After giving $10 million last year to help fund a building that bears his name, the late Dr. J. Harold Harrison and his family topped that by giving $66 million to the Medical College of Georgia for scholarships. The Medical College of Georgia Foundation accepted the gift this weekend.
Georgia’s only public medical school reported this week that a record number of students applied to the Augusta campus this year, while new numbers showed Georgia’s doctor shortage is not improving. Still, a popular medical school could eventually mean more doctors in the state.
The president of Georgia Health Sciences University says Augusta needs to up its “cool factor” in order to attract young talented researchers to the city and the university. He says doing that could take years and will require better communication between city officials and residents.
The president of Georgia’s only public medical school wants to hire 500 new faculty members by 2018. It’s part of an effort to make the Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta one of the top research schools in the country.
The Georgia Supreme Court says MCG Health has no claim to a $50,000 settlement awarded to an Augusta soldier who was injured in a car accident. The decision could affect the way hospitals in Georgia are able to collect on bills.
The Medical College of Georgia is being criticized for wanting to convert part of a road running through its campus to a pedestrian only way. The road also runs through a predominantly African American neighborhood and residents there aren’t happy
Georgia is in the process of reforming its mental health system after a federal lawsuit challenged poor conditions in state psychiatric hospitals. But students from the Medical College of Georgia are hoping to bring about changes at the street level by helping homeless people deal with mental illness before ending up in a state hospital.