The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University includes:


•Emory University School of Medicine

•Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

•Rollins School of Public Health

•Yerkes National Primate Research Center

•Emory Healthcare,
the largest most comprehensive health care system in Georgia, which itself includes the following;

    The Emory Clinic
    Emory Children's Center
    Emory University Hospital
    Emory Crawford Long
    Wesley Woods Center of
        Emory University
    Emory-Adventist Hospital,

        jointly owned
    EHCA, LLA, created in
        collaboration with the Hospital
        Corporation of America

     Emory Healthcare also has a community-based health care affiliate network comprising 45 hospitals representing 65 communities and more than 6,000 physicians throughout Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, and South Carolina, with whom Emory shares its resources as an academic medical center and enhances the provision of health care services.

  We like to say that our “reason for being,” or core purpose, in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center is to serve humanity by making people healthy. This encompasses the work we do in all our capacities, whether at the patient bedside, in the classroom, or in the lab; whether in the local community or in settings far away; whether for hurricane relief or for routine heroism that happens every day. In fulfilling our core purpose, our most important obligation is simply to understand and do what most needs to be done—to make people healthy.
     This book is meant to give our friends, even our own Emory family, a glimpse at some of the ways in which the Woodruff Health Sciences Center does this through service to the community, both for our nearest neighbors and for those on the opposite side of an ever-shrinking world.
     Our highest priorities in such service are to maintain critically needed health programs that otherwise would not exist, to provide health care for those who otherwise would go without, and to make Atlanta and the world a healthier place. These are not easy goals, and they come at a cost to both the institution and the individuals who work to make them happen.
     This book is also a way to express our own gratitude for the chance to serve, whether through clinicians in Emory Healthcare who provide tens of millions of dollars’ worth of charity care every year, through nursing students who run clinics for migrant farm workers, or through faculty in public health who work to solve malnutrition problems in children in Central America.
     We are pleased to share with you some of the ways we work in the community as well as ways in which this “bread on the water” returns to us manifold, and we invite you to join us in this reaching out.


Michael M.E. Johns, MD
CEO, Woodruff Health Sciences Center
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Emory University
Chairman of the Board, Emory Healthcare

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