Emory Healthcare & Select Medical Rehabilitation Partnership

Emory Rehabilitation HospitalEffective July 1, 2014, the partnership between Emory Healthcare, Georgia’s largest health care system, and Select Medical, one of the nation’s largest providers specializing in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation as well as long-term acute care, is finalized. The joint venture combines best practices from the two organizations well-known in the health care industry for providing post-acute rehabilitation services. Bringing together the two highly specialized teams will allow for better coordinated patient care across multiple, conveniently-located facilities in the Atlanta and surrounding areas.

With the closing of the agreement, Emory’s Center for Rehabilitation Medicine has been renamed Emory Rehabilitation Hospital, making it the system’s seventh hospital. While Emory Healthcare will be the majority owner of this facility, Select Medical will provide management services for the hospital. Emory Rehabilitation Hospital will continue to provide inpatient and outpatient services to patients following stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, musculoskeletal problems and amputation. Eric Garrard will serve as the hospital’s Chief Executive Officer.

Twenty-three outpatient centers known as Select Physical Therapy have been renamed Emory Rehabilitation Outpatient Center. These clinics, located conveniently throughout metro Atlanta, are part of the joint venture allowing for more seamless care between inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services.

In addition, as part of the joint venture Select Medical will be majority owner and manage three long-term acute care (LTAC) hospitals in the greater Atlanta area, including LTAC services located at Emory Wesley Woods Hospital on Clifton Road. As a hospital entity of its own, it will operate as Select Specialty Hospital-Northeast Atlanta.

The other two long-term acute care hospitals included in the joint venture are Select Specialty Hospital – Atlanta, located at 550 Peachtree St., N.E., and
Regency Hospital, located at 1170 Cleveland Ave. in East Point.

“This new partnership with Select Medical will enable us to grow our services and enhance the outstanding care we already provide to our patients,” says John T. Fox, president and CEO of Emory Healthcare. “By forming a streamlined, cost-effective partnership, we remain focused on high-quality outcomes for patients and their families.”

“The level of cooperation in this partnership, not to mention the attention we will all have on making sure each patient is treated in the appropriate setting for his or her condition represents the future of health care,” says David S. Chernow, president and CEO of Select Medical. “We could not be more excited to put all this in place with a partner as well respected as Emory Healthcare. Working together, we can achieve great things for Georgia’s patients.”

For more information, or to make an appointment to see one of our providers, please call 404-778-7777, or visit our website at

Celebrating Earth Day!

Earth Day 2014Since 1970, Americans have recognized April 22 as Earth Day. In honor of this celebration of our amazing planet, we thought we’d fill you in on how we’re keeping the environment top of mind as we expand and renovate Emory University Hospital.

  • In keeping with Emory’s “No Net Loss of Forest Canopy” Policy, we planted 133 trees on campus to replace the trees lost in preparing the footprint of the new building. Emory Healthcare committed to replant the removed trees in new locations across the Clifton Campus. Any trees that could not be replanted will be recycled, and the reclaimed wood will be incorporated into new construction.
  • Emory Healthcare partnered with the Lifecycle Building Center to recover building materials such as hand railings, bathroom plumbing fixtures, signage, kitchen cabinets, doors and windows from previously existing buildings on the site for reuse in other local projects.
  • Implementing a Clean Construction Policy, Emory Healthcare has asked its building contractors to adhere to the strictest construction equipment pollution controls possible in order to reduce the emissions of smog-forming pollutants that are hazardous to human health and the environment.
  • The newly renovated Woodruff Circle shuttle area, the drop-off area near the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building and the expanded valet area near Emory University Hospital all have bioswales incorporated into their physical redesign. Bioswales are used to naturally treat and disperse runoff water flowing from surfaces such as asphalt. Water drains through the bioswale and into Dekalb County’s stormwater pipes. What comes out of the pipes and into our community creeks is cleaner and slower, reducing contamination and the effects of erosion and flooding.

How will you and your family be recognizing Earth Day this year?

Taking a Stand Against Smoking

CVS Bans Sale of CigarettesThe dangers of smoking are well-documented, and public awareness campaigns and reports have gone a long way in in reducing the number of smokers. But for those who do still smoke, finding cigarettes might not be as easy as it used to be.

In a bold stand for public health, CVS Caremark Corporation announced plans to remove all tobacco products from its shelves starting by October, making it the first drug store chain to do so. CVS joins several organizations in its fight against smoking, including Emory Healthcare and Emory University, which both became tobacco-free in 2012.

“Tobacco use has been tied to some of the most devastating diseases including 30 percent of all cancers, and is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States,” says F. Kennard Hood, MD, a primary care physician at Emory at Eagles Landing and a medical director for MinuteClinic. “We’re very proud of CVS for promoting a healthier lifestyle by discontinuing the sale of tobacco products. As an Emory physician, it makes me feel very positive about the collaboration we have with CVS in our ongoing efforts to promote health and wellness.”

Through its 37 local neighborhood MinuteClinics located across the Metro Atlanta area, CVS also offers smoking cessation support. Through our clinical affiliation, Emory physicians serve as medical directors for MinuteClinic locations in metro Atlanta, as well as collaborate on patient education and disease management initiatives.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Emory Healthcare Establish Partnership to Improve Quality & Reduce Costs

Emory Healthcare Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia PartnershipWe at Emory Healthcare, Georgia’s largest health care system, along with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Inc. and Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthcare Plan of Georgia, Inc. (collectively “BCBSGa”), the state’s largest health solutions company, have announced the signing of an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) agreement. Our partnership with BCBSGa is designed to enhance health care by reducing costs and improving quality through increased collaboration and efficiency.

Our partnership with BCBSGa better connects Emory Healthcare as a system with BCBSGa as an insurance carrier to hold us all accountable for the quality and costs of care we deliver to our patients. Through this partnership, Emory Healthcare patients with BCBSGa coverage will now have yet another great resource to ensure their health and well-being. This partnership will not only assist in increasing the coordination of care among employed and private practice providers in the Emory Healthcare Network, but will also promote patient engagement in making healthcare decisions in collaboration with their Emory physicians.

We are committed to providing the full scope of health services required for our patients, and together with BCBSGa, for delivering enhanced care coordination, quality and cost management across that continuum of care. In short, our partnership will help in:

  • Improving quality care while managing costs
  • Connecting patients with the right doctor
  • Ensuring patients receive appropriate care
  • Enhancing care coordination
  • Helping align the right resources that improve outcomes and patient satisfaction
  • Encouraging patients to take charge of their care
  • Population health management

In addition, this partnership fosters extensive collaboration among the Emory Healthcare Network physicians and BCBSGa’s care delivery teams, who share information to ensure our physicians’ plan of care is being followed. Our physicians will receive regular reports that alert them of any gaps in care in their practices, such as missed care recommendations or preventive care screening reminders. This information will help our physicians transform their practices, increase patient engagement and improve the health of our patients.

We’re thrilled to be partnering with BCBSGa to enhance the way we deliver care to our community.

Emory Healthcare has Olympic Fever!

Olympic TorchAs the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia approach, here at Emory Healthcare, we can’t help but think back to our own brush with Olympic fame in 1996 when the Olympics came to Atlanta. Our biggest honor always been caring for our patients and families, and we love sharing our Olympic spirit with them! Though it was 18 years ago now, we’re reflecting with pride on the role Emory played as the world’s finest athletes descended upon our city. Here are a few fun facts about Emory’s Olympic legacy:

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown, then known as Emory Crawford Long Hospital, served as one of three main health care sites inside the Olympic ʺring,ʺ the imaginary circle encompassing most of the activity during the Atlanta Games in 1996. Among the nearly fifty athletes treated there was U.S. gymnast Kerri Strug, who sprained her ankle during the dramatic team finals.
  • Two Emory employees and more than 40 Emory alumni served among thousands of torchbearers in the 1996 games.
  • An Olympic torch from the 1996 games in Atlanta is displayed in the lobby of Emory University Hospital.
  • During the 1996 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony, Paula Saunders, a medical social worker for Emory University Hospital’s Rollins Pavilion and the bone marrow transplant program sang backup to Celine Dion’s stirring ʺThe Power of the Dreamʺ with the Centennial Choir in Atlanta’s 85,000-seat Olympic Stadium.
  • During the London games in 2012, Dr. Amelia Langston, Medical Director and Section Chief of the Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program at the Winship Cancer Institute, started the Bone Marrow Transplant Olympics. Emory Healthcare staff, patients and family members participated in fun, lighthearted competition such as hula hoop contests, bedpan shuffleboard and wheelchair races.
  • Dr. Shervin V. Oskouei, an orthopedic surgeon with the Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Center, served as the event physician for the U.S. snowboarding finals on January 3, 2014 in Copper Mountain, Colo. The winners at that event qualified to represent Team USA at the Olympics in Sochi in February.

We’re sure more stories will emerge as the Olympic Games begin in Sochi, but in the meantime, to treat our Olympic fever, Emory Healthcare is proud to support the Science of the Olympics on 11Alive (WXIA), which will air in the weeks before and during the 2014 Olympic games. See if you can spot some of our doctors and nurses over the next few weeks as they introduce the Science of the Olympics!

Emory Healthcare Partners with National Testing Provider, HealthFair

Mobile Health Screening Bus

Emory Healthcare is pleased to announce a new partnership with HealthFair – a national testing provider that brings convenient and affordable health testing to community neighborhoods via its mobile screening buses. HealthFair is a Joint Commission-accredited mobile screening company that works with academic medical centers as well as community hospitals across the United States.

Beginning January 2014, Emory Healthcare will collaborate with HealthFair to provide cardiovascular screenings to organizations and communities in the Atlanta area. Mammography screenings will be available in the Spring of 2014.

Screening plans are tailored to the needs of the participant, and all tests are read and evaluated by Emory Healthcare physicians. This collaboration will provide metro Atlanta communities with greater access to important screening services and to Emory Healthcare physicians and providers.

Upcoming screening dates and locations:

  • January 20, Rite Aid – Kennesaw
  • January 21, LA Fitness – Douglasville
  • January 22, Fitness 19 – Woodstock
  • January 23, Walgreens – Atlanta
  • January 24, CVS – Dacula
  • January 25, Just Fitness 4U – Marietta
  • January 27, Publix – Powder Springs
  • January 28, Parc at Piedmont East Cobb – Marietta
  • January 29, Dogwood Forest- Fayetteville
  • January 30, Kroger – Atlanta
  • January 31, Walgreens – Kennesaw
  • February 1, Publix – Covington
  • February 4, Walgreens – Alpharetta

For more information on the different screening options and/or to schedule your screening appointment, visit

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We’re All In This Together: Meet Our New Brand!

Emory Healthcare New Brand

If you’re reading this blog or have visited the Emory Healthcare website recently, you may have noticed something a bit different. Our logo and website of yesterday are gone, and in their place is the shiny new look of the Emory Healthcare brand.

But a brand is more than a logo, more than a trademark, more than a mission. Our brand is a promise- a promise to live up to our goals, serve our community, and hold ourselves accountable in providing the standard of care our patients and families expect and deserve.

Every year we make strides in care innovation, quality outcomes and community health, because every year, we set goals that hold us accountable to our community. The residents of Atlanta and the state of Georgia depend on Emory Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Network of providers, clinics and hospitals, to deliver on our promise.

We could tell you that Emory University Hospital was ranked as the best hospital in Atlanta in 2013, or that over 50% of the “Top Doctors” in Atlanta are Emory physicians, or that we are the only health care system to have two hospitals simultaneously rank in the nation’s top 10 for quality; but the truth is, these honors and accolades are only evidence of our promise to deliver, but that promise lies in each of us.

From one of our transplant nurses donating her own kidney to a patient in need, to our human resource team members stepping in as cooks during the Atlanta Snowpocalypse, to our Winship physicians running side-by-side to support their patients in raising money for the fight against cancer, it is our team that is our brand.

We are Emory and we are not afraid to challenge the status quo. We’re not afraid to tackle the most difficult cases and questions. We’re not afraid to lead the discussion on what’s broken about our nation’s healthcare, instead, we’re looking forward to playing a part in fixing it. We’re not afraid to discover new cures and treatments and share them with the world.

We are researchers and teachers discovering what’s next in medicine and improving health today. We are practitioners taking exceptional, compassionate care of our communities. We are a dedicated team, 16,000 strong, committed to sharing our skills and our knowledge, combining our strengths, and working together – for and with patients – to help you and your loved ones be well.

We live our promise every day, and we will continue to do so for our community. After all….We’re all in this together.

Emory HealthcareLearn More About Our New Brand!


Top 10 Tips for a Great AJC Peachtree Road Race!

Peachtree Road RaceAre you ready to have some fun at the AJC Peachtree Road Race on Wednesday, July 4th?  Your training is done so now trust yourself that you have put in the hard work to have a successful race!  Here are some last minute tips to ensure that you are in top form on Wednesday!

  1. Hydrate yourself frequently before, during and after running in order to loosen muscles.  Start hydrating a few days before the race making sure to drink fluids with electrolytes as well as water. During the race drink to thirst, you do not need to stop at every water station unless you feel thirsty.
  2. Get your rest!  Start sleeping a little more each night before the race to ensure you are feeling rested on race day.  Typically during training you should sleep one extra minute each night for every mile you run. For example, if you run 30 miles a week, sleep 30 additional minutes each night.
  3. On race day, don’t forget your sunscreen and wear a hat!  The course is not heavily shaded so you could get sun-burned if you don’t properly protect your skin!
  4. Use a product similar to Body Glide on feet and other areas that may chafe to avoid blisters and sore spots after the race!
  5. If possible, wear clothing that wicks away moisture like “Dry Fit”.  This will help you stay cooler during the run.
  6. Warm up with some light jogging or some light stretching before your race to loosen tight muscles. Do not start any new stretches on race day though.  Stick to what you have done during your training.
  7. If the conditions are very hot, slow your pace down a little to ensure you do not develop heat stroke, heat cramps or heat exhaustion.
  8. When you think you want to quit,  think about the joy you will feel while crossing the finish line and celebrating with friends and family and getting that coveted T-shirt!
  9. Pay attention to your body! If you experience pain during or after the race and it does not go away, something may be wrong. Schedule an appointment with an Emory Sports Medicine physician.
  10. If you feel extremely abnormal signs/symptoms during  the race, ask a volunteer to help you to the nearest medical tent for help.  We want to make sure all participants stay healthy to participate again next year!

Most of all though – have fun!  Enjoy the outside and celebrate the fact that you are able to compete in this great American tradition!

Emory Healthcare is a proud sponsor of the AJC Peachtree Road Race.

Emory Healthcare is the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia and includes Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital, Wesley Woods Center, Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Emory Adventist Hospital, The Emory Clinic, Emory Specialty Associates, and the Emory Clinically Integrated Network.

Come visit us at the AJC Peachtree Road Race expo in booth 527 to get your blood pressure checked and learn more about how Emory Healthcare can help you and your family stay healthy!

About Emory Sports Medicine

The Emory Sports Medicine Center is a leader in advanced treatments for patients with orthopedic and sports-related injuries. From surgical sports medicine expertise to innovative therapy and athletic injury rehabilitation, our sports medicine physicians and specialists provide the most comprehensive treatment for athletic injuries in Atlanta and the state of Georgia.

Emory sports medicine patients range from professional athletes to those who enjoy active lifestyles and want the best possible outcomes and recovery from sports injuries. Emory doctors are the sports medicine team physicians for the Atlanta Falcons and Georgia Tech and provide services for many additional professional, collegiate and recreational teams. Appointments for surgical second opinions or acute sports injuries are available within 48 hours.

About Dr. Jeff Webb

Dr. Jeffrey WebbJeff Webb, MD, is an assistant professor of orthopaedics at Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center. Dr. Webb started practicing at Emory in 2008 after completing a Fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. He is board certified in pediatrics and sports medicine. He is a team physician for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, and serves as the primary care sports medicine and concussion specialist for the team.  He is also a consulting team physician for several Atlanta area high schools, the Atlanta Dekalb International Olympic Training Center, Emory University, Oglethorpe University, Georgia Perimeter College, and many other club sports.

Dr. Webb sees patients of all ages and abilities with musculoskeletal problems, but specializes in the care of pediatric and adolescent patients. He works hard to get players “back in the game” safely and as quickly as possible. He is currently active in the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and American Academy of Pediatrics professional societies and has given multiple lectures at national conferences as well as contributed to sports medicine text books.  Dr Webb is an avid runner and has completed 16 Peachtree Road Races.

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What Should I Eat Before I Run?

Tips for Your Pre-AJC Peachtree Road Race Nutrition 

Nutrition is a key aspect of running.  If you eat too little, you may feel sluggish.  If you eat too much, you could feel bloated and heavy during the race.  And if you eat the wrong foods, you could end up spending a lot of time in the restroom.

What Should I Eat the Night Before the Race?

Be careful of the “carbo loading” ritual of many runners.  Eating too many carbs the night before a race can leave you feeling sluggish on race day.  Eat foods that are easily digestible such as lean proteins, fruits, or foods with Omega -3’s.  Also, make sure to hydrate with water and electrolytes.  Electrolytes can be found in drinks like PowerAde or Gatorade.  Drinking too much water could be harmful, so try to include some electrolytes into your pre-race routine.

Race Day Meal Planning

Try to get up early on the morning of the race and eat your pre-race meal.  Eating at least 1 – 2 hours before your race is recommended but if you have a weak stomach, you may need to eat as much as 4 hours before the race.  If you eat 3 – 4 hours out, make sure to consume more calories than you would if you eat only 1 hour before the race.

What Should I Eat Before I Run?

What Food to Eat Before a Running Race

At least 80% of the calories you eat before your race should come from carbohydrates.  This could be in the form of a bagel, oatmeal, English muffin, pancakes (go easy on the syrup) or energy bars.

Avoid the following foods before a running race:

  • Foods with high fiber content
  • Foods high in fat
  • Vegetables such as onions and cabbage which may leave you gassy and bloated
  • Foods high in protein because it takes your body longer to digest. Carbs can be digested quicker and used for energy needed to run your race!

I highly encourage you to test out different foods.  The best time for you to eat is during your morning training runs to simulate race day conditions and determine what works best for you.  So start practicing now!  Race day is quickly approaching!

Good luck and have fun out there!

Peachtree Road RaceEmory Healthcare is a proud sponsor of the AJC Peachtree Road Race.

Emory Healthcare is the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia and includes Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital, Wesley Woods Center, Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Emory Adventist Hospital, The Emory Clinic, Emory Specialty Associates, and the Emory Clinically Integrated Network.

Come visit us at the AJC Peachtree Road Race expo in booth 527 to get your blood pressure checked and learn more about how Emory Healthcare can help you and your family stay healthy!

About Dr. Mason
Dr. Amadeus MasonDr. Mason is an assistant professor in the Orthopaedics and Family Medicine departments at Emory University. He is board certified in Sports Medicine with a special interest in track and field, running injuries and exercise testing. He has been trained in diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound, and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection. Dr. Mason is Team Physician for USA Track and Field and the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation Track and Field and Cross Country meets, Tucker High School, and Georgia Tech Track and Field.

Dr. Mason is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the America Road Racing Medical Society, and the USA Track and Field Sports Medicine and Science Committee. He has been invited to be a resident physician at the US Olympic Training Center, a Sports Medicine consultant in his homeland of Jamaica and the Chief Medical Officer at multiple USA Track and Field international competitions. He has also been a frequently featured guest CNN’s fit nation commenting on a wide variety of topics related to athletics and running injuries. Dr. Mason attended Princeton University and was Captain of the track team.

Dr. Mason is an active member of the Atlanta running community. He attended Princeton University and was Captain of the track team. His other sports interests include soccer, college basketball and football, and the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). A Decatur resident, he is married with three children.

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Enhancing AHA STEMI Treatment Guidelines When Every Minute Counts

AHA STEMI Treatment GuidelinesFor heart attack victims, every minute counts- hence the saying “time is muscle.” Experts say victims of heart attacks have better outcomes with rapid intervention to open and unclog their blocked arteries, and clinical guidelines recommend that acute heart attack patients undergo treatment within 90 minutes of arrival in the emergency room.

Recently, Emory University Hospital (EUH), Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM), Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH) and Saint Joseph’s Hospital–all four participating Emory hospitals–received the American Heart Association Mission Lifeline Bronze Recognition award for excellence in STEMI (ST-elevation myocardial infarction) heart attack care for 2012.

A STEMI heart attack, the most severe form of heart attack, is caused when a blood clot suddenly forms, completely blocking an artery in the heart. This can result in damage that covers a large area of the heart and extends deep into the heart muscle, which is why rapid treatment is a priority to save as much heart muscle as possible. STEMI heart attack treatment options consist of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), which includes both angioplasty and stenting; clot-busting medication; and coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG).

Emory hospitals, like many other hospitals, have long participated in the “Door to Balloon time within 90 minutes” performance measure for STEMIs. Since Emory was hitting this target nearly 100% of the time, the team decided that wasn’t good enough. They decided to raise the bar for patients coming in via ambulance by starting the clock at time of “first medical contact” with the paramedics, instead of when they arrived at the hospital’s doorstep.

“We thought the clock needed to start ticking when EMS arrived and assessed the patient in the field for a STEMI,” says Abhinav Goyal, MD, MHS, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at Emory, and director of quality for cardiology at EUH and EUHM. “Therefore, we began re-working the process with the AHA, making sure that EMS vehicles were equipped with ECG machines and all EMS personnel were trained to obtain and interpret field ECGs.” Goyal is also co-chair of the Atlanta Mission Lifeline Data Quality Subcommittee.

“It took about three years for Emory hospitals to achieve a 95 percent success rate in the Door-to-Balloon metric when we committed to it seven to eight years ago,” explains Michael Ross, Michael Ross, MD, professor of emergency medicine at Emory and co-chair of the Atlanta Mission: Lifeline Program. “But our successes came much quicker with the new First Medical Contact to Balloon performance measure. This is a true testament to the dedication and commitment of the Emory Healthcare system.”

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