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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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Screenings & Health Services with No Appointment, 7 Days a Week – Could Health Care Get Any Easier?

Emory Healthcare CVS MinuteClinic Partnership

Do you have a cough? Need a cholesterol screening? Allergy symptoms? All of these are things that as patients, many of us have experienced enough times to feel like we don’t need to schedule a formal doctor visit for them. But, because in the past, these services were usually only offered through a doctor’s office, there haven’t been too many other options. Now there is! Emory Healthcare has partnered with MinuteClinic, CVS’ retail health care division to provide access to high quality health care at your local CVS location for over 20 different common health services.

We know coming to Emory for more serious treatments or conditions is something that as an Atlanta resident, you probably already know exists as an option for you. But for those times where your earache at 7pm is a hassle and there isn’t a hospital or clinic location nearby or open, we’re hoping that our partnership with CVS means that you now have even more access to the high quality patient-centered health care provided at Emory.

You can trust that the care that you’ll receive at the 31 walk-in CVS MinuteClinic locations across Atlanta will be on par with the care you expect from Emory. Our physicians are serving as medical directors for MinuteClinic locations in Atlanta, and will also be collaborating on various patient education and prevention initiatives on a per-location basis.

So, what happens if you go to a CVS MinuteClinic location in Atlanta thinking your hives are due to allergic reaction, but really prove to be something more serious? The beauty of our partnership with CVS is that it opens up access to high quality health care for our patients in a variety of ways. If you require a level of care that is not provided at an Emory Healthcare supported MinuteClinic location, the care team onsite will be able to refer you. Emory Healthcare will accept patients who need a level of care not available through MinuteClinic.

If our partnership with CVS on its own doesn’t make getting access to high quality health care in Atlanta that much faster and easier for you, the fact that the 31 walk-in CVS MinuteClinic locations that we’re helping support are open 7 days a week, with no appointment necessary and visits as short as 15 minutes. MinuteClinic accepts most insurance and locations are open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-7:30pm; Saturday, 9am-5:30pm; and Sunday, 10am-5:30pm.

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.

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.

The Emory Healthcare 500 – More Than Just A Race

Emory Healthcare 500Where on Labor Day can you find teams of experts collaborating in high-pressure situations, a fast-paced environment, and neon lights? There are two places that come to mind immediately– the Atlanta Motor Speedway and Emory Healthcare’s community of hospitals and care providers. That’s why it only makes sense that this year Emory Healthcare is the title sponsor of Atlanta Motor Speedway’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, a night race event titled the “Emory Healthcare 500.”

The Emory Healthcare 500 is the first event of its kind that Emory Healthcare has chosen to sponsor, due in part to the unique opportunity it presents us to support the local community, Emory patients and physicians. As President and CEO of Emory Healthcare, John T. Fox, notes, “it is a unique opportunity to support the local communities that work so hard to host and operate one of the nation’s premier sporting events each year. It is also a chance to support and thank the many valued patients and physicians in the Henry County and Southern Crescent region who allow Emory to serve them for cutting-edge medical care.”

Keeping with the theme of supporting the local community, Emory Healthcare staff will be on-site to provide health screenings and educational information for race fans, visitors, and community members alike. Additionally, Emory Healthcare is also the new official health care provider of the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

We anticipate seeing many members of both the Emory Healthcare and Georgia communities on Labor Day at the Emory Healthcare 500 and we look forward to a great weekend and the opportunity to continue to serve our community with excellence in patient centered health care.