Upstate News

December 2, 1999
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Transition to Upstate Medical University to begin Dec. 6

The introduction of State University of New York Upstate Medical University as the new name of the State University of New York Health Science Center begins Monday, Dec. 6. The name University Hospital will not change.

Dec. 6 is when the new name will be used in phone reception and advertising. The full transition to the new name will occur over the course of the coming year. Signage, stationery and other items where the old name appears, will be changed over time when materials need to be replaced.

The decision to rename the institution had been in discussion for a number of years, as administrators recognized the need to better define the institution.

Upstate Medical University President Gregory L. Eastwood said the new identity embraces the past and looks to the future as it underscores and reinforces the academic mission of the institution.

“In response to overwhelming, and long-standing, name recognition, we have elected to resume use of the name ‘Upstate’ and to change our institution’s name to Upstate Medical University,” Eastwood said. “Upstate Medical University integrates our generally recognized name — Upstate — with the components that make us unique in this region: leading edge medical care provided in an environment of education and research.

“In the simplest terms, the new name provides us with an accurate description of who we are,” Eastwood continued. “Whether educating nurses, physicians, perfusionists, physical therapists or chemists, we are involved in all things medical and the word ‘university’ distinguishes us an institution of higher learning where education and research come together.”

The new name and logo are already in use on a new shuttle buses that take patients, students and employees to and from the various buildings on the Upstate Medical University campus.

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