Emory Healthcare has Olympic Fever!

Olympic TorchAs the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia approach, here at Emory Healthcare, we can’t help but think back to our own brush with Olympic fame in 1996 when the Olympics came to Atlanta. Our biggest honor always been caring for our patients and families, and we love sharing our Olympic spirit with them! Though it was 18 years ago now, we’re reflecting with pride on the role Emory played as the world’s finest athletes descended upon our city. Here are a few fun facts about Emory’s Olympic legacy:

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown, then known as Emory Crawford Long Hospital, served as one of three main health care sites inside the Olympic ʺring,ʺ the imaginary circle encompassing most of the activity during the Atlanta Games in 1996. Among the nearly fifty athletes treated there was U.S. gymnast Kerri Strug, who sprained her ankle during the dramatic team finals.
  • Two Emory employees and more than 40 Emory alumni served among thousands of torchbearers in the 1996 games.
  • An Olympic torch from the 1996 games in Atlanta is displayed in the lobby of Emory University Hospital.
  • During the 1996 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony, Paula Saunders, a medical social worker for Emory University Hospital’s Rollins Pavilion and the bone marrow transplant program sang backup to Celine Dion’s stirring ʺThe Power of the Dreamʺ with the Centennial Choir in Atlanta’s 85,000-seat Olympic Stadium.
  • During the London games in 2012, Dr. Amelia Langston, Medical Director and Section Chief of the Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program at the Winship Cancer Institute, started the Bone Marrow Transplant Olympics. Emory Healthcare staff, patients and family members participated in fun, lighthearted competition such as hula hoop contests, bedpan shuffleboard and wheelchair races.
  • Dr. Shervin V. Oskouei, an orthopedic surgeon with the Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Center, served as the event physician for the U.S. snowboarding finals on January 3, 2014 in Copper Mountain, Colo. The winners at that event qualified to represent Team USA at the Olympics in Sochi in February.

We’re sure more stories will emerge as the Olympic Games begin in Sochi, but in the meantime, to treat our Olympic fever, Emory Healthcare is proud to support the Science of the Olympics on 11Alive (WXIA), which will air in the weeks before and during the 2014 Olympic games. See if you can spot some of our doctors and nurses over the next few weeks as they introduce the Science of the Olympics!

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