Originally created 03/12/98

MCG study receives regents' approval



ATLANTA -- The University System Board of Regents approved plans Wednesday for a commission to study the future of the Medical College of Georgia.

Chancellor Stephen R. Portch recommended the commission after members of a Board of Regents committee were given the summary of an MCG management review by Arthur Andersen & Co.

The review said MCG's ability to function effectively was threatened by increased uncompensated care provided and trends limiting revenue at the school's hospital and clinics.

The report also said the school's current mission and strategies are unclear. And while it lauded some of the school's accomplishments during an era of rapid change and growth, it noted "the organizational structure of the Medical College does not allow for a clear decision making-process and communication."

Dr. Portch recommended the commission, headed by Regent Tom Allgood of Augusta, include members of the board's Teaching Hospital Committee, appointees from Gov. Zell Miller, Lt. Gov. Pierre Howard and House Speaker Tom Murphy, two members of the MCG faculty and the school's president, Francis Tedesco.

He also plans to work with Dr. Tedesco on organizational changes and seek the advice of Arthur Andersen on the school's revenue-generating entities.