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Newsmakers in business, Sept. 21
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Dr. Gregory D. Jackson

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Gainesville’s Phagan among Belk Award of Excellence winners

Becky Phagan, Operations Team manager of the Belk at Lakeshore Mall in Gainesville, was among four winners of the 2014 Belk Award of Excellence, the company’s highest honor given to associates for community service and job performance.

The winners were honored at a luncheon Sept. 9 in Charlotte.

Each winner received a $500 cash prize, along with an award certificate and an additional $1,000 to present to the charity of his or her choice. Winners were selected from a group of more than 100 associates nominated across the company.

“We honor these winners for the significant contributions they have made to the communities in which they live and work,” said Tim Belk, chairman and CEO, Belk, Inc.

Phagan, a 35-year Belk veteran, was selected by associates in her store to lead volunteer events. She organized volunteer activities at a Title 1 school in her community and motivated team members to join her in to collecting books for the school and building a picnic table.

She led fundraising for her store’s Susan G. Komen for the Cure campaign, and helped raise more than $1,100 in less than two months for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life campaign.

She also led fundraising efforts for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, raised $2,500 for the Autism Society, and is currently working to raise $500 for a Belk sponsorship of a local Special Olympics event this fall.

 Jackson joins NE Georgia  Physicians Group

Dr. Gregory D. Jackson has joined the practice at Northeast Georgia Physicians Group.

Jackson received his undergraduate degree from Clemson University and his medical degree from the University of South Carolina. He completed his pain medicine residency at the University of North Carolina and his anesthesia residency at University of Tennessee Medical Center.

He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesia and is board eligible in Pain Medicine.

“I’ve practiced with Dr. (P. Tennant) Slack for almost a month now, and I’m learning more about the community here in Hall County,” Jackson said. “It’s exciting to join a progressive group like NGPG, which has such a close connection to an award-winning hospital like Northeast Georgia Medical Center.”

NGPG Interventional Pain Medicine is located at 1315 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Suite 300, in Gainesville. For more, visit

NE Ga. Diagnostic Clinic gets oncology certification

Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic has been recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

The QOPI Certification Program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet the highest standards for quality cancer care.

“It is an honor to have been awarded certification in the American Society of Oncology’s Quality Program Initiative. It is our goal to provide the best possible treatment and highest quality cancer care to the patients we treat,” said Dr. Andre M. Kallab.

To become certified, practices have to submit to an evaluation of their entire practice and documentation standards. The QCP staff and steering group members then verify through on-site inspection that the evaluation and documents are correct and the practices met core standards in areas of treatment, including treatment planning; staff training and education; chemotherapy orders and drug preparation; patient consent and education; safe chemotherapy administration; and monitoring and assessment of patient well-being.

Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic is one of only five oncology practices in Georgia receive this honor.

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