCC-Downtown location, West Wheeler Infusion, and Aiken Woodside Infusion. She continually participates in Organizational operations and is a valued employee.”

25 Years of Service
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Amy House

Professor - Part Time

MCG-Psychiatry & Health Behavior

“Dr. Amy House has been a steady force in our department, as a model for excellence in psychotherapy and a patient teacher of learners of her craft. She demonstrates high levels of professionalism in a discipline that can tax the fortitude of the most experienced mental health professionals. But most of all, she is kind and gentle with her colleagues and learners.”

30 Years of Service
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Valera Hudson

Department Chair

MCG-Pediatrics

“Dr. Valera Hudson is the chair of the Department of Pediatrics. She has tirelessly built up the department and expanded its faculty and service throughout our community and state.”

30 Years of Service
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Margaret Hummel

Perioperative Supply Spec

Operative Services Supplies Administration

“Teesa dedication to the organization has always been a priority. She is a hard worker and strives to accomplish goals focused on the wellbeing of our patients and their families. Teesa is a team player and goes above and beyond to function in any role.”

20 Years of Service
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Sandra Huntington

Supv, Records and Data Mgmt

Benefits & Records

“Every organization requires a person with an ever-flowing positive vibe and confidence to get thing done. In her 20 years of service to the Health System Sandy has served in many roles and has always met each challenge with an eagerness to learn, a willingness to always lend a helping hand, and an open mind to change. It is a privilege to work alongside Sandy. Congratulations Sandy on achieving this amazing professional milestone!!”

25 Years of Service
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Delvin Ingram

Lab Animal Technician

Lab Animal Services

“Mr. Delvin Ingram has been an essential part of LAS for 25 years. Delvin is willing to help when asked and has been adaptable to many changes in the department over the years. He was recently promoted to Lab Animal Technician 4 as recognition of his hard work and contribution to the department. Thank you, Delvin, for your hard work and dedication to Augusta University and LAS.”

25 Years of Service
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Eboney Ingram

Registered Nurse

GCC DTWN AUG CHEMO

20 Years of Service
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Vanessa Jackson

Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory Care

“Vanessa Jackson is a stellar Pediatric Respiratory Therapist who takes care of the sickest newborns and children we have at the CHoG. She is a wonderful team player and during our last many challenging months volunteered to work assist Adult RTs to care for COVID patients ICUs. She is keeps patients first while supporting her team when ever needed. We so appreciate all Vanessa does every day to provide excellent care.”

30 Years of Service
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Phyllis Jackson

Senior Coder-Facility Services

Health Info. Mangement Services

20 Years of Service
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William Jenkins

CT Technologist

Radiology

20 Years of Service
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Kimberly Jester

Physician

West Wheeler Pediatric Practice

20 Years of Service
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Melanie Jewett

Registered Nurse

Neurology Intensive Care Unit

“Melanie is an excellent Neonatal Nurse, providing care to our tiniest patients. She proactively seeks ways to improve our unit and patient care. She has been instrumental in improving and streamlining our Nursing documentation. I appreciate her dedication!”

20 Years of Service
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Xiongjie Jin

Assistant Professor

Georgia Cancer Center

“Dr. Xiongjie Jin is a dedicated scientist and very bright and professional. He has been a reliable collaborator in many scientific research projects over the past 20 years.”

30 Years of Service
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John Johnson

Patient Care Technician

3C PICU

“John is such an amazing part of the PICU team. We are honored that he has spent the last 30years in the CHOG taking the best care of his patients. He supports the entire team is and always making others laugh. Congratulations on achieving this anniversary with us! We truly appreciate your dedication.”

35 Years of Service
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Dewey Jones

Senior Equipment Repair Spec

MCG-Biomedical Maint & Utility

“Dewey - your reliability and work ethic are truly inspiring after 35 year of service. The impact your team has had on the research enterprise is nothing short of amazing and it is my privilege to be considered a small part of the group. Let’s shoot for another 35 years!”

30 Years of Service
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Terrilyn Jones

AVP, Central Business Office

Patient Accounts

“Terrilyn exemplifies the values of AU and imparts those values to her staff and colleagues. Her dedication to her team and AU is a true inspiration! Terrilyn whole heartedly dedicates herself to her team and her work. I’m proud to have her as part of the AU team.”

20 Years of Service
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Deepak Kapoor

Professor

MCG-Med-Cardiology

“Dr. Kapoor is widely known throughout the region and state for his expertise in interventional cardiology. He has established a number of innovative programs, including the brachytherapy program, one of just a handful of such programs in the southern US. He is beloved by his patients and highly respected by his colleagues. Dr. Kapoor’s rigorous training has established a pipeline of cardiologists who are in prominent positions all over the country.”

20 Years of Service
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Albert Killebrew

Painter

Facilities-Paint Shop

“I sincerely appreciate your hard work and service over the last 20 years to Augusta University. It is a pleasure working with you. Your continued dedication to the job is greatly respected. Thank you for your many wonderful years of service!”

30 Years of Service
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Kathy Kline

Residency Program Coord 1

MCG-Obstetrics & Gynecology

“Ms. Kathy Kline has been a hard working and loyal residency program coordinator for the department of OB-GYN for many years. She is dedicated to her work and has served her department and institution well. We have been so blessed to have such a committed team member working to improve resident life at AU.”

30 Years of Service
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Donna Kolb

Registered Nurse

4 E Epilepsy Unit

“Donna is an integral part of our epilepsy team. She is knowledgeable, dependable and responsible. Her consistent positive attitude has made a huge difference in our department. Thank you for bringing a smile to everyone on the team; it always boosts our spirits when we need it most. Employees like you make AU what it is today. Thank you for bringing your best to work every single day.”

30 Years of Service
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Veronica Lack

Registered Nurse

4 E Epilepsy Unit

“It truly is an honor to have Veronica as part of our epilepsy team. She brings knowledge, experience and humor to care for her patients. She has a tremendous way of making people feel comfortable and putting their fears aside. She is personable and will go out of her way to make patients and families feel valued and respected. She is innovative and very much a team player. Thank you for your passion and dedication to nursing.”

25 Years of Service
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Natalie Lane

Professor

MCG-Emergency Medicine

“Dr. Lane has led our Pediatric Emergency Department as Service Chief, Medical Director and Fellowship Director. She has led multiple initiatives across the state with Emergency Medical Services and rural hospitals to the care of children across the state and region!”

25 Years of Service
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Lisa Leggio

Professor

MCG-Pediatric-Gen/Adolescent

“Dr. Leggio is an integral part of the Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. She not only works alongside us in clinic, she also helps us with faculty development and other initiatives. Lisa is a personal friend to many of us and always has a positive and encouraging word to say no matter what the situation. Her authenticity and genuineness are what draws all of us like moths to a flame. I don’t know what we’d do without her!”

20 Years of Service
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Ellen LeMosy

Associate Professor

MCG-Cellular Biology & Anatomy

“Associate Professor Dr. LeMosy holds MD and PhD degrees from Duke University and is a well-trained developmental biologist. She shares her passion for development and associated diseases with medical students, graduate students and undergraduate students. For many years she has mentored students through the AU CURS program. Her laboratory offers a nurturing, stimulating environment for young scientists as they develop their research interests and research passion. Her contributions, especially to the educational mission of the institution, are very much appreciated!”

25 Years of Service
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Wells Lewis

Facilities Maintenance Specialist 3

Facilities-Electrical Shop

25 Years of Service
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Marlo Lilly

Charge Capture Analyst-Compl

Revenue Integrity

“Congratulations on 25 years of Service within the AU Health System. Marlo is a Charge Capture Analyst in the Revenue Integrity Department. With Marlo’s 25 years of experience as a Certified Professional Coder she brings a wealth of knowledge and is an asset to our department.”

25 Years of Service
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Changdan Liu

Research Associate

MCG-Med-Sickle Cell Program

20 Years of Service
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Roshunda Lovett

Registration Specialist

Patient Accounts

25 Years of Service
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Susan Loy

DJJ Dir Contract & Fiscal Ser

Department of Juvenile Justice

“Sandi has been a part of Augusta University’s Department of Correctional Healthcare family since our inception in 1997 and has served the State of Georgia and Augusta University loyally for twenty-five (25) years. Daily, she demonstrates stewardship, prevention, integrity, responsibility, inspiration, and trust. She builds upon this culture of integrity with her financial staff by providing leadership which inspires and promotes a positive work environment. Her dedication and commitment to succeed have allowed both Correctional Healthcare – Adult Health and Juvenile Justice Health Services great growth and achievements. It is with great pleasure that I and our entire department congratulate Mrs. Loy for 25 years of valuable services to Augusta University.”

25 Years of Service
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Patricia MacDonald

Administrative Assistant 2

Georgia Cancer Center

“Ms. Patricia MacDonald, Administrative Assistant II, is celebrating 25 years at our institution! Patricia is the utmost professional in her work and is always ready to take on the next challenge of our ever-growing team at the Georgia Cancer Center. She is organized in handling a diverse group of responsibilities and does them all well. With our 16 studies and programs, Patricia works diligently to meet needed deadlines and does all with a gracious smile. She extends a warm welcome to all whom our office interacts with daily. We are delighted to have Patricia and she is an integral part of the team. We extend our sincere CONGRATULATIONS to her and THANK her for her commitment to Augusta University!”

20 Years of Service
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Vickie Mack

Radiation Therapist

Grt Center Administr

25 Years of Service
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Samuel Macomson

Associate Professor

MCG-Neurosurgery

20 Years of Service
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Heather Manahan

Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory Care

“Heather Manahan is a dedicated Pediatric Respiratory Therapist who cares for our sickest newborns and children in the CHoG. Her focus is the best care for her patients while still staying connected to the team to assist in any way she can. During the past many months she willingly volunteered to assist the Adult team in caring for COVID patients. We so appreciate Heather and all she does every day to provide excellent care.”

25 Years of Service
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Pamela Martin

Professor

MCG-Biochemistry & Molec Bio

“Dr. Martin is an outstanding member of our faculty. Starting as a graduate student to now a Professor, she has contributed exceptionally to the education, research, and service missions of MCG-AU and is a role model for students. We are grateful for her twenty-five-years of service to MCG-AU and hopefully for many years to come.”

30 Years of Service
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Anita Maruca

DCG Clinics Support Specialist

Dental College of Georgia

“It is a joy and pleasure to have Anita Maruca as part of the Business Office Team. Her dedication to the DCG Pediatric Clinic and the patients she serves makes her a wonderful role model exemplifying the core values so desired in the Augusta University Community.”

20 Years of Service
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Jim Mayfield

Associate Professor

MCG-Anesthesiology & Perio Med

30 Years of Service
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Steven Maynard

Lead Grounds Keeper

Grounds Maintenance

“The Landscaping and Grounds department has received a gift to have Steven Maynard as a team member for 30 years. His loyal and dedicated service is a true example of a valued member to the University. We honor Steven for accomplishing his 30 years of service.”

20 Years of Service
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Kasey McGill

Registered Nurse

Emergency Medicine

“Kasey McGill is a hardworking, ineradicable nurse. She is always has a positive attitude no matter what chaos may be going on. She is friendly and approachable. We are so glad to have her.”

30 Years of Service
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Cynthia McGuire

Senior Accounts Receiv Spec

Corporate Accounting

20 Years of Service
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Richard McIndoe

Professor

MCG-Cntr for Biotech/Genom Med

“Dr. Richard McIndoe is the new director of the Center for Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine. Since his arrival here at MCG, he is the highest NIH funded investigator at MCG.”

25 Years of Service
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Penny Mehaffey

Lead Polysomnographic Tech

Sleep Lab

“Penny Mehaffey is the Lead Polysomnographic Technologist the Sleep Disorder Center and is responsible for the day to day operation of our lab. She is a consummate professional while being able to connect with our patients on a personal level whenever she has an opportunity. She upholds a high standard that allowed us to achieve Accreditation with the AASM, the only lab in a 50 mile radius that has earned that honor. Thank you so much Penny for all your hard work to provide excellent care.”

20 Years of Service
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Steffen Meiler

Department Chair

MCG-Anesthesiology & Perio Med

“Dr. Steffen Meiler is the chair of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. He has worked to improve the workflow of perioperative medicine and quality care. He has done an outstanding job with recruitment where faculty recruitment is difficult.”

30 Years of Service
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Susan Middleton

Registered Nurse

Surgery Internal Care Unit

“Susan Middleton has been a nurse in SICU for 12 of the last 30 years. Susan is very passionate about patient care and safety and frequently offers suggestions for improvement. She is an asset to our team and we are very thankful for her years of service.”

30 Years of Service
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Madelina Middleton

Provider Documentation Analyst

Health Info. Mangement Services

“Madelina has a beautiful spirit. She is always willing to help others and go that extra mile. She is self-motivated, dependable and provides excellent customer service to all. Madelina, I want to thank you for being a part of our team and your success for so many years. It’s an honor. You have achieved something special, and it is a credit to you and for our team. Thank you for a job well done and your services for 30 years.”

20 Years of Service
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Norma Miller

Sterile Supplies Specialist

Dental College of Georgia

“Norma is a mother of 4 daughters and the proud grandmother of 5 grandchildren. Norma started her career with the DCG in the Records Department in July of 2002 and then moved into sterilization where she learned the processes of sterilization and infection control. Norma has become an asset to the sterilization department, and no matter where she is needed in the department, I can depend on Norma to cover that area. Norma loves to travel and spend time with her family.”

20 Years of Service
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James Mintz

Research Manager

MCG-Vascular Biology Center

“James has been a stalwart citizen of the VBC for over 20 years, where he has been a technician rising to lab manager in the research program of Dr. David Stepp. In addition to conducting experiments and maintaining lab supplies, James provides collaborative services to many labs through metabolic phenotyping services and does extra duty as on-call POC for equipment services around the Center. An MBA graduate of Augusta University, James is an avid painter, gym enthusiast and LGBT Activist, serving as 5th President of Augusta Pride, Augusta's second largest festival entertaining over 10,000 celebrants and overseeing a $100K budget.”

20 Years of Service
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Donna Moore

Licensed Practical Nurse

Georgia War Nursing Home

30 Years of Service
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Bobbie Moore

Supply and Distribution Spec

CD Invent Management

“Bobbie Moore has dedicated her time and energy for 35 years to AU Health System supporting our mission. She exemplifies hard work, loyalty and diligence which are the cornerstones of great employees. She consistently strives to provide excellent service to our departments and ensures our clinicians have the equipment and supplies needed to provide exceptional patient care”

35 Years of Service
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Dawn Moyer

Registered Nurse

Neurology Intensive Care Unit

30 Years of Service
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Brenda Murray

HIMS Clerk

Health Info. Mangement Services

“Gayle is a wonderful, loyal employee! She has seen many changes with our HIMS department over the past 30 years. She is a team player, works hard and adapts to change as it happens. We congratulate her on 30 years of service to AU Health and Health Informaton Mangement Services!”

25 Years of Service
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Sammy Navarre

Hazardous Materials Officer

Chemical Safety Office

“Sammy’s knowledge of the Chemical Safety program is unmatched. I can always count on Sammy to know the answer to any question I may ask.”

20 Years of Service
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Mary-Louise Nechtman

CT Technologist

Radiology

25 Years of Service
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Harold Neuman

Administrative Assistant 2

MCG-Emergency Medicine

“Harold (Howie) Neuman has always been dependable and responsible, and his dedication in support of our faculty and staff has been invaluable. Howie’s long-time commitment to the university is truly an asset, and we sincerely appreciate the hard work he has demonstrated during his time with us, and we take pride in his accomplishments and commitment to excellence. Reaching this milestone is a very special occasion for Howie and our department since it is a testimony of his loyalty over the years. He is a valued member of our team! Congratulations Howie and Happy 25th Anniversary!”

30 Years of Service
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Lauren Neville

Dir, AUMA HR Services

Human Resources

“Lauren Neville started employment with Physicians Practice Group on 8/4/92 as an Administrative Assistant. She moved into the role of Office Manager and then Personnel Manager taking on HR responsibilities in 1996. Her title was changed to Director of Administrative Services in 2013 and then Director, AUMA HR Services after transition to AU Health System in 2019. Lauren provides HR services to the AUMA employed physicians and administers AUMA supplemental benefits to the AU faculty, residents and retirees. She also provides administrative support to the AUMA Board of Directors and AUMA committees. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys time with her 4 grandchildren and spending as much time as possible at the beach. She and her husband have a cattle farm and Lauren tends to a herd of 16 goats, a donkey and a rooster! ”

35 Years of Service
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Cheryl Newman

Professor

MCG-Med-Infectious Diseases

“Dr. Newman graduated valedictorian from MCG in 1982, completed Medicine and Infectious Diseases training at John Hopkins in 1987 and returned to MCG in 1987. She was an early HIV provider and led clinical trials of more than half of the 30+ current antiretrovirals. Her research and clinical interests focus on antiviral therapy, public health, and HIV in women. She has won many awards including “Physician’s physician.””

25 Years of Service
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Lydia Newman

Assistant Vice President, International Initiate

International Initiatives

“While Ms. Newman has formal training as an attorney, she also has volumes of expertise in international customs, immigration, and international study. Anchoring all work that supports our important international community (i.e., students, faculty, staff, and families), she has dedicated her work to offering a steady and assuring hand to all those who are seeking guidance in a new and sometimes frightening world.”

35 Years of Service
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Susan Nicosia

Community Based Placement Specialist

College of Nursing

35 Years of Service
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Terry Norris

Lead Maintenance Tech-Mechanic

Facility Ops Mechani

“I can’t say enough about Mr. Norris and his contributions to AU Medical Inc. He has been very instrumental in maintaining all plumbing systems throughout the medical center. I’ve had the privilege of working beside him and have managed him for the last eleven years. If you’ve ever met him, you’ll not soon forget him for sure.”

35 Years of Service
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Deborah Norton

Registered Nurse

Pediatric Specialty Care

20 Years of Service
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Patricia O'Neill

Registered Nurse

Neurology Intensive Care Unit

“Tricia is an excellent Neonatal Nurse! She does and amazing job precepting practicum students. She is an ECMO Specialist and recently trained to become a member of our wonderful Transport team as well. Tricia has a special passion and dedication to Neonatal Nursing. I appreciate her insight!”

20 Years of Service
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Safia Ogbi

Research Manager

MCG-Physiology

“Safia Ogbi has been a valued employee at AU for 20+ years. Throughout her time here she has worked for a number of investigators, started up laboratories, trained postdocs, graduate students and technicians and proven herself a valuable asset to the laboratories that have been fortunate enough to have her among their employees.”

20 Years of Service
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Mourad Ogbi

Senior Research Associate

MCG-Vascular Biology Center

“Mourad has been an integral part of our lab since its inception at MCG/AU. He has tremendous skills and is highly committed to his work and the success of the lab, striving for excellence in all that he does. He also regularly participates in training young scientists and physicians.”

20 Years of Service
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Luis Ortiz

Assistant Professor

MCG-Pediatric-Nephrology

“Dr. Ortiz exemplifies the word “dedication.” He exhibits unlimited passion for patient care and providing outreach services throughout the state of Georgia. Our residents also have recognized him as Teacher of the Year on numerous occasions during his 20 years of service to the Department of Pediatrics. We are truly proud to call him one of ours. Congratulations, Dr. Ortiz!”

35 Years of Service
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Cecelia Owens

Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy

“Cecelia, or Miss C as most call her, has worked for our department for a long time and has had the same high level of work ethic the whole time. She continues to be an example of what it means to work efficiently and effectively to take care some of our most vulnerable patients, usually working out of the satellite pharmacy servicing the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.”

40 Years of Service
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Patricia Parker

Registered Nurse

Ecmo/Neonatal Transp

“Patty is a Stellar Neonatal ECMO and Transport Nurse! She is so dedicated to the success of our patients, families and NICU Team! She has been a CN IV since the early days of the program. She is involved with National Organizations and Current President of our Georgia and Carolina Association of Neonatal Nurses. Her active passion for Nursing makes her an amazing role model for our new nurses!”

30 Years of Service
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Leila Patterson

Lead Electrocardiograph Tech

Ekg Lab

“Leila is always helpful. She has a caring heart and loves interacting with patients. She is dedicated to her job and her co-workers. She is a joy to work with. When not at work, she enjoys gardening and spending time with her pets.”

25 Years of Service
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Jean Pawl

Department Chair

College of Nursing-Biobehavioral Nursing

25 Years of Service
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Valarie Payne

Senior Applications Analyst

IT Clinical Application

“Over the past 25 years Valarie Payne has a been a true asset to Augusta University with her vibrant, caring, genuine personality that she brings to her work every day. Valarie started as a Lab technician and has advanced her career to be the Senior Application Analyst supporting the Laboratory for the Information Technology Department.”

20 Years of Service
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Dorothy Pilcher

Patient Care Assistant

Orthopedic Clinic

“Dorothy is a great asset to the Orthopedic practice. She always has a smile on her face and ready to help when needed. Her coworkers enjoy working with her because of her caring and empathetic spirit. She is dedicated to her work and patients.”

20 Years of Service
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Amie Powell

Registered Nurse

Medicine Internal Care Unit

“Amie Powell is appreciated for her ability to connect with the patient and family and her attention to detail. This is really noted when she is in morning rounds with the team, participating in the plan of care and providing expert feedback and advocating for the patient and family.”

30 Years of Service
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Puttur Prasad

Professor

MCG-Biochemistry & Molec Bio

“Dr. Prasad is an outstanding member of our faculty. A phenomenal and beloved educator, who is beloved by medical students. He is an insightful collaborative researcher and serves on many institutional committees. We are grateful for Dr. Prasad’s thirty-years of service to MCG-AU and hopefully for many years to come.”

20 Years of Service
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Lester Pretlow

Dean

College of Allied Health Sciences

“We are truly blessed to have had Dean Pretlow here at AU for 20 years. He has impacted countless students, faculty and staff during this time. And, he does so with a spirit of humility, a passion for allied health professions, with the ability to make personal connections, letting others know he cares about them.”

25 Years of Service
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Gregory Prewitt

Environmental Svcs Tech

Hosp Environment Services

25 Years of Service
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Wanda Pryor

Registration Specialist

Desk Operations

20 Years of Service
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Sharad Purohit

Assistant Professor

College of Allied Health Sciences

“Sharad Purohit is celebrating 20 years at the institution. He is the most important researcher in the Department of Undergraduate Health Professions. His contributions to research have resulted in numerous publications and recognition at the international level.”

25 Years of Service
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Nora Rader

Manager, Facilities Services

Facilities Administration

35 Years of Service
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Patty Ray

Research Associate

MCG-Clinical & Trans Sci

“Patty Ray is a wonderful team member I have had the pleasure to work with in a supervisory role the last couple of years – her contributions to the success of the Clinical Trials Office during her employment here cannot be overstated and she certainly makes my job easier! Patty is a wealth of knowledge and a pleasure to work with!”

25 Years of Service
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Catherine Ray

Senior Physical Therapist

Physical Therapy

“Catherine “Celeste” Ray is a highly skilled, knowledgeable, and compassionate therapist. She is very committed to the profession of Physical Therapy and, for the last 25 years, committed to this organization. Celeste has been instrumental in the Rehabilitation Services participation in many projects, from the development of PowerChart forms to being the lead for rehab on the LVAD team. Celeste believes strongly in furthering not only her own knowledge, but that of others as well. She is the Clinical Coordinator for Physical Therapy, handles all of our University Clinical Intern contracts for all disciplines, and shares her own clinical knowledge readily with staff and students. Celeste is an active member of the Emergency Management Team for AU Health System. She always gives 100% to her patients. Her clinical expertise has always been a valuable asset to her profession, our team, and this organization.”

30 Years of Service
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Carlesa Rinker

Registered Nurse

Neurology Intensive Care Unit

“Carlesa is an expert Neonatal Nurse! She is a strong patient and coworker advocate. She handles the most challenging patients with care and compassion. I appreciate her dedication to our unit and to PM shift. She is a wonderful preceptor and mentor to our new RNs!”

20 Years of Service
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Ruthie Rogers

Patient Care Assistant

Surgery Clinic

“Ruthie retired in April of this year and she has been sorely missed. She always had a kind word, cheerful greeting, and willing spirit when it came to her work in the Surgery Clinic. Patients recognized her and she would call them by name always asking how they were doing and wishing their families well. Ruthie was recognized by many patients in compliments and was truly an asset to our clinic.”

35 Years of Service
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Frederick Rueggeberg

Professor

Dental College of Georgia

20 Years of Service
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Tim Sadenwasser

Director of Honors Program

Honors Program

“An Associate Professor of English, Dr. Sadenwasser has spent the last decade providing leadership to the AU Honors Program. With an army of two, sometimes three, he has lifted the Honors Program to prominence through innovative curriculum design, through informed advising, and through a steady commitment to the undergraduate experience.”

25 Years of Service
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William Salazar

Professor

MCG-Med-General Internal Med

“Dr. Salazar is the president of The Association Latina de Servicios del CSRA (ALAS) founder and co-director of seven free clinics in Augusta: Adult (Clinica Latina), Pediatrics, Women’s Health, Mental Health, Ophthalmology, Dermatology and Equality Clinic. These clinics will move to the future Centro Medico William Salazar that is undergoing remodeling. He has held many administrative and clinical leadership positions in this institution. He has been the recipient of local, state and national awards for his work with underprivileged communities and for his educational endeavors. He recently received the ACP national award for Humanism, diversity and access of care to underprivileged communities.”

30 Years of Service
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Patricia Schoenlein

Associate Professor

MCG-Cellular Biology & Anatomy

“Dr. Patricia Schoenlein, Professor Cellular Biology and Anatomy, contributes significantly to the educational mission of MCG. She leads the histology component of the recently-revised medical curriculum and is dedicated to effective, concise delivery of material to future physicians. Her strong background in research ensures clinical relevance of her contributions. Dr. Schoenlein has been recognized as an exemplary teacher and as Educator of the Year by medical students. We are very proud of her!”

25 Years of Service
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Bobbie Sconyers

Registered Nurse

Pediatric Vascular Access

“Bobbie “Kay” Sconyers has served in several roles in the pediatric realm of the organization. She is currently a staff member of the Pediatric Vascular Access team. She is a hard worker, kind, and willing to do what she can to ensure the needs of the patient is met.”

25 Years of Service
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Dayna Seymore

Grant Program Manager

MCG-Family Medicine

“Mrs. Seymore’s contribution to the DFM is irreplaceable. She works tirelessly to make sure the student and residency programs run smoothly. She is the go-to person if something needs to be done, regardless of the task. For Mrs. Seymore, success is defined by the success of those she works with. The department is better because of her.”

25 Years of Service
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Julia Sharpton

Lead Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy

“Julia sets the example on night shift of what it means to do the right thing at all times for the patient. She is trained in all areas as a lead technician and holds everyone to a high standard for their work at all times. Julia continues to make our team better.”

20 Years of Service
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Berkley Shields

Charge Nurse

3 West Neurology

“Berkley Shields was one of the first nurses that worked on the Neuro ICU when it opened in December 2003. He is the AM shift charge nurse and is instrumental in helping to mange the Neuro ICU patient flow and care. Berkley has a calming demeanor that helps to keep everyone calm during times of increase acuity and stress in the Neuro ICU. He has a vast knowledge base of the critically ill neurological patient and excellent critical care skills. He has oriented and trained a lot of the staff that have worked on the Neuro ICU over the last 20 years. Thank you Berkley for your dedication and service to the Neuro ICU”

20 Years of Service
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Steffany Simpkins

Financial Analyst-Oper Finance

Operational Finance

“Steffany Simpkins is a cherished member of the strategic planning department. She demonstrates high moral character with an exemplary work ethic. She routinely keeps our department on track and on task through her attention to detail and organizational skills all while maintaining a warm and welcoming disposition.”

20 Years of Service
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Ana Situ-Jiang

Accounts Payable Specialist

Corporate Accounting

“Ana Situ has been an asset to the Accounts Payable department. Her fine attention to detail at work over the years sets an exemplary standard for all of us to follow. We are very appreciative to Ana for her hard work in the Accounting Department for the last 20 years.”

30 Years of Service
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Debra Smith

Student Services Specialist 2

Registrar's Office

“Debra was the embodiment of dedication and reliability. She is a rare jewel that we miss daily but we know she is enjoying her retirement to the fullest.”

25 Years of Service
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Sharon Smith

Environmental Svcs Tech

Hosp Environment Services

20 Years of Service
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Heather Snipes

Faculty Support Liaison

MCG-Office of Operations

“Heather is a valuable member of our MCG team; we are sincerely thankful for her hard work and efforts over the years. Heather is truly appreciated, and her many years of service are a testimony of dedication to our organization. Congratulations Heather on your milestone achievement!”

25 Years of Service
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Leslie Spence

Supv, Centralized Scheduling

Centralized Schedule

“Leslie has been pillar in PAS for over 25 years! Her knowledge and expertise is invaluable to the organization. PAS would not be what it is without her leadership! Congrats on 25 years of service, Leslie!”

20 Years of Service
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Clay Stallworth

Physician

West Wheeler Pediatric Practice

20 Years of Service
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Ruth Sterett

Registered Nurse

Neurology Intensive Care Unit

“Ruth is an excellent Neonatal Nurse, providing care to our tiniest patients. She is patient and compassionate with our families. Her quiet humor is refreshing and helps make long shifts more enjoyable.”

40 Years of Service
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Teresa Stovall

Practice Site Manager

Ambulatory Management

“It’s my great pleasure to recognize Teresa for her loyalty and dedication to AU/AU Health. She has been the rock that has held the Dermatology Clinic together for many years. She is and always has been the “Got–to-Person” for anything Dermatology related. Thank you for your service!!!!”

30 Years of Service
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Eddie Sturgis

Pre-Access Services Rep

Financial Quality

30 Years of Service
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Carla Symonds

Office Coordinator

MCG-Family Medicine

“Mrs. Symonds is the tireless force that smooths out the daily chaos the DFM encounters. She combines a wealth of knowledge, an impeccable professional demeanor, and a willingness to tackle any challenge. Her competent attention to detail has helped build the department’s national reputation as a pillar within the specialty.”

35 Years of Service
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Margaret Tanksley

Senior Purchasing Agent

Purchasing Division

“Margaret Tanksley has dedicated the past 35 years to AU Health System supporting our mission and values. She exemplifies hard work, loyalty and diligence which are the cornerstones of great employees. She consistently strives to provide excellent service to our departments and ensures our clinicians have the equipment and supplies needed to provide exceptional patient care.”

20 Years of Service
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Susan Taylor

Licensed Practical Nurse

Pediatric Specialty Care

20 Years of Service
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Shannon Terral

Medical Library Associate

LIBR-Libraries

“Shannon Terral has worked at the Greenblatt Library and is a self-proclaimed “Jill-of-all-trades.” In addition to her normal library duties, she sends repair requests to facilities, keeps up with birthdays in the department, opens the library every Sunday, and adapts to any library change with a smile on her face.”

20 Years of Service
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David Terris

Professor

MCG-Otolaryngology

“Dr. David Terris joined the Medical College of Georgia in 2002 as Professor and Chair, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, a position he served until 2014. After that, he continues to serve the institution as Regents’ Professor and Surgical Director of Thyroid-Parathyroid Center. Dr. Terris is recognized as one of the best thyroid/parathyroid surgeons in the world and is referred patients from across the United States. He has received numerous awards and is on the list of Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors.”

20 Years of Service
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Martha Terris

Section Chief

MCG-Surgery-Urology

“Dr. Martha Terris is a remarkable academic surgeon who has built the MCG Division of Urology into a tremendous triple threat. She has recruited a diverse group of surgeons that provide the spectrum of urological care in one of the busiest surgical services in the institution, maintain federally funded research programs, and educate the next generation of surgeons. One of the greatest testaments to her leadership is the number of MCG students that are inspired to apply to and match in prestigious Urology residencies across the country.”

25 Years of Service
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Amy Terry

Registered Nurse

Endoscopy

20 Years of Service
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Timothy Thompkins

Environmental Services Technician

Environmental Services

“Mr. Thompkins is a good employee. He is always in a cheerful mood and a pleasant employee to work with.”

35 Years of Service
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Teresa Thompson

Registered Nurse

Endoscopy

20 Years of Service
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Ashley Timmerman

Registered Nurse

Fury's Ferry Practice

20 Years of Service
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Christopher Townsend

Director Maintenance/Safety

Georgia War Nursing Home

“Chris provides outstanding customer service to our residents and families. His 20+ years of service are a testimony to his dedication to Georgia War and our veteran residents. He is a valued employee and his contributions to directing the maintenance and safety aspects of the facility are greatly appreciated.”

20 Years of Service
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Jason Turbovsky

Registered Nurse

Psychiatry

“Jason Turbovsky is a hard working behavioral health nurse. He is reliable and very good with his patients. We are very glad to have him.”

20 Years of Service
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Alise Vega

Clerkship Program Coord 2

MCG-Acad Affairs-Student Aff

“In 2002, Ms. Alise Vega joined AU as an intern from Augusta Tech. She served 10 years in the College of Allied before joining the Office of Learner Affairs at MCG. Ms. Vega oversees the critical transition of medical students into the Pre-Clerkship Phase of their curriculum. She organizes two critical events: M1 Orientation and the White Coat Ceremony. Her dedication and steadfast loyalty to assuring their early success in medical school is tremendously appreciated by the students and all that work with her.”

25 Years of Service
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Wilisha Walden

ERP Business Analyst

Information Technology

“During her many years at Augusta University, Wilisha has served in various key technical roles as a developer, systems analyst, & business analyst. Her involvement with major institutional projects has played a large part in their overall success. Wilisha possesses a wealth of knowledge and expertise of the OneUSG Connect Human Capital Management system and its many integrated applications. Wilisha is well respected by her customers and always provides excellent support for them with her friendly smile.”

30 Years of Service
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Patricia Walker

Administrative Assistant

Patient Accounts

“In the years of service, Patricia has given the organization much more than efforts and hard work at the job. Patricia has given her team workers the lesson of loyalty and staying motivated in the long run.”

25 Years of Service
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Jennifer Waller

Professor

MCG-PHS-Biostat & Data Science

“Thank you, Dr. Waller, for your 25 years of superb services to the institution! You have demonstrated excellence in your work throughout your career at AU. As your colleague, I highly value your contributions to the teaching mission of the department and your collaborative research that leads to advances of biomedical research!”

20 Years of Service
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Mong-Heng Wang

Associate Professor

MCG-Physiology

20 Years of Service
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Corrina Warner

Vice President for Finance

Finance

“I appreciate your enthusiasm every day! You handle tough situations with a smile and can-do attitude. You show that you care, not just about the work but about the people who are doing work. Thank you for your positive outlook and great attitude, it’s very much appreciated.”

20 Years of Service
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Debbie Washington

Registered Nurse

7P Perinatal Oper

“Debbie serves our unit with a humble & prayerful heart. She is diligent about her patient care & strives to provide quality care. We are so proud of her returning to school to complete her BSN. Thank you Debbie for 20 years of service to the Perinatal Unit!”

20 Years of Service
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QingQing Wei

Assistant Professor

MCG-Cellular Biology & Anatomy

20 Years of Service
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Leigh Wells

Sickle Cell Clin Res Manager

MCG-Med-Sickle Cell Program

“Leigh started at the Sickle Cell Center as a research coordinator in 2002. Her career path has since then shown a continuous upward trajectory. The clinical research team under her leadership won national acclaim for excellence in many studies. She currently serves as the Administrator of the Center for Blood Disorders, and does a superb job in that capacity.”

30 Years of Service
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Kyle West

Pediatric Cardiac Sonographer

Ped Cardiology Clinics

20 Years of Service
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Christina Wiggins

Adminstr, Transplant Svcs

Kidney Transplant Practice

“Christina is a critical part of the Transplant Program. As the program Administrator, she leads her team by example. Christina is a huge patient advocate. She continuously strives to improve quality and safety in her department, and always puts our patients first. I am proud to have her as part of my team!”

20 Years of Service
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Jeff Wilkins

Professor

MCG-Family Medicine

“Dr. Wilkins exemplifies what an academic family physician can be. He receives awards for teaching, conducts and publishes meaningful clinical research, accepts key leadership positions, and is beloved by his patients. The DFM repeatedly benefits from Dr. Wilkins’ willingness to meet whatever challenges are handed to him.”

20 Years of Service
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Hadyn Williams

Professor

MCG-Radiology Nuclear Medicine

“Dr. Williams’ many years of stellar service in Radiology have substantively facilitated quality research and clinical care across multiple departments and schools at AU. His scientific efforts and prolific writing have yielded much fruit, including numerous clinical trials and the development of multiple national practice guidelines. With his encyclopedic knowledge, he is everyone’s go-to expert on all things related to radiation and compliance. In short, he is the quintessential collaborator and has been a huge contributor to the success of multiple teams.”

30 Years of Service
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Annette Williams

Charge Nurse

Neurology Intensive Care Unit

“Annette is an amazing NICU Charge Nurse. For years she kept the PM shift in NICU running smoothly and is now doing the same on AMs! Annette can handle any situation with grace. She is so compassionate with families. I value her insight and dedication!”

25 Years of Service
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Ashlee Williams

Registered Nurse

Shock Trauma

“Ashlee Williams has been a nurse in trauma for 25 years. She frequently serves as a relief charge nurse and preceptor for students and new employees. Her experience, knowledge and dedication to her trauma patients are very much admired and appreciated.”

20 Years of Service
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Shannon Williford

Residency Program Coord 1

MCG-Orthopedics

“Shannon Williford is wonderful. She is excellent at her job - organized, gets the job done, experienced, and successfully balances the needs of medical students, residents, and faculty. Despite her tremendous amount of work, she makes it look so easy. We are so thankful for Shannon every day. She is one of the main reasons we have such a great residency program and department.”

40 Years of Service
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Karen Wilson

Registered Nurse

4C Pediatric Medicine

“Karen, congratulations on 40 years! This is an amazing accomplishment! Karen is our knowledge guru, everything from policy to who, what when and why. She remembers everything and everybody. Your consistent dedication to Unit and Division Shared Governance as well as 'many' other committees has been remarkable. Thank you for dedicating yourself to making our clinical care environment better.”

35 Years of Service
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Scott Wise

Associate Professor

College of Allied Health Sciences

“Scott Wise celebrates 35 years at the institution. He is the program director of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences program and an excellent teacher and collaborator. Thank you for your dedication to the program and to our students!”

35 Years of Service
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Angela Wise

Registered Nurse

4C Pediatric Medicine

“Angela congratulations 35 years! You are passionate about the care you provide and find ways to spend quality time with families. You are supportive of what is best for all. Thank you for demonstrating gentle caring way towards the patients, families, and your coworkers.”

35 Years of Service
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Linda Wise

Charge Nurse

Ecmo/Neonatal Transp

“Linda is THE clinical expert on Neonatal ECMO and Transport. She has successfully led that amazing team for almost 30 years. Linda is dedicated to our Health system as well as the Nursing Profession. She is well published and a National resource for ECMO. She is a Champion for Nursing Shared Governance and Professional Development. I value her expertise and thoughtful approach to issues.”

20 Years of Service
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Leza Witherington

Student Records Coordinator 2

Registrar's Office

“Student centered and hardworking, Leza makes an impact at Augusta University everyday by encouraging and guiding students to successful completion of their AU Degree. We are lucky to have her!”

20 Years of Service
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Brenda Word

Office Coordinator

MCG-Ophthalmology

“Brenda Word is an outstanding and dedicated individual. Her devotion to Augusta University and the Department of Ophthalmology is a true testament of her character.”

25 Years of Service
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Paulette Wynn

HIMS Tech

Health Info. Mangement Services

“Paulette is an excellent employee! She is professional, friendly and a true team player working well with all areas of our teams. Paulette always goes above and beyond expectations to provide the best customer service and do what is needed to get the job done!”

20 Years of Service
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Miranda Young

Senior Charge Capture Analyst

Revenue Integrity

“Congratulations on 20 years of Service within the AU Health System. Miranda is our Lead Charge Capture Analyst in the Revenue Integrity Department. Over her 20 years of service Miranda has worked in several AU Departments, and she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our Department. She is a true asset to our department and we appreciate all that she does.”

20 Years of Service
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Haidong Zhu

Professor

MCG GA Prevention Institute

“Dr. Zhu is an internationally renowned human molecular geneticist focusing on the identification of genetics, epigenetics and modifiable risk factors (e.g. nutrition) underlying biological aging such as cellular aging and epigenetic aging, and aging–related disease prevention. She is a pioneer and advocate for health disparity in the field of hypertension and cardiovascular disease. During her 20-years-service to AU, Dr. Zhu has been well funded and extensively published, and she teaches and mentors numerous PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty. Her contribution to AU is greatly recognized and appreciated.”