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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.”

Emory University Hospital Highly Ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Each year, U.S. News & World Report publishes their annual guide to “America’s Best Hospitals.” For the 20th year in the history of U.S. News & World Report’s hospital rankings, Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital has ranked in the prestigious list.

After evaluating 5,000 national hospitals, 152 were selected for inclusion in the 2010-11 list. As U.S. News & World Report notes, what these hospitals have in common is “their ability to take on and meet the most difficult challenges.”

In addition to being ranked among the nation’s best hospitals, Emory University Hospital placed among the country’s best in 11 of 16 evaluated specialties and garnered top 20 placements in five specialty areas– heart and heart surgery, opthalmology, psychiatry, kidney disorders, and neurology and neurosurgery. For a full list of Emory University Hospital’s specialty rankings, see the table below:

2010 US News rankings Emory University Hospital

Emory University Hospital was one of only two hospitals from Georgia that placed among the 2010-11 list of the nation’s best hospitals and the only hospital in the state of Georgia to have ranked in more than one specialty area.  As Emory Healthcare president and CEO, John T. Fox remarks, “We make a promise and a commitment to our patients and their loved ones each and every day to provide the very best care and service in a patient and family-centered environment. These rankings are but one way we measure our progress in delivering on that promise, and help us to continually improve on our service and challenge ourselves as health care professionals.”

We thank and congratulate every member of the Emory Healthcare team that helped to make this achievement possible. We look forward to seeing next year’s list as Emory Healthcare continues to demonstrate leadership in patient-centered health care.

For more information on the requirements for inclusion on U.S. News & World Report’s list, check out our press release about Emory University Hospital’s national ranking.

Emory Healthcare – One of 2010′s “Most Wired” Hospital Organizations

One of things we pride ourselves on here at Emory Healthcare is our ability to rapidly adopt emerging technologies and integrate these technologies into our existing organizational strategy. We actively use and pursue new social media techniques, use innovative technology within our organization and implement functionality that serves to improve the overall patient care experience with Emory Healthcare. Because we place such an emphasis on innovation, being recognized in Hospitals & Heath Networks magazine as one of 2010’s “Most Wired” hospital organizations is a huge honor.

2010 Most Wired Hospital Organizations

Hospitals across the country are often the organizations that struggle most with adopting new technology. With the reach of many of these organizations being vast, it is often difficult to enact and implement technological change. Making technical innovation a priority is something at which Emory Healthcare has excelled.

As Emory Healthcare’s Chief Information Officer, Dee Cantrell notes, “Our continued investment, both financially and strategically, in information technology has positioned Emory as a national leader, and has allowed us to provide the very best patient experience, including ongoing improvements in care, safety and world class facilities.”

Many of Emory’s peer organizations mentioned in the survey results are showing signs of technical progress as well. Over half of the hospitals honored match bedside medication orders through bar coding or radio-frequency identification, 51% of medication orders are done electronically, and 94% deliver medication lists electronically to patients and caregivers when a patient is transferred within the facility.

We are so pleased that Emory Healthcare has been honored for taking steps to innovate and for using technology that improves the patient experience, security and privacy, and convenience. We will continue to do so in an effort to ensure that patient care with Emory Healthcare is the very best it can be.

Emory Healthcare Physicians Make Up Nearly 40% of Atlanta Top Doctors List

Each year, Atlanta magazine conducts a survey of the top physicians in the metro Atlanta area. We are very pleased to announce that in this year’s Top Doctors issue (released in June), 97 of the 251 top doctors honored are Emory Healthcare doctors and Emory School of Medicine faculty.

To determine which Atlanta doctors should placTop Atlanta Doctorse in this year’s Top Doctors list, a physician-led team of researchers from Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., an established health care research firm, employed a meticulous research and screening process (detailed in June’s Atlanta magazine). Part of the research and selection process involved surveying physicians about which doctors they themselves would recommend. As noted in the Atlanta magazine feature, “who better to recommend a good doctor than another doctor? That’s why we asked hundreds of metro area doctors to name their most respected colleagues.”

In addition to the Top Doctors List, Atlanta magazine also compiled a list of the 22 best hospitals in Atlanta. Nearly 30% of the “five-star” hospitals selected are Emory Healthcare facilities, including Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital, Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown.

We are very proud of the continued level of excellence displayed by all facets of the Emory Healthcare system. Our physicians, nurses, and top of the line facilities continue to advance the possibilities for the way patient centered care is provided in Atlanta and the Southeast.

For a detailed listing of each Emory doctor chosen for the 2010 Top Doctors List, please visit: www.emoryhealthcare.org/topdocs/