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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.

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

Dermatology

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

Gastroenterology

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

Nephrology

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

Neurology

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

Neuroradiology

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

Ophthalmology

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

Otolaryngology

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

Pathology

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

Psychiatry

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

Rheumatology

Jonathan E. Waltuck, The Emory Clinic

Sports Medicine

John W. Xerogeanes, The Emory Clinic

Surgery

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

Urology

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, http://advancingyourhealth.org, 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.

Innovation, Emory Healthcare Shine at Healthcare Internet Conference

Vegas is an exciting place. With a nickname like Sin City, it’s probably not the first place you think of for a health care conference. But that’s exactly what took place this week in Las Vegas, Greystone’s annual Healthcare Internet Conference, which I must say has been one of my most exciting experiences in not only health care, but also web marketing, to-date.

I won’t deny that I’m a skeptic when it comes to most conferences. Lots of conferences each year are touted as the “best in the industry,” but rarely do the presentations and information covered actually reflect that. Greystone’s conference was different.

There were over 550 individuals at this year’s conference, representing a large number of health care and hospital systems across the country. For three days, we shared, spoke and listened about innovative changes taking place in the web presence of the health care industry. I was thrilled to be able to speak on a panel of experts who discussed successes, strategies, and challenges faced when using social media in health care. The panel opened up a good discussion of what being social really means in health care, and how we an embrace and leverage tools like blogs and microblogs to share information our community wants.

The Greystone conference demonstrated that innovation in health care doesn’t only take place in hospitals and research labs, it also takes place on the Web. Emory Healthcare was honored for its web innovation at the conference with three different awards, two of which were Best in Class Awards, a Gold Award for Best Redesigned Intranet and a Silver Award for Best Redesigned Website (Microsites) for the work we did on our Heart and Vascular Center hub site. We also were bestowed with a Silver eHealthcare Leadership Award for the best integrated marketing campaign.

We’re looking forward to the opportunity to continue to improve and develop our web resources to give our community the information they want in the way they want it. If you’d like to see some of the points covered at the conference, check out hashtag #hcic on Twitter. And if there’s ever a topic you’d like to see us cover, please don’t hesitate to let us know by using the comments below.

Emory Healthcare Receives its Third Beacon Award for Excellence

Cardiac Critical Care Unit (3G/4G) NursesThe Beacon Award for Excellence is a prestigious honor given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) for “adult critical care, adult progressive care and pediatric critical care units that achieve high quality outcomes.” Out of the 6,000+ intensive care units in the US, less than 300 of these units have received the Beacon Award and only six Beacon Awards have been bestowed to programs within the state of Georgia.

Emory Healthcare is very pleased to announce that we have received our third Beacon Award; this time for Emory University Hospital’s Cardiac Critical Care Unit (3G/4G). To receive the award, each critical or intensive care unit must demonstrate excellence in 42 different criteria in six different categories, including innovation/excellence in recruitment and retention; education, training and mentoring; evidence-based practice and research; patient outcomes; creating and promoting healing environments; and leadership and organizational ethics.

“This is a tremendous recognition for Emory University Hospital and the nursing team on 3G/4G CCU, which has demonstrated a consistent drive and dedication toward delivering outstanding patient care for some of Emory’s most seriously ill patients and their families,” says Susan Grant, MS, RN, NEA, Emory Healthcare chief nursing officer.

“We have been working toward this designation since 2007 because we feel that such an honor is not only unique to very few nursing units across the country, but also shows our commitment to providing our patients and their families with the very best level of care possible,” says Yanxia Li, RN, CCRN, advanced nurse clinician.

“This is a unit that not only specializes in the treatment of heart-related patient care, including heart attacks, heart failure, difficult arrhythmias, and advanced interventional procedures, but it is also the unit that takes care of any other patient within the hospital requiring a bed. So we have developed the reputation of specializing in care for any situation,” continues Li. “As a result of that flexibility and drive to tackle any challenge, everyone here shares an equal responsibility for providing excellent care in a team environment. I am incredibly proud of the hard work each member of our team has put into this award and, more importantly, how it represents the ideals we all share together.”

Receiving the third of only six such awards honoring intensive care units in Georgia is a tremendous accomplishment and we at Emory Healthcare are all very proud of the outstanding patient care our team delivers each and every day to warrant such an honor.

As Robert Bachman, chief operating office for Emory University Hospital summarizes, “When our patients and their loved ones choose Emory University Hospital to receive care – whether they travel across the state or across the street – they never ask what types of awards our nurses have earned, but they know that those nurses are providing them with the safest, most compassionate care possible.”