We are excited to inform you that The Emory Bariatric Center is moving to a new home at Emory University Hospital Midtown. As a result, Arvin Singh, MD, and registered dietitian, Meagan Moyer, will be seeing all bariatric patients in the new clinic location. The Emory Bariatric Center’s new office is located on the 7th floor of Emory University Hospital Midtown’s Medical Office Tower. Emory University Hospital Midtown is conveniently located near I-75/85 and I-20 in Midtown Atlanta.
If you have visited us at an Emory Hospital or Clinic location on Clifton Road recently, you’ve likely noticed that we are under construction! The variety of projects taking place are preparing for the arrival of our new hospital tower, which will provide additional beds and clinical space on the Clifton Campus of Emory Healthcare.
You may be surprised to learn that as of right now, much of the construction to make room for the new 9 story hospital bed tower is actually happening underground. So while you have to look down to see all of the action, rest assured that when this project is complete, we will be able to provide you with even better patient and family-centered care. Here’s a little trivia to bring you up to speed on our growth:
Q: When will you reach the bottom of the hole?
A: Fall 2013 is when we hope to have this part of the hospital expansion project completed.
Q: That’s one giant hole! How many truckloads of dirt will be removed?
A: We are estimating 18,683 trucks of dirt will be removed in preparation for the new hospital bed tower.
Q: How many tons of rock will we be blasting out of the excavation?
A: 64,968 tons. That is 129,936,000 pounds!
Q: How many gallons of water will the excavation hold?
A: 40,394,800 gallons of water which equals 430,877,867 12 ounce cans of Coca-Cola.
Q: So, what’s next up as Emory Healthcare continues to expand?
A: The hospital expansion project will begin in the fall of 2014. Once the new hospital tower construction is complete, we will have 210 new patient beds, new operating rooms, additional diagnostic and treatment spaces, ICU rooms and hundreds more parking spaces. When the expansion project is complete, we will close 82 patient rooms in the oldest part of Emory University Hospital (EUH), as they no longer meet our growing technological needs. The new hospital tower will connect to EUH via a two-level pedestrian bridge, with one level primarily used for patient transport. The building will also connect to The Emory Clinic Buildings A, B & C (Winship Cancer Institute), as well as the Lowergate Parking Deck.
You can keep an eye on our expansion project at emoryhealthcare.org/expansion.
Two days ago, new mother-to-be Dana Tottenham and her friend Sherry Ebrahimi attended Emory’s Founders Day Dinner together. “It’s our annual ritual. We always go as each other’s ‘date,’ and I joked that I had to make it to 37 weeks pregnant to not miss the dinner this year! (My 1st child was premature, so I was at risk for pre-term delivery again).”
Dana and Sherry enjoyed the dinner, and yesterday, the two attended the My Emory celebration on the campus quad, where Sherry brought Dana a hot chocolate and everything was business as usual, until suddenly, Dana went into labor.
Dana asked co-workers and friends Sherry and Elizabeth Manieri to drive her to Emory University Midtown Hospital (EUHM). A few frantic phone calls were made as Sherry drove so Dana’s husband was aware she had gone into labor and would meet her at the hospital.
Nature intervened. Midway through the short drive to EUHM, Dana’s labor escalated. The ladies pulled into the hospital’s valet parking area and Elizabeth quickly raced to get the doctor and Dana’s husband. In that short time, Dana and Sherry had delivered Dana’s newborn baby—a boy, weighing 6 lbs 0.7 oz—right in the car.
“I never doubted that we would make it to the hospital in time. Of all the people in the universe, Sherry was the best person to be my charge nurse–doula-driver-and midwife on that fateful day. I did have to fight through every contraction to not push, because I felt the baby’s head crowning as we were on Ponce de Leon. As soon as we pulled up to the hospital curb, I simply surrendered to the moment, and Adlai was born,” recalls Dana.
Sherry recalls the fairly chaotic moment with an overwhelming sense of peaceful joy, “It was one of the most amazing experience of my life! When I saw the baby coming, I grabbed him and held him while Dana reached down and untangled the umbilical cord. When I passed him to her it was the most beautiful newborn- mom moment—my eyes got teary and I exited the car so they could have a bonding moment. Surprisingly, I was calm—I think because we were parked in front of the hospital- so I knew help was on the way. Dana was calm the whole time…an absolute rock star through it all.”
Minutes later, medical help and Dana’s husband, Eric, arrived to celebrate the birth of Adlai Tottenham Chang. Dana says of her baby’s grand entrance, “Adlai Tottenham Chang (boy), was born February 5, 2013 @ 12:14 pm in a Toyota Camry, right outside Emory University Midtown Hospital. He’s 6 lbs 0.7 oz., 46 cm long.” Adlai, whose name means “God is Just,” joins his big brother Lyndon in the family.
“You may have heard of another Adlai (Stevenson)- US Ambassador to the United Nations during Kennedy and LBJ’s administration (Brother Lyndon’s namesake). We think our little guy has global ambitions. He was born in a car, so he’s ready to hit the road and meet the world!” Dana exclaims.
From the whole Emory Healthcare family, welcome to the world, Adlai.
At Emory Healthcare we pride ourselves in developing and maintaining outstanding relationships with talented physicians and associates across Atlanta and the state of Georgia. As we continue our efforts to build partnerships to improve patient care, we’re happy to announce the acquisition of the plastic surgery practice of Roderick Hester, MD and Foad Nahai, MD, along with the Paces Plastic Surgery Center, located in Buckhead.
Both Dr. Hester and Dr. Nahai are associate professors of surgery of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Emory University’s School of Medicine.
“Emory Healthcare has a robust plastics and aesthetics practice that focuses primarily on reconstructive surgery,” says Donald Brunn, president and chief operating officer of The Emory Clinic. “This new endeavor will expand the scope of Emory’s clinical practice and will enable patients to receive a full range of coordinated, integrated aesthetics care and services under one comprehensive program and under one roof.”
Emory’s highly trained plastic surgeons provide a variety of surgical services to the Atlanta community, including breast reconstruction; ocular-plastics and ophthalmology; facial plastics and otolaryngology (including head and neck reconstruction) and hand and upper extremity reconstruction.
Our partnership with Dr Hester and Dr. Nahai will be finalized in Spring 2013, at which time the name of the Paces Plastic Surgery Center will change to Emory Aesthetics Center, and the practice will become part of The Emory Clinic’s Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The staff and physicians will continue to meet the highest quality standards and work from one electronic medical record and patient portal system to ensure seamless communications between patients and their physicians
“We look forward to this collaboration as we deliver outstanding services to our patients under the Emory brand,” says Hester. Hester and Nahai are considered by peers to be among the best of the nation’s aesthetic plastic surgeons.
“The benefits of this partnership include helping the center to grow and expand, while offering a wide range of services to patients by skilled health care providers,” Nahai explains.
About the Practice:
Dr. Roderick Hester founded what was then called Paces Plastic Surgery and Recovery Center in 1993. It remains one of the nation’s most comprehensive centers for the care of plastic surgery patients and features state-of-the-art clinical areas, operating rooms and over night recovery suites. The doctors at the Paces Plastic Surgery Center also offer an array of nonsurgical support and treatment services including CoolSculpting™, photofacials, hydrafacials, laser hair removal, facials, chemical peels and more.
Last year, Emory Johns Creek Hospital purchased a da Vinci® Surgical System and took robotic-assisted surgery at the hospital to a whole new level. The da Vinci® SI, or Streamlined Integrated, is the most technologically advanced system available on the market. It allows surgeons to use tiny robotic instruments they control in real-time to perform minimally invasive procedures requiring only small incisions.
Amy Fischer, Director of Surgical Services for the hospital, says robotic surgery offers patients “a much quicker recovery with virtually no scarring.” It can also simplify more complex surgeries. “Patients who would normally be down and out for six weeks are up and going in a matter of two to three weeks,” says Fischer. “They use less pain medication, and there’s less risk of infection.”
Gynecological surgeons were the first to use the system, to perform hysterectomies and remove fibroids with less pain and blood loss and, in many cases, preserving fertility.
“We hit the ground running and have really just soared with the program,” Fischer says. “In a matter of a year we have grown to offering not just GYN surgery, but general surgery, GYN-Oncology, colorectal and bariatrics.”
Bariatric surgeons are now also using robotic technology to perform gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy for weight loss, and Emory Johns Creek Hospital was only the second in the Atlanta area to perform Single-SiteTM gallbladder surgery, a procedure that is now used nationwide. Using Single-SiteTM technology, a cholecystectomy can be performed in about one hour, with a typical hospital stay of less than 24 hours. Thanks to its success with the procedure, the hospital will soon be a case observation site.
Over the past year, more than 300 patients have benefited from the da Vinci® Surgical System. “We have a phenomenal team that has grown with the program,” Fischer says. “And we have had excellent patient outcomes.”
For more information about Emory Johns Creek Hospital and the DaVinci technology visit our website today.
November is National Family Caregivers month, a time to thank, support, educate and empower family caregivers. Here at Emory we strive and take pride in giving exceptional care to our patients, family members and community. In fulfilling our purpose of providing patient- and family-centered care, Emory Healthcare invites patients and family members to partner with us as part of our Patient and Family Advisor (PFA) program. We recognize that family and friends are an integral part in a patient’s recovery.
Family caregivers are the most familiar with their care recipient’s medicine regimen; they are the most knowledgeable about the treatment regimen; and they understand best the dietary and exercise capabilities and/or limitations of their loved ones.
“Being a family caregiver has become a more-than-fulltime job. Emory has helped me do that well with the way the staff treats the caregiver role as an integral partnership. We have come to know, love and appreciate the caring relationships we have developed with staff throughout Emory who, in addition to great medical care, give both my husband and me emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual support.” – Sylvia Bell PFA for Emory Healthcare
“My family and I have received excellent service from Emory Johns Creek Hospital and in an effort to return the favor, I became a PFA. Since healthcare providers may not always understand how their actions and communications are perceived, I hope that as a PFA, the insight I offer from a patient and caregiver point of view can help to improve the overall patient experience for others.” – Tobie Walters, PFA at Emory Johns Creek Hospital since March 2012
Although November is National Family Caregivers month, we thank and appreciate all of our family caregiver members year round! We look to them for advice and guidance to ensure exceptional care delivery for patients and families, even during the most difficult times. We thank you all and salute you for your dedication and commitment to family, community and care!
“This month and throughout the year, let the quiet perseverance of our family caregivers remind us of the decency and kindness to which we can all aspire.”
President Barack Obama, 2011’s NFC Proclamation
Here at Emory Healthcare, we’re proud of our nursing team. We’re proud of their commitment to our patients and their families. We’re proud of their dedication to excellence and continuous efforts to advancing the delivery of patient care. And, as it turns out, we’re not the only ones recognizing just how remarkable our nurses are.
In fact, six members of our Emory nursing family have just been named 2012 Nurse of the Year Award winners by the March of Dimes!
Congratulations to Amy Fischer (Emory Johns Creek Hospital), Melissa Gordon (Emory University Hospital), Carolyn Holder (Emory University Hospital), Dr. Ursula Kelly (Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing), Dr. Sally Lehr (Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing), and Dr. Lynn Sibley (Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing) and thank you for all that you do for our community!
The Nurse of the Year Awards program recognizes exceptional nurses, creates awareness of professional excellence and promotes the future of the nursing profession, while helping advance the mission of the March of Dimes. More than 750 nominations were submitted from across Georgia, with more than 350 finalists. The Nurse of the Year selection committee reviewed these applications across 16 categories, ranging from critical care to women’s health.
Congratulations to our Nurse of the Year Award winners!
To provide a better patient care experience and align demand with available capacity, many of The 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 the needs of our physicians as well.
Below you’ll find updates related to the moves of our Dermatology, ENT/Otolaryngology, and Sinus/Nasal/Allergy departments, who have most recently been joined in the expansion efforts by our department of Neurology’s Dizziness & Balance Center.
The move of the Dizziness & Balance Center is effective as of October 8th, which means our patients will now find the following physicians in their new location at the Midtown Medical Office Tower:
- Ronald Tusa, MD
- Sharon Polensek, MD
- Charles Dering, MD
- Lisa Heusel-Gillig, MD
For more information on our expansion and departmental moves, visit: http://emoryhealthcare.org/expansion.
|Department||Moving From||Moving To||As of (Date)|
|Sinus, Nasal & Allergy Center||11th floor, Midtown Medical Office Tower||9th floor, Midtown Medical Office Tower||August 6, 2012|
|Dermatology||The Emory Clinic (TEC) Building A||1525 Clifton Road||August 13, 2012|
|ENT/Otolaryngology||The Emory Clinic (TEC) Building A||9th floor, Midtown Medical Office Tower||August 20, 2012|
|Dizziness & Balance Center||1441 Clifton Road NE Ste 239||9th floor, Midtown Medical Officer Tower||October 8, 2012|
Next up in our expansion efforts will be moves for our Executive Health, Pain Center and Bariatric Surgery departments. We will follow up with updates soon, but you can stay updated on our growth here: http://emoryhealthcare.org/expansion.
As Emory Healthcare continues our expansion efforts to meet the needs of our patients, we are beginning to clear the land in front of Emory Clinic Building B on the Emory University campus to make way for a new hospital bed tower. During this process we began removing trees in this area on October 4. The site will be cleared by October 15. As a part of the “no net loss of Forest Canopy policy” we will reuse, recycle and replant the trees that we take down to ensure we are being as environmentally friendly as possible. Some of the ways we will reuse, recycle and salvage are:
- The branches will be mulched for future use around the Emory campus.
- The trees will be collected and removed from the site for recycling and salvage.
- Some of the lumber will be used in the new hospital expansion project.
- We will be replanting 128 trees across campus during the Fall 2012.
We are very excited about the expansion of Emory Healthcare and are confident that our patients and employees will benefit from our expanded facilities. As we expand please know that Emory Healthcare is committed to preserving the environment and maintaining our lush green community/campus. For more information on Emory’s replanting project during construction, visit www.emory.edu/trees. To keep updated on all the news regarding the expansion visit emoryhealthcare.org/expansion.