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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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Summertime Emergency? Come to the Emory Johns Creek Emergency Department!

Emory Johns Creek HospitalSummer’s here, and along with barbecues, baseball, and pool parties come the inevitable bites, bumps, and scrapes. In most cases, summertime ailments don’t require much more than a bag of ice and a Band-Aid. But if you do need emergency help, the Emory Johns Creek Hospital Emergency Department is here for you—with some of the best doctors, highest patient satisfaction scores, and shortest wait times in the area.

Arthur Griffiths, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., Senior Emergency Physician and Emergency Department Physician Community Liaison at Emory Johns Creek Hospital, says the cases he sees this time of year run the gamut from sports injuries to spider bites to heatstroke. Not sure how to tell when an injury merits a visit to the ER? When in doubt, make the trip. Have a bad cut? A lot of people don’t realize you have six hours to sew a laceration. If you sleep on it, it’s too late. Bitten by an insect? If you find yourself having difficulty breathing or developing a fever, or the bite is getting bigger quickly or starting to open up, let us take a look. Inhaler not helping your asthma? We can help.

“It’s always safer to come in if there’s a concern,” says Dr. Griffiths. “Come in. Let us evaluate you.”

Emory Johns Creek also offers interventional cardiology and are a certified Primary Stroke Center. During the summer, says Dr. Griffiths, “our patients are overexerting themselves, doing things they haven’t done in a while.” With heart attacks and strokes, fast intervention is key. If you have chest pain, weakness in an extremity, or numbness, come in immediately for quick evaluation and treatment.

“We are your community emergency department,” says Dr. Griffiths. “We provide a quiet, compassionate, caring environment with the highest in quality of care.”

To learn more, visit Emory Johns Creek Hospital, online.

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New Year, New Family – Saint Joseph’s Hospital Joins the Emory Healthcare Community

Emory Healthcare Saint Joseph's Hospital partnershipAs we bring in the New Year, we’re excited about all the new things on the horizon for Emory Healthcare and the many communities with whom we collaborate to provide high quality health care. We recently, for example, announced on our blog that we have partnered with the CVS MinuteClinic to provide health care at 31 locations across the metro Atlanta area without an appointment. That was very cool news for our community. Today though, we take great joy in being able to bring in the New Year with a huge announcement, and one that our community will truly benefit from in a major way– Emory Healthcare has now joined forces with Saint Joseph’s Hospital.

What does this mean for you? It means that two of Atlanta’s leading health care organizations are now working in collaboration to bring an unparalleled level of health care and access to our Atlanta and Georgia communities.

You may have heard us say before that we believe collaboration is truly the best medicine. Whether this means collaboration between patients and families to make informed decisions about their care with their care team members, or between organizations to improve the quality and access to care provided, we all benefit from collaborative communication and action. Our partnership with Saint Joseph’s Hospital will allow us to take collaboration around Atlanta health care to the next level.

The expertise in education and academic research that serves as the backbone of the technology and level of patient- and family-centered care provided at Emory Healthcare is mirrored by the level of excellence in local community health care we’ve seen from Saint Joseph’s from the very beginning.

We are so pleased to be able to kick off the New Year by bringing such a meaningful partnership to our community. Working with Saint Joseph’s Hospital means our patients and families will have even more access to the very best patient- and family-centered health care in Atlanta being driven by the leading academic research taking place at Emory. We hope you’re as excited about this news as we are! We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback in the comments below. And if you’re interested in learning more, check out the resources below, including a blog post from the Saint Joseph’s team on what our partnership means to them. Happy New Year, everyone!

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Emory University Hospital Among America’s Best Hospitals

Emory University Hospital AtlantaAmerica's Best HospitalsThe 22nd annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of America’s Best Hospitals place Emory University Hospital for the 22nd consecutive year as one of the top hospitals in the United States.  These rankings follow the publication’s regional rankings released earlier this year, in which Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown were also highly ranked. National hospital rankings released today place Emory University Hospital with the nation’s leading health care facilities in ten categories and among the nation’s top 20 in five prestigious categories: cardiology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, ophthalmology, and kidney disorders.

The U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital rankings emerged over 20 years ago as a way to identify and showcase hospitals exceptionally skilled in handling the most difficult medical cases, such as brain tumors typically considered inoperable and specialized cardiac procedures.

The 2012 rankings of America’s Best Hospitals spotlight the top hospitals across the country out of more than 5,000 centers evaluated. Each of the hospitals featured in this year’s list are ranked nationally in at least one medical specialty and/or placed among the best hospitals rankings in its respective metro area earlier this year. Hard data stand behind the rankings in most specialties, including death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in.

The purpose of the U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings is to assist in guiding patients who need an especially high level of care because of a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. “These are referral centers where other hospitals send their sickest patients,” says Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Hospitals like these are ones you or those close to you should consider when the stakes are high.”

We are very proud of our Emory Healthcare team and honored that we have been ranked not only as the top hospital in Atlanta, but also among the best hospitals in the country. Thank you to our community that allows us to make top notch patient-centered care backed by the most innovative medical research and technology a priority each and every day. We look forward to continuing to advance the possibilities in the realm of health care.

Below you can check out comments from our Emory Healthcare CEO, John Fox and the Winship Cancer Institute’s Executive Director, Walter J. Curran, MD, on what the U.S. News Best Hospital rankings mean to us. Please also feel free to share your thoughts and comments in the comment field below!

Words on the Rankings from Emory Healthcare CEO, John Fox:

John T. Fox, President & CEO of Emory Healthcare

“These annual rankings provide an opportunity for every physician, nurse and staff member who serves Emory Healthcare’s patients and their loved ones to pause and celebrate an accomplishment reserved for very few medical centers across the nation. Today’s announcement also serves as a reinforced reminder of why we are in business – to provide the very best research and discovery-based medicine in a safe, patient and family-centered environment. I thank our valued patients for allowing us to serve them each day, and at the same time we celebrate this announcement, we also re-affirm our commitment to excellence in care and customer satisfaction.”

Words on the Rankings from Walter J. Curran, Executive Director of the Winship Cancer Institute:

Dr. Walter Curran

“On behalf of the faculty and staff at the Winship Cancer Institute, we are very proud of the significant rise in standings in the US News & World Report rankings. This positive trajectory reflects their hard work and devotion to our patients’ care as well as our emphasis on collaboration with physicians throughout Georgia. We remain focused on constant improvement in everything we do and look forward to continued progress.”

 

This year’s “Best Hospitals” rankings are now online at: www.usnews.com/besthospitals. The print edition will appear at newsstands on August 31.

Site Approved for New 200+ Bed Hospital Tower in Atlanta

New Emory Hospital Tower in AtlantaIf you’ve ever taken a drive down Clifton Road, you’re familiar with our hospital and clinic facilities in the area. Ranging from Emory University Hospital, to the Emory Clinic, to the Winship Cancer Institute, or our additional clinic facilities down the street at 1525 Clifton. We’ll be adding yet another health care facility to our Clifton Road headquarters; this time, a 200+ bed hospital tower, complete with new operating rooms and emergency room.

The new Emory hospital tower will be located right across from Emory University Hospital on Clifton Road. This new development is not the only upgrades you’ll be seeing at Emory. The Emory-Children’s Pediatric Research Center (a partnership between Emory Healthcare and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta) is scheduled to be completed in April of 2013, and will be located near our other Clifton facilities, off of Haygood Drive.

The new bed tower is an important piece that will help us provide better access to our patients in our community environment. We are very excited about the ways the new hospital tower will enable us to build on our efforts to further improve the care we deliver.

These new facilities will create opportunities for improved access, patient safety and enhanced efficiency, which benefit our Emory Healthcare patients, families and the skilled members of our patient and family care teams.

We’ll keep you posted here on our blog about developments with the hospital tower and other facility enhancements being made here at Emory Healthcare.

Emory Home to Top Hospital in Atlanta, Nationally Ranked in 11 Specialties

Emory University Hospital Best in Atlanta

Besides the name Emory, what do our Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear Nose & Throat, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Heart & Heart Surgery, Kidney, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Psychiatry, and Urology programs have in common? According to U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 rankings of Best Hospitals, all of Emory’s above listed medical specialties are ranked amongst the top programs in the country.

U.S. News ranks top hospitals and specialty programs nationally every year. This year, they also conducted regional rankings of hospitals in 52 metro areas across the United States. In both polls, Emory was a standout. We are very pleased to announce that Emory University Hospital has been ranked as the best hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

Emory is the only health care provider in Atlanta to have received over 10 national program specialty rankings. Aside from Emory, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (ranked separately in a category for Children’s Hospitals) was recognized with rankings in 9 specialties, and the Shepherd Center received 1 national program ranking. Meaning, of the 12 national hospital program rankings bestowed upon non-pediatric specific hospitals in the Atlanta area, Emory University Hospital received 11 of them.

What does this mean for you, our patients, families, and community members? It means that when you come to Emory, you get the type of patient-centered care you can’t find anywhere else in Atlanta or Georgia. It means that we continue to advance the possibilities with the latest medical research, technology, and process improvements that garner national recognition year after year. It also means that you can rest assured that as an Emory patient, you’re getting not only the level of care that’s expected by virtue of being a top national academic health care system, but the level of care expected by you, our community.

If you have any questions on the rankings, or just want to share your feedback, please feel free to use the comment field below.

Join Us for a Voice Center Open House

Melissa Statham, MDThe Emory Voice Center is pleased to welcome Melissa Statham, MD as the latest addition to the Voice Center’s team of voice specialists!

Melissa Statham, MD, is a laryngologist specializing in pediatric voice disorders and care of the adult professional voice, airway and swallowing conditions.

A graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Dr. Statham completed her residency in otolaryngology at the University of Cincinnati, and pursued two fellowships following her residency. The first for laryngology and care of the professional voice at the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center, and the second in pediatric otolaryngology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Dr. Statham has expertise in treating pediatric and adult voice conditions and airway disorders. Her research interests focus on pediatric voice disorders, novel laryngeal electromyography techniques and outcomes from pediatric and adult major airway surgery.

Please join us at the Emory Voice Center for an Open House and reception to help welcome Dr. Statham to the Emory Voice Center. You can register for the open house online, or use the phone number below. Event details are listed below:

What: Welcome Reception and Open House for Melissa Statham, MD
When: Thursday, March 24 at 4 – 6 p.m.
Where: Emory Voice Center

(550 Peachtree Street, 9th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30308)

To RSVP: Please Call 404-778-7777 or Register Online

Emory – 4th Largest Contributor to New Drug Discovery in U.S.

First announced in the February 10th issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, a new study has found that Emory is the fourth largest contributor to the discovery of new drugs and vaccines in the U.S. The contributors evaluated included federally funded universities, research hospitals, and federal laboratories.

The study found that public-sector research was involved in the discovery of as many as 20% of therapies approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from 1990-2007. Through studying the FDA review process, the researchers also found that public sector research institutes “tend to discover drugs that are expected to have a disproportionately important clinical effect.”

To determine impact of various research organizations, researchers for the study identified 153 FDA-approved drugs and vaccines that were discovered at least in part by public-sector research institutions during the past 40 years. The top five contributors were:

  • The National Institute of Health (NIH) (22)
  • The University of California System (11)
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering (8)
  • Emory University (7)
  • Yale University (6)

The seven Emory products included HIV/AIDS drugs lamivudine (3TC) and emtricitabine (FTC), discovered by Emory scientists Dennis Liotta, PhD, and Raymond Schinazi, PhD, and their former colleague Woo-Baeg Choi, PhD. These two drugs are among the most commonly used and most successful HIV/AIDS drugs in the world, taken in some form by more than 94 percent of U.S. patients on therapy and by thousands more globally.

Emory University President, James Wagner, is extremely proud of the accomplishments of Emory researchers and scientists, commenting, “this study illustrates once again that our nation’s long-standing and world-leading policy of investment in research through universities and other public institutions, along with the responsible use of technology transfer, delivers a tremendous return through improved health for millions, innovative technologies, economic development and training for the next generation of innovators.”

We thank our Emory scientists making new discoveries that allow Emory Healthcare to continue to advance the possibilities in patient-centered health care and improve health in our communities.

When Your Hospital Visit Becomes a Stay – Choose Rollins Suites

Debbie Cohen with her mother

Debbie Cohen with her mother

When you’re caring for a loved one in the hospital, wouldn’t be nice to have your meals delivered your hospital room? Room service is one of the many comforts patients staying in Emory University Hospital’s Rollins Pavilion enjoy. But, according to Emory employee, Debbie Cohen, the most important reason to choose Rollins is that family members have a room next to the patient’s room.

Debbie Cohen, an Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Center nurse stayed in Rollins multiple times while her mother was receiving treatment for lung cancer. At Rollins, there are two, adjacent rooms: one for the patient and one for the family member visiting them. Proximity to her mom during this rough time made Cohen choose Rollins.

The combination of these two rooms is known as the hospital suite, custom designed for privacy and ease. It includes a deluxe private hospital room and adjacent sitting room with pull out sofa bed, a large conference table and business and entertainment center.

For Cohen, it was a good match: “even though I live ten minutes away from EUH, my father and I wanted to be with my mother at all times. We needed more than a pull out chair. Having our own living space made it easier to sleep in the hospital. We also didn’t have to worry about meals since Rollins provides room service. When you are in the hospital for tens day these conveniences make a big difference. We were as relaxed as possible and could concentrate on supporting my mother.”

Rollins Pavilion hospital offers not only additional convenience but also the same quality care you expect from Emory. Rollins nurses have an average of 26 years of experience in patient care.

Rollins is a great option for patients and their families, especially for those who live far away. A physician’s order for admission to the Rollins Pavilion Hospital Suites is required for all Rollins patients. In addition to costs covered by insurance for patients of our hospital suites, patients are responsible for a room charge of $275 per night. This charge includes all patient amenities excluding room service.