Awards

Emory Ebola Team to Receive Award for Exceptional Nursing

Obama at Emory

Last year, President Obama met with Emory University Hospital physicians, nurses and staff involved in the treatment of Ebola patients.

Emory Healthcare has been given the privilege of treating multiple patients infected with Ebola virus. Emory University Hospital’s special isolation unit, built in cooperation with the CDC, is one of four Serious Communicable Disease Units (SCDU) in the U.S. Our highly trained, exceptional staff and physicians are now being honored for the extraordinary care they provided to critically ill patients diagnosed with Ebola virus disease.

The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) and the DAISY Foundation will award Emory’s Ebola Team with the National Patient Safety Foundation’s DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at the NPSF Patient Safety Congress on April 29-May 1 in Austin, Texas.

This award stems from the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation’s signature program, the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, which is given in over 1,900 health care facilities in all 50 states and in 14 other countries. Nurses who received the DAISY Award within their organizations in 2013 or 2014 were eligible for this new, national award, which places special emphasis on patient and workforce safety. This national award recognizes some of the most exceptional contributions to patient safety by nurses.

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Emory Johns Creek Hospital Recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures

Joint Commission Top PerformerEmory Johns Creek Hospital is pleased to announce it has been recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for 2013 by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the United States.

The hospital has been recognized for achieving excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care measure sets during 2013. It was one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction.

“Emory Johns Creek Hospital is very proud of receiving Top Performer designation from The Joint Commission,” says Laura Lang, Director of Quality and Patient Safety at Emory Johns Creek. “It demonstrates our commitment to the highly reliable use of evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for our patients.”

To make the list, Emory Johns Creek Hospital had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:

  • Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
  • Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and
  • Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

Lang explains, “There has been a tremendous effort by staff, physicians, and administration to work collaboratively and establish the processes to deliver the right care at the right time. We will work to continuously improve this level of performance and work diligently on new quality measures.”

Emory Johns Creek Hospital, a 110-bed acute care hospital serving communities in Northeast Atlanta, provides immediate local access to more than 700 physicians in 54 specialties and is part of Emory Healthcare’s broad network of six hospitals, 1,800 physicians and 200 provider locations.

Other Emory hospitals recognized as Top Performers by the Joint Commission are Emory University Hospital, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods, formerly Emory Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital. Emory University and Emory Saint Joseph’s were recognized for achieving excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care measure sets. Emory Wesley Woods was recognized for achieving excellence in accountability measure performance for the hospital-based in-patient psych measure set.

For more information, visit the Joint Commision’s Top Performer program website.

Emory’s Stroke Rehabilitation Clinical Trial Chosen as Top International Trial

Rehab Clinical TrialAt Emory, clinical trials are at the core of our mission and we are proud to offer them to our patients. Groundbreaking scientific advances and medical treatments available today have been made possible because of volunteer participation in clinical trials and research.

In fact, one of the thousands of clinical trials conducted at Emory was just identified as one of the 15 top international clinical trials ever published for physical therapy and rehabilitation.

The EXCITE (Extremity Constraint-Induced Therapy Evaluation) trial, led by Emory University’s Steven Wolf, PhD, PT, professor of rehabilitation medicine at Emory University, was created to teach stroke patients to use their stroke-affected arm rather than their “good” arm. Conducted almost a decade ago, the clinical trial was found to have a significant impact in stroke rehabilitation, which set the stage for many future trials.

Each year, more than 795,000 people in the United States suffer from a stroke and many stroke survivors experience partial paralysis on one side of the body. The EXCITE trial enrolled 222 patients who had suffered a stroke, predominantly an ischemic stroke, within the previous three to nine months.

During the trial, participant’s less-impaired hand was restrained and/or immobilized by placing a mitt around the “good” arm in an effort to encourage use of the affected extremity. Participants engaged in daily repetitive tasks and behavioral therapy sessions, which included training in tasks such as opening a lock, turning a doorknob or pouring a drink. Only use of the affected arm was allowed during exercise.

“Often, stroke rehabilitation focuses on teaching patients how to better rely on their stronger limbs, even if they retain some use in the impaired limbs, creating a learned disuse,” says Wolf. “This trial was just the opposite and focused on the impaired limb, which proved to be a valuable form of rehabilitation. We are so pleased and honored that this clinical trial has been found to be a top 15 trial amongst an international jury of experts.”

Wolf, and other Emory University researchers partaking in the national trial, studied participants to determine if the intervention improved motor function, as compared to no therapy at all. Patients were evaluated using the Wolf Motor Function Test (named after Wolf), which is a measure of laboratory time, strength-based ability and quality of movement.

Research investigators found that over the course of a year from the beginning of therapy, the group undergoing constraint-induced therapy showed greater improvements than the control group in regaining function.

“Results showed that constraint-induced movement therapy produced statistically significant and clinically relevant improvements in arm motor function that persisted for at least one year at follow-up,” says Wolf. “This trial was the first large multi-center, randomized controlled trial in stroke rehabilitation that lay the ground work for many other trials to follow.”

The EXCITE trial was funded by the National Institutes of Health from 2000-2005 and the results were published in JAMA in 2006. For the past 15 years, PEDro, a database located and supported within the George Institute for Global Health in Australia, has reviewed clinical trials, guidelines and reviews of work related to rehabilitation and physical therapy. During that time period, around 28,000 trials and manuscripts dating back as far as 1929 were reviewed. The free database is used by thousands of physiotherapists and others interested in rehabilitation from more than 200 countries. Out of the 15 trials highlighted by PEDro, only two were clinical trials based in the U.S.

Click to learn more about clinical trials at Emory, or call 404-778-7777.

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Emory Healthcare Ranks Nationally for Quality and Safety Excellence

UHC Quality Leadership Winner 2014University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), a national organization comprised of most of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, has ranked Emory University Hospital (which includes Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital) eighth in the nation in the 2014 UHC Quality Leadership Awards. This is the fourth consecutive year that Emory University Hospital has ranked in the top 10 for demonstrating superior performance in delivering high-quality care and safety excellence.

Emory University Hospital Midtown, which is Emory Healthcare’s second academic and eligible hospital, ranked in the top quartile as 22nd nationally.

The Quality Leadership Award honors top performers in UHC’s Quality and Accountability Study, which ranks performance in the areas of: mortality, effectiveness, safety, equity, patient centeredness and efficiency. These rankings are the most rigorous in health care and look at how major teaching hospitals are doing in multiple dimensions of quality and safety. They are traditionally looked upon as providing the best, most non-biased national quality measurement system available for teaching hospitals.

Since 2006, we have been on a journey to have our two academic hospitals – Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown – rank highly by the UHC. In 2012, we met our goal as Emory University Hospital ranked number two and Emory University Hospital Midtown ranked number six. We have made outstanding progress, and ranked 2nd and 3rd last year. “We are proud of our successes, as our number one priority at Emory Healthcare is to provide safe, high-quality care for our patients,” said John Fox, president and CEO of Emory Healthcare.

A top ranking by UHC means more than just great care. Since UHC ranks only academic medical centers that typically treat America’s sickest, most complex patient cases, and a disproportionate number of patients who are uninsured, underinsured or indigent, ranking highly on the list of the 101 participants reflects the ultimate assessment of organizational performance in setting the standard in quality and safety.

Emory Hospitals Continue to Make the Grade: Emory Healthcare Home to Three of the Top 10 Hospitals in Georgia

Best Hospitals in AtlantaEmory hospitals continue to be ranked among the best in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals guide.

U.S. News publishes the Best Hospitals guide annually to serve as a reference for patients who need a high level of care because they face a particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or added risk because of other health problems or age. Three weighted factors are used to rank hospitals, including hospital structure, reputation and outcomes. Check out where Emory hospitals landed on the rankings:

Emory University Hospital

For the third year in a row, U.S. News and World Report named Emory University Hospital the number one hospital in metro Atlanta and in Georgia. Emory University Hospital includes Emory Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital and Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital.

Nationally, Emory University Hospital ranked in 11 adult specialty areas:

  • Ophthalmology (#14 up from 16)
  • Cancer (#24 up from 44),
  • Cardiology and heart surgery (#16 up from 44)
  • Neurology and neurosurgery (#15 up from 40)
  • Diabetes and endocrinology #23
  • Ear, nose and throat #24
  • Geriatrics #21
  • Gastroenterology and GI Surgery #41
  • Gynecology #42
  • Nephrology #42
  • Urology #25.

Emory University Hospital Midtown

Emory University Hospital Midtown held strong as third in metro Atlanta and fourth in Georgia. The hospital also was noted as high-performing in 11 specialties, including:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiology and heart surgery
  • Diabetes and endocrinology
  • Ear, nose and throat
  • Gastroenterology and GI surgery
  • Geriatrics
  • Gynecology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology and neurosurgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Urology.

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital
Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital came in at seventh in Atlanta and 11th in Georgia, performing highly in:

  • Ear, nose and throat
  • Orthopaedics.

Only 19 hospitals out of the 181 in Georgia ranked this year. To be considered, metro areas must have at least one million residents and must have at least two hospitals in that area that are either nationally ranked in at least one specialty or considered high performing in at least four specialties. State rankings follow the same methodology with two or more nationally ranked specialties or being named high performing for inclusion.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.

The rankings have been published at www.health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014-15 guidebook, available on newsstands on August 27.

Congratulations to Emory’s 2014 Atlanta Top Doctors

Top Docs 2014As our Emory Healthcare family continues to grow, so too does our ability to provide Atlanta and Georgia residents access to more Top Doctors. Atlanta magazine’s 2014 health issue features the annual listing of Top Doctors in the metro Atlanta area. We are proud to announce that of all the health systems represented in the listing, Emory physicians make up the majority with 154 doctors, those who practice at one of our over 200 Emory Healthcare provider locations as well as those who hold faculty positions at the Emory University School of Medicine.

We honor, celebrate and thank all of our physicians—and the care teams that support them—for providing outstanding care to our patients and families, and for truly making patient- and family-centered care their priority each and every day. Congratulations to you all!

And with our continuing expanded footprint, communities all over Atlanta and throughout Georgia have access to even more Emory Top Doctors. Big or small, major or minor, if you have a reason to seek medical care you now have an Emory Healthcare facility and an Emory Healthcare Top Doctor close to home.

You can view the full listing of the Emory physicians honored as Atlanta’s Top Docs on our website, by visiting: emoryhealthcare.org/topdocs.

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Emory Healthcare Named One of Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™

best-and-brightest-logoWe are happy to announce that for the second year in a row, Emory Healthcare has been named one of Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™ by the National Association for Business Resources!

The award recognizes those organizations that provide excellent benefits, compensation, employee engagement and retention, employee education and development, communication and shared vision, diversity and inclusion, and work-life balance.

Jennifer Kluge, NABR president, explained, “The selection, recognition and awarding of this year’s Best and Brightest companies allows our organization to showcase their best practices. The honorees have clearly demonstrated why each of them would be an ideal place for employees to work. The companies that we are recognizing this year are an example of exceptional human resource practices and represent high standards in today’s economic climate.”

We are proud to achieve this designation for the second time, and of our staff’s steadfast dedication to our patients, their families and to each other. This is recognition of the internal support we have for one another in reinventing health care, which is seen every day. We thank our staff and partners for creating an environment that supports a positive work culture that is represented by inclusion, innovation and respect.

By attaining this award, we are able to effectively work together to provide the best care for our patients. We will continue striving to make this a wonderful place to work, preserving our best practices in the years ahead.

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Don Wells Awarded 2014 Emory Johns Creek Hospital Legacy Award

Don WellsEmory Johns Creek Hospital congratulates Donald Wells, one of its inaugural board members, on receiving the 2014 Emory Johns Creek Hospital Legacy Award. It is one of four awards presented at the annual Second Century Awards Dinner, given by Emory Healthcare every year since 2006.

The Second Century Awards select honorees from each Emory hospital—Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Emory University Hospital and Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital—for their significant impact on the care of countless Atlantans, hospital patients, staff and physicians, and nominated by Emory Healthcare leadership and previous award recipients.

Wells, who spent his career with Emory Healthcare, joined the board of Emory Johns Creek Hospital in 2006 and is considered one of the cornerstones in the hospital’s success. “Don is a big reason this hospital is what it is today,” says Emory Johns Creek Hospital CEO Craig McCoy. “I think it was his leadership at that board level that really helped this hospital get the firm foundation that it’s building on.”

Christopher Hart, MD, Emory Johns Creek’s Chief of Staff, says, “Don has been the constant, steady hand through the infancy of Emory Johns Creek Hospital, always keeping our focus on taking great care of the patients’ needs.”

In addition to patient care, Wells has provided guidance on all aspects of hospital operations. “From buying the materials, to cooking the food, to running the business office, it’s like a little city. And some days it’s not so little,” Wells says.

After serving the Emory Johns Creek board for seven years, Wells recently stepped down; however, he will continue to be involved with the hospital. “There’s a sense of identity there that never escapes you, nor do you want to escape it,” Wells says. “I like that.”

“I hope he continues to have a hand in things,” Dr. Hart says. “We owe a great debt of gratitude for all that he’s done.”

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Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is Third in the World to Receive Fifth Magnet® Designation!

Emory Saint Joseph's Magnet Designated HospitalCongratulations to our team at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, who just received its fifth Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center! Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is one of only three hospitals – and the only community hospital — in the world to receive five consecutive designations.

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital became the third hospital in the world to receive Magnet designation when it received its first designation in 1995. And, every four years since, the hospital has successfully achieved re-designation. While every designation is special in its own way, we like to think that our nurses live Magnet every day with every encounter. So, what does Magnet mean to you, our patients? Magnet designation means that:

  • We’re all in this together. Our nurses work in a collaborative environment and benefit from each other’s knowledge and breadth of experience.
  • Our nurses are the cream of the crop! Magnet facilities regularly attract and retain top nursing talent.
  • You can feel confident that you’re in good hands. The Magnet Recognition Program establishes standards of excellence which health care organizations like ours must attain and maintain.

We’re particularly proud that Emory Healthcare is the only health system in Georgia to have two hospitals designated as Magnet facilities – Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Emory University Hospital, which wasrecognized for the first time in January. Currently, there are fewer than 400 Magnet-designated facilities around the globe, and six of those are in the state of Georgia. We couldn’t be prouder of the hard work that our team has put in for years to get to this point!

We’d also like to thank all of our Emory Saint Joseph’s amazing nurses and nursing leaders for their perseverance and dedication on our road to Magnet designation. If you have an Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital nurse you’d like to give a special shout out to, let us know in the comments below!

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A Glimpse Into our Magnet® Journey

Achieving Magnet designation is a journey years in the making. Our Emory University Hospital team worked tirelessly to prepare and submit the required Magnet documentation to the ANCC last June. After the ANCC reviewed our lengthy submission, they came on-site last month to meet the nurses, physicians and staff at Emory University Hospital to get a better feel for how our teams collaborate in providing exceptional care. Each and every one of our nurses and the entire Emory University Hospital team embraced the spirit of collaboration and teamwork that it takes to achieve Magnet.

Nurses Week Group Photo Emory University Hospital Nurses

Becky Provine

And, it is as a team that we commemorate this fantastic milestone while also pausing to remember our beloved friend and colleague, Emory University Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Becky Provine, who passed away last year.

Magnet was Becky’s passion, and she was a key driving force behind this amazing achievement. We’ll always be grateful for her leadership, commitment and vision.

A Peek Into Our Future

As we look forward to a bright future, here’s what you can continue to expect from us.

  • Teamwork – Our nurses, physicians and staff work in a collaborative environment and benefit from each other’s knowledge and breadth of experience. That’s not going to change. Throughout Emory Healthcare, we recognize that nurses play a pivotal role in creating outstanding outcomes and experiences for our patients and their families.
  • Excellence – Only seven percent of hospitals in the United States have been recognized with the prestigious Magnet designation. And, it’s more than just an honor. Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits such as lower mortality rates, lower hospital acquired infection rates and higher patient satisfaction.
  • Top talent – As leaders in nursing excellence, we are able to attract and retain the best and brightest nurses from around the country. And, nurses who work at Magnet facilities report higher job satisfaction.

Join Our Team

You, too, can become part of a winning team. Nurses looking for the opportunity and challenge to learn from our amazing nurses can join us at one of our upcoming nursing fairs on January 31 from 7 am to 3 pm or February 1 from 9 am to 3 pm at Emory University Hospital in the second floor auditorium or Emory University Hospital Midtown in the Glenn Auditorium.

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