The Emory Clinic Presence Expands Primary and Specialty Care

September 9, 1996

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Groundbreaking for The Emory Clinic North




Speakers include: Rein Saral, M.D., Director, The Emory Clinic Harry Morgan, President of The Myrick Company, developers of the State Bridge Office Park.

Invited guests include business and political leaders from the surrounding communities.




4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12




State Bridge Office Park near the Chattahoochee River in North Fulton County (parking clearly marked)

The Emory Clinic North, now beginning construction at the State Bridge Office Park near the Chattahoochee River, will be the largest, most comprehensive component of The Emory Clinic outside the main clinic facility on the Emory University campus in DeKalb County. The 80,000 square foot free-standing building is expected to be fully-occupied and ready for patient care by late summer of 1997.

"Emory is committed to placing a world-class healthcare institution close to home for the residents and businesses of this new epicenter of Atlanta," says Michael M. E. Johns, M.D., executive vice president for Health Affairs, Emory University, and chief executive officer of the Emory University System of Health Care. "The Emory Clinic North will provide Emory quality with maximum convenience." Located in North Fulton county, the new clinic will be within minutes drive of Gwinnett, Forsyth and Cherokee counties, and such new communities as Country Club of the South, Polo Fields, St. Ives, Sugarloaf, and Windward.

Rein Saral, M.D., director of The Emory Clinic., says, "The Emory Clinic North marks the first time we have moved a full range of our well-known specialist physicians off campus and into the community." The Emory Clinic currently has 14 health center locations throughout metropolitan Atlanta with over 100 primary care physicians and a small number of specialists who practice at some of these locations. But The Emory Clinic North will actually house more than 20 full-time specialists in addition to 15 primary care physicians.

William Winkenwerder Jr., MD, vice president for primary care services for the Emory System, sees the combination of primary and specialty care in the new health care center "as an important extension of the health care centers which have developed across greater metropolitan Atlanta since The Emory Clinic began its off-campus expansion three years ago.

"Today about 100 primary care physicians are working throughout 14 Emory primary care health centers, with other centers in the planning stage," Dr. Winkenwerder said. "The Emory Clinic North is the only facility completely designed and built to provide a full array of primary, specialty and diagnostic services for The Emory Clinic."

The first floor will house physicians in family practice, obstetrics-gynecology, occupational medicine, and pediatrics, and a full-service laboratory and dispensing pharmacy.

The second floor will house specialists in cardiology, neurology, neurosurgery and orthopaedics. Pending state health agency approval, The Emory Clinic North will have a cardiac catheterization laboratory and a full-service diagnosing imaging center which will include magnetic resonance imaging, computerized tomography and nuclear medicine imaging.

The third floor will house specialists in dermatology, gastroenterology including endoscopy services, medical oncology with infusion services, otolaryngology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, psychiatry, and urology.

A two-story, 400-car parking deck also is under construction, to be dedicated entirely to The Emory Clinic North. Emory has taken an option on adjacent property with an eye to future expansion.

Architect for the new facility is Wakefield Beasley & Associates, Atlanta and developer is The Myrick Company, developers of the 45-acre State Bridge Office Park complex in which the new clinic will be set.

The Emory Clinic North 5955 State Bridge Rd.
  • The largest, most comprehensive off-campus component of The Emory Clinic, the practice plan of more than 800 Emory University School of Medicine physicians.

  • The first Emory Clinic health center with multiple specialty and primary care services located away from the Emory University campus in DeKalb County.

  • 80,000 square feet, three floor building; dedicated 400-car, two level parking deck.

  • Located in the 45-acre State Bridge Office Park near the Chattahoochee River in North Fulton County. Accessible by Georgia 400 Highway.

  • Initially at least 15 full-time on-site primary care physicians in family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics-gynecology.

  • Initially at least 20 full-time on-site specialists in cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology (including endoscopy services), medical oncology (including infusion services), neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, otolaryngology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, psychiatry, urology.

  • Full-time administrator on site: Denise Halaszynski

  • Full-service clinical laboratory, dispensing pharmacy, cardiac catheterization laboratory (pending State Health Agency approval), full-service imaging center with computerized tomography and nuclear medicine (MRI pending State Health Agency approval).

  • Building architect: Wakefield Beasley & Associates, Atlanta

  • Developer: The Myrick Company

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