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Board endorses MCG name change

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The Medical College of Georgia will still refer to its School of Medicine, but the rest of the university will be changing names.

The boards of MCG Health Inc. and MCG Health System met Wednesday by conference call to endorse the name change.

MCG Health System's meeting was not publicly announced, as required by the Georgia Open Meetings Law, which means whatever action it took can be challenged in court during the next 90 days. Public notice was given for the MCG Health Inc. meeting.

MCG President Ricardo Azziz, who has been pushing for the name change as recognition that MCG is more than just a School of Medicine, said the misconception is widespread.

As part of his recruiting efforts, Azziz said, he spoke Tuesday to the dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, who told him, "I thought you only had a School of Medicine."

A survey in 2008 found that 80 percent of MCG alumni thought that MCG referred to the School of Medicine, he said.

"We have significant name recognition (for the medical school)," Azziz said. "I think all of us recognize it."

Though the medical school and the clinical system will retain the MCG name, the university will take on a new name, "most likely along the lines of Georgia Health Sciences University," Azziz said. The rest of the schools also will become colleges, he said.

"We will have a College of Dental Medicine, a College of Nursing, a College of Allied Health Sciences and a College of Graduate Studies," Azziz said.

The plan is to run a tag line underneath the new name for some period of time during the transition.

"For example, we will use the tag line 'Georgia Health Sciences University,' and underneath that it will say, 'Home of the Medical College of Georgia,' " Azziz said. The plan is to change all of the signs to reflect the new name within the next two years, he said. The resolution passed both boards unanimously.

The cost will be about $2.8 million and will spread over a couple of years, Azziz said after the meeting. It is money that was already budgeted and planned for several years to improve the signs on campus and will now be used to incorporate the new names, he said.

More to come

The new name, which is already up on MCG's Web site, is just one of the changes envisioned by MCG President Ricardo Azziz in his push to set the course for the next three years. In fact, there is an Enterprise-Wide Strategic Planning initiative that is seeking input on the university's future direction. You can e-mail in your thoughts to: esp@mcg.edu. The initiative's Web site is esp.mcg.edu.

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corgimom 09/09/10 - 01:26 pm
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When I went to my

When I went to my endodontist, I said, "What school did you graduate from?" and he said "MCG". It's a recognized name.

When you ask a dentist where he graduated from, and he says "Chapel Hill", do you know where he went to school?

This name change is just a waste of money.

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corgimom 09/09/10 - 01:29 pm
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"So in retrospect, those of

"So in retrospect, those of you who oppose the name change, did it bother as much when Augusta College changed its name to Augusta State University?"

Yes, because I know that putting lipstick on a pig doesn't change the fact that it's still a pig.

Call it AC, call it ASU, very few people outside of GA/SC have ever heard of it.

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Sweet son 09/09/10 - 03:03 pm
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Just look at the current

Just look at the current logo, it already says "Georgia's Health Sciences University".. I remember when the logo was changed from 5 intertwined circles. Each of the circles represented one of the five schools of the Medical College of Georgia. Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Allied Health Sciences and Graduate Studies. What a waste of time and money. Dr. Axxix needs to fund the change himself if it is so important!!!!

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Fiat_Lux 09/09/10 - 05:21 pm
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Relax, people. It's done.

Relax, people. It's done. It's not megalomania; it's business. In any case, it's not that big a deal. Direct your outrage to something more deserving.

PART_TIME_PUNDIT
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PART_TIME_PUNDIT 09/09/10 - 11:15 pm
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Whether or not we agree with

Whether or not we agree with the name change, President Azziz is one of the top 2-3 players in health care internationally. In terms of his academic accomplishments, experience and business savvy, he is light years beyond nearly any leader in health care or in business. So beware President Michael Adams. This guy is so much smarter than you and UGA is about to be BLOWN AWAY! Within 3-5 years GHSU will be the new Johns Hopkins.

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Fiat_Lux 09/10/10 - 07:18 pm
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However, megalomania does

However, megalomania does seem to exist regarding some opinions of Dr. Azziz and predictions for MCG's future...

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am i right 09/11/10 - 05:06 pm
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2.8 million? That's a lot of

2.8 million? That's a lot of jobs & a lot of mouth's to be feed! Plus give us a raise!!

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PART_TIME_PUNDIT 09/11/10 - 07:57 pm
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Sweet Son, I trust that your

Sweet Son, I trust that your spelling of the Distinguished Chairman and President's name was unintentional, because if it was not, it is a passive aggressive suggestion that he is associated with the Axxix of Evil when he is truly Augusta's and even Georgia's Great Hope. Please, Sweet Son, please no more of the "Dr. Axxix" moniker. You owe Chairman and President Azziz, and those of us who comprise his devoted team, an apology.

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Leadership_Watch 09/14/10 - 12:39 pm
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I agree a new name would

I agree a new name would better represent MCG’s mission and structure. A name change is bold, decisive and attracts attention. However, there are more practical concerns right now than a name. Changing MCG’s name during a fiscal crisis is not a decision I support .

The signs, logos and stationary costs used to calculate that amount are incidental compared to updating vendor contracts, internet domain names and security certificates. All these hidden items will require several times $2.8 million.

Why not improve MCG with a real change?
1) For students, close Laney-Walker or limit traffic to one-way
2) For researchers, invest in High Performance Computing
3) For everyone, add additional parking

Now IS the time to be bold, take risks and seize opportunities that have real substance. I think it communicates the wrong message right now about MCG's priorities.

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