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 GAFP Welcomes Newly Inaugurated Members to the 2020 Board of Directors

GAFP Welcomes Newly Inaugurated Members to the 2020 Board of Directors

In November, the GAFP had the privilege of swearing in new leaders to our Board of Directors and appointing Committee leadership for 2020.  Please welcome our 2020 volunteer leaders.

2020 Board of Directors – Newly Inaugurated

President – Jeff Stone, MD ~ Canton

Board Chair – Donald Fordham, MD ~ Demorest

President-Elect Tom Fausett, MD ~ Adel

Secretary- Samuel “Le” Church, MD ~ Hiawassee

COD Vice Speaker – Monica Newton, DO ~ Gainesville

AAFP Alternate Delegate – Mitch Cook, DO ~ Athens

Director – District 5 – Cedrice Davis, MD ~ Marietta

Director – District 8 – William “Donny” Nash, MD ~ Nashville

Alternate Director – District 1 – Sherma Peter, MD ~ Sylvania

Alternate Director – District 2 – Zita Magloire, MD ~ Cairo

Alternate Director – District 4 – Carmen Echols, MD ~ Decatur

Alternate Director – District 5 – Shameka Hunt McElhaney, MD ~ Smyrna

Alternate Director – District 8 – Jonathan Wade, MD ~ Nashville

Alternate Director – District 9 – Nkiruka Udejiofor, MD ~ Woodstock

Alternate Director – District 11 – Wanda Gumbs, MD ~ Atlanta

2020 Committee Chairs/Vice Chairs

Education and Research Committee – Chair, Theresa Jacobs, MD and Vice Chair, Ken Howard, MD

Finance Committee – Chair, Sharon Rabinovitz, MD and Vice Chair, John Vu, MD

Legislative Committee – Chair, Bruce LeClair, MD and Vice Chair, Chip Cowart, MD

Membership Committee – Chair, Ellie Daniels, MD and Vice Chair, Folashade Omole, MD

Practice Management Committee – Chair, Michael Satchell, MD and Vice Chair, Collyn Steele, MD

Public Health Committee – Chair, Dan Singleton, MD and Vice Chair, Angeline Ti, MD

Student and Resident Recruitment Committee – Chair, Julie Dahl-Smith, DO and Vice Chair, Kevin Johnson, MD

Bylaws Committee – Chair Alice House, MD and Vice Chair Jody Bahnmiller, MD

GAFP PAC Board – Chair, Donald Fordham, MD and Vice Chair, Monica Newton, DO

 

The GAFP is proud to welcome our new Board members and Committee Chairs/Vice Chairs.  Thank you to our volunteer leaders who take the time to serve on work groups, committees, and the Board of Directors.  Our Academy is strong because of the volunteer efforts of our members.

GHFA Thanks Our 2019 Top Donors!

GHFA Thanks Our 2019 Top Donors!

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) would like to recognize our 2019 top donors including the following GAFP members and Industry Partners for supporting our five year “Your Giving is Great Medicine” Capital Campaign.  For more information, or to make your pledge, contact Shan Hayes at shayes@gafp.org or call (404) 321-7445.

As of December 10, 2019:

$1,000,000 

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians     

 

$50,000 – $100,000 

Floyd Medical Center

Floyd Healthcare Foundation

Jackson Healthcare

Northeast Georgia Health System

$25,000 – $49,999 

Dr. Chip and Elizabeth Cowart – Statesboro

Dr. Patrick “PJ” and Lindsey Lynn -Rome  

 

$10,000 – $24,999

Dr. John Bucholtz Columbus

Dr. Mike and Dianne Busman – Americus

Dr. Samuel “Le” Church Hiawassee

Dr. Evelyn Lewis & Clark – Newnan

Dr. Lanny and Mica Copeland Brentwood, TN

Dr. Donald and Dee Fordham Demorest

Fay Fulton – Atlanta

Dr. Gene and Ivy Jackson Hawkinsville

Dr. Susan Margletta Harmon and Jack Harmon Roswell

Dr. Dayle Hawthorne – Ft. Oglethorpe

Dr. Thaddeus Lynn Atlanta

Jim and Patti Lyons Jasper

Dr. Carl and Melanie McCurdy Jasper

Dr. Howard and Janet McMahan Ocilla

Dr. Rolf Meinhold and Caryn Bains – Alpharetta

Dr. T.J. Miller – Claxton

Dr. Adrienne Mims – Atlanta

Drs. Monica and Wylie Newton Gainesville

Dr. Mitzi and Jeremy Rubin Atlanta

Dr. Eddie Richardson and Dr. Jameelah Gater – Eatonton

Dr. Michael and Deborah Satchell Albany

Dr. George Shannon – Columbus

Dr. Daniel Singleton Buena Vista

Dr. Collyn and Nick Steele McDonough

Dr. Harry and Karen Strothers – Macon

Dr. John Vu- Griffin

Dr. Rick and Alice Wherry Dahlonega 

 

$5,000 – $9,999

Dr. Susana A. Alfonso Atlanta

Dr. Karla Booker – Lilburn

Dr. Mitch Cook Athens

Dr. Denise Crawley- Rome                                                                                                           

Dr. Elvan Daniels Atlanta

Dr. Daniel Grizzle – Athens

Gwinnett Medical Center

Dr. Thomas Fausett Adel

Dr. Jay and Adelene Goberdhan-Adel

Dr. Emily J. Herndon Decatur

Dr. Audrey and William Hodge – Union Spring, AL

Dr. Wayne Hoffman and Thomas Torrey – Atlanta

Dr. Beulette Hooks – Columbus

Dr. Theresa Jacobs – Conyers

Dr. Kevin and Connie Johnson – Lawrenceville

Dr. Bruce LeClair – Augusta

Dr. Sherma Peter – Sylvania

Dr. James and Harriet Ray – Swainsboro  

Dr. Leonard Reeves and Terri Brown – Rome                                                                                                       

Dr. Susan Schayes – Marietta

 Dr. Jeff and Holly Stone – Canton

 

$1000 – 4,999

Dr. Rami Arfoosh – Lawrenceville

Dr. Thomas Bevill – Cartersville

Dr. J. Larry Boss – Villa Rica

Dr. Michelle Cooke – Atlanta

Dr. David Fieseler – Thomaston

Shan Hayes – Duluth

Dr. Loretta Hicks – Atlanta

Dr. Christina Kelly – Richmond Hill

Dr. Ambar Kulshreshtha – Atlanta

Dr. Anthony Nazione – Rome

Dr. Sharon Rabinovitz – Atlanta

Dr. Thad and Susan Riley – Statesboro

Shawn Smith – Lawrenceville

Dr. Charles Sow – East Point

Dr. Beverly Townsend – Columbus

Dr. Walter Steven Wilson – Kathleen

 

$500- $999

Dr. Rodneysha Brown – Atlanta

 Dr. Frank Lake – Gainesville

Dr. Kristen Kettelhut – Columbus

Dr. Russell Kohl – Stilwell, KS

Dr. Shameka Hunt McElhaney – Atlanta

Dr. Shikha Shah – Columbus

Member Access to November Board Minutes and Leadership Decisions 

 In an effort to keep GAFP members more informed of Board decisions, members can now access the November Board minutes.

Even though major activities tend to be reported in our newsletter, members may keep track of leadership decisions and adherence to the GAFP mission and strategic plan by reviewing quarterly Board minutes via a simple request to staff.  If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the GAFP Board minutes, please contact Angela Flanigan, Chief Operating Officer at aflanigan@gafp.org.  Only GAFP members have the privilege to review the GAFP’s Board of Director’s minutes.

Thrive 2020 Dates Announced

Continuing in the success of the inaugural Thrive Practice Transformation Project workshops, GAFP is pleased to announce dates for the 2020 cohorts.  Thrive is designed to help practices survive and thrive in today’s changing healthcare environment by assisting independent practices by educating the care team on ways to find hidden or underutilized coding to help receive the highest possible reimbursement rates.  Thrive will also help the practice ensure their patients are taking advantage of all the benefits that their health plans allow.

There will be three cohorts of two-day workshops (held three months apart) on Coding and Documentation. Cohorts will take place in Albany, Statesboro, and in the Atlanta/Metro area.  Each session will be led by Bob Addleton and Adele Cohen, Leadership in Practice consultants, and longtime GAFP partner and coding expert, Steve Adams.  The workshops will include education on missed coding opportunities, proper documentation tips and techniques, and rapid-cycle improvement processes.  Please note, the Atlanta/Metro cohort is open to employed physicians as well as those in private practice. Applications will be accepted for up to 8 practices.

To register for a session in your area, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/thrive2020

Registration closes 30 days prior to first workshop!

2020 Cohorts

Albany: February 13 | May 14

Statesboro:  April 1 | July 9

*Atlanta Metro: July 16 | October 15

*open to employed physicians

Get Involved in Committees! GAFP seeking member participation in its committees

Committee Recruitment 2020

The GAFP is now soliciting new members to our 2020 Committees! We are looking for GAFP members to join various committees in support of the GAFP’s mission to promote the health of the citizens of Georgia by advancing the specialty of Family Medicine through education, advocacy and service to family physicians in the State of Georgia.

The GAFP has implemented several successful initiatives in past years, all because of the dedication and commitment of our volunteer committee members.

All Committee members are appointed by our president, Dr. Jeff Stone.  He will evaluate each person’s volunteer application and make every attempt to have you serve on the Committee of your choice.

Committee membership will be held to no more than 15 members. For most committees, this will include one slot for a resident and a medical student. The expectation is that each member selected for a committee will have the ability to 1) attend the three committee conclave meetings, 2) respond to emails, and 3) review committee materials and be ready to offer advice and guidance.

We ask that you only volunteer to serve on a Committee if you can attend either in person or by phone all three meetings in 2020.  Although several committees meet more than 3 times a year, here are the dates for the 2020 Committee Conclaves:

  • Saturday, February 29                    Atlanta, GA (Le Meridian Atlanta Perimeter)
  • Thursday, June 4                              Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort (Miramar, FL, in conjunction with the GAFP Summer CME Meeting)
  • Saturday, August 1                         Pine Mountain, GA (Callaway Resort & Gardens)

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Following is a list of the opportunities for service. You will find a more detailed list of Committee descriptions and Committee Recruitment Application by clicking here.

  • Bylaws Committee
  • Education and Research Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Legislative Committee
  • State Legislative Session Working Group (unlimited # of members and has a shorter time commitment):
  • Membership Services Committee
  • Practice Management Committee
  • Public Health Committee
  • Student and Resident Recruitment

We encourage your interest and participation as this is certainly an important and pivotal time for family medicine. We are only as strong as the commitment and involvement of our members.