Emory and Ebola – FAQ’s

Emory Healthcare New BrandEmory Healthcare has been given the privilege of treating multiple patients infected with Ebola virus.  Emory University Hospital physicians, nurses and staff are highly trained in the specific and unique protocols and procedures necessary to treat and care for these type of patients. We are honored to have the privilege of caring for these patients who contracted Ebola while serving our global community. It is our moral obligation to always use our expertise, training, knowledge and gifts to provide such extraordinary care for others.

We have prepared the following FAQs to provide more information on the topic of Ebola and Emory’s care for patients infected with this deadly virus. You can also watch this Video Q&A from Emory Healthcare Physicians on Ebola.

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Emory Expansion Update: Emory Clinic at Flat Shoals is On the Move!

Emory on the MoveTo 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 September 15, 2014, the providers from Emory Clinic at Flat Shoals will be available at the locations and schedules below:

Harold Moore, Jr., MD

Hillandale: Monday through Friday

Nicholas Church, MD
Decatur: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Hillandale: Wednesday

William Bryson, PA
Decatur: Monday, Tuesday
Hillandale: Friday

Beginning September 15th, patients will be seen at the below welcoming locations:

Emory Clinic at Decatur
2801 N. Decatur Rd, Suite 295
Decatur, GA 30033
Phone: 404-778-6400

Emory Clinic at Hillandale
5461 Hillandale Drive, Suite 100
Lithonia, GA 30058
Phone: 404-778-8600

For more information, call 404-778-8600 or get details online, at

Video Blog: Emory Ebola Patients Discharged

As of yesterday, we confirm that the two Americans infected with the Ebola virus while providing humanitarian aid in West Africa have been discharged from Emory University Hospital. The two patients, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, were the first Ebola patients to be treated in the United States. Writebol was discharged from Emory University Hospital on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, and Dr. Brantly was discharged Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.

Emory’s Bruce Ribner, MD, and Dr. Kent Brantly spoke at a press conference yesterday afternoon, Aug. 21, about their experiences over the last few weeks. Watch a portion of the news conference below to learn more!

Video Blog: Q&A from Emory Healthcare Physicians on Ebola

Emory University Hospital recently received two American patients who contracted Ebola while serving on a humanitarian mission overseas. Emory University Hospital is one of the very few hospitals in the country equipped to provide their care, and our highly trained staff and physicians are ready to provide them outstanding care of the highest quality.

The media and the global community continues to have great interest in both of these patients. Physicians at Emory University Hospital spoke at a press briefing last Friday, Aug. 1 about Ebola patients being treated in a special isolation facility. Watch highlights of their remarks below to learn more.

Answering the Question of Why

Susan Grant, RNWe 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.

What You Need to Know About the Ebola Virus and Emory University Hospital

Emory Healthcare New BrandThere 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.

About Ebola

About Emory University Hospital

Related Resources:


Emory University Hospital Prepares for Ebola Patients

Emory Healthcare New BrandAs 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.

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 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