Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in fall 2005, the response here
at Emory was both professional and inspiring. Plans were drawn quickly
and efficiently over that fateful Labor Day weekend, and people set to
work, running at a sprinter's pace even as they realized that they
were in a marathon. They met planes, triaged patients, staffed shelters,
housed evacuees, set up phone lines to locate patients' families,
helped displaced students, and generally reached out with hearts and hands
to help people in great need. We can all be proud of this response. But
no one should be surprised. Responding to great need is simply what they
do best, each and every day.
Clinicians and faculty in Emory Healthcare
and in the schools of medicine, nursing, and public health understood
full well that this was not only a full-scale disaster but also a crucial
teaching moment. Students and physicians in training, like the one in
the photo opposite this page, were observing them as role models to understand
how to respond at a time like this. The mentors in this case not only
provided great leadership but also inspired it in their trainees. "This
is what we're all about," they seemed to say to one another.
Indeed, helping people in need and being there when they need it is what
we're all about.
This is the second in a series of collected
stories about what we do in and for the community, whether in our own
neighborhood, across town, or at far-flung locations around the globe.
It's a chance to take stock, to find inspiration in the good and
generous spirit of those around us, a chance to say thank you to those
good souls for what they did during this time of crisis and for what they
do every day all throughout the Woodruff Health Sciences Center.
We hope these stories will be a source of
inspiration to you, just as Emory faculty and staff are to us. It is a
great privilege to serve those in need and to bring care where and when
it is needed most.
Michael M.E. Johns, MD
CEO, Woodruff Health Sciences Center
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Emory University
Chairman of the Board, Emory Healthcare
Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University includes:
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 provides millions of dollars in charity care each year
EHCA, LLA, created in
collaboration with the Hospital
Corporation of America
Emory Healthcare also has a community-based health
care affiliate network of hospitals and 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.