Medicare Educational Seminars at Emory

Whether you’re turning 65, already on Medicare, or helping someone with their coverage, plan to attend a free seminar to get your Medicare questions answered.

Offered at several Emory locations, Medicare Educational Seminars are designed for patients new to Medicare and those brushing up on their benefits. Learn about Medicare Parts A, B, C and D, and the different types of Medicare insurance. Find out if you may qualify for federal and state subsidy programs.

Emory Johns Creek Hospital to offer free health screenings at women’s health event

Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH) will host its annual Ladies’ Night Out event devoted to women’s health on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Free health screenings will be offered to women including: glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index. Clinicians will also be on hand to educate women about breast health, cardiovascular disease and signs of stroke and heart attacks.

Jennifer Graham, MSN, FNP-BC, Emory Heart and Vascular Center; Maria Piraner, MD, diagnostic radiologist, director of the Center for Breast Care at EJCH; and Patricia Yugueros, MD, chief of plastic surgery at EJCH, and will hold a panel discussion about trends in women’s health at 6 p.m. Doors will open to the Ladies’ Night Out event at 6:30 p.m.

Emory Johns Creek Hospital to host annual 5K Scrub Run and Health Festival

scrub-run2015Emory Johns Creek Hospital will host its annual 5K Scrub Run and Community Health Festival on Saturday, May 14. The race starts at 8 a.m. and children 10 and under can participate in a 100-yard dash at 9 a.m.

The hospital will offer free health screenings including cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, bone density, and body mass index (BMI) calculations at the health festival starting at 8 a.m. This year, the event will also feature the hospital’s da Vinci® Surgical System to show the public how robotic surgery works. Physicians will also be available to meet and greet community members.


Emory Johns Creek Hospital and surrounding communities


Emory Johns Creek Hospital 5K Scrub Run and Community Health Festival


Saturday, May 14, 2016


Race registration starts: 6:30 a.m.
5K run/walk starts: 8 a.m.
100-yard dash (ages 10 and under) starts: 9 a.m.
Health Festival starts: 8 -11 a.m.


Emory Johns Creek Hospital
6325 Hospital Parkway
Johns Creek, GA 30097

The health festival will take place in the parking lot outside of Physician’s Plaza, entrance C.

All proceeds will benefit the Chattahoochee High School Cross Country Teams and the Emory Johns Creek Hospital Foundation.

Register for the race on
• Registration for 5K is $25 now through May 13
• Race day registration is $35

Race results will be posted here.

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital “Run for Mercy 5k”

logoThe Emory Saint Joseph’s “Run for Mercy 5k” is a family-friendly and Peachtree Qualifier event held in the City of Dunwoody beginning and ending at the Perimeter Place shopping center. As Atlanta’s first hospital sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital has a wonderful heritage of providing compassionate, clinically excellent health care. Emory Saint Joseph’s is a leader among all Georgia hospitals and is part of the Emory Healthcare system. To continue that mission, this race will benefit Mercy Care, an organization that provides health care services to the poor and marginalized, and will assist in building their next clinic in the Chamblee community to better assist that population.

We encourage community members of all athletic levels to participate—from professional runners to families who want to get out and go on a walk together and benefit a great cause—all are welcome! The “Run for Mercy 5k” will take place on Sunday, June 12 at 8:00 a.m. Learn more about the Run for Mercy 5K.

Register Now

  • We will have two race lengths, a 5k and a 1k, so please select the length you would like to participate in when you register.
  • Early registration for 5k $30 (price increases to $35 on 6/6)
  • Early registration for 1Kk $30 (price increases to $35 on 6/6)
  • Ghost Runner (I will not be participating in the race, but wish to register.) $30 (price increases to $35 on 6/6)
  • No DAY OF Registration.
  • Registration closes on June 10.
  • No pets. Strollers welcome.

Click here to register now!

Learn more about Mercy Care in the video below.

World Voice Day 2016 with The Emory Voice Center

The Emory Voice CenterWorld voice day together with The Atlanta Opera Chorus invite you to Celebrate World Voice Day 2016

Join us for a seminar on vocal health followed by an open rehearsal of The Atlanta Opera Chorus for the production of Gounod’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ opening on May 7, 2016.

Thursday April 14, 2016
6:30-8:00 PM

1575 Northside Dr. Suite 350
Atlanta GA 30318


Marina Gilman at 404-686-6776 or

Emory Saint Joseph’s Opens Orthopaedics & Spine Pavilion

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital recently opened their new Orthopaedics & Spine Pavilion providing surgical patients with a comprehensive, seamless care experience in one convenient location. The brand new, 20,000-square-foot facility was designed around the patient and family experience, and had input from hospital staff, physicians and former patients and their family members, known as patient and family advisors (PFAs).

“We wanted to make sure the patient gets the best possible experience from the time they walk in the door until they leave,” says Paul Jeffords, MD, chief of orthopaedic surgery at Emory Saint Joseph’s.

According to Dr. Jeffords, another important component of the experience at the Orthopaedics & Spine Pavilion is taking care of a patient’s family. “The family is an integral part of a patient’s recovery, and we try to ease their anxiety,” he says.

This includes keeping families informed during each phase of surgical care with a specialized tracking board in the waiting area. Families are able to follow the progress of their patient from surgery through recovery, in one location.

With the consolidation of inpatient and outpatient orthopaedics and spine services in one location on Emory Saint Joseph’s campus, the facility also includes six state-of-the-art operating suites complete with teleconferencing capabilities.

The multidisciplinary team at the Orthopaedics & Spine Pavilion is composed of orthopaedic and spine doctors, nurses and physical therapists, who care for patients going home the same day of surgery, and also those requiring a longer hospital stay.

Tour the new Orthopaedics & Spine Pavilion by watching the video below! For more information, click here.


Public Exchange Open Enrollment Ends Jan. 31

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If you missed the Dec. 17 deadline to enroll in a federal insurance plan, don’t worry. You can still enroll for a plan in the Health Insurance Marketplace at

Here are two more deadlines to know:

  • Jan. 15, 2016. Coverage starts Feb. 1, 2016 for enrollments or changes made by this date.
  • Jan. 31, 2016. This is the final day you can enroll in or change a plan for 2016. Enrollments or changes made between Jan.16 and Jan. 31 means coverage will start March 1, 2016.

Certain life events qualify individuals for special enrollment periods. For a list of these qualifying events, visit

In any event, make sure Emory Healthcare is in your plan. See the insurance plans Emory Healthcare accepts in the Health Insurance Marketplace. And if you’re interested in becoming an Emory patient, find a physician here to meet your needs.

Ebola and Emory Healthcare – An Extraordinary Year

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Photo by: Jack Kearse

This August marks the first anniversary of Ebola care at Emory, and it was an extraordinary year!

Emory’s experience with Ebola began at the end of July 2014 when two American citizens became infected with the Ebola virus while providing humanitarian aid in West Africa. Both patients, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, were brought to Emory University Hospital and discharged a month later free of the virus.

To date, the Emory Healthcare Ebola Team has successfully treated four patients infected with the Ebola virus. Emory is now an international leader in researching the disease. Our experts have shared their protocols and knowledge gained from treating these patients through a variety of journal publications, training conferences and an extensive public website for health care organizations regarding best practices for safe and effective screening, diagnosis and treatment of Ebola virus disease. Emory is also leading the new National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC), in collaboration with the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (Bellevue Hospital).

A year later, Emory Healthcare Chief Nursing Executive Susan Grant’s words stand out as a representation of the hard work of our staff over the past year and the hard work that is still yet to come: “We can either let our actions be guided by misunderstandings, fear and self-interest, or we can lead by knowledge, science and compassion. We can fear, or we can care.”
Watch the video below for more highlights:

Check out these other great resources for more on Emory and Ebola:

Interactive Timeline
Emory and Ebola Storify
Emory marks first anniversary of Ebola care – Press Release
Emory Ebola team recounts experience, lessons in treating first U.S. patients
In memoir, Kent Brantly reflects on Ebola care at Emory
Ebola in the Eye: Ian Crozier’s Story- VIDEO
Emory and Ebola – YouTube Video Playlist

Spotlight: Men’s Fitness

Men's Health MonthJune is Men’s Health Month. It’s also the time of year when many men become more active. The warm temperatures and long days make it easier (and more fun) to play on a softball team, tend to the yard, or start a new exercise routine, like biking or swimming. But after months of rest, the sudden explosion of activity can wreak havoc on the body.

If you’re about to ramp up a new summer workout, keep these injury prevention tips in mind:

1. Get Professional Help

If you are new to exercise, or just haven’t been active in a while, see your doctor for a physical to make sure you are healthy enough to take on strenuous activity. Also consider hiring a professional trainer or coach who can teach you proper form and technique.

2. Wear Proper Clothing

Always wear appropriate footwear. Not only will you be more comfortable, but you will also be able to alleviate undue stress to your ankles, knees and hips by providing much needed support. Also choose appropriate clothing that fits well, allows you to move naturally, and doesn’t interfere with your safety.

3. Warm Up

Never start a workout in full throttle. Begin slowly and build the pace. This gets the blood flowing to your muscles gradually, giving them time to warm up and acclimate to the activity. This also gives you time to listen to your body and identify any aches or pains that may be red flags to more serious problems.

4. Leave Your Ego At The Door

Many men start a workout program thinking too much about what they should be able to do rather than what they are honestly capable of at the time. Attempting too much too quickly invites injury. So, take the pressure off. Concentrate on your individual progress rather than comparing yourself to or competing with others.

5. Stretch

When your muscles have warmed up, stretch. Many men skip this part of a workout. After all, stretching is for girls, right? But, as your muscles get stronger and tighter they start pulling on one another. Eventually, this tug-of-war affects your body posture and you start to feel aches in your back, hamstrings, and shoulders. These minor aggravations can turn into serious problems, all preventable if you take the time to stretch.

6. Take A Day Off

Rest is important. It gives your body time to recuperate and repair. If you’re just starting an exercise program, make sure you take two days off each week. Listen to your body and respond accordingly. Pain and fatigue are subtle signs of overtraining that can lead to more serious problems.

7. Eat Well

Pay attention to nutrition. In order to maintain healthy energy levels and have the physical endurance to push through tough workouts, you need to fuel your body with good, healthy food. Avoid high-fat foods and sweets and drink lots of water to stay hydrated throughout the day.

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Stroke Awareness Month Events at Emory Healthcare

Stroke EventsAccording to the American Heart Association, stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. In recognition of May as National Stroke Awareness Month, Emory Healthcare encourages you to learn the signs, symptoms and risk factors for stroke. Mark your calendar for the following events:

Community Stroke Fair

When: Wednesday, May 13, 2015; 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Emory University Hospital Midtown Medical Office Tower Lobby

  • Learn the signs and symptoms of stroke
  • Free blood pressure screening
  • Ask a neurologist about stroke care
  • Hear about stroke rehabilitation programs
  • Speak to a pharmacist
  • Get your BMI checked
  • Free gift bags

5K Scrub Run and Community Health Festival

When: Saturday, May 16, 2015; 8 am to 11am
Where: Emory Johns Creek Hospital parking lot

  • Learn the signs and symptoms of stroke
  • Free glucose and cholesterol
  • Free blood pressure screening
  • Get your BMI checked

Stroke Awareness Fair

When: Tuesday, May 19, 2015; 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Emory Clinic Motor Lobby between buildings A and B

  • Learn the signs and symptoms of stroke
  • Understand how to manage blood pressure, exercise properly and maintain a healthy diet
  • Talk with experts about stroke prevention and response for suspected stroke

Stroke LIVE Chat


 When: Thursday, May 28, 2015; 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
 Where: Online

  •  Learn about stroke recovery and rehabilitation from Dr. Samir Belagaje, stroke neurologist at Emory  University and Director of Stroke Rehabilitation at the Marcus Stroke Center. Dr. Belaje will answer  questions during a LIVE interactive chat.

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Stroke is an emergency. If you or someone around you is experiencing signs or symptoms of stroke, CALL 911 immediately.