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Congratulations to our 2011 Nurse of the Year Award Winners!

The March of Dimes celebrated excellence in nursing throughout Georgia on November 19 at the Hyatt Regency here in Atlanta. We’re very pleased to announce that 27 of our Emory Healthcare nurses were honored as finalists in the Georgia March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award, and at Saturday’s event, 3 of our nurses were recipients of 2011 Nurse of the Year Awards! Our nurses receiving Nurse of the Year Award Honors at the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards, hosted by Grady Health System, are listed below:

  • Debra Barker received top honors in the category of Critical Care
  • Judith Wold received top honors in the category of Public Health
  • Judy Gretz received top honors in the category of Women’s Health
Susan Grant, Chief Nursing Officer, Emory Healthcare

Susan Grant, Chief Nursing Officer, Emory Healthcare

More than 450 attended this second annual event that recognized nurses who embody leadership, compassion and excellence in patient care across all specialties. With such a special group to honor, an equally as special chair for the event was needed. Emory Healthcare’s own Chief Nursing Officer, Susan Grant MS, RN, NEA, FAAN, served as the chair of the awards ceremony; “I am very proud of these outstanding nursing professionals for being recognized by the March of Dimes in this inaugural Nurse of the Year event for the state of Georgia. This is a wonderful honor for Debra, Judith and Judy, and I congratulate all of the Emory nurses who were nominated, as well as the winners in each category,” says Susan. “This recognition and event is a wonderful way to honor the important role and significant impact of nursing within the communities, hospitals and clinics across the state of Georgia. I am grateful and honored by the opportunity to serve as chair and recognize these very special nurses.”

We second Susan’s gratitude. We are extremely grateful to our team of nurses at Emory Healthcare for all that they do each and every day to support and advance truly patient-centered care. We are proud of their tireless efforts and dedication to providing the highest quality health care possible for our patient and family community.

The Nurse of the Year selection committee reviewed hundreds of applications across 16 categories ranging from Home Health and Palliative Care to NICU and Critical Care disciplines. Nearly 200 finalists emerged, all representing the March of Dimes vision for a healthier, stronger generation of babies and families.

“Nurses play an incredibly critical role in our community. They are truly the unsung medical heroes of the healthcare field and we join the world in saluting them,” says Sheila Ryan, March of Dimes State Director.

Florence Nightingale, one of the pioneers in nursing, said, “Nursing is an art; and if it is to be made an art, it requires as exclusive a devotion, as hard a preparation, as any painter’s or sculptor’s work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or cold marble, compared with having to do with the living body? […] It is one of the Fine Arts; I had almost said the finest of the Fine Arts.”

Nursing truly is an art. And it takes a very special type of person dedicate his/her life to caring for others. We thank, honor and celebrate all of our nurses for all that they do!

Full list of Emory Healthcare’s 2011 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award Finalists:

Antonio Ash
Debra Barker
Carlene Beck
Marcia Bishop
Kelly Brewer
Paula Brookes Remedios
Carolyn Clevenger
Althea Charity Dimaculangan
Harolyn Dooley
Judy Dunn
Palactine Fleming
Erin George
Beverly Green
Judy Gretz
Vernon Griffith
Patricia Guasch
Martha Haack
Philip Joy
Cheryl Lee
Terri Marin
Gloria Myles
Ruth Simmons
Kelly Sutton
Robin Tarpley
Janice Temple
Elizabeth Thomas
Judith Lupo Wold

Emory Makes UHC Quality Hospital Rankings History

Emory Hospital UHC Quality Hospital RankingsIf you frequent our health care blog, engage with us on Facebook or Twitter, or have spent any time on our website, you have probably noticed that there is a theme woven through all Emory Healthcare’s presence. That theme is our dedication to our top priority here at Emory Healthcare, which is to provide high quality health care that is truly patient-centered. Because this mission is the focus of our Emory Healthcare team, five years ago, we implemented a five-year strategic goal to hold ourselves accountable in achieving it. That goal was to rank in the top academic medical centers in UHC. To anyone who doesn’t work in health care, you may be wondering what UHC is and why the organization’s rankings matter.

UHC was formed almost 30 years ago, and is an alliance of 114 academic medical centers and 255 hospitals affiliated with those academic medical centers. As described by UHC, their vision is “to help members attain national leadership in health care by achieving excellence in quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness.” To reach this goal, UHC uses quantifiable measurements of hospital quality and hard data to determine how academic medical centers measure up in their ability to provide the highest quality patient care.

Since we challenged ourselves to set the pace for academic medical quality five years ago, every individual that makes up the Emory Healthcare team has played a role in our commitment to quality patient-centered care and has been regularly reminded by our Emory Healthcare leaders of the improvements in our quality rankings as a result of our team’s efforts.

After setting a very lofty organizational goal five years ago, we are extremely excited to announce that our team’s commitment to providing high quality patient-centered care has paid off in a big way. Not only did we reach our goal, but this year, UHC has recognized these efforts and the undeniable data that demonstrates Emory Healthcare’s commitment to quality. As of 2011, UHC ranks the quality of care provided by Emory University Hospital (including Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital) as 10th among the more than 100 academic medical centers ranked by UHC. The quality of care provided at Emory University Hospital Midtown has been equally as impressive, as it ranks 11th by the UHC. The 2011 UHC rankings mark the first time in UHC history that two facilities from the same organization have placed this highly in the rankings of hospital quality.

Just last year, Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown were ranked 45th and 42nd, respectively. The significance of our jump in the rankings is a true testament to the compassion, dedication and commitment of our Emory Healthcare team to truly put our patients, families and community first by devoting themselves to providing the highest quality of care. It’s also a testament to our patients, families and communities who entrust us with providing them the highest quality care each and every day. We thank our entire Emory Healthcare family and community for their critical role in helping us achieve a goal that has such a positive impact on all of us.

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: The print edition will appear at newsstands on August 31.

Over 100 of Atlanta’s 2011 Top Doctors are at Emory!

In last year’s rankings of Atlanta’s Top Doctors, conducted yearly by Atlanta Magazine, nearly 40% of the doctors listed as best in Atlanta were our own Emory physicians! This year, before we found out which doctors were named to this prestigious list top doctors list, we used Facebook and Twitter to ask YOU the question, “who is your top Emory doctor?”
Emory Top Doctors Atlanta

Not surprisingly, many of you named some of the same doctors that Atlanta Magazine and researchers at Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. recently honored as the best doctors in Atlanta.

To take this honor a step further, we’ve listed all of the top doctors at Emory as named by the 2011 Top Doctors issue of Atlanta Magazine, and have included some of the wonderful feedback you have shared about them.

Cardiac Electrophysiology

David B. DeLurgio, The Emory Clinic
Angel R. Leon, The Emory Clinic

Cardiovascular Disease

Javed Butler, The Emory Clinic
Stephen D. Clements, The Emory Clinic
Andrew L. Smith, The Emory Clinic
Laurence S. Sperling, The Emory Clinic
Byron R. Williams, The Emory Clinic

Clinical Genetics

Paul M. Fernhoff, The Emory Clinic


Harold J. Brody, Hailey, Brody, Casey & Wray, M.D., P.C
Charles Douchy, North Atlanta Dermatology, PC
Mary K. Spraker, The Emory Clinic


Norman L. Elliott, Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates, LLC
Charles A. Fox, Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates, LLC

Geriatric Medicine

Jonathan M. Flacker, Wesley Woods Center
Monica L. Parker, Wesley Woods Center
Taylor R. Graves, Wesley Woods Center

Gynecologic Oncology

Ira R. Horowitz, The Emory Clinic
Sharmila K. Makhija, The Emory Clinic
Cyril O. Spann, The Emory Clinic

Hand Surgery

Linda C. Cendales, The Emory Clinic

Infectious Disease

Henry M. Blumberg, The Emory Clinic
Bruce S. Ribner, The Emory Clinic

Internal Medicine

Samantha B. Benson, Internal Medicine Associates of Johns Creek
Jonathan Masor, The Emory Clinic
Phyllis S. Tong, The Emory Clinic

Interventional Cardiology

Vasilis C. Babaliaros, The Emory Clinic
John S. Douglas, The Emory Clinic
Dr. Douglas Morris Top Doctor shout outDouglas Morris, The Emory Clinic

Maternal & Fetal Medicine

Bradford S. Bootstaylor, See Baby
Peter S. Heyl, The Emory Clinic
Michael K. Lindsay, The Emory Clinic

Medical Oncology

Fadlo Khuri, The Emory Clinic
Omer Kucuk, The Emory Clinic
David H. Lawson, The Emory Clinic
Ruth M. O’Regan, The Emory Clinic
Dong Moon Shin, The Emory Clinic
Stephan Szabo, Georgia Cancer Specialists


William H. Cleveland, Southwest Atlanta Nephrology, Inc
Janice Lea, The Emory Clinic
William Paxton, Georgia Quality Kidney Care, LLC.
Jeff M. Sands, The Emory Clinic

Neurological Surgery

Dr. Olson Top Doctor Atlanta Emory Healthcare
Daniel L. Barrow, The Emory Clinic
Jeffrey Olson, The Emory Clinic
Gerald E. Rodts, The Emory ClinicDr. Olson Top Doctor Atlanta Emory


Mahlon R. DeLong, The Emory Clinic
Jonathan D. Glass, The Emory Clinic
Anna Janss, The Emory Children’s Center
Nancy J. Newman, The Emory Clinic
Ronald J. Tusa, The Emory Clinic


Jacques E. Dion, The Emory Clinic
Patricia A. Hudgins, The Emory Clinic

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Sarah L. Berga, The Emory Clinic
Penny A. Castellano, The Emory Clinic
Robert S. Kovac, The Emory Clinic
Melinda Miller-Thrasher, Greater Atlanta Women’s Healthcare


Allen D. Beck, The Emory Clinic
Valerie Biousse, The Emory Clinic
Hans E. Grossniklaus, The Emory Clinic
Scott R. Lambert, The Emory Clinic
Timothy Olsen, The Emory Clinic

Orthopaedic Surgery

Erroll J. Bailey, Resurgens Orthopaedics
Scott D. Boden, The Emory Clinic
Robert W. Bruce, The Emory Clinic
Spero G. Karas, The Emory Clinic
James R. Roberson, The Emory Clinic
Yvonne E. Satterwhite, Resurgens Orthopaedics


Michael M. Johns III, The Emory Clinic
Douglas E. Mattox, The Emory Clinic
Julie L. Zweig, N.E. Atlanta Ear Nose and Throat, PC

Pain Medicine

Patricia Baumann, The Emory Clinic


Whitaker C. Sewell, The Emory Clinic
Sharon A. W. Weiss, The Emory Clinic

Pediatric Cardiology

Robert M. Campbell, The Emory’s Children Center
Martha L. Clabby, The Emory’s Children Center
Robert N. Vincent, The Emory’s Children Center

Pediatric Endocrinology

Lillian R. Meacham, The Emory’s Children Center
Andrew B. Muir, The Emory’s Children Center

Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

Thomas A. Olson, The Emory’s Children Center

Pediatric Nephrology

Laurence A. Greenbaum, The Emory’s Children Center
Barry L. Warshaw, The Emory’s Children Center

Pediatric Rheumatology

Larry B. Vogler, The Emory’s Children Center

Pediatric Surgery

Richard R. Ricketts, The Emory’s Children Center
Mark L. Wulkan, The Emory’s Children Center

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

David D. Hubbell, The Emory Clinic

Plastic Surgery

Roderick T. Hester, Jr, The Emory Clinic
Albert Losken, The Emory Clinic
Phillip Nakano, Prima Center for Plastic Surgery
Joseph K. Williams, Atlanta Plastic Surgery


Scott D. Firestone, The Emory Clinic
Lawrence J. Giustra, The Emory Clinic
Steven T. Levy, The Emory Clinic
Larry E. Tune, Wesley Woods Center

Pulmonary Disease

Dr. Bechara Top Doctor Atlanta Emory

Rabih I. Bechara, The Emory Clinic
Thomas P. DeMarini, Southeastern Lung Care, PC
Kenneth V. Leeper, The Emory Clinic
David A. Schulman, The Emory Clinic
Gerald W. Staton, The Emory Clinic

Radiation Oncology

Jonathan J. Beitler, The Emory Clinic
Dr. Olson Top Doctor Atlanta EmoryIan R. Crocker, The Emory Clinic
Jerome C. Landry, The Emory Clinic

Reproductive Endocrinology

Carla Roberts, The Emory Clinic
Donna R. Session, The Emory Clinic


Jonathan E. Waltuck, The Emory Clinic

Sports Medicine

John W. Xerogeanes, The Emory Clinic


Timothy G. Buchman, The Emory Clinic
David V. Feliciano, The Emory Clinic
Sheryl G. A. Gabram, The Emory Clinic
John R. Galloway, The Emory Clinic
Christopher J. Hart, Johns Creek Surgery, PC
Stuart J. Knechtle, The Emory Clinic
Dr. Larson, Dr. Newell Top Doctor Atlanta Christian P. Larsen, The Emory Clinic
Transplant doctors top doctors atlantaKenneth A. Newell, The Emory Clinic
Charles A. Staley, The Emory Clinic
Dr. Sweeney Atlanta top doctorJohn F. Sweeney, The Emory Clinic

Collin J. Weber, The Emory Clinic
William C. Wood, The Emory Clinic

Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Seth Force Top Doctor AtlantaSeth D. Force, The Emory Clinic
Robert A. Guyton, The Emory Clinic
Kirk R. Kanter, The Emory Children’s Center
Dr. Miller Top Doctor Atlanta EmoryDaniel L. Miller, The Emory Clinic


Fray F. Marshall, The Emory Clinic

Vascular & Interventional Radiology

Kevin (Hyun) Kim, The Emory Clinic
Curtis A. Lewis, The Emory Clinic

Emory Healthcare blogWe congratulate all the Emory doctors who made the 2011 Atlanta magazine rankings of Atlanta’s Top Doctors list and are very proud that more than 100 of the 318 physicians recognized this year practice at one of our Emory facilities. A special thanks to our patients and their families for putting their trust in us every day. If you’d like to shout out a doctor on this list, feel free to add your comments to our Facebook status or tweet at us on Twitter and we’ll be sure to update this post with your feedback!

The Intangibles that Make Emory Healthcare a Top Atlanta Workplace

AJC Emory Healthcare Top Atlanta WorkplaceAs an Emory Healthcare team member, I can truly say working amongst the multifaceted team of exceptional individuals at Emory is a powerful and rewarding experience. My peers at Emory Healthcare agree, as is evident from the feedback our team provided to The Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC)  resulting in Emory Healthcare being named one of the best places to work in Atlanta, and specifically, one of the top 20 large companies at which to work, in their “debut edition” of Metro Atlanta’s Top 100 Workplaces.

The list of nearly 500 nominated companies was whittled down to 166 back in January, and the AJC partnered with Workplace Dynamics to survey over 40,000 team members from these companies. According to the AJC, “Companies were graded (per survey responses) on several factors — the direction of the company, execution, work conditions, career paths, management, pay and benefits.”

But as the AJC notes, and we agree, there are always intangible factors that end up playing a huge role in what it means to be part of your team. Maybe it comes in the form of the amazing dedication you see from your peers, who may have different roles, but give everything they have to accomplish & exceed common goals. Or maybe it’s the passion you see in leadership teams that inspire organizations in an authentic and ethical way. Perhaps it’s the sense of family and community you have with your coworkers, who at the end of the day, are true friends.

These are just a few of the ways in which we are all inspired as team members to do everything we can to make the Emory Healthcare community experience the best it can be. The strength of the Emory Healthcare family allows us to wholeheartedly concentrate on our mission, “To serve humanity by improving health.” At Emory Healthcare, we are diverse in our backgrounds and strengths, but we all share this common goal, and we carry it out by supporting each other and supporting our patients and families.

We thank the AJC for recognizing the special family over here at Emory Healthcare. If you are part of the Emory Healthcare team and want to give a shout out to someone, or if you’re part of our community & have feedback, please don’t hesitate to comment below.

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.

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.

Putting Patients First – Advancing Brain Treatment Possibilities

Brain cancer injury informationFor those of us who watched the President’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night, we were touched by a number of stories, conflicts, and hardships faced by Americans from all walks of life. Health care rhetoric aside, one story, that of James Howard from Katy, TX, was especially touching and relevant. Howard, who is only 28 years old, was diagnosed with brain cancer in March of 2010 and as we listened, we learned of his touching story and the barriers he faced in acquiring treatment. James Howard is not alone. There are many people out there like James Howard, who, without access to the latest medical treatments, wouldn’t be here.

While the debate regarding health care reform continues, what we at Emory can do is to provide access to the latest treatments to save lives like that of James Howard. And through our research and medical advances, that’s exactly what we’ve done for patients like Jennifer Giliberto, Gary Gelb, Neil Cullinan, and Donna Yancey, all of whom underwent brain surgery at Emory Healthcare.

Our neurosciences team of researchers, physicians, surgeons, and staff are dedicated to leading research and development in the world of brain injuries and cancers.

For example, Emory is one of the few places in the country offering minimally invasive neuro-endoscopic procedures for resection of deep-seated brain tumors and 3D endoscopic pituitary tumor removal. We’re also conducting groundbreaking research investigating solutions such as the use of magnetic nanoparticles for targeted imaging and therapy of brain cancer. This dedication advancing the medical possibilities is what drives everything we do, and our efforts aren’t going without recognition.

Recently, Dr. Costas Hadjipanayis, chief of neurosurgery at Emory University Hospital Midtown and assistant professor of neurosurgery at Emory, was named president of the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation. With a mission to “improve the quality of life for brain tumor patients and their families” through research, awareness, and support, the efforts of our team members such as Dr. Hadjipanayis and those of the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation allow us to continue to advance the possibilities in the treatment of brain tumors and injuries.

We honor the dedication shown by our neurosciences team and its members such as Dr. Costas Hadjipanayis, who are making strides in improving the lives of patients and families affected by brain injuries and cancers each and every day.

Giving Thanks to Our Community – The Year in Review

Emory Healthcare CommunityThe holidays are a time for friends, families, loved ones and communities to come together, celebrate, and give thanks for our blessings and reflect on the year. At Emory Healthcare, we do all we can to promote and celebrate health year-round. But the holidays are a poignant time to celebrate and honor you, our community, for playing a key role in our accomplishments. With you as our partner, together we have proven we can achieve great things to improve the lives of so many. Over the course of any given year at Emory, there are innumerable accomplishments and developments to be excited about. In 2010, together we’ve seen some wonderful things happen in our Emory community:

  • We performed our 300th lung transplant, and saw Jo Ellen Kimball celebrate her new found health.
  • We watched our 500th heart transplant patient, Terry Green, serve as Grand Marshal for the Emory Healthcare 500, one of the biggest NASCAR events of the year! On race day, we were able to touch the lives of hundreds of race attendees from Georgia and states throughout the nation with free health screenings.
  • We partnered with our community and participated in the 2010 Atlanta Heart Walk, and for the 9th year in a row, led the way in fund raising by raising almost $300,000 to give back to the American Heart Association to aid in their fight against heart disease and stroke.
  • Our doctors performed more than $48.9 million in charity care for our community over the past year, and more than $20 million in uncompensated care at Grady.
  • For the 20th year in a row, Emory University Hospital and many of its specialty programs were ranked as top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 list of America’s Best Hospitals.
  • We participated in and sponsored the AJC Peachtree Road Race, an annual community event  for the 16th year in a row.
  • We were recognized for being one of the only health care systems in the state to implement a mandatory flu vaccine policy for all employees in an effort to minimize the spread of influenza from caregivers and employees to patients and visitors. For our achievement of 100% compliance in 2009-2010, we were honored by the Georgia Medical Care Foundation. We were also honored by the Joint Commission with Gold Tier Status for our influenza vaccination rate.
  • We partnered with Georgia Tech as the official health care provider for Georgia Tech Athletics, and the Atlanta Motor Speedway, as the official health care provider of the facility.
  • We were honored with three Beacon Awards for Nursing Excellence. Only 300 ICUs (out of about 6,000) across the U.S. have received the prestigious award, and only 6 Beacon Awards have been given to programs in Georgia.
  • We launched our blog,, which you’re reading now! It brings together our overall health care blog, as well as thematic blogs for heart & vascular, cancer, transplant, vision, weight management, and orthopedics, with more to come in 2011!
  • We work with and support more than 20 local organizations through monetary and volunteer support, including the Atlanta Community Food Bank through our annual Virtual Can Food Drive.  Check out the full list of organizations we support!
  • Every year our nursing students provide free health screenings and health clinics for migrant farm workers and their families in South Georgia.
  • You — our community — named Emory University Hospital the “Consumer’s Choice” for the 13th year in a row.

We accomplished all of these things (and many more!) under the umbrella of our promise to deliver not just the best health care available, but the best patient-centered care around. This means that with every step we take and every goal achieved, our focus is on you — our community, our patients, and our families. So it is you, our community, who deserves the thanks this holiday season. We thank you for giving us the opportunity to focus on working with you, rather than on you, and we look forward to the opportunity to continue partnering with you in 2011 and for many years to come.

Emory University Hospital, the Consumers’ Choice

Consumer Choice Award Emory HealthcareHospitals and health systems all over the country are constantly advancing when it comes to innovation in the latest diagnoses and treatments. But what good are these advancements if they don’t help and please the people we serve, our patients and communities? We are honored that our advancements are being recognized. For the 13th straight year, Emory University Hospital has been recognized as one of the nation’s top hospitals by the National Research Corporation’s (NRC) Consumer Choice Awards.

The Consumer Choice Award identifies hospitals chosen by healthcare consumers as having the highest quality and image in more than 300 markets throughout the U.S. This is the 15th year NRC has awarded hospitals whose consumers have recognized them for providing the highest quality healthcare.

“Having an opportunity to once again share this tremendous honor with the men and women who care for our patients and visitors each day is certainly a special and rewarding part of my job,” says Robert Bachman, Emory University Hospital chief operating officer. “Being recognized for what you do – and how well you do it – by the very consumers you are in the business of serving each day is an accolade that cannot be topped. I want to thank our entire team of physicians, nurses, support and business staff, volunteers and vast network of stakeholders and donors who strive to make Emory University Hospital a great center for care and discovery. Our customers have again spoken, and we will use this award as motivation to continue improving service in a safe, patient- and family-centered environment of care.”

Ginny Martin, president of NRC’s Ticker Division, says winners are determined by consumer perceptions on multiple quality and image ratings collected in the company’s Ticker study. Of the 3,200 hospitals named by consumers in the study, the winning facilities rank highest in their Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Ticker study surveyed over 250,000 households representing over 450,000 consumers in the contiguous 48 states and the District of Columbia.

“Healthcare has become an increasingly important issue across the country and empowered consumers are making decisions for themselves and their families when selecting their healthcare facilities and services,” Martin says. “As care options multiply and financial challenges remain strong, consumer perception of quality continues to grow in importance. Dedication to providing high quality healthcare has become essential for all hospitals. In the face of adversity, these Consumer Choice award winners exemplify the dedication it takes to provide quality healthcare to their communities, and we are pleased to honor them through the eyes of their patients.”

Emory University Hospital in Atlanta is at the heart of one of the nation’s leading university-based health systems, Emory Healthcare, with nationally and internationally recognized faculty physicians in a broad range of specialty areas. The hospital is staffed by more than 950 practicing physicians who are also faculty members of the Emory School of Medicine.