object is to relieve human suffering, heal the sick, restore the
wounded...”* These words marked the beginning of the Wesley
Memorial Training School for Nurses on August 16, 1905. To this
day, those words still ring true.
Our school (and with it Emory University
Hospital) started as a dream of Georgia’s Methodists to live
out the final third of their mantra to “teach, preach, [and]
heal.”* In fact, we still “teach, preach, and heal”
today, but in a different sense. We are dedicated to teaching
our students and preparing nurse leaders; preaching the
good work of nurses, especially Emory-educated nurses, wherever
we go and in whatever we do; and, of course, healing—or
Caring has always been at the forefront
of our school’s 100-year legacy. In the words of former Dean
Ada Fort, our “progressive movement” of nursing education
has continually raised the bar, taking patient care to the next
level and leading in service to others.
During this progressive movement,
we have seen our ranks swell from the 10 brave nurses in our first
graduating class to the 200+ bachelor’s, master’s, and
doctoral students who graduate in May. Over the course of a century,
more than 10,000 Emory-educated nurses have gone on to improve care
throughout the world.
As you turn the pages of this special
Centennial issue of the magazine, you will meet some of these brave
men and women, whose courageous leadership changed the course of
history for both the nursing profession and for Emory. People like
Dean Fort, Verdelle Bellamy, and Allie Saxon, who broke down the
race barrier and integrated the university in 1963. People like
retired faculty members Rose Dilday and Mary Hall, who pioneered
psychiatric-mental health nursing and public health nursing, respectively,
in Georgia. People like Steve Ellwood, a long-time staff member
who has captured our school’s history through his photography.
And people like Cheri Mullen, Heather Blair, and Songuen Choi, who
represent the future of caring as members of the Centennial Class
So turn the page and enjoy a journey
into our past and a glimpse of our future. I hope you will be amazed
and inspired along the way.
Marla E. Salmon, ScD, RN, FAAN
from Until Now: A Brief History of Emory University Hospital and
School of Nursing, by Maybelle Jones Dewey