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Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is Third in the World to Receive Fifth Magnet® Designation!

Saint Joseph's Hospital Atlanta Magnet DesignatedCongratulations 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!

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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Snow Baby – Winter Weather Can’t Stop Baby Luke

Atlanta Snow Jam Baby LukeOn Wednesday, February 12, most of Atlanta woke up to ice and snow. But, Nikole woke up in labor. Worried about icy roads, Nikole called the help desk at local TV station, 11Alive, to see if they could give her any insight to the safest route to take to Emory University Hospital Midtown. There, she was connected to multimedia journalist Julie Wolfe. Julie was able to get up-to-the-minute information on road conditions from the station’s traffic reporter. With the expert traffic report and chains on their tires, Nikole and her husband made the trek to Emory University Hospital Midtown, where she gave birth to their baby boy, Luke.

In this 11Alive clip, watch the story of Luke’s snowy and dramatic arrival at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

A Glimpse Into our Magnet® Journey

Achieving Magnet designation is a journey years in the making. Our Emory University Hospital team worked tirelessly to prepare and submit the required Magnet documentation to the ANCC last June. After the ANCC reviewed our lengthy submission, they came on-site last month to meet the nurses, physicians and staff at Emory University Hospital to get a better feel for how our teams collaborate in providing exceptional care. Each and every one of our nurses and the entire Emory University Hospital team embraced the spirit of collaboration and teamwork that it takes to achieve Magnet.

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Becky Provine

And, it is as a team that we commemorate this fantastic milestone while also pausing to remember our beloved friend and colleague, Emory University Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Becky Provine, who passed away last year.

Magnet was Becky’s passion, and she was a key driving force behind this amazing achievement. We’ll always be grateful for her leadership, commitment and vision.

A Peek Into Our Future

As we look forward to a bright future, here’s what you can continue to expect from us.

  • Teamwork – Our nurses, physicians and staff work in a collaborative environment and benefit from each other’s knowledge and breadth of experience. That’s not going to change. Throughout Emory Healthcare, we recognize that nurses play a pivotal role in creating outstanding outcomes and experiences for our patients and their families.
  • Excellence – Only seven percent of hospitals in the United States have been recognized with the prestigious Magnet designation. And, it’s more than just an honor. Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits such as lower mortality rates, lower hospital acquired infection rates and higher patient satisfaction.
  • Top talent – As leaders in nursing excellence, we are able to attract and retain the best and brightest nurses from around the country. And, nurses who work at Magnet facilities report higher job satisfaction.

Join Our Team

You, too, can become part of a winning team. Nurses looking for the opportunity and challenge to learn from our amazing nurses can join us at one of our upcoming nursing fairs on January 31 from 7 am to 3 pm or February 1 from 9 am to 3 pm at Emory University Hospital in the second floor auditorium or Emory University Hospital Midtown in the Glenn Auditorium.

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Buzzing Bees Take the Sting Out of Shots at Emory Johns Creek Hospital’s Emergency Services Department

Less Painful Shots for KidsAs parents, we usually try to keep our kids and stinging insects more than an arm’s length apart, but the Emergency Services Department at Emory Johns Creek Hospital recently enlisted the help of a small bevy of bees to take the sting out of shots for its pediatric patients.

The “bees” are palm-sized vibrating devices, called Buzzies, designed to look like smiling bumble bees. When the Buzzy is placed against the patient’s body near the site of the nasty needle poke, the theory is it reduces the pain by confusing the nerves and distracting the patient’s focus away from the point of injection. For small children—and their parents—this can be a huge plus, especially during a visit to the local emergency room.

Natascha Barney, Directory of Emory Johns Creek’s Emergency Services Department, learned about the bee-like angels of mercy from one of the department’s staff nurses who discovered them on a visit to Children’s Hospital of Atlanta. “When she saw it, she got really excited about suggesting it for us,” Barney says. “Our staff is really thrilled to be able to offer a cute option like this to our patients.”

Using Buzzies also helps include family members in the care process, which is at the core of Emory Healthcare and Emory Johns Creek’s mission. “Parents can help us hold it in place while we give the shot,” Barney explains. “It gets them involved and helps decrease their anxiety levels.”

The device is the brain child of an Atlanta-area emergency health specialist and mom, who invented product after she sat through her own 4-year-old’s shot trauma. Several versions of product are manufactured locally in Alpharetta and Suwanee. In addition to pediatric uses, The Buzzy is marketed to diabetics and for use in a number of adult healthcare situations that involve needle sticks. Barney joked, “We’re probably going to need them for some of our big ‘kids.’”

The funds for the Buzzies were provided through donations from EJCH employees and the community through a program call MyEmory Healthcare. “We are thrilled to now have the ability to grant funds to hospital departments to help enhance the patient and family experience,” says Kathryn Albright, Emory Johns Creek’s Director of Development.” It’s heartwarming to see the wonderful things that can happen when people pull together for a great cause.”

Have you had an experience where a healthcare provider used a creative solution to make an uncomfortable situation easier? Share your story with us in the comments below.

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Emory Johns Creek Hospital Earns Chest Pain Center Accreditation

Chest Pain Accreditation Emory Johns Creek HospitalCongratulations to Emory Johns Creek Hospital, which has received Chest Pain Center with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). This achievement signifies that Emory Johns Creek meets or exceeds quality-of-care measures in patients who arrive at the hospital with symptoms of a heart attack.

“We are so proud of the phenomenal work by this multidisciplinary team,” says Marilyn Margolis, MN, RN, Emory Johns Creek Hospital’s chief nursing officer and vice president of operations.” This accreditation shows our ability to provide the community with the best heart care available.”

To achieve Chest Pain Center Accreditation, the hospital engaged in rigorous evaluation by the SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing symptoms that indicate heart disease or a heart attack. It also has demonstrated that it has processes in place that meet strict criteria to help:

  • Detect and treat symptoms that may lead to a heart attack, thus avoiding a heart attack and therefore avoiding heart damage.
  • Provide the community with education and information about early heart attack care to improve wellness and the quality of life.

Emory Johns Creek Hospital is one of three hospitals in the Emory Healthcare system to achieve Chest Pain Center Accreditation. Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown are accredited Chest Pain Centers. Hospitals must reapply for their designation every three years.

“It took a team of dedicated people across many hospital departments and services to achieve Chest Pain Center Accreditation at Emory Johns Creek Hospital,” says Craig McCoy, CEO of Emory Johns Creek Hospital. “We are excited about this designation and know it will benefit many patients during the critical and early stages of a heart attack and throughout their recovery.”

As great as this news is for Emory Johns Creek Hospital, what it means for Emory Johns Creek’s patients is what’s most important, says Jeffery Hershey, MD, who serves as chair of the Division of Cardiology and chief of medicine at Emory Johns Creek. “Heart patients at Emory Johns Creek Hospital can expect a continuum of care from the very start of the patient’s symptoms until discharge from the hospital,” Hershey says. “This includes care starting with emergency dispatch to EMS in the field to the emergency department to the cath lab to the observation unit to cardiac rehab and through discharge from the facility. We have enhanced the quality of care for cardiac patients and are committed to these higher standards of care.”

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GHA Honors Emory’s Marilyn Margolis with Lifetime Achievement Award

Marilyn Margolis

This year, the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) awarded its 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award to Marilyn Margolis, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient services and operations at Emory Johns Creek Hospital.

“It was an honor and a surprise when I found out about the award,” Margolis says. “It deeply touched me because I consider it a privilege to do the work for which I’m getting recognized.” Emory Johns Creek’s CEO Craig McCoy nominated Margolis for the award.

Her “work” is an understated reference to a 30-plus year career with Emory Healthcare that has included positions as staff leader of Emory University Hospital’s Coronary Care Unit, unit director of Emory University Hospital’s Emergency Department, director of nursing for Emory Healthcare’s Emergency Services and Emory University Hospital’s neurosciences department, director of nursing operations for Emory University Hospital, and her current roles at Emory Johns Creek, where she collaborates with all providers and oversees the hospital’s operational and clinical functions.

“I’ve been extremely fortunate to work with incredibly talented and dedicated people in the Emory system,” says Margolis. “The support from Emory’s administration and the opportunity to work collaboratively with a number of great teams is what has really helped move some major projects forward that made positive impacts on patient care.”

A few of those major projects include:

  • Development of continuous-improvement programs to enhance patient safety, increase nursing staff retention and reduce nurse-to-patient ratios, including a reorganization of Emory University Hospital’s ER admissions process at and the development of an “express care” line, which improved patient safety (1999).
  • Creation of the Family Coordinator role and mechanisms that allow patients’ family members to provide input and voice concerns about the patients care. These initiatives were recognized as best practices at many conferences, including the Institute for Patient and Family Centered Care. The program received multiple awards and was featured in the New York Times (2002).
  • Implementation of University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) best practices at Emory, resulting in system-wide improvements and UHC recognition (2002).
  • Successful certification and accreditation initiatives, including The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center certification for Emory University Hospital (2008, 2010) and Emory Johns Creek Hospital (2011); and accreditation with commendation for Emory Johns Creek’s cancer program (2013).  She is currently leading efforts to ready Emory Johns Creek Hospital for Magnet Hospital certification.

Margolis credits numerous mentors who provided her with guidance and learning opportunities throughout her Emory career. “If you’re open to constant education and open communication, the opportunities are limitless at Emory. It’s truly a gift to work here,” she says.

We’re All In This Together: Meet Our New Brand!

Emory Healthcare New Brand

If you’re reading this blog or have visited the Emory Healthcare website recently, you may have noticed something a bit different. Our logo and website of yesterday are gone, and in their place is the shiny new look of the Emory Healthcare brand.

But a brand is more than a logo, more than a trademark, more than a mission. Our brand is a promise- a promise to live up to our goals, serve our community, and hold ourselves accountable in providing the standard of care our patients and families expect and deserve.

Every year we make strides in care innovation, quality outcomes and community health, because every year, we set goals that hold us accountable to our community. The residents of Atlanta and the state of Georgia depend on Emory Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Network of providers, clinics and hospitals, to deliver on our promise.

We could tell you that Emory University Hospital was ranked as the best hospital in Atlanta in 2013, or that over 50% of the “Top Doctors” in Atlanta are Emory physicians, or that we are the only health care system to have two hospitals simultaneously rank in the nation’s top 10 for quality; but the truth is, these honors and accolades are only evidence of our promise to deliver, but that promise lies in each of us.

From one of our transplant nurses donating her own kidney to a patient in need, to our human resource team members stepping in as cooks during the Atlanta Snowpocalypse, to our Winship physicians running side-by-side to support their patients in raising money for the fight against cancer, it is our team that is our brand.

We are Emory and we are not afraid to challenge the status quo. We’re not afraid to tackle the most difficult cases and questions. We’re not afraid to lead the discussion on what’s broken about our nation’s healthcare, instead, we’re looking forward to playing a part in fixing it. We’re not afraid to discover new cures and treatments and share them with the world.

We are researchers and teachers discovering what’s next in medicine and improving health today. We are practitioners taking exceptional, compassionate care of our communities. We are a dedicated team, 16,000 strong, committed to sharing our skills and our knowledge, combining our strengths, and working together – for and with patients – to help you and your loved ones be well.

We live our promise every day, and we will continue to do so for our community. After all….We’re all in this together.

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Enhancing AHA STEMI Treatment Guidelines When Every Minute Counts

AHA STEMI Treatment GuidelinesFor heart attack victims, every minute counts- hence the saying “time is muscle.” Experts say victims of heart attacks have better outcomes with rapid intervention to open and unclog their blocked arteries, and clinical guidelines recommend that acute heart attack patients undergo treatment within 90 minutes of arrival in the emergency room.

Recently, Emory University Hospital (EUH), Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM), Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH) and Saint Joseph’s Hospital–all four participating Emory hospitals–received the American Heart Association Mission Lifeline Bronze Recognition award for excellence in STEMI (ST-elevation myocardial infarction) heart attack care for 2012.

A STEMI heart attack, the most severe form of heart attack, is caused when a blood clot suddenly forms, completely blocking an artery in the heart. This can result in damage that covers a large area of the heart and extends deep into the heart muscle, which is why rapid treatment is a priority to save as much heart muscle as possible. STEMI heart attack treatment options consist of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), which includes both angioplasty and stenting; clot-busting medication; and coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG).

Emory hospitals, like many other hospitals, have long participated in the “Door to Balloon time within 90 minutes” performance measure for STEMIs. Since Emory was hitting this target nearly 100% of the time, the team decided that wasn’t good enough. They decided to raise the bar for patients coming in via ambulance by starting the clock at time of “first medical contact” with the paramedics, instead of when they arrived at the hospital’s doorstep.

“We thought the clock needed to start ticking when EMS arrived and assessed the patient in the field for a STEMI,” says Abhinav Goyal, MD, MHS, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at Emory, and director of quality for cardiology at EUH and EUHM. “Therefore, we began re-working the process with the AHA, making sure that EMS vehicles were equipped with ECG machines and all EMS personnel were trained to obtain and interpret field ECGs.” Goyal is also co-chair of the Atlanta Mission Lifeline Data Quality Subcommittee.

“It took about three years for Emory hospitals to achieve a 95 percent success rate in the Door-to-Balloon metric when we committed to it seven to eight years ago,” explains Michael Ross, Michael Ross, MD, professor of emergency medicine at Emory and co-chair of the Atlanta Mission: Lifeline Program. “But our successes came much quicker with the new First Medical Contact to Balloon performance measure. This is a true testament to the dedication and commitment of the Emory Healthcare system.”

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Emory University Hospital Expansion…by the numbers!

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.

New Hospital Bridge Emory Hospital Expansion

New bridge from Lowergate parking deck.

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.

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