District No. 6920 | Club No. 4189

April 29, 2019

Meeting Minutes

President Leland Malchow rang the bell and called the meeting to order. He asked that the Club take a moment of silence to remember and honor the life of long time member Carolyn Maund who passed away last week. Erik Montgomery gave the pledge and invocationDaniel Rhodes welcomed our guests and visiting Rotarians. Thanks to our inside challenger, Charles Stewart, and the outside challenger, Jimmy Richards of the Pollock Company, the club raised $317.21 for CART at our last meeting. This week the inside challenger is TR Reddy and our outside challenger is Robert Osborne with South State BankFaye Hargrove gave our Sunshine Report and challenged each of us to answer the question, “What do I stand for?”


  • Rotary Golf Tournament will be held Tuesday May 7, 2019 at the River Club in North Augusta.  Sign-up sheets are on the table.
  • This Saturday at 9:00 the Club will be helping the American Red Cross install new smoke alarms.  Flyers for the event are on the table and anyone wishing to participate can call the Red Cross at 706-724-8481 or check online at www.redcross.org/augusta.

New Members:

We welcomed new members Felita Brady, De Pierce, and Dr. Mac Bowman.


Sue Parr introduced our guest speaker, Mr. Jim Davis, President and CEO of University Hospital. Mr. Davis has been at UH since 2009 and became President in 2010. He has enjoyed a much longer tenure in this role than most in the industry where the length of service is around four years.

Mr. Davis has a mechanical engineering background, coupled with a Masters in Business Administration, which gives him a little different perspective than most hospital administrators. He shared a couple of slides from a presentation he gave our club in 2015 and admitted the same challenges then are just as relevant today.

All hospitals are struggling with decreasing reimbursements, patient access, cost of poor quality, cost challenges, and population health management. Mr. Davis lamented on the ever-shifting healthcare economics, which is taking money from hospitals and providers and funding insurance and pharmaceutical companies. 

Even with all of these challenges, UH is doing surprisingly well. In the last six years, they have increased beds from 581-837, they have provided nearly $50 million in charity/indigent care, and prompt care visits have expanded from 18,500 to 66,500. During this same period, they have acquired McDuffie County Hospital and Trinity Hospital, as well as, Kentwood, Westwood, and Amara nursing homes. There has also been a shift in the number of employed physicians, which increased, from 16 to 130. 

Mr. Davis spoke very positively about the relationship with AU Medical Center and various partnerships they are working on together including the surgery center in Evans and one with AU’s Cancer Center.

He concluded his presentation by taking questions from the audience.

Following the presentation, President Leland led us in reciting the four-way test and then adjourned the meeting. 

Next week’s program will be artist Jason Craig

Easy links to pages on our website
Rotary schedule of meeting dates and speakers  
Member Proposal Form 
Online directory - Find a member or update your information
Bulletins - Weekly bulletins from 2014-current

Save the Date:

Annual Rotary Club Golf Tournament
Tuesday, May 7th


CART buckets
Inside Challenger: T R Reddy
Outside Challenger: Judge Carl Brown



Jim Davis
Mark Maund
Andy Passmore
Jason Neely
Laurie Ott
Rebecca Sylvester
David Sulak

Guest Of
Guest Speaker
TR Reddy
Phil Wahl
Leland Malchow
Steve Smith
Reyne Gallup
Tom Denlinger

Richmond Academy Interact Club

Westminster Interact Club

Augusta Tech Rotaract Club

Visiting Rotarians



Meeting Makeup


Forester Adams
Robetta McKenzie
Clay Bednarz
Linda Mcknight
Chris Bird
Brad Means
Barclay Bishop
Sam Meller
Steve Boler
Ian Mercier
Conley Braun
Brett Montroy
Carl Brown
Steve Munn
David Bullington
Betts Murdison
Gretchan Caughman
Anne Catherine Murray
Patrick Cullinan
Sheri Osburn

Rob Dennis
Tim Owings
Ashlee Duren
Natalie Paine
Chris Etterlee
Jeff Partl
Jeff Flowers
Leigh Porterfield
Laverne Gaskins
Jim Price
Mark Gilliam
Jeff Simless
Aimee Hall
Deborah Sleeth
Chad Harpley
Steve Smith
Tripp Harrison
Jeff Spears
Randy Hatcher
Stan Stanton

James Heffner
Kevin Steffes
David Hogg
Kyle Titus
Millie Huff
Linda Tuccerione
Richard Isdell
Shanda Vaughn
Janice Jackson
Kevin Wade
Judy Kaye
Hawthorne Welcher
Brooks Keel
John Whitwell
Russell Keen
George Williams
Scott Kelly
Margaret Woodard
Jim Laura
Tony Lever