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Public Notice: Magnet Recognition Program – Site Visit
Dec 6, 2019 By Emory Healthcare



emory johns creek hospital magnet visitEmory Johns Creek Hospital has applied to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for the prestigious designation of Magnet. Magnet designation recognizes excellence in nursing services. Patients, family members, staff, and interested parties who would like to provide comments are encouraged to do so. Anyone may send comments via e-mail and direct mail. Your comments must be received by the Magnet Program Office by January 12, 2020. NOTE: All comments are CONFIDENTIAL and are not shared with the health care organization. Comments may be anonymous, but they must be sent in writing to the Magnet Program Office. Address: AMERICAN NURSES CREDENTIALING CENTER (ANCC) MAGNET RECOGNITION PROGRAM OFFICE 8515 Georgia Ave., Suite 400 Silver Spring, MD 20910-3492 E-Mail: [...]

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Just 20 Seconds Can Help Prevent the Spread
Nov 20, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

Every year, here at Emory Healthcare, we celebrate Handwashing Awareness Week. The goal of National Handwashing Awareness Week is to decrease the spread of infectious diseases by empowering individuals through education on the importance of handwashing to help protect their loved ones and communities. By working together we can make a difference! At each of our facilities, all of our team members practice hand hygiene and we are reminded at almost every turn via signage and educational information just how important hand hygiene is for the health and wellness of our staff, patients, families, and visitors. By definition, hand hygiene is the cleaning of the hands using either soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. "Handwashing” refers to hand cleaning using soap and water. Hands can become contaminated with bacteria during routine daily activities such as eating, [...]

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Caring for Your Parents
Oct 30, 2019 By Ania Rodney, MD

adult woman with elderly parentAs our parents age, we often find ourselves facing a new responsibility — caring and worrying about their wellbeing. We want to support their wishes, which often include maintaining their independence at home while ensuring they’re healthy, happy and safe. Wherever you (or your parents) are on this journey, take heart in knowing there are simple measures you can take to support them at every age.

Safety at Home

No one wants to hear they’re no longer able to do something they once considered part of their daily routine. But, to make sure your parents stay safe at home, you need to have an honest conversation about your concerns and their physical health. Make a cup of coffee or share lunch and brainstorm steps that will make their daily life easier. That may include:
  • Creating a communication plan that quickly notifies authorities and family members during an

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Memory, Dementia Risk and Sleep as You Age
Oct 17, 2019 By Jorge Isaac Pena Garcia, MD

grandparent with grandsonMisplacing car keys; momentarily forgetting someone’s name: these are common memory lapses that can happen to anyone – regardless of their age. Older adults are often concerned that occasional forgetfulness or the inability to recall information as quickly as they once did is a sign of dementia. Fortunately, it’s not. But, if you’re an older adult and memory loss is interfering with your daily life, you should talk to a loved one or your primary care provider. Together, you can get to the bottom of what’s causing your memory issues and make a plan to address your symptoms. Get peace of mind with these important insights on your mind and aging.

Is Forgetfulness a Sign of Dementia?

Forgetfulness is not always a warning sign of dementia. It’s common for older adults to become a little more forgetful or take a little longer to remember a name or detail. Dementia, on [...]

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What Is A PCP and Why Do I Need One?
Oct 14, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

patient with primary care physicianA primary care provider, or PCP, is your main point of contact for health care in non-emergency situations. Think of this type of health care provider as the quarterback of your entire health care team, the central point person whose role it is to coordinate your overall patient care, treatment, and education. Overall, your PCP is key to:

  • Providing preventive care and guidance on how to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
  • Diagnosing and treating acute common medical conditions, such as cold, flu, infections, etc.
  • Treatment and management of chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes.
  • Determining the severity of your medical problems, so he or she can direct you to the most appropriate care provider.
  • Referring you to medical specialists when conditions require more targeted treatment.
In addition, a PCP ensures prescribed medications [...]

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Family with Sickle Cell Gives Back to Others with Disease
Oct 2, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

patient with sickle cell disease care packageMother and daughter Lillie Thomas-Daugherty and Jessica Smith both struggle with sickle cell disease, but have made it their life’s work to give back to others with the same illness. In September, in recognition of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, Thomas-Daugherty delivered 30 care packages to sickle cell patients at Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale Hospital. Thomas-Daugherty’s motivation for creating the care packages was based on her family’s life-long journey with sickle cell disease. She hopes to raise awareness of the disease and its unique challenges so that sickle cell patients receive the medical attention and care they need. “My daughter was hospitalized 17 times before her third birthday,” says Thomas-Daugherty. “She was in and out of the hospital regularly for blood transfusions or to receive medications to ease her pain. I nearly lost [...]

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Emory Healthcare Has Resources to Help with Medicare Enrollment
Sep 30, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

Happy senior couple at parkMedicare open enrollment for 2019 starts October 15, which is just a few weeks away. This is an annual period when Medicare recipients can enroll in or change their Medicare coverage. Choosing a Medicare plan has a significant impact on many lives. We want to help answer your questions and simplify the process. To help our patients and their families understand the different Medicare options, Emory Healthcare has partnered with MedicareCompareUSA to give you the tools and resources you need to make the best choice. This free, unbiased resource is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., by calling 1-855-256-1501. MedicareCompareUSA is an independent insurance agency that is not affiliated with the federal Medicare program. The helpline connects you with professionals who can help you understand Emory Healthcare’s Medicare resources, and help you:


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Healthy Infused Water Recipes with a Twist
Aug 28, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

man holding fruit infused waterOne of the keys to preventing dehydration is drinking plenty of fluids, including water. While water is almost always the best drink choice, a lot of people complain that they get bored drinking plain water. While you can add purchased flavored drink mixes to water, you can also make your own flavored water by infusing it with different fruits and herbs. Infusing water with a little flavor is really simple. Fill a pitcher with water, add thinly sliced fruits, herbs or spices, and chill in the refrigerator. You also can add sliced fresh fruit to a reusable water bottle. The combinations are endless. Some fruits work better than others. Berries tend to break down faster than hardier citrus fruits like lemons or limes. For stronger flavored water, prepare it a day ahead and keep it in the fridge overnight before drinking. A great benefit of infusing water with fresh fruits, [...]

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Top 5 Health Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle
Aug 21, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

women walking in park to do yogaAs we all know, regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. But because of various injuries and/or health conditions, instead of running on a treadmill or jumping rope, many people (especially those with back pain) must choose to participate in low-impact activities. If you’re someone who is impacted by musculoskeletal issues, ranging from tender joints to osteoarthritis, check out the five activity options below for healthy ways to stay active without all the wear and tear.

1. Swimming

Swimming is a great way for everyone to stay active, but it is especially well suited for those seeking a low-impact way to get or stay healthy. Stiff and sore joints, especially for those with lower back pain, can benefit from the buoyancy of water and the fact that your body bears less of its own weight when underwater. The increased resistance afforded by water (vs. air) [...]

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5 Outdoor Safety Tips to Avoid an Emergency
Aug 19, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

woman hiking outdoors Whether you are hiking, swimming or just enjoying activities in your own backyard, spending time outdoors with family and friends is the way we all like to enjoy time outdoors. However, we know things can change in the blink of an eye. Yes, emergencies happen quickly. Knowing where to go and what to do if the situation presents itself is important, especially when you are enjoying outdoor fun! While many injuries turn out to be relatively minor and will heal on their own, it is essential to understand when it’s time to go to the emergency room. It could save a life. Here’s a list of five common outdoor injuries and symptoms to look for.


As temperatures rise, it’s important to remain cool, well-rested and hydrated. Prolonged exposure to high temperatures and dehydration are a lethal mix, causing your body to overheat. This can lead to heat cramps, heat [...]

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