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MCG Hospital, Children's get new names

System's boards report revenue drop

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 1:08 PM
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Medical College of Georgia Hospital would become Georgia Regents Medical Center, and its Child­ren’s Medical Center would become Children’s Hospital of Georgia, under a resolution approved Thurs­day by the health system’s boards.

The Children’s Hospital of Georgia name has been longed for since 1994, when Dr. William Kanto became chairman of the Department of Pediatrics. The children’s hospital already had been funded as the Children’s Medical Center, however, so no move was made to change it, even though many liked the other name better, said Kanto, now the chief medical officer of the health system.

“It was recognized then that this was to be a resource for the entire state,” he said. “And it was felt that name would better reflect its mission and as well as its opportunities. I can’t tell you how happy and ecstatic I am to see Children’s Hospital of Georgia. It was a long time coming.”

Across the country, children’s hospitals are often called just that, even if they are part of a health care system with a different name, said Dr. Ricardo Azziz, the president of Georgia Regents University and chairman of the boards.

“They tend to be named along those lines,” he said, and the name reflects who the hospital is meant to serve.

“There is little doubt that we are the children’s hospital for the state of Georgia,” Azziz said. The legal names of the companies operating the hospital and its physician group will not change, the resolution stated.

Amid the excitement of the name change was dismal financial news about the first six months of the hospital’s fiscal year. A $4 million loss for the second quarter wiped out gains from the first quarter, leaving the center about $112,000 in the red, Chief Financial Officer Greg Damron said.

Hospital admissions are 4.6 percent below budget and 2 percent off the previous year. Surgeries are 5.2 percent off budget, and net patient revenue is nearly $11 million behind budget.

Sharply higher, however, were visits to the emergency department, up 8 percent over budget and 12.2 percent over the previous year – or about 5,000 visits more this year than last. About 30 percent of those patients are uninsured, which is helping to change the hospital’s payer mix to less commercial managed care and more uninsured, Medicare and Medicaid patients, Damron said. Over the course of a year, that would cost the health system about $6 million, he said.

The system is looking at a six-month action plan to get back on budget, which would include tighter control of hiring and things such as “tighter management” of non-emergency services, said David Hefner, the executive vice president for clinical affairs at GRU.

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Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 01/24/13 - 01:33 pm
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CHOA might beg to differ

So, instead of being the CMC, now the children's hospital will be known as CHOG.

How nice.

mycomments
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mycomments 01/24/13 - 01:46 pm
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And MCG would become

And MCG would become GRMC....grim see....agreed. All this time the MCG (Hospital name) has not changed, only the school name to GHSU. Now they're taking both hospital names in addition to the schools.

myusername
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myusername 01/24/13 - 01:51 pm
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Good grief

Didn't know it was possible to build a career around re-naming things.

triscuit
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triscuit 01/24/13 - 02:12 pm
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And now all new signs on

And now all new signs on buildings, stationery, etc. How many more dollars will this take?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/24/13 - 03:39 pm
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This is getting real crazy

Heh, heh, heh...this is really getting out of hand. I posted the other day official websites where they referred to the hospital as GHSU Medical Center. So now all that's out and MCG is now Georgia Regents Medical Center. So the actual medical school is Georgia Regents University Medical School? Ha. I feel sorry for the press trying to keep all this straight. ASU is to be known as GRU Summerville campus. I say we go back to calling MCG Frog Hollow after the area where it is built. We need an article on what the names are of all the various entities.

CricketSeranade
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CricketSeranade 01/24/13 - 03:18 pm
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GRMC - Grimace, how apt.

GRMC - Grimace, how apt.

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thauch12 01/24/13 - 04:52 pm
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The Children's Hospital of

The Children's Hospital of Georgia has a nice ring to it!
GRMC...not the world's greatest name, but considering the hospital is an entity of the new university (nursing school, allied health, MCG, and all), a new more fitting name was needed.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/24/13 - 05:09 pm
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Tom Corwin's other story

Tom Corwin's other story today describes the school as Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University. If that's correct, why in the world can't ASU be Augusta University (or College) at Georgia Regents University? Also, what's the branch campus in Athens known as? I would seriously like to see a list of all the schools and hospitals with their official names. That's sorely needed.

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Tom Corwin 01/24/13 - 05:43 pm
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Riverman

The medical school is Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, one of nine colleges at the university. Colleges that were named at ASU are still named as they were, such as the Hull College of Business. They are now colleges of GRU and ASU has gone away, except on the field, where all of the teams are ASU through the end of their seasons per NCAA regulations.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/24/13 - 05:51 pm
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Got it, Tom. MCG still

Got it, Tom. MCG still exists, but not ASU.

mycomments
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mycomments 01/24/13 - 05:51 pm
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So, the hospital is Georgia

So, the hospital is Georgia Regents Medical Center and the school is Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University. Seriously folks, this is getting ridiculous.

noxiousfumes
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noxiousfumes 01/24/13 - 07:17 pm
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(Holding head in hands)

(Holding head in hands) Somebody please make it stop!!! Make it stop!!!

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eagle 01/24/13 - 09:46 pm
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Aziz rides again.
Unpublished

Aziz rides again.

PghSteelersFan
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PghSteelersFan 01/25/13 - 05:10 am
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Putting all the money which

Putting all the money which could fund a nice scholarship into signs/letterheads. Not the best judgement call.
The good Doctor seems to know how to drain the State piggy bank (taxpayer fed piggy BTW).
The copyright case is still pending too and if Old Doc loses, he will just shake the piggy again and get money to rename it all back to what it was with the exception of the Childrens Hospital of Georgia name. Hospitals which belong to the Children's network are usually named for the State they are in.
All these name changes mean nothing to me. MCG is and will be MCG as Augusta College/University will be the same too.
Somewhere along the line, the original name for the Hospital when first built seems to have been dumped or the A/C reporters of today just don't know it so they don't comment on it.
It was named after a Governor. Does anyone know who?

my.voice
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my.voice 01/25/13 - 08:04 am
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Take be to

Take me to GRRROOOOOOOAAAAAAAAA!!!!! (Al Pacino)

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seenitB4 01/25/13 - 08:33 am
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This is insane

Gov Deal..this guy will probably take YOU down with him..

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soapy_725 01/25/13 - 09:44 am
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Please let the name calling end
Unpublished

This whole fiasco undoubtedly has more evil buried at its core. So much time spent on insanity at taxpayers expense. Follow the money and the truth will out.

Tom Corwin
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Tom Corwin 01/25/13 - 10:20 am
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PghSteelersFan

I have answered this question several times over the last few months but I am happy to do so again. When the hospital was originally opened in 1956 it was the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Hospital. The building itself is still called the Talmadge Building. A second building was added in 1976 and it was called the Sydenstricker Wing and that building is still called Sydenstricker. In an effort to change the public perception of the hospital, the name was changed to Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics, which is still its legal name. Different brand names have been attached to it since then, the latest being Georgia Regents Medical Center. I hope that helps to clear up some of the confusion.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/25/13 - 10:42 am
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Still Clarks Hill to me

They can change all they want to...some of us will still use the old names...ain't a dang thing they can do about it either....

TOO many road name changes too...hate it.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/25/13 - 11:55 am
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Roads

I'm with you on that, SeenIt. It should be a state law that a street or a road may not change names once a name has been established.

Whatever_Man
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Whatever_Man 01/25/13 - 12:34 pm
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Nice name, inaccurate claim

Um...the quote: “There is little doubt that we are the children’s hospital for the state of Georgia,” Azziz said." is laughable.

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta:
3 Hospitals, 529 beds for kids
sees at least one child from all 159 counties every year
more than 24,000 inpatient admissions (pediatric only) in 2012

"Children's Hospital of Georgia":
154 beds for kids
9,736 inpatient admissions (peds and adults combined) in 2012
Advertises that it serves 13 counties

You all have a good healthcare system. No need to exaggerate with such inaccurate claims and boastful statements.

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Tom Corwin 01/25/13 - 04:13 pm
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Whatever_Man

Not sure where you are getting your facts but I know they take children from a much larger area than 13 counties and the clinical system is at 9,518 admission through the first six months of this fiscal year, which is actually well below the 9,711 at the same point last fiscal year.

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gargoyle 01/25/13 - 06:46 pm
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How will all this name

How will all this name changing help budget shortfalls ?

Whatever_Man
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Whatever_Man 01/25/13 - 10:40 pm
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Tom

Their website lists those numbers. But you are right, for some reason they only list volumes between January and June. But the number is combined adults and Peds. And considering they have more than 400 beds for adults and only 154 for kids would lead you to understand that the majority of their inpatient volume is adults and not children.

The bottom line is that they do not compare to the services at CHOA and it is absurd to say they are the children's hospital of Georgia. CHOA has the largest patient volume in the country for pediatrics. The fact that the leadership at MCG would even make such a claim is ridiculous.

Like I said, you have a good system, but you look foolish when you make such outlandish claims in an effort to inflate your value. Just be honest and speak honestly. Especially when another system sees multiple times the number of patients you do.

It appears they had around 320 births in the first six months as well. Maybe they will claim they are the birthing center of Georgia as well. I am sure Northside, with more than 16,000, won't mind.

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