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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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.

When Your Hospital Visit Becomes a Stay – Choose Rollins Suites

Debbie Cohen with her mother

Debbie Cohen with her mother

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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 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.