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Emory Healthcare Makes Strides in Going Green

sustainabilityAccording to Practice Greenhealth, the premier US organization for healthcare sustainability, hospitals in the US produce almost 6 billion tons of waste annually, or 33 pounds per bed per day. So, how does a large academic medical system like Emory Healthcare tackle the challenge of going green? Here are just a few ways we’re working toward our goal:

  • By 2015, Emory Healthcare and Emory University aim to divert landfill waste by 65 percent through sophisticated recycling and composting programs, starting in the operating rooms (ORs) and other patient care areas. Emory University Hospital Midtown kicked off the recycling program in May, with Emory University Hospital joining the program during the summer. Medical technology company Stryker has placed bins in every operating room to collect used medical equipment. Equipment being collected includes laparoscopic devices, arthroscopic/orthopaedic devices (at EUHM) and energy devices. Those devices will be taken to a facility in Florida for recycling. Stericycle, a medical and hazardous waste company, will collect all clean plastic containers, clean plastic wrap, and clean cardboard boxes, many of which package surgical and sterile medical equipment, for recycling. Stericycle has also partnered with EUHM’s Environmental Services team to collect recyclable plastic, aluminum, glass, and paper from common spaces such as waiting rooms, lobbies and administrative spaces. Educational efforts on what to recycle and what to place in regulated medical waste bins are ongoing.
  • Since 2007, Emory Healthcare has partnered with MedShare, an international, non-profit organization that sends surplus medical supplies to underserved hospitals and clinics. Emory Healthcare donates unused, unexpired supplies to MedShare, as well as equipment that is no longer in use. Emory Healthcare collected 159,000 pounds of supplies for MedShare in 2012 alone.
  • Emory Johns Creek Hospital is working with Stryker to collect used surgical equipment for recycling.
  • At Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, medical waste reduction is accomplished with the help of a machine called a Chem Clav, which sterilizes and converts medical waste to landfill waste. Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is the only hospital within the Emory Healthcare system to have its own waste conversion system on site. This technology has been used at the hospital for 18 years.
  • Emory University Hospital Midtown and Emory University Hospital have joined the Healthier Hospitals Initiative’s Less Waste Challenge, a challenge to reduce regulated medical waste, increase recycling rates and increase construction and demolition waste recycling. These two hospitals join dozens of others across the country to “green” their operations. Healthier Hospitals Initiatives is a program developed out of collaboration between 12 of the nation’s largest and most influential health systems and Health Care Without Harm, the Center for Health Design and Practice Greenhealth.

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.

Emory Healthcare & Select Medical Rehabilitation Partnership

Emory Rehabilitation HospitalEffective July 1, 2014, the partnership between Emory Healthcare, Georgia’s largest health care system, and Select Medical, one of the nation’s largest providers specializing in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation as well as long-term acute care, is finalized. The joint venture combines best practices from the two organizations well-known in the health care industry for providing post-acute rehabilitation services. Bringing together the two highly specialized teams will allow for better coordinated patient care across multiple, conveniently-located facilities in the Atlanta and surrounding areas.

With the closing of the agreement, Emory’s Center for Rehabilitation Medicine has been renamed Emory Rehabilitation Hospital, making it the system’s seventh hospital. While Emory Healthcare will be the majority owner of this facility, Select Medical will provide management services for the hospital. Emory Rehabilitation Hospital will continue to provide inpatient and outpatient services to patients following stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, musculoskeletal problems and amputation. Eric Garrard will serve as the hospital’s Chief Executive Officer.

Twenty-three outpatient centers known as Select Physical Therapy have been renamed Emory Rehabilitation Outpatient Center. These clinics, located conveniently throughout metro Atlanta, are part of the joint venture allowing for more seamless care between inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services.

In addition, as part of the joint venture Select Medical will be majority owner and manage three long-term acute care (LTAC) hospitals in the greater Atlanta area, including LTAC services located at Emory Wesley Woods Hospital on Clifton Road. As a hospital entity of its own, it will operate as Select Specialty Hospital-Northeast Atlanta.

The other two long-term acute care hospitals included in the joint venture are Select Specialty Hospital – Atlanta, located at 550 Peachtree St., N.E., and
Regency Hospital, located at 1170 Cleveland Ave. in East Point.

“This new partnership with Select Medical will enable us to grow our services and enhance the outstanding care we already provide to our patients,” says John T. Fox, president and CEO of Emory Healthcare. “By forming a streamlined, cost-effective partnership, we remain focused on high-quality outcomes for patients and their families.”

“The level of cooperation in this partnership, not to mention the attention we will all have on making sure each patient is treated in the appropriate setting for his or her condition represents the future of health care,” says David S. Chernow, president and CEO of Select Medical. “We could not be more excited to put all this in place with a partner as well respected as Emory Healthcare. Working together, we can achieve great things for Georgia’s patients.”

For more information, or to make an appointment to see one of our providers, please call 404-778-7777, or visit our website at emoryhealthcare.org/rehab.

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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Emory Expansion Update: Emory Department of Ophthalmology is On the Move!

on-the-move-300x114To provide a better patient care experience and align demand with available capacity, many Emory Clinic (TEC) and Emory Healthcare practices are relocating to redesigned clinical space and/or new locations. The new spaces will be more inviting for patients and more accommodating to our physicians’ needs as well.

As of May 12th, the Department of Ophthalmology will be moving to the 18th floor of the Medical Office Tower.

Beginning on that date, our patients will begin seeing the following providers at the 18th floor, by way of the high-rise elevators in the main lobby:

For more information, call 404-778-2020 or get details online, at: http://emoryhealthcare.org/expansion/moves.html

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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Emory Expansion Update: Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Department is On the Move!

Emory Healthcare ExpansionTo provide a better patient care experience and align demand with available capacity, many Emory Clinic and Emory Healthcare practices are relocating to redesigned clinical space and/or new locations. The new spaces will be more inviting for patients and more accommodating to the needs of our physicians as well.

As of April 1, 2014, the Emory Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences has moved to Executive Park, Building 12. This new facility, located at the intersection of I-85 and North Druid Hills Road, is a welcoming environment and more convenient for many of our patients.

Beginning Tuesday, April 1, 2014, all Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health patients previously seen on the Briarcliff campus, at Emory Clinic Building B, and the Tufts House will now be seen at our new Executive Park location. For more information, call 404-778-5526 or get details online, at: http://emoryhealthcare.org/expansion/moves.html

Emory Wound & Hyperbaric Center Opens at Emory University Hospital Midtown

emory-university-hospital-midtownMillions of people suffer from chronic wounds that cause both significant physical and emotional distress. Fortunately, the new Emory Wound and Hyperbaric Center is now open at Emory University Hospital Midtown. The center provides comprehensive wound management using the latest evidence-based techniques, including specialized wound care, bioengineered skin grafts and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

The newly renovated center is a consolidation of the Wesley Woods Wound Clinic and Midtown’s Hyperbaric Unit. Patients of the center will receive coordinated care by a team of specialists consisting of nurses certified in wound and ostomy care and board certified physicians, including a podiatrist with special expertise in wound care.

“Individuals with chronic wounds often require a variety of services and the expertise of different specialists,” says Doris Armour, MD, medical director of the center. “We now provide all of that care in one location.”

The treatment team will work collaboratively with other providers involved in the care of the patient, such as primary care providers and home health nurses, to ensure the patient’s wound care needs are being addressed.

“We also have access to specialists including plastic surgeons, vascular surgeons, and infectious disease doctors, whose assessment is often needed in the treatment of chronic wounds,” says Armour.

In addition to wound care, the center also offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy that is used to treat a wide range of conditions including carbon monoxide and cyanide poisoning, decompression illness, radiation injury and burns. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps improve healing by providing increased oxygen levels and improved blood flow to damaged, oxygen-poor tissues. Increased concentrations of oxygen are delivered within a pressurized chamber.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 404-686-2800.


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