University today gets new name

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Before 4 a.m. today, almost everything will have changed at Georgia Health Sciences University. Electronically, anyway.

The university assumed its new name today as technicians worked to change more than 9,000 e-mail addresses and the university's Web sites. That includes the health system and Physicians Practice Group, which represents the faculty. Beginning in August, it has taken 1,100 hours to get the university to this point, said Walter Ray, the director of the name change IT project. It included 24 teams of about 120 people working together to make it happen, he said. And it's only phase one -- there are two more phases, Ray said.

Just changing various Web sites connected with the university meant buying software to comb through 50,000 to 100,000 pages to change references to Medical College of Georgia to GHSU, he said. Medical College of Georgia will continue as the name of the former School of Medicine and the clinical system. The other four schools also became colleges today.

MCG President Ricardo Azziz has been pushing greater integration between the academic and clinical systems and this conversion helped that, Ray said.

"I think it will be certainly advantageous for integration to have to have such a big and important change that needs to get done thrust upon us," he said. "It will help us build those teams and relationships so I think it will be positive."

Because the university will be allowed to run the mcg.edu Web site until Sept. 30, e-mail and web traffic will be redirected from that site to the new georgiahealth.edu site and addresses. The university would like to run the old site in parallel longer and will petition the domain registrar to do that, Ray said. Changing all of the signs and other vestiges of the old name will likely take two years and cost about $2.9 million, said Deborah Barshafsky, vice president for strategic support.

While it has been a lot of work, it has also kindled an enthusiasm for the new name and the new era, Ray said.

"It's an exciting time and we've tried to build excitement up to this Feb. 1 launch that is going to take place," he said.

New name in place

Georgia Health Sciences University makes its official debut today. University Web site and e-mails will now have georgiahealth.edu as the domain name. Traffic and e-mail will be redirected from the old domain at least until Sept. 30. The change will be celebrated today at 11:30 a.m. in the atrium of the Health Sciences Building, 987 St. Sebastian Way.

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fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 02/01/11 - 07:55 am
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Headed down to MCG for an

Headed down to MCG for an appointment today.

old49er
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old49er 02/01/11 - 08:06 am
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What a total waste of time

What a total waste of time and taxpayers money. Why do new executives/managers always come on board with the idea that they have to change something, even if it makes no sense? MCG is so much easier to say than Georgia Health Sciences University.

seabeau
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seabeau 02/01/11 - 08:12 am
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2.9 Million ,Simply amazing

2.9 Million ,Simply amazing that during the worst recession in living memory that these people would be allowed by our lawmakers to go foward with this boondoggle at this time. There are many MCG employees that have not had a raise in over TEN YEARS. Damm these people that advance themselves over the welfare of others. This is another example of the elite doing whatever they wish ,whenever they wish. We need to demand that our lawmakers in Atlanta investigate this whole mess.

Techfan
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Techfan 02/01/11 - 08:53 am
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I guess now when we list MCG

I guess now when we list MCG as our alma mater, people will think we went to med school.

h2otowngirl
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h2otowngirl 02/01/11 - 08:54 am
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As a former MCG employee I

As a former MCG employee I have to say that this changing of the name is probably one of the biggest examples of fraud, waste and abuse that I have ever seen. Bill Bowes announced to the campus the other day that large budget cuts were going to be necessary and that the Cancer Center would no longer receive funding from the State as the dollars simply are not there. HOWEVER...they have the money to pour into new signage and such. Remember, not only are the signs going to have to change, but the name badges, business cards, stationary, ANYTHING with the MCG name on it. And as much as Azziz is patting himself on the back for this, it was actually started back when Dan Rahn was the president. How do I know this? My former boss was on the committee for the change. He disagreed with it as he saw what a waste of money and time it would become. Do you know that they actually hired a firm, at great expense, to do a study on the name change?
MCG used to be a great institution. The problem now is that they are letting the inmates run the asylum.

Liability
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Liability 02/01/11 - 10:33 am
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Has anyone at MCG notified

Has anyone at MCG notified any direct descendants of Dr. Milton Anthony, founder of the Medical College regarding this change in name? There are direct descendants living in the area. If not, should they not have been given consideration in this matter since it is a legacy of their family history?

GuesS_wHU
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GuesS_wHU 02/01/11 - 11:06 am
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Just wait until the bill for

Just wait until the bill for the Laney-Walker Blvd closure project comes in. I expect it to at least be double the price of the name change. All of this under another 2-3% budget reduction from the state. I'm not sure if spending money on pet projects while the employees get stuck with furlough days is good for MCG, oops GHSU.

Chillen
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Chillen 02/01/11 - 11:42 am
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1. Waste of Taxpayer hard

1. Waste of Taxpayer hard earned money.
2. Rebranding has never been a good idea. Remember the New Coke?
3. In my opinion, the new Athens campus is driving this.
4. Don't govt employees have anything better to do with their time?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/01/11 - 08:57 pm
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Well, the hospital will still

Well, the hospital will still be known as MCG...I think.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/01/11 - 08:58 pm
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If they want to block Laney

If they want to block Laney Walker Blvd, they will have to add it to the name. GHSU at LW.

iletuknow
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iletuknow 02/01/11 - 10:14 pm
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Gotta change that name to

Gotta change that name to kill off the bad reputation.

elleonwheels
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elleonwheels 02/06/11 - 12:20 am
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Kill off what bad reputation?

Kill off what bad reputation?

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