Syracuse.com, July 8, 2011

Dr. David Smith, president of Upstate Medical University, handed out coffee mugs to his senior management team last fall. The cups were inscribed with the expression, "Get-r-done!" referring to Upstate's effort to buy Community General Hospital. Smith and other hospital officials celebrated the fulfillment of that motto today at a ceremony in front of Community General Hospital. "This is a game-changing event for us," Smith said. "This is not just about having two hospitals coming together, but a university coming together." Smith said the acquisition of Community General will give Upstate a larger platform to care for patients, teach medical students and other health professionals and do research.

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