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Allergies: Know Where to Go to Get Relief This Season

For allergy and asthma sufferers in Atlanta, there are effectively three seasons: summer, winter and pollen.

With a warmer than average winter, high pollen counts have already been reported across the U.S. In Atlanta, this warmer than usual weather triggered an early release of tree pollen. As a result, pollen counts started rising in mid-February. This means allergy season is already here — which may seem unfair, considering we are still at the tail end of flu season.

Click here to learn more about pollen counts and what the numbers mean.

Respiratory allergies, such as asthma and allergic rhinitis (also called hay fever), flare up because of a heightened immune system response to pollen particles. Allergic rhinitis produces the typical sneezing and runny nose associated with pollen season, as well as itchy watery eyes. You can also experience itching in your ears, nose and throat.

For some people, this is mildly irritating but can be handled by staying indoors when pollen counts are high. Symptoms are also treatable with over-the-counter or prescription medications. A primary care physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant can help. Older adults, children and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should talk to their health care provider before taking over-the-counter medications.

However, allergic rhinitis can set the stage for viral or bacterial infections to take hold in your sinuses, ears, throat and chest. If left untreated, these infections can develop into more serious conditions.

Tip: Not sure whether you have allergies or a sinus infection? If it’s allergies, your mucus will often be clear. Mucus that’s cloudy, white, yellow or greenish can indicate a sinus infection.

Pollen sensitivity can also trigger asthma or bronchitis, both of which are conditions that affect airways in our lungs and can cause shortness of breath and wheezing. Asthma is caused by muscles tightening around the airways, causing them to narrow and restrict the amount of air that gets in your lungs. Meanwhile, bronchitis occurs when the lining of the airways becomes inflamed and is usually caused by an infection. It’s possible to suffer from both at the same time, which is called asthmatic bronchitis.

Where to Get Relief for Your Allergies

Start with your primary care physician. Because your PCP knows your complete health history and how you respond to medication, he or she can develop the best course of treatment. If you have ongoing or severe allergy or asthma issues, your primary care physician can also refer you to a specialist.

MinuteClinics and Urgent Care Centers are good alternatives if you need to see a health care provider sooner than you can see your PCP, or if you need care outside of your PCPs normal office hours.

Emergency rooms are best for life threatening health concerns, and a severe asthma attack can certainly require emergency care. Respiratory infections with high fevers that don’t respond to medicine are another example of good time to visit the ER.

When in doubt, don’t hesitate to call your PCP or the Emory HealthConnection at 404-778-7777 and speak to an Emory nurse for assistance.

About Dr. Colovos

Nick Colovos, MD, received his degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1993, and completed his residency in emergency medicine at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Toledo Ohio in 1996. His work experiences in the academic, public and private sectors of medical care have allowed him to develop a very unique perspective on the business of healthcare and its delivery to patients. He currently serves as Medical Director for the Emory Healthcare Urgent Care and CVS MinuteClinic Strategy. Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta Georgia

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Aging Parents and Multiple Health Problems – What Adult Children Can Do to Help

aging-parents-emailAs we age, the likelihood of developing multiple ongoing conditions increases. These problems can include high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure, to name a few.

Multiple medical conditions also means multiple prescriptions, therapies and physicians, all of which can become confusing. Sometimes, they might seem at cross purposes as well.

Join us July 27, 2016, from noon to 1 p.m. to chat online with Anthony Nguyen, MD, Emory Healthcare Regional Medical Officer for the Emory Coordinated Care Centers, part of the Emory Healthcare Network Advantage program. Dr. Nguyen works with Emory primary care physicians and Coordinated Care Center staff to deliver continuous coordinated care to older patients.

He will discuss how caregivers – and patients themselves- can communicate with their doctors to help manage health conditions like

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Anticoagulation Therapy Program
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • COPD

He will also explain the therapies, services and treatments offered at the Coordinated Care Centers that can help with this more intensive health management, including:

  • HealthStart assessments
  • Fall prevention
  • Medication management
  • Nutrition advice
  • Smoking cessation programs
  • Behavioral health support

During this chat, you’ll be able to ask questions and get real-time answers from Dr. Nguyen. Register now for our July 27 chat at emoryhealthcare.org/mdchats.

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Create a Personal Fundraising Page

Personal Giving Page ImageYour support is vital to everything that we do here at Emory. That’s why Emory Healthcare is excited to announce the inception of Personal Giving Pages. Personal Giving Pages are a fun and easy way to support Emory’s groundbreaking research, patient care, and professional education.

With just a few clicks, you’ll be able to create your own Personal Giving Page. After you’ve created your page, you’ll be able to invite family and friends to join you in supporting Emory Healthcare. We’ve already created special fundraising messages for birthdays, in honor or memorial of someone special, holidays, or any day that may be important to you.

Personal Giving Pages are a great way to both promote good health and help others get involved in the effort to put an end to serious diseases. These pages are a fun and easy way to do just that. With your support and the support of others like you, there’s no telling what we’ll be able to accomplish. We’re so proud to have the opportunity to serve you and our community.

If you’d like to know more about how to create your own Personal Giving Page, please click here.

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Managing Your Stress Live Chat on December 22nd

stress-chatThe holiday season is in full swing, and there’s no better time to think about stress management. In short spurts, stress is actually helpful and can propel us through a tough situation or help us react quickly to avoid one. However, prolonged or severe stress may trigger physical, psychological and emotional reactions that can lead to health problems or worsen existing ones.

On Tuesday, December 22, 2015 from noon to 1pm EST join Emory Healthcare Network’s Sharon Horesh Bergquist, MD for an interactive web chat on Stress Management. Sign up, send questions and learn about

  • Symptoms of stress
  • Long-term effects of stress on your health and body and
  • Techniques for reducing stress

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About Dr. Bergquist

avatar-horesh-bergquist-sharonDr. Bergquist is an Emory Clinic Primary Care Physician and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Her expertise includes healthy aging, heart disease prevention and management, women’s health, diabetes, nutrition and obesity counseling and treatment of mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression. She has appeared in over a hundred health segments, including Good Morning America, Fox New Network, CNN and Fox 5, has served as an editorial consultant for WebMD and wrote the TED Ed Lesson, “How Stress Affects Your Body.”

Infertility Statistics and Infertility in Men

couple-walking-autumnInfertility is a common problem that affects one out of every ten couples trying to conceive. Perhaps because of social stigma, infertility is rarely publicized or discussed, despite common occurrence. Recently, several celebrities have opened up on social media about their personal struggles in trying to conceive. Hopefully, these discussions will promote greater awareness of the both the causes of infertility, and the treatments for infertility.

Historically, any discussion about infertility has focused on infertility in women. People are often surprised to learn that 50% of all cases of infertility involve infertility in men. Causes of infertility in men range from abnormalities in sperm count, to hormone imbalances, and problems with ejaculation. In many cases, these male fertility issues can be treated either medically or surgically.

As a urologist who specializes in Men’s Reproductive Health, I can say that a diagnosis of infertility affects all aspects of a man’s life. Medically, a diagnosis of infertility can be worrisome because it may be an indicator of a potentially serious underlying medical condition. Psychologically, a diagnosis of infertility can lead profound feelings of guilt, anger, and low self-esteem.

Infertility statistics clearly show that infertility is a couple’s problem, and must be faced as a team. If you have concerns about your or your partner’s fertility potential, or need more information about fertility treatment options available at the Emory Reproductive Center, call 404-778-4898 to schedule or visit Emory’s Reproductive Center.

About Dr. Mehta

mehtaDr. Akanksha Mehta is an Assistant Professor of Urology at Emory University School of Medicine.

Dr. Mehta graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, with double Bachelor degrees; Science (Biology) and International Relations. Dr. Mehta attended Alpert Medical School at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI, where she also did her General Surgery internship and Urology residency. She then completed a fellowship in Male Infertility and Microsurgery at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, NY, before joining Emory Urology in 2013, as the inaugural Health Services Scholar. Dr. Mehta is a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology (2015).

Dr. Mehta’s clinical interests lie in the area of male reproductive and sexual medicine, and microsurgery. She currently serves at the Director of Male Reproductive Health at Emory Urology, and is a Guest Researcher in the Division of Reproductive Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Mehta’s research interests lie in studying the impact of male factor infertility on clinical outcomes following the use of assisted reproductive technologies, as well as the recovery of sexual function among prostate cancer survivors. She is the recent recipient of a Urology Care Foundation Research Scholar award for her work.

Dr. Mehta currently serves as the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education, and is closely involved in teaching and mentoring medical students and urology residents. She has authored several book chapters and peer-reviewed publications in Urology, and has presented at both regional and national meetings.

Outside of Urology, Dr. Mehta maintains a keen interest in International Health; she has been involved in providing clinical care in Cambodia, Kenya, and Bangladesh.

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The New and Improved Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods

entrance-wesleyMental illness is an epidemic in the United States today. In the state of Georgia, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death (www.namiga.org). As more and more people are seeking treatment for depression, anxiety, and other mental health illnesses, there is a rising need for more treatment options. Sitting down with Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods Clinical Administrator, Jen Schuck, helped to shed light on how Emory Healthcare, is working towards addressing the needs of this rising epidemic.

In the past year, Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods (EUHWW) has undergone significant changes. Ms. Schuck says EUHWW as a whole, are trying to move away, “from the negative stigmas” by referring to psychiatric services as “behavioral health.” In addition to promoting a more positive way to talk about mental health, Ms. Schuck explains how EUHWW has essentially re-vamped the treatment method for behavioral health. Inpatient behavioral health has two units and offers two different outpatient treatment tracks. One unit is for “acute behavioral services such as paranoia, delusions, hallucinations or schizophrenia type illnesses” says Schuck. The second inpatient unit is for patients with medical co-occurring illnesses. The two tracks recognize the differences between patients and treating them to meet their specific needs. “We have to provide patients with life skills or coping skills for discharge readiness” says Schuck. She also reports the inpatient units are largely “stabilization” units. After receiving short term inpatient treatment, patients can step down to outpatient treatment—and again EUHWW offers two different tracks patients can choose from, based on their specific needs. Outpatient behavioral health services has different levels of acuity-

  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
  • Continuing Care Program (CCP)

This breakdown makes it, “so we are always caring for the patient” throughout their course of treatment. Schuck says patients should be “treated for 6 to 8 months” post acute episode. The second outpatient program track offers patients a Transitional Care Clinic. Essentially, a nurse driven program for patients not going the PHP/IOP/CCP track. The nurse will contact the patient following their discharge from their inpatient stay. The Transitional Care Clinic follows patients for 30 days post-discharge and will make contact with the patient within 7 days of their inpatient hospitalization. This ensures patients are receiving the proper after care treatment. Schuck summarizes this new structure as, “patients who are inpatient can either go the PHP track post discharge or the Transitional Care Clinic track. Either way—it allows us to be more engaged in their after care.” Thus reducing recidivism because the patient will be supported long-term, rather than only acutely.

How do these changes impact the general community, you ask? Schuck says “number one, it provides easier access to behavioral health services. Gives ability to manage behavioral health services with comorbidities which is not commonly treated.” She also says being backed by a university, gives “access to cutting edge” treatment options for the community. She emphasizes the newly structured behavioral health systems at EUHWW serves patients who are “more fragile” and is special to the Atlanta area community because traditionally, medical and psychiatric co-occurring illnesses are not treated together.

When asked for her thoughts in general on psychiatric services for the 21st century at EUHWW, Schuck referred back to how the new treatment structures are more cohesive. She reports also EUHWW has a Neuromodulation clinic, which partners with Treatment Resistant Disorders (TRD) clinic to provide patients with ECT (electro-convulsive therapy—which is much less invasive now as it was in previous years), ketamine infusions, and Emory Healthcare has also just launched RTMS (Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Services). Schuck reports this will provide options to patients other than ECT—RTMS uses magnetic brain waves to change the brain chemistry in people with mental illness. Schuck reports the overall “global” goal is for the programs to continue to care for people beyond the walls of this hospital. She hopes to bridge our care continuum to outside providers and be able to treat the whole patient—rather than just one piece. When asked why families should choose Emory Healthcare for their behavioral health needs, Schuck references the above re-vamped treatment structure. She also reports such changes supports EUHWW moving towards, “being a world class treatment facility” providing individualized treatment. Schuck hopes in the next 5 years, that EUHWW psychiatric services will be expanded. She also says behavioral health needs will increase by 10% according to strategic planning and that “we need to be ready.” She re-emphasizes her goal of community outreach—having our continuum of care stretch beyond the four walls of our hospitals—reaching into the community. When asked what she would want the community to know about EUHWW, Schuck says “we have re-invented ourselves” explaining we are apart of a greater system within Emory Healthcare by creating a new identity, we are not a nursing home, and serve more than just geriatric patients; requiring many cultural changes. Schuck reports, “we are getting to a place that is more comprehensive” treating the acute system for long-term. Thus, it is tapping into a larger “brain health system”, providing care for more patients for longer time periods—a connection that other systems may not have. This is also a connection that could save a life. We are all in this together. Together, with the newly re-invented structures at EUHWW, we can help patients and families thrive in mental health wellness.

Emory Healthcare Behavioral Health Services:
Inpatient treatment- 404.728.6222
Outpatient treatment- 404.778.5526
PHP/IOP/CCP- 404.728.4776.

4 Low Impact Exercise Options

tai-chiAs we all know, regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. But because of various injuries and/or health conditions, instead of running on a treadmill or jumping rope, many people must choose to participate in low impact activities. If you’re someone who is impacted by musculoskeletal issues ranging from tender joints to osteoarthritis, check out the four activity options below for healthy ways to stay active without all the wear and tear.

Swimming

Swimming is a great way for everyone to stay active, but is especially well-suited for those seeking a low impact way to get or stay healthy. Stiff and sore joints can benefit from the buoyancy of water and the fact that your body bears less of its own weight when underwater. The increased resistance afforded by water (vs. air) means exercise can be even more effective in building not only strength, but also your range of motion.

Yoga

Because the foundation of yoga is stretching, it is an ideal exercise option for those requiring low impact options for staying fit. The slow and gradual movements associated with yoga allow the body to gracefully ease into each position and ensure joints avoid taking on the heavy impact associated with many other forms of exercise. Yoga can help improve strength, balance, and flexibility, all while going easy on your body.

Cycling

Cycling is a fantastic low-impact way of working cardiovascular exercise into your routine. Both indoor and outdoor cycling allow you to incorporate resistance training into your workout and get the heartbeat up to burn calories, build stamina and boost your overall health!

Tai Chi

Rooted in a combination of martial arts and meditation, tai chi provides core strengthening, balance and aerobic benefits, along with an opportunity to get in some time for deep breathing and stress relief as well. Leveraging slow, graceful movement, tai chi removes the impact from your workout and is easy on the joints while reducing stiffness and even improving your sleep!

These are some great options for low impact exercise. What are your other favorite low impact exercise options?

Health Benefits of Yoga

yoga-classDeveloped in India thousands of years ago, yoga has become an incredibly popular form of exercise in the United States. There are more than one hundred different types of yoga, and most focus on three core elements: breathing exercises, meditation, and assuming poses (or postures) that stretch and flex various muscle groups.

You’ve probably heard yoga is good for you. Maybe you’ve even tried it and found that you walked away feeling better than when you came in. Yoga not only feels great, but it’s also great for you, providing instant gratification and lasting transformation (if you stick with it!) But while you probably know that yoga can help you become more flexible, you may be surprised by the wide range of health benefits—both physical and mental—that yoga can help you achieve.

Physical Benefits

  • Builds muscle strength – Many yoga poses require you to support the weight of your own body in new ways, including balancing on one leg or supporting yourself with your arms. Poses such as downward dog, upward dog, and the plank pose, build upper-body strength. The standing poses, especially if you hold them for several long breaths, build strength in your hamstrings, quadriceps, and abs. Poses that strengthen the lower back include upward dog and the chair pose.
  • Improved flexibility – Typically the first and most obvious benefit of yoga, improved flexibility tends to be clearly evident, even to beginners. Moving and stretching in new ways helps to increase the range of motion and lubrication of joints, which is key to performing everyday activities with ease as you continue to age.
  • Posture – When you’re stronger and more flexible, your posture improves. Most of the standing and sitting poses develop core strength because your abdominal muscles are needed help support and maintain each pose. With a stronger core, you’re more likely to sit and stand tall.
  • Bone and joint health – It’s well known that weight-bearing exercise strengthen bones and helps ward off osteoporosis, and many postures in yoga require that you lift your own weight. Yoga also can have a significant effect on healthy joint function as certain poses promote the release of fluids while strengthening the muscles supporting vital joint systems.
  • Heart healthy – When you regularly get your heart rate into the aerobic range, you lower your risk of heart attack. While not all yoga is aerobic, if you do it vigorously or take certain classes (like Ashtanga), it can boost your heart rate into the aerobic range.
  • Breathing – Most of us take shallow breaths and don’t give much thought to how we breathe. Because most forms of yoga involve deep breathing and attention to our breath, lung capacity often improves. This in turn can improve sports performance and endurance.

Mental Benefits

Aside from the array of physical benefits, yoga also has some great mental benefits. Unlike more traditional forms of exercise, yoga’s incorporation of meditation and breathing help a person improve his/her mental well-being.

  • Stress reduction – One of the best benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage the devastating effects of stress. Physical activity is good for relieving stress, and this is particularly true of yoga. Yoga’s quiet, precise movements and emphasis on being in the moment can also help by taking the focus off external stressors. Many people leave yoga classes feeling less stressed than when they came in.
  • Body awareness – Doing yoga will give you an increased awareness of your own body, as you are often called upon to make small, subtle movements to improve your alignment. Over time, this will increase your level of comfort in your own body, which can help with early detection of physical problems or ailments and allow for early preventive action.
  • Mental Calmness – Many of the breathing exercises practiced in yoga have been developed to calm and tame our seemingly endless stream of thoughts. This leads to greater concentration as you work your way through each pose—and, in most cases, a calmness that lasts the rest of the day.

If one or many of these benefits appeal to you, you should look into the various schools of yoga and determine which is right for you. The great news is that just about everyone can do it, too — body type and fitness levels do not matter because there are modifications for every yoga pose and beginner classes in every style. So get out there and give yoga a try; you may just be amazed at what it can do for you.

Geriatric Psychiatry: An Interview with Dr. Young

youngMental Illness is real and it does not discriminate—anyone can experience it. Emory Healthcare has a Geriatric Psychiatry department which serves adults age 60 years and older; offering multiple services.

We begin this education series with a spotlight on Dr. Raymond Young, Medical Director for the Emory Wesley Woods Senior Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Counseling Program (IOCP). For more information, please see our previous blogs or our website.

I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Georgia and am deeply passionate about Emory Healthcare and in specific, the outpatient services in geriatric psychiatry. As a professional in the field and an adult child of aging parents, I was interested to speak to Dr. Young about his views about the geriatric field, our programs in outpatient services, and his overall background. The therapist in me is always interested in how others feel and think, and the adult child in me is always interested in learning more about how to appropriately care for and communicate with the aging population. Dr. Young has multiple roles within the outpatient psychiatry services in Geriatric Psychiatry and was kind enough to allow me to interview him for this blog.

Jenny Barwick, LPC: Why do you think the geriatric outpatient psychiatry programs are important to the community?
Dr. Young: I think they serve a need for a growing population—dealing with aging, loss and our programs provide a resource to cope to have a good quality of life.

Jenny Barwick, LPC: What are your responsibilities and greatest challenges from being our medical director?
Dr. Young: To help provide clinical oversight to patients, provide resources in decision making in their care and therapeutic plans, what level of care is appropriate for them, supervision for clinicians. I think my greatest challenge is having the time to provide support for the programs and time and support to everything else I do.

Jenny Barwick, LPC: What are your criteria for referring patients to PHP and IOCP?
Dr.Young: For me, it is when I see the patient has need or is in distress in managing depression, anxiety, or another clinical issue. Someone who needs frequent attention to develop skills they need to live a productive life and to hopefully prevent inpatient hospitalization.

Jenny Barwick, LPC: Can you describe how geriatric psychiatry is different from adult psychiatry?
Dr. Young: Sure. As a whole, what differs is a set of variables. Number one, life stage. Patients are dealing with retirement, young adult children becoming more independent, losing spouses, friends, facing the need to deal with changing purpose and meaning in life. The patients also deal with more co-morbid illnesses and have a larger impact on their psychiatric health and it impacts how we treat these patients. There are a lot of complexities in geriatric psychiatry that are not present in the adult population.

Jenny Barwick, LPC: Do you believe that patients who have a diagnosis of cognitive impairment or any degree of dementia are inappropriate for group or individual therapy?
Dr. Young: No. I don’t think we can make a blanket statement because a lot of people can still learn and have insight. Our programs are quite helpful and can even be preventive in some ways—because they can learn, have fun, stay active and deal with dementia along with whatever their psychiatric issues are. But, at the same time, not all patients with a dementia diagnosis are appropriate.

Jenny Barwick, LPC: How do your certifications help to serve our patients? (Dr.Young is triple board certified)
Dr. Young: I am board certified in internal medicine, psychiatry, and psychosomatic medicine. My education and background helps me because most patients I see have co-morbidities. This allows me to integrate my knowledge and allows me to have a greater appreciation for psychosomatic.

Jenny Barwick, LPC: Can you talk more about psychosomatic medicine?
Dr. Young:Sure. Psychosomatic medicine is a subspecialty in psychiatry. It was deemed a subspecialty in 2003 and its fast growing. It is looking at psychiatric illnesses and how it impacts medical illnesses and how the medical side can impact psychiatry and then how you integrate these into treatment. This is being used more and more often, especially in primary care and oncology.

Jenny Barwick, LPC: What led you into geriatric psychiatry?
Dr. Young: What led me into it? Some of it is opportunity. Part of my training I did in Chicago was combined with geriatrics. I came to Emory because I wanted to utilize my training and this gives me that opportunity. I have grown to love this population. I am not a board certified geriatric psychiatrist, but I see myself as one.

Jenny Barwick, LPC: How do you stay motivated?
Dr. Young: The patients. The patients keep me motivated. I became a doctor because I wanted to help others and I believe I could do this most in the mental health field. It is always motivating to help.

Jenny Barwick, LPC: What does your typical day look like?
Dr. Young:It varies from day to day because of my multiple roles. I provide oversight for the partial program (PHP). Primarily, my days are spent as being a clinician. I work in the transplant center, outpatient geriatric psychiatry, I work with medically complicated young adults, and I do consultations up at Emory. I also have various administrative educational roles. I am the director of psychosomatic medicine fellowship; I work with the internal medicine psychiatry resident program. I am also involved with the geriatric psychiatry fellowship.

Jenny Barwick, LPC: What do you value the most from working with the geriatric population?
Dr. Young: I feel I can genuinely help. When we help someone who is depressed, anxious, it not only impacts the patient, but their spouse, family, children and it feels good to help the patient and the family. It feels good to make a difference.

Jenny Barwick, LPC: What advice do you have for families or patients who are looking for a psychiatrist?
Dr. Young: It is good to be open to seeing a psychiatrist. Often the biggest challenge is just seeking help. Families have to be open. Often what restricts patients from seeking help is the family not believing they need help. You want to see someone who cares, who gives you the time, and who will communicate effectively with you.

Jenny Barwick, LPC: Where do you see our programs in the next 5 to 10 years?
Dr. Young: Well, I hope I see them continue to grow and expand. I have seen it grown significantly since 2006 and I have seen how it has expanded by amount of patients, clinicians, nursing staff. I hope it gets bigger because people are aging, living longer, and getting older—not younger. There is a need for these programs.

Jenny Barwick, LPC: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years?
Dr. Young:I don’t know. Hopefully still at Emory. Still doing my best to take care of my patients. I hope to be more involved in the systems of healthcare—looking at patients overall healthcare and not just the individual.

Jenny Barwick, LPC: How do you think the geriatric psychiatry field can improve serving patients overall?
Dr. Young: I think the biggest hurdle I have seen is just being accessible. There are a lot of people who need our support and are challenged to access our help and support. We need more people in the field to care for the patients. We need to find ways to be more efficient and more accessible.

Dr. Young truly believes in mental health and has a real, genuine passion for what he does. If I could get my own parents to seek psychiatric help, I would want them to come to Emory Healthcare’s Geriatric Psychiatry department because the department has seasoned, passionate doctors such as Dr.Young. Emory Healthcare provides our geriatric patients with individualized treatment and will be treated by doctors like Dr.Young, who see the whole person and not just a diagnosis code. Not only does Dr.Young believe in the care he gives patients, he also believes in the programs Emory offers in outpatient psychiatry. I admire his ability to be vulnerable and demonstrate just how important it is to see the whole patient, and not just a diagnosis. We are all in this together.

For an appointment in outpatient geriatric psychiatry, call 404.728.6302. 

To find out more about PHP and/or IOCP, please call 404.728.6975 or 404-728-4776 . Or visit our facility—1821 Clifton Rd, located first floor next to the cafeteria.

Emory hospitals again ranked among best in country, state and metro area by U.S. News & World Report

euh-frontU.S. News & World Report has announced its 2015-16 rankings of America’s Best Hospitals and once again, our Emory Healthcare hospitals have been placed among the best in the country. For the fourth year in a row, Emory University Hospital has been named the number one hospital in both Georgia and metro Atlanta. Emory University Hospital includes Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods and Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital.

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is ranked 5th in Georgia and 3rd in metro Atlanta. Emory University Hospital Midtown ranks 11th in Georgia in a two-way tie and 5th in metro Atlanta, also a two-way tie.

NATIONALLY, Emory University Hospital was TOP ranked in 12 adult specialty areas:

• Cancer – (#22 up from #24)
• Cardiology & Heart Surgery – (#15 up from #16)
• Diabetes & Endocrinology (#18 up from #23)
• Ear, Nose & Throat – (#45)
• Gastroenterology & GI Surgery – (#40 up from #41)
• Geriatrics – (#20 up from #21)
• Gynecology – (#26 up from #42)
• Nephrology – (#42)
• Neurology & Neurosurgery (#12 up from #15)
• Ophthalmology – (#12 up from #14)
• Orthopaedics – #31
• Urology – (#22 up from #25)

Emory University Hospital also ranked high performing in pulmonology. Emory University Hospital Midtown ranked high performing in cancer.

“We are proud of our rankings throughout our system in this year’s U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals issue,” says Michael J. Mandl, president and CEO of Emory Healthcare. “More importantly, we are proud of the people who deliver excellence, quality and safety in health care to our patients and their families every day.”

U.S. News & World Report began publishing their “Best Hospital” rankings twenty-five years ago to identify the best medical centers for the most complex patients — those whose illnesses pose unusual challenges because of underlying conditions, procedure difficulty or other medical issues that add risk. Rankings are based on performance in several primary areas of health care: structure, process, outcomes and hospital reputation.

The rankings have been published at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2015-16 guidebook, available on newsstands on September 1.