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Dirt Does Good: From Construction Site to Soccer Field

Emory Sustainable ConstructionAs you can imagine, digging space for a nine-level, 450,000-square-foot building with 500 underground parking spaces kicks up a lot of dirt! To continue all sustainability efforts with the new bed tower construction on Clifton Campus, the construction team set a goal to find another organization that could use the dirt that was displaced during the site expansion. As luck would have it, they found a most deserving recipient!

Multiple dump trucks hauled 78,000 cubic yards of dirt and filling material from the Emory University Hospital expansion site to Clarkston, GA. The dirt will be used to construct a soccer field at the Fugees Academy, the nation’s only school dedicated to refugee education. Fugees Family, Inc., is a non-profit organization devoted to working with child survivors of war. The organization’s efforts include year-round soccer for 90 boys and girls ages 10-18, after-school tutoring, soccer for 50 elementary-aged students, an academic enrichment summer camp and the Fugees Academy.

A.L. Grading Contractors, Inc., imported and placed the dirt at the site, while Breedlove Land Planning provided engineering services, which together would have cost more than $1 million. In the spirit of assisting Fugees Family in its philanthropic endeavor of providing recreational and learning opportunities for the refugee children residing in the Clarkston area, A.L. Grading’s lump sum fee was just $1.00.

Stay up to date on construction updates at emoryhealthcare.org/expansion!

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

Best and BrightestWe’re delighted to announce that for the third 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 (NABR)!

This award recognizes organizations that provide excellent benefits, compensation, employee engagement and retention, employee education and development, communication and shared vision, diversity and inclusion, work-life balance, community initiatives, and strategic company performance.

“We are honored to recognize the efforts of this year’s ‘Best and Brightest’ companies,” said Junnifer Kluge, NABR president. “These companies have created impressive organizational value and business results through their policies and best practices in human resource management. This award has become a designation sought after by hundreds of metro Atlanta area companies.”

We are proud to achieve this designation for the third 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 would like to say congratulations and thank you our staff and partners for creating an environment that supports a positive work culture represented by inclusion, innovation and respect.

We will continue striving to make this a wonderful place to work as we effectively work together to provide the best care for our patients!

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Repositioning the Psychiatric Service Continuum at Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods

Adult PsychiatryThe National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) projects over the next 25 years, we will witness the largest population increase in people over 60 years old in the history of mankind, in addition to a general population that will reach 400 million by 2030. The need for psychiatric services is also expected to increase during this period. These projections demand a review of how we provide psychiatric services.

As a result of this review, Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods is proud to announce the launch of our new Adult and Senior Inpatient Psychiatry Programs. Our inpatient care model includes a diagnostic assessment, initial treatment and crisis stabilization to insure our patients safely transition from inpatient care to outpatient therapy. We also offer advanced treatments for psychiatric and mood disorders, including electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), Ketamine Infusions and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) – treatments that all may be continued after patients leave the hospital.

Our outpatient service offerings incorporate the Transitions Senior Program /Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) & Intensive Outpatient Counseling Program (IOCP). We also offer general outpatient psychiatric care office visits. Additionally, we are also pleased to highlight the success of our recently launched 60+ Men’s Support Group. Our multi-specialty team of psychiatrists, residents, fellows, psychiatric nurses, licensed clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors; certified addiction counselors and mental health associates utilize best practices to treat a full range of psychiatric disorders.

Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods has taken a creative role in developing, improving and increasing our psychiatric services for the next decade.

Stay tuned to see what is next!

Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods
1821 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

For more information

  • Inpatient/ ECT/Ketamine/TMS: 404-728-6222
  • Outpatient Services: 404-728-4776

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 Healthcare Turns Trash into Treasure

Emory RecyclesMetal hand railings, bathroom plumbing fixtures, signage, kitchen cabinets, doors and windows – these items come to mind when renovating or building a new structure, but they should also be considered when demolishing a building, too. Sometimes, these materials don’t need to end up in the dumpster!

The Emory Healthcare (EHC) Facilities Management team partnered with a group of volunteers from the Lifecycle Building Center to redefine what it means to reuse and repurpose at EHC.

To make room for the new hospital bed tower on Clifton Road, the Emory University sorority houses on Gambrell Drive were demolished. , Facilities Management salvaged many items, such as those listed above, from the sorority houses. Rather than throwing away perfectly useful building fixtures, the Lifecycle Building Center will repurpose the items throughout the community for use in other building construction and renovation projects.

The Lifecycle Building Center is a non-profit organization in Atlanta that diverts construction and demolition waste by salvaging reusable building materials and making them available to the public through a variety of means, including a retail operation in southwest Atlanta. The proceeds of the retail store are reinvested back into the community through programs that promote resource efficiency in the built environment. At the core of the center’s mission is the redirection of materials to organizations in need, which has both local and global impacts. Some of the salvaged materials from the sorority houses, such as a bike rack, cabinetry, fire extinguishers and ADA-compliant sinks, have been offered to local organizations, schools and fire departments in need of such items.

As Emory Healthcare is committed to going green throughout the entire new tower construction, this process will help reduce the amount of landfill waste produced, while giving back to the community.

Stay up to date on construction updates at emoryhealthcare.org/expansion!

How to “Live Long and Prosper:” Avoiding COPD

Leonard Nimoy COPDBy now you’ve probably heard that the world lost a beloved actor, poet and photographer today. Some of you know him as “Spock,” while to his family he was Leonard Nimoy, a husband and father. Nimoy passed away from the third leading cause of death in the United States: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Nimoy was open with his fans about his COPD diagnosis and often used Twitter to highlight the importance of quitting smoking, tweeting things such as: “Don’t smoke. I did. Wish I never had. LLAP.” Nimoy signed all of his tweets with “LLAP,” a nod to Mr. Spock’s signature catchphrase “Live Long and Prosper.” In honor of his work raising awareness around smoking and COPD, we’d like to help shed some light on this disease:

What is COPD?

COPD is a type of lung disease that can cause breathing-related problems due to the blockage of airflow through the lungs caused by irritation and damage of the lung tissue. Tens of millions of people suffer from lung disease in the US alone. While airway, lung tissue and lung circulation disease are the most common forms of lung disease, many diseases can involve a combination of those.

Types of COPD include emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and in some cases asthma. It is often caused by the exposure to tobacco smoke. Other contributing factors include exposure to air pollutants in the home and workplace, genetic factors and respiratory infections.

How do I prevent COPD?

Leonard Nimoy maintained an active voice against smoking after his diagnosis. Not only are smokers at an increased risk, but also those who have been exposed to tobacco through second-hand smoke. Avoiding air pollutants at both home and work can also reduce your risk of developing COPD.

How do I know if I have COPD?

COPD is diagnosed by a simple test called spirometry, which measures lung function. If detected early, it is possible to change the progression of the disease. If you experience difficulty breathing, you should consult your physician.

To learn more about COPD, click here. To make an appointment with a thoracic specialist, call 404-778-7777.

“Live long and prosper.”
– Leonard Nimoy

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Emory Healthcare: Always Growing and Improving

EUH construction update 2015If you’ve visited Emory University Hospital (EUH) or Emory Clinic on Clifton Road, you’ve noticed a lot of changes happening! Several construction projects are taking place to prepare for the arrival of a new hospital tower, which will provide additional beds and clinical space on the Clifton Campus.

The new bed tower will be patient- and family-centered facility, which we anticipate will open in 2017. It will include:

  • 210 patient beds
  • 450,000 square feet and nine levels
  • Patient care units for cancer and transplant (liver, pancreas, kidney)
  • Diagnostic and treatment spaces
  • ICU rooms
  • General Medical/Surgical rooms
  • 500 underground parking spaces
  • A new pedestrian bridge concourse that will connect EUH, Emory Clinic and Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University to the new building

With some services relocating to the new tower, services currently at Emory University Hospital will relocate to newly renovated space in the existing EUH location. The Emergency Department at EUH will remain in its recently expanded location.

What’s been accomplished?
Access to and around EUH and Emory Clinic buildings has already been improved due to the completion of the following projects:

  • Reconfiguration of Woodruff Circle to centralize shuttle pickup/drop-off areas, which eased traffic congestion by removing 500+ shuttles per day off of Lowergate Drive
  • EUH Emergency Department expansion and renovation, which now boasts 34 beds in an 18,300 square-foot space
  • Third floor EUH operating room expansion and renovation
  • EUH valet improvements that doubled the size of the operation
  • Build out of new Admissions and Care Initiation Unit on the 2nd floor of EUH
  • Reconfiguration of the Emory Clinic valet area, which provides better traffic flow, coverage for patients waiting for their cars, a spacious lobby, better wayfinding and a covered pedestrian bridge from the parking deck.

For updated information on our progress with these projects and more, be sure to visit emoryhealthcare.org/expansion often!

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.