Growth big topic in MCG State of University address

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 First at Five, September 06, 2007

Augusta, GA---Today, the Medical College of Georgia had its 30th annual State of the University Address. University president Dr. Daniel Rahn discussed the health, well-being, and future of the school.

With growing interests, 4200 applicants for less than 900 slots and a growing student body--about 2400 this fall--MCG is also looking to grow. But politics could threaten that.

Brenda Padgett has worked at Medical College of Georgia for over 27 years. She says, "I've seen a lot of changes over the past 27 years, but MCG turns challenges into achievements."

School president Dr. Daniel Rahn say his challenge is growth. He says, "We are landlocked, unless we can secure additional footprints for the campus." Talks of using neighboring Gilbert Manor recently have hit a bump in the road.

Mayor Deke Copenhaver saying time is running out. He says, "The longer we go on with this the more difficult the situation with Gilbert Manor becomes, the more difficult the situation with MCG expansion becomes. So we need to nip this in the bud."

President Rahn says, "We have nearly 20 other facilities projects underway or in the planning stages at the present time." One of those projects is the dentistry. The school of dentistry is the only one of its kind in Georgia. The yearly acceptance is only 62 students. Some say a new facility would change all that.

General practice resident, Brooke Loftist says, "For the state it would mean you not only have a central place where you can have more care for anyone around this area, but also students will be able to go out to serve other areas."

President Rahn says, "There is a pressing need for what we produce which is more doctors and more nurses." Mrs. Brenda agrees. She says, "As long as there is an MCG, the citizens of the state of Georgia can rest assure that they will have a valuable commodity and resource that they can always turn to in their time of need."

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