We have received a lot of feedback since the news broke that our team at Emory University Hospital would be caring for two patients who contracted Ebola while serving on a humanitarian mission. In an opinion editorial in Wednesday’s Washington Post, Susan Grant, RN, chief nursing executive for Emory Healthcare, explains the many reasons for Emory’s commitment to helping these patients. Read more here.
There has been much discussion about bringing patients with Ebola back into our country. Emory University Hospital physicians, nurses and staff can treat them safely and effectively, and we are honored to have the privilege of caring for these patients who contracted Ebola while serving on a humanitarian mission. These two Americans want to come back home and be treated here, and we are committed to helping them. It is our moral obligation to always use our expertise, training, knowledge and gifts to provide such extraordinary care for others.
Emory University Hospital is one of the very few hospitals in the country equipped to provide their care. Our highly trained staff and physicians are ready to receive both patients and provide them outstanding care of the highest quality. The patients will be housed in a physically separate and highly specialized unit that was intentionally designed and constructed to receive patients such as these.
We have prepared the following FAQs to provide more information on the topic of Ebola and Emory’s care for these patients. You can also watch this Video Q&A from Emory Healthcare Physicians on Ebola.
- What is Ebola?
- What are the symptoms of Ebola?
- How is it spread?
- How do you treat Ebola?
- If I come into contact with staff who are treating the infected patients, can I get Ebola?
- Can I be a carrier for Ebola?
- How serious is Ebola?
- Since this virus has never been in the United States, how do we know how to treat it?
About Emory University Hospital
- Is it safe to come to Emory University Hospital?
- What precautions is the hospital taking to avoid contamination?
- How will waste be disposed of for these patients?
- What is the special unit being used to house the infected patients?
- What kind of training does the staff at Emory University Hospital undergo to provide care for the infected patients?
- Will there be other patients on this special unit?
- What kind of access will be put in place on the isolation unit? Will there be security? What about visitors?
- Why are we bringing the infected patients to Emory University Hospital? Why can’t the patients be treated in Africa or somewhere else?
- When did Emory University Hospital learn of the possibility of receiving these infected patients?
- If the Ebola virus is transmitted in the same way HIV and Hepatitis B or C are transmitted, why are there so many precautions (hazmat suits, protective gear, isolation unit) being put into place?
- Have both patients received an experimental serum as part of their treatment?
- How did the patient get from the plane to the unit without exposing anyone?
- How are the transport crews protected?
- Will you be providing any updates on the patients?
- What containment level is Emory’s unit? Is it considered a BSL-4 facility?
- Why couldn’t Emory send its doctors and equipment to provide supportive care in Africa?
- Emory University Hospital Prepares for Ebola Patients
- Answering the Question of Why
- Two Ebola Patients Discharged from Emory University Hospital
- Video Blog: Emory Ebola Patients Discharged
- Video Blog: Q&A From Emory Physicians on Ebola
As you’ve heard in the media, Emory University Hospital plans to receive a patient with Ebola virus infection in the next several days. Please be assured that our hospital is prepared and ready to handle this situation. We have a highly specialized, isolated unit in the hospital that was set up in collaboration with the CDC to treat patients who are exposed to certain serious infectious diseases. This unit is physically separate from other patient areas and has unique equipment and infrastructure that provide an extraordinarily high level of clinical isolation. In fact, Emory University Hospital is one of just four facilities in the entire country with such a specialized unit.
Emory University Hospital physicians, nurses and staff are highly trained in the specific and unique protocols and procedures necessary to treat and care for this type of patient. For this specially trained staff, these procedures are practiced on a regular basis throughout the year, so we are fully prepared for this type of situation.
Updated: August 1, 2014, 8:55 p.m.
In a press conference held Friday afternoon, Emory University Hospital confirmed it will treat two patients with Ebola virus infection who are being transported by air ambulance from Africa.
Please rest assured that it is safe for patients and their family members to come to Emory University Hospital. The Ebola virus is not an airborne virus. In other words, it cannot be contracted by casual contact (walking by a person, etc.). It can be contracted only through direct contact with bodily fluids, such as direct contact with the blood of an infected patient.
Updated: August 5, 2014, 4:32 p.m.
In a statement made Tuesday afternoon, Emory University Hospital confirmed that a second American patient with Ebola virus has been transferred from an overseas location to a special isolation facility in Emory University Hospital for treatment as anticipated. After ambulance transfer from Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia, the patient arrived at Emory University Hospital on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Our expertly trained physicians, nurses and staff at Emory University Hospital safely and securely received the second patient.
In the interest of patient privacy, we will not be providing updates on the patients’ conditions; however, you can continue to find answers to frequently asked questions here.
According 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
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:
- Cardiology and heart surgery
- Diabetes and endocrinology
- Ear, nose and throat
- Gastroenterology and GI surgery
- Neurology and neurosurgery
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
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.
Effective 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.
As 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.
We 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.
To 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:
- Maria Aaron, MD
- Fulya Anderson, OD
- Beau Bruce, MD
- Marisa Feliciano, OD
- Annette Giangiacomo, MD
- Emily Graubart, MD
- Thao Harris, OD
- Hee Joon Kim, MD
- Phoebe Lenhart, MD
- Xiaoqin Alexa Lu, MD
- Marla Shainberg, CO
- Jill Wells, MD
For more information, call 404-778-2020 or get details online, at: http://emoryhealthcare.org/expansion/moves.html
Emory 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.”