Congressman discusses health care legislation at ECHI event

Members of the ECU health care community gathered for a health care forum entitled "Federal Issues Facing the Medical Community" hosted by Congressman Walter Jones (NC). Congressman Tom Price, MD (GA), pictured here, was the keynote speaker for the event. (Photos by Jay Clark)

Members of the ECU health care community gathered for a health care forum entitled “Federal Issues Facing the Medical Community” hosted by Congressman Walter Jones (NC). Congressman Tom Price, MD (GA), pictured here, was the keynote speaker for the event. (Photos by Jay Clark)

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A Georgia congressman was the featured speaker during a discussion of “Federal Issues Facing the Medical Community,” organized by U.S. Rep Walter Jones’ office and held Aug. 12 at the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU.

Chancellor Steve Ballard welcomed Jones, who then turned the floor over to Rep. Tom Price – a Republican who worked as an orthopedic surgeon and taught medicine at Emory University before taking office.

“To physicians, nurses and others in the health care arena – thank you for what you do,” Price began. “I know sometimes we (politicians) make what you do more difficult with what we do.”

He expressed what he described as principles of a good health care system held by all Americans – accessibility, affordability and high quality. He added that any system should also be responsive to patient needs, innovative and offer choices in care.

Price expressed his opinion on the federal Affordable Care Act and endorsed an alternate bill (HR 2300) to address health care and insurance challenges nationwide. He also issued challenges to those in attendance: Keep patients at the center, don’t give up and engage in the political process.

“Our system only works if you’re involved,” he said. “Don’t assume that we know (what you’re thinking).”

Vidant Medical Center CEO Steve Lawler closed the event. He applauded local physicians for always being engaged and putting patients first.

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Mark Your Calendars: TEDMED is coming to ECU on Sept. 13

 

TEDMED is an annual, three-day gathering that unites extraordinary people and ideas from all disciplines inside and outside of medicine. The unusual and provocative program features short talks and artistic performances to reframe our mental models and inspire new possibilities.

On Saturday, Sept. 13, TEDMED is coming to the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU.

Attendees to the ECU Live event will be able to view the best of this year’s TEDMED sessions free of charge, and can also attend live sessions presented by a crop of homegrown, inspiring speakers from ECU.

The ECU event will also feature another traditional component of TEDMED: “The Hive.” There, attendees can informally converse with individuals and groups who have invigorating ideas or projects that are changing health and medicine. It’s not a poster session, but a way to creatively connect.

Register to attend TEDMED Live at ECU at http://tedmedliveecu.org/.

ECU professor receives lifetime achievement award

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David Edgell

East Carolina University professor David Edgell was awarded the 2014 Board on Human Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors a nationally recognized leader with significant history of advancing human sciences in higher education.

Edgell is a professor in the ECU College of Human Ecology. The college’s dean, Judy Siguaw, nominated Edgell.

“I believe that very few individuals within the academic community have had the broad impact on humanity that Dr. Edgell has had and continues to have,” Siguaw said.

Edgell has devoted much of his career toward towards promoting tourism as an economic and social development tool for communities and nations worldwide. His experience includes explicit concern for poverty reduction and sustaining natural and built resources. His career includes leadership roles in the U.S. Department of Labor and in Travel and Tourism for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Edgell has represented the United States government as head of a delegation to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Organization of American States, the Asia-Pacific Economic Council, the Caribbean Tourism Organization and as executive director of World’s Fairs and Expositions.

He joined ECU in 2003 and developed the ECU Center for Sustainable Tourism, the largest university program of its kind in the United States. He is a  full time professor of international commerce, tourism and economic development.

Edgell has authored 10 books and more than 100 articles on tourism, trade and economic development.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is one of four awards presented annually by the Board on Human Sciences, an association of administrators of higher education units responsible for research/discovery, extension/outreach, and teaching/learning programs in the human sciences at universities across the country.

For more information on the Board on Human Sciences, member institutions, the BoHS Awards and the Award recipients go to www.TheBoHS.org.

Update: Pirate Alumni Legacy Brunch cancelled

ECU student Kayla Hollingsworth and her father Ted Hollingsworth, a 1979 graduate of ECU, participate in the pinning ceremony at last year's inaugural Pirate Alumni Legacy Brunch.  (Contributed photo)

ECU student Kayla Hollingsworth and her father Ted Hollingsworth, a 1979 graduate of ECU, participate in the pinning ceremony at last year’s inaugural Pirate Alumni Legacy Brunch. (Contributed photo)

The Pirate Alumni Legacy Brunch has been canceled due to low registration numbers. Refunds will be issued for those who registered. If you have any questions, call 800-ECU-GRAD or 252-328-4723. The alumni association does plan to host this event again next year.

The East Carolina Alumni Association will hold the second annual Pirate Alumni Legacy brunch at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 30 in the Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms.

The brunch is held in partnership with the Office of Parent and Family Programs to coincide with Family Weekend. Last year’s inaugural brunch was a sold-out event with more than 140 students, alumni and family members in attendance.

The Pirate Alumni Legacy Brunch honors families of current students with two or more generations of Pirates (including parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings, and/or cousins). In addition to a catered meal, the event will include a pinning ceremony, remarks from featured alumni and university officials and a family photo area. The legacy brunch is part of the alumni association’s goal to engage students and alumni who will help strengthen the university.

“Legacies are an important part of East Carolina,” said Richard R. Eakin, interim associate vice chancellor for alumni relations. “Through legacy families, ECU stories and traditions are passed on, resulting in strong relationships that span generations. By celebrating legacies, we recognize our history while encouraging future growth. We are proud to partner with the Office of Parent and Family Programs to honor legacies at this event.”

“The Office of Parent and Family Programs is proud of the partnership created with the East Carolina Alumni Association to celebrate the long and lasting legacy of the Pirate Nation,” said Zack Hawkins, director of student affairs development and parent and family programs. “The common bond of ECU, shared by generations of parents and families, is what makes this campus unique. We hope to re-ignite that spirit in alumni parents to help enhance the lives of our current student Pirates.”

In addition, this event kickstart a full day of Pirate festivities, including the Pirate Family Pregame Tailgate, the Buccaneer Buffet alumni tailgate, and the season’s first home football game vs. North Carolina Central University that evening.

For more information, visit www.piratealumni.com/2014legacybrunch or www.ecu.edu/familyweekend.