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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.

Top 5 Tips to Beat Pollen Sensitivity This Spring

pollen allergy season

*Update*: On March 19, 2012, the pollen count in Atlanta was 8,164, breaking the old record of 6,013 set in 1999.

With today’s pollen count at a startling 2258, we thought it a good idea to share with you some tips for beating sensitivity to pollen as best you can this Spring. Over 35 million Americans are sensitive to pollen, if you’re one of them, this list should help:

Know the Pollen Count

Here’s a great website for residents of the Atlanta, GA area to check the pollen count, which changes daily – http://www.atlantaallergy.com/pollenCount.aspx Staying on top of the pollen count makes it easier to take proactive steps to avoid sensitivity before it starts. As a general guide, here are the ranges for pollen count levels:

  • Low: 0-14
  • Moderate: 15-89
  • High: 90-1499
  • Extremely High: 1500+

Exercise in the Evening

Pollen counts are highest in the morning, but because pollen travels freely on warm, dry and breezy days, pollen levels can often peak midday. If you exercise outdoors, plan on doing so in the evening, after 5 p.m. during days with high pollen counts. For your safety, please be sure to exercise with a partner.

Wear a Mask When Doing Yard Work

If you’re sensitive or allergic to pollen, it is not ideal to also be responsible for yard work. But if you must, wear a mask. You can pick one up at your local hardware store or pharmacy. Try doing yard work very early in the morning, while there’s still dew out, or in the later afternoon/evening, once pollen levels have subsided.

Proactively Treat Your Allergies

If you are allergic or particularly sensitive to pollen, there are plenty of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines available to help you control your symptoms.

You should consult your allergist for the medication and treatment plan that’s best for you, but getting your symptoms under control before they have the opportunity to get out of hand is wise during pollen season.

Protect Your Home, Your Car & Your Body

Keep doors and windows to your residence and car closed as much as possible when the pollen count is high. Pollen particles are no wider than a single strand of human hair, and they can easily pass through holes in window screens. Also, if particularly sensitive, change clothes and shower after returning home to remove pollen from your person and to avoid spreading it throughout your home.

If you’re interested in sinus, nasal, and allergy treatment at Emory, you can visit our Sinus, Nasal & Allergy website. Have any other ideas for how to limit pollen sensitivity this Spring? Feel free to share and leave them in the comments section below!

What Should I Know About the Dietary Guidelines?

Dietary Guidelines for Americans

In the world of health care nutrition, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans set the standard for what we recommend as far as nutrients and physical activity. In our personal and family lives, the contents of the Dietary Guidelines become a call to action meant to empower and encourage us to continue taking steps in the right direction toward maintaining healthy lifestyles.

What are the Dietary Guidelines?

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are the government’s evidence-based recommendations to promote health, prevent chronic disease and reduce the growing rates of overweight and obese Americans. An updated document is released every five years, taking into account recent research and health trends. The most recent update was just released this past January.

What do the Dietary Guidelines have to offer me?

With each new release of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the writers focus on the latest health disparities within our country and seek to offer tips on how to refocus our nutritional efforts. Physical activity, portion control and fat make frequent appearances as headliners. This year’s update also gave us some new, simple and tangible recommendations to consider.

What are some of the most important takeaways from the Dietary Guidelines?

Balance your calories
  • Enjoy your food, but watch your portions.
  • Avoid oversized portions.
Foods to increase
  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1 percent) milk.
Foods to reduce
  • Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread and frozen meals. Choose foods with lower numbers.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

The full document is far more extensive than the recap above. It includes applicable research and updated recommendations. Read the Dietary Guidelines in full.

Thank You, Team For Putting Patient Care First

John T. Fox, President & CEO of Emory Healthcare

John T. Fox, Emory Healthcare President & CEO

What an incredible week it’s been for the team at Emory Healthcare. From the moment we tuned into weather reports and anticipated that this was the “real thing” I was amazed at the tremendous response of our healthcare professionals as they started to make their way back to work before a drop of snow hit the ground.

What we witnessed over the course of several days following Georgia’s first snowfall of 2011 was absolute acts of heroism by our Emory Healthcare team of nurses, physicians, leaders and staff. Our employees demonstrated their commitment to patient-centered care, and made our patients their first priority, using any creative means necessary to join their team at work. One of our team members even put on her golf cleats and trekked many blocks through the snow to be here. Other employees demonstrated their commitment by volunteering to step into roles outside of their own without hesitation.

I am always proud to be a part of Emory Healthcare, but this week, my pride has been elevated to the deepest admiration for our outstanding team of nurses, doctors, and staff. You are all a true inspiration, and our patients are truly fortunate to receive compassionate care from individuals like you. Some of you were too snowed in to make it to work, but I know you were with your colleagues in spirit as they kept operations running smoothly.

It is our priority at Emory Healthcare to deliver outstanding patient-centered care each and every day. I want to thank the thousands of dedicated professionals who make up our Emory Healthcare team and who, over the past week, again rallied around our patients and each other during one of the worst winter storms in Atlanta’s history. I also want to acknowledge and thank your families and loved ones, many of whom did not see you for three or four days while you spent day and night in our hospitals and clinics.

I thank you for the dedication that you have shown this week and that you show each day at Emory Healthcare. I am truly honored to work with you. And thank you, thank you and thank you for living our commitment to our patients and putting all the words of our Care Transformation model into real action.

Health Care Heroes Lending Helping Hands

If you follow us on Twitter or are friends with us on Facebook, you may have seen some of our recent “storm stories,” spotlighting acts of heroism our Emory Healthcare team members demonstrated this past week despite the snow. While this past week’s storm was one of the worst in Atlanta’s history, it didn’t stop our EHC team from stepping up to do what we do best– put patients first.

Larry Hodges, Marion Oglesby, Demetrice Fullard, Marsha Bruce, Kathy Charles, Michael Cobb, Brenda Wilbanks, Jewell Hudson, Nicole Bansavage, and Chrissy Day are stellar examples of what it means to be part of the Emory Healthcare team:

Emory Healthcare Employees Brenda Wilbanks, Jewell Hudson, Nicole Bansavage, & Chrissy Day

Chrissy Day, Jewell Lazzette, Brenda Wilbanks, & Nicole Bansavage

Brenda Wilbanks, Jewell Hudson, Nicole Bansavage, & Chrissy Day

When Brenda Wilbanks, EUH Hematology 6E, saw the storm was coming, she knew her motor home had a new use – accommodations for her and a few of her co-workers during the days to come! Therefore, her husband drove the family motor home down on Sunday night. Brenda set up shop across the street from CRM in an area where Emory University is getting ready to tear down aging dormitories. This put the motor home within easy walking distance of our tunnel system via CRM. On Sunday and Monday night, co-workers Jewell Hudson and Nicole Bansavage joined Brenda. On Tuesday night, Chrissy Day headed over, as well.

Michael Cobb

The storm may have made transportation via an automobile a challenge, but it didn’t deter Michael Cobb, EHC Office of Quality and Risk, from figuring out a way to make it to the nearest EHC location. Michael lives about a quarter of a mile from EUOSH, so he decided to walk in each day – Monday through Wednesday – to see how he could help. On Tuesday, he took on a new role outside of his everyday EHC responsibilities. He sat with a patient – referred to as 1:1 observation – to ensure the patient remained in bed and had everything he needed.

As Michael said, “I stayed with him until about 7:30 on Tuesday night. We talked about all kinds of things and I made sure he was comfortable. … I was really impressed with the way the nurses cared for him. There is definitely a patient-centered focus here – and now I have had a chance to see it in action.”

Emory Healthcare Payroll Team

Marion Oglesby, Demetrice Fullard, Marsha Bruce & Kathy Charles

Marion Oglesby, Demetrice Fullard, Marsha Bruce, & Kathy Charles

Just because there is a storm doesn’t mean that our team members can go without getting paid. And EHC Payroll made sure payroll was still processed in time. In fact, they were hard at work beginning Sunday evening and continued into Tuesday to ensure our team members received their compensation on time.

EHC Cooks in the Kitchen

Larry Hodges with Nutrition Assistant, Vernon Mathis

Larry Hodges

During the storm, Larry Hodges, from EHC Human Resources, jumped into a new role to help Food & Nutrition Services at Emory University Hospital Midtown. Larry not only served customers during lunch, but he also helped prepare food – peeling eggs to make egg salad. He’s a shining example of how our team members showed extreme flexibility to help things run smoothly during tough times!

If you have an EHC team member to recognize for their efforts during the storm, please post your story in the comments below. We will continue to feature stories on our employee intranet and on Emory Healthcare’s Facebook and Twitter profiles. Thank you to the whole EHC team for all that you do!

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.

What is a Community?

John T. Fox, President & CEO of Emory Healthcare

A message from our CEO, John T. Fox, on the importance of Henry Medical Center to Emory Healthcare.

Many of you in our community may be aware that Henry Medical Center (HMC) is seeking to affiliate with a major health care system for the ongoing delivery of health care services to the residents of its community. After a comprehensive review process, HMC has selected Emory Healthcare as one of two finalists for this partnership. We believe Emory is uniquely qualified to serve in this role.

The decision to partner with any health system is an important one that could potentially change the delivery of health care in the Henry County community for years to come. As these important decisions about the quality of the community’s health care are being carefully evaluated by HMC leadership, we would like to share some insights about why extending access to Emory care would benefit our Henry County community members.

As one of the nation’s leading academic health care systems, Emory understands the challenges families face every day. Local care should be delivered in the community by local physicians, and we believe the Henry community has experienced and well-qualified health care providers. Our partnership with Henry County’s local providers and HMC would support the continuation of HMC’s capacity to offer the highest quality of care in the local community, a level of care that Emory is known for both locally and nationally.

When a physician seeks highly specialized care or treatments for complex conditions that may not be available in his or her community, collaboration can be the best medicine. Emory has been honored to serve as a trusted resource for many physicians within Henry County when they have sought care for their patients outside of the community. In fact, 50% of the complex cases referred outside of Henry County last year were sent to an Emory facility. As the only academic medical center in metro Atlanta and the largest, most comprehensive system in Georgia, just a few of Emory Healthcare’s achievements include:

Emory Healthcare Community

    1. Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University is the only National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated center in Georgia, which means faster access to the latest research and better outcomes for cancer patients.
    2. For the past 20 years, Emory has been ranked as one of the nation’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. In 2010, Emory and the Shepherd Spinal Center were the only hospitals in Georgia ranked in this key national survey.
    3. Emory delivers groundbreaking clinical care. For example, we are currently one of only 21 health care facilities in the nation participating in a trial of a minimally invasive option for aortic valve replacement. This results in a tiny incision without open heart surgery and faster recovery for patients.

Emory has a long-standing tradition of serving our community. To learn more about our commitment to our local, state, national and global communities, please visit: www.emoryhealthcare.org/community.

If you have questions or comments about our interest in Henry Medical Center, please post them here and I will be happy to answer them.

Together Everyone Achieves More – The Emory Difference

Emory Healthcare CommunityWith our reach and community involvement growing by the day, we at Emory Healthcare have spent a lot of time discussing what it is that makes our Emory Healthcare community such an important part of what we do. Who is part of our community? How many lives are we touching? Where can our community be found?

The answer to these questions are simple. The Emory Healthcare community is more than just a network of hospitals, affiliated and community hospitals, clinics, and telehealth locations. Our community is the people that make Emory Healthcare so special. It’s about our nurses, physicians, and staff that work with our patients, rather than on them. It’s our patients, families, and the communities that rely on the outstanding patient-centered care and innovative research taking place at Emory Healthcare every day.

Despite the fact that we have hospital and care facilities across Atlanta and the state of Georgia, our community extends beyond state lines and even globally.

Our community has taken shape on the Web, where we are able to get valuable feedback from interacting with our patients, families and people like you all over the world. We use tools like our YouTube channel to provide free educational videos, and our blog, to give our community free and easy access to doctor expertise and advice.

Our medical advances, clinical trials, research and educational efforts allow us to embrace the health care community as a whole, and play a role as a leader in advancing the possibilities of patient centered care. In an environment where we empower patients, their families, and our community to participate in and embrace their own health and care, everyone benefits. That’s the Emory difference.

Emory Healthcare Abuzz Over Partnership with Yellow Jackets

Building on an existing 11-year history with the institution’s athletics department, Emory Healthcare has furthered its commitment to Georgia Tech athletics by making the relationship official. The multi-year partnership between Emory Healthcare and the Yellow Jackets makes Emory Healthcare the official health care system for Georgia Tech athletics.

Georgia Tech athletics Emory Healthcare partnership

Members of the Emory Healthcare community are buzzing with excitement over the recently enacted partnership. As President and CEO of Emory Healthcare, John T. Fox notes, “Partnering so closely with Georgia Tech and the Ramblin’ Wreck athletes is an exciting opportunity to support one of the nation’s premier collegiate athletics programs in its continual quest for conference and national championships across a wide array of sports, including football, basketball and baseball. It is also a tremendous opportunity to support our Atlanta neighbor, the Georgia Institute of Technology, with whom we share many scientific and medical research projects and initiatives.”

Home to one of the premier sports medicine programs in the  Southeast and the country, Emory Healthcare comes equipped with just the right team to take on supporting a NCAA Division I athletics program.

“We have assembled a team of health care professionals at Emory who, when consulted, understand the unique needs of these seasoned athletes. We are prepared for the special challenges associated with their injuries, conditions, and strength and rehabilitation requirements as we work to help improve performance and help get these young men and women back on the field of competition,” remarks John W. Xerogeanes, MD, chief of the Emory Sports Medicine Center.

For more information, check out Georgia Tech’s press release detailing the partnership.