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Art program helps Winship patients heal at Emory Johns Creek Hospital

slide1The healing arts program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University at Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH) is helping patients in their fight against cancer.

Oncology patients are painting canvases to pass the time creatively during their infusion treatments.

Joseph Pollage says he’s received cancer care at Winship at EJCH for four months. Pollage says he enjoys the therapeutic art program and believes it can help patients.  “It distracts you so you don’t sit here and think about what’s happening, during your treatment,” Pollage says.

The nurse manager for Winship at EJCH, Nicole Bansavage, RN, says she’s seen first-hand the positive impact on patients.  “Most patients have never painted before and they’re surprised and proud by the quality of art work they produce,” Bansavage says.

Pollage says it’s not just the painting he enjoys, but the type of service you receive from the staff at Winship.

“It doesn’t matter which nurse you get …you receive great care from everyone here, and that really makes a difference.”

Virginia Lago, art therapist for the hospital’s program, says she’s seen patients who didn’t feel well from their treatments, but tried painting and left the hospital uplifted.  “I believe art can manifest healing for the patients,” Lago says

Lago says her job is more than just art, but about connecting with the patients.  “It’s really about the love you give to patients and the bond you build.”

Learn more about cancer care at Emory Johns Creek Hospital


Emory is Expanding!

Emory Facility MovesYou may be surprised to see some new construction at The Emory Clinic (TEC).  Construction began on Friday, April 27, 2012, to improve patient access to Buildings A, B and the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University (Building C) in anticipation of construction of the planned Emory University Hospital bed tower.  The project, which will mostly affect the valet area next to Buildings A and Winship, will add lanes to make valet parking easier and faster and improve self-parking by creating an elevated, “conditioned” (heated and cooled) bridge from the main Hospital/Clinic parking deck to TEC  Buildings A and B, as well as leading to the hospital. Pedestrians will no longer have to compete with cars that are trying to enter the valet area in front of Building A.

If you are a patient and have a clinic appointment in TEC  Buildings A or B, please give yourself a few extra minutes to get to your appointment as pedestrian traffic will be slightly rerouted during the construction period.  Please continue to park in the main Hospital/Clinic parking deck.  If you have a hard time walking, we encourage you to take advantage of the valet parking options still open and available next to Building A.

If you are visiting Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, please consider using the Uppergate valet parking area to avoid the traffic.

Visit for the latest exciting news on the expansion of Emory Healthcare.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but know you will be thrilled when the project is completed.

Top 5 Reasons to Run in the Winship Win the Fight 5K

Winship 5K RaceWinship Cancer Institute is holding its inaugural 5K this Saturday, Oct. 15! We want you there, and not just because we’re running – and walking – to raise money for cancer research at Winship.

Over the years, research has shown more convincingly than ever that maintaining a healthy body weight, eating healthful foods and having a regular exercise program can lower your risk of cancer.

We think the Winship Win the Fight 5K is a great way for us to all join together not only in the fight against cancer but also to have fun in a healthy way. It’s not too late to register, so please consider joining us this Saturday at 8 a.m. at McDonough Field on Emory’s campus. You can sign up here. Pre-race day bib pick-up will be available Friday, October 14, from 4 – 8 p.m. in the Woodruff Physical Education Center located on Emory University campus.

Free parking for bib pick-up is available at the Peavine parking deck located at: 29 Eagle Row, Atlanta, GA, 30322. There will be signs to quide you. OR, if you want more time to think about it, you can register at 6:30 Saturday morning onsite.

Here are the top five benefits of running or walking in the Winship Win the Fight 5K!

  1. Exercise has been shown to lower your cancer risk. It does so by helping your body avoid chronic, systemic inflammation, which wreaks havoc on your cells.
  2. Exercise has been shown to lower risk of cancer recurrence among those who already have been diagnosed.
  3. Exercise, in combination with a good diet, can lower your body weight. That in turn can lower levels of circulating insulin, which can fuel cancer growth.
  4. Exercise lowers levels of stress hormones that may put a person at higher risk of developing cancer.

Mary Brookhart – From Breast Cancer Patient to Survivor and Advocate

Twenty years ago, Mary Brookhart began feeling weak and fatigued. On top of that, she received a set of abnormal blood test results that at the time could not be explained by the countless local physicians she visited in Rochester, MN. Mary then went in for a baseline mammogram screening and it was discovered that she had intraductal calcifications, or small bits of calcium within her mammary glands. In other words, Mary was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Although it was suggested that Mary remain in Minnesota and seek treatment locally, Rochester was more than 1,000 miles away from her hometown of Conyers, Georgia. Mary chose instead to return home to Georgia and sought treatment at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, which is only 33 miles away from Conyers.

While at Winship, Mary was treated by Doctor Toncred Styblo and Doctor David Lawson, both of whom she refers to as her “angels.” When asked about her opinion on her cancer treatment and care specialists with Emory, Mary remarked that she felt she was “always in the best of hands.” “It was the best decision I ever made. My care here was the best I could have had, and I loved that…as much as you can love being treated for cancer, of course!”

Aside from the comfort of expert care, Mary also kept thoughts of her mother’s past and strength close to her heart. When Mary was a teenager, her mother too was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now a happy and healthy 80-year-old woman, Mary looked to her as a source of strength in fighting her own battle with cancer.

The combination of early detection, rigorous treatment and supportive physicians and family allowed Mary to beat her cancer. She was so moved by her experience that two years ago, Mary returned to Winship. This time, not as a patient, but as a supervisor of business operations for the Emory Breast Center. As an employee of the Breast Center, she is able to serve as an advocate not only for cancer patients, but for screening mammograms and Emory’s Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Seminar.

Now, those signing up for the seminar call 404-778-PINK and often times find Mary at the other end of the line. Having been a survivor herself, there she is able to catch patients at their entry point and make an immediate connection with newly diagnosed cancer patients in a time when the need it most. Her advice to patients embarking on their cancer treatment journey? “It’s OK to be afraid and mad, and for your emotions to go up and down. Just take it one day at a time.”

Mary is a truly exemplary and commendable breast cancer survivor and we admire her strength and desire to help others experiencing what she went through continue to fight the fight for survivorship.