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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:

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    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.

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.