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Emory Makes UHC Quality Hospital Rankings History

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

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

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

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

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

Emory University Hospital Among America’s Best Hospitals

Emory University Hospital AtlantaAmerica's Best HospitalsThe 22nd annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of America’s Best Hospitals place Emory University Hospital for the 22nd consecutive year as one of the top hospitals in the United States.  These rankings follow the publication’s regional rankings released earlier this year, in which Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown were also highly ranked. National hospital rankings released today place Emory University Hospital with the nation’s leading health care facilities in ten categories and among the nation’s top 20 in five prestigious categories: cardiology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, ophthalmology, and kidney disorders.

The U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital rankings emerged over 20 years ago as a way to identify and showcase hospitals exceptionally skilled in handling the most difficult medical cases, such as brain tumors typically considered inoperable and specialized cardiac procedures.

The 2012 rankings of America’s Best Hospitals spotlight the top hospitals across the country out of more than 5,000 centers evaluated. Each of the hospitals featured in this year’s list are ranked nationally in at least one medical specialty and/or placed among the best hospitals rankings in its respective metro area earlier this year. Hard data stand behind the rankings in most specialties, including death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in.

The purpose of the U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings is to assist in guiding patients who need an especially high level of care because of a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. “These are referral centers where other hospitals send their sickest patients,” says Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Hospitals like these are ones you or those close to you should consider when the stakes are high.”

We are very proud of our Emory Healthcare team and honored that we have been ranked not only as the top hospital in Atlanta, but also among the best hospitals in the country. Thank you to our community that allows us to make top notch patient-centered care backed by the most innovative medical research and technology a priority each and every day. We look forward to continuing to advance the possibilities in the realm of health care.

Below you can check out comments from our Emory Healthcare CEO, John Fox and the Winship Cancer Institute’s Executive Director, Walter J. Curran, MD, on what the U.S. News Best Hospital rankings mean to us. Please also feel free to share your thoughts and comments in the comment field below!

Words on the Rankings from Emory Healthcare CEO, John Fox:

John T. Fox, President & CEO of Emory Healthcare

“These annual rankings provide an opportunity for every physician, nurse and staff member who serves Emory Healthcare’s patients and their loved ones to pause and celebrate an accomplishment reserved for very few medical centers across the nation. Today’s announcement also serves as a reinforced reminder of why we are in business – to provide the very best research and discovery-based medicine in a safe, patient and family-centered environment. I thank our valued patients for allowing us to serve them each day, and at the same time we celebrate this announcement, we also re-affirm our commitment to excellence in care and customer satisfaction.”

Words on the Rankings from Walter J. Curran, Executive Director of the Winship Cancer Institute:

Dr. Walter Curran

“On behalf of the faculty and staff at the Winship Cancer Institute, we are very proud of the significant rise in standings in the US News & World Report rankings. This positive trajectory reflects their hard work and devotion to our patients’ care as well as our emphasis on collaboration with physicians throughout Georgia. We remain focused on constant improvement in everything we do and look forward to continued progress.”

 

This year’s “Best Hospitals” rankings are now online at: www.usnews.com/besthospitals. The print edition will appear at newsstands on August 31.

Site Approved for New 200+ Bed Hospital Tower in Atlanta

New Emory Hospital Tower in AtlantaIf you’ve ever taken a drive down Clifton Road, you’re familiar with our hospital and clinic facilities in the area. Ranging from Emory University Hospital, to the Emory Clinic, to the Winship Cancer Institute, or our additional clinic facilities down the street at 1525 Clifton. We’ll be adding yet another health care facility to our Clifton Road headquarters; this time, a 200+ bed hospital tower, complete with new operating rooms and emergency room.

The new Emory hospital tower will be located right across from Emory University Hospital on Clifton Road. This new development is not the only upgrades you’ll be seeing at Emory. The Emory-Children’s Pediatric Research Center (a partnership between Emory Healthcare and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta) is scheduled to be completed in April of 2013, and will be located near our other Clifton facilities, off of Haygood Drive.

The new bed tower is an important piece that will help us provide better access to our patients in our community environment. We are very excited about the ways the new hospital tower will enable us to build on our efforts to further improve the care we deliver.

These new facilities will create opportunities for improved access, patient safety and enhanced efficiency, which benefit our Emory Healthcare patients, families and the skilled members of our patient and family care teams.

We’ll keep you posted here on our blog about developments with the hospital tower and other facility enhancements being made here at Emory Healthcare.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

Meet Mr. 500, The Emory Healthcare 500 Grand Marshal

Who better than a man who’s nicknamed “Mr. 500” to yell “Gentlemen, start your engines!” and kick off the Emory Healthcare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race as grand marshal? When it came time to pick a grand marshal for the Labor Day weekend night race event, officials from Emory Healthcare and the Atlanta Motor Speedway immediately identified the perfect candidate, Terry “Mr. 500” Green. Terry Green, Grand Marshal

Terry’s nickname is not the only thing making him a good fit for the Emory Healthcare 500 grand marshal position. His history with Emory Healthcare is a long one; in fact, it spans his entire life. Almost 61 years to the day after being born at Emory, Terry was reborn in the same place as the recipient of Emory University Hospital’s 500th heart transplant.

While the nickname and his life changing transplant experience are certainly enough to make him the perfect Emory Healthcare 500 grand marshal, Terry’s history with Emory goes even deeper. During a vacation with his wife on a cruise, Terry suffered a heart attack and was stabilized while on the ship before being transported back to Georgia and Emory for care. Coincidentally, the doctors who cared for him on the cruise were both trained at Emory University School of Medicine.

As Terry describes, “You talk about another extra special link to this whole experience; not only was my life saved on foreign soil by doctors who learned their trade at Emory, but I would receive my transplant there, was born there, and will now forever be known as ‘Mr. 500’ for this once-in-a-lifetime event.” As a result, Terry has truly become a special part of the Emory Healthcare family.

Since receiving his treatment and heart transplant at Emory, Terry has served as an ambassador for Emory Healthcare. He is now is able to continue that role in the grand marshal position. As he remarks, “To be named grand marshal for the Emory Healthcare 500, an event that is such an incredible show, and means so much to Georgia and the Atlanta Metropolitan area each year, is beyond a special surprise, as well as an honor.”