April 7, 1997

Media Contacts: Sarah Goodwin, 404/727-3366 - sgoodwi@emory.edu

EMORY HEALTHCARE, the long-awaited new name for Emory's health care delivery system, has been approved by Emory health sciences leadership and by the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Board. As of April 1, it replaces the Emory University System of Health Care name.

EMORY HEALTHCARE reflects two very important things Emory's health care delivery system wants to say about itself, according to Michael M. E. Johns, M.D., executive vice president for Health Affairs.

"It focuses on Emory's passionate commitment to health care across the spectrum of life, a dedication that has been trusted for generations throughout Georgia and the nation and that is renewed with every patient every day.

"The name also reminds us that our services are shaped by being part of Emory University. As the health care service component of The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, EMORY HEALTHCARE can offer patients, practitioners and the community the newest knowledge and the most advanced technologies and innovations in health care, many of which result from Emory's own widely-regarded discovery research."

Michael Bernardino, M.D., director for Managed Care, has been overseeing the review of how the Emory system is identified for the past year. The next step, he says, is the creation of a consistent look for use of the EMORY HEALTHCARE name, from signage to stationery, and how individual components of the system will be identified. He expects this process to be complete by June.

EMORY HEALTHCARE is the health care delivery system through which Emory physicians and other health care providers offer high-value, service-oriented patient care services to individuals, health insurers, managed care organizations and employers.


  • The Emory Clinic, the nonprofit group practice of more than 800 physicians who are faculty members of the School of Medicine, serves as the primary port of access to patient care in Emory Healthcare. Clinic physicians practice on campus, in Emory Healthcare, and in 15 health centers located throughout greater metropolitan Atlanta.

  • Emory Clinic Health Centers throughout the greater Atlanta area include The Emory Clinic on Clifton Road, The Emory Clinic at Crawford Long, The Emory Clinic at Fayetteville, The Emory Clinic at Lawrenceville, The Emory Clinic at Northlake, The Emory Clinic at Perimeter, The Emory Clinic at Piedmont, The Emory Clinic at Smyrna (located at Emory-Adventist Hospital), The Emory Clinic at Snellville, The Emory Clinic at Social Circle, The Emory Clinic at South DeKalb, The Emory Clinic at Wesley Woods (located at Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital), The Emory Clinic at West Marietta, Emory/CIGNA HealthCare Center (located near Hartsfield Airport). Primary care is provided in all locations, with additional specialty care and occupational health in some locations. In July 1997, The Emory Clinic North will open at State Bridge Office Park near the Chattahoochee River in North Fulton County. The 80,000-square-foot facility will be the largest, most comprehensive component of The Emory Clinic outside the main clinic facility on the Emory University campus and will house a full array of primary, specialty and diagnostic services.

  • Emory University Hospital, part of Emory Hospitals, is a 587-bed adult, tertiary care facility staffed exclusively by School of Medicine faculty who are members of The Emory Clinic. It includes a 47-bed psychiatric facility, a 56-bed rehabilitation center, and a nine-bed clinical research center supported by the National Institutes of Health. Long known for cardiology, cardiac surgery, oncology and neuroscience, Emory Hospital has become one of the region's largest multiple organ and tissue transplant centers. It has been named one of the country's top 10 cardiology centers by U.S. News & World Report for seven consecutive years.

  • Crawford Long Hospital, part of Emory Hospitals, is a 583-bed community- based, tertiary care center in Atlanta's midtown, staffed by Emory medical school faculty and community physicians. Medical services include four 12-bed acute intensive care units, a level III neonatal intensive care unit and a two-chamber hyperbaric oxygen unit. Women's services include prenatal and postnatal education; a Mature Women's Center for menopause management; labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum rooms; and a nursery based on the development model for care of premature and ill newborns.

  • Emory-Adventist Hospital became part of EMORY HEALTHCARE in 1995 when Emory joined with Adventist Health System/Sunbelt Health Care Corporation to create a joint venture corporation to acquire the former Smyrna Hospital in Cobb County. With 88 acute care beds and 12 skilled nursing beds, the hospital is staffed by physicians from the community as well as those from The Emory Clinic, who provide specialized services for which the clinic is best known.

  • Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital (100-bed hospital staffed primarily by Emory physicians and located on Clifton Road near the Emory campus) and Egleston Children's Hospital (a 235-bed hospital staffed primarily by Emory generfacility on the Emory campus.

  • Egleston Children's Hospital (a 235-bed hospital located in the heart of Emory's main clinical campus)


EMORY HEALTHCARE: all pediatricians and specialists and located in the heart of Emory's main clinical campus), long-time Emory affiliates for patient care, teaching and research, are also members of EMORY HEALTHCARE.

  • Other physician practice plans of Emory medical school physicians, including the Emory Medical Care Foundation through which Emory physicians offer care at Grady Memorial Hospital and the pediatric practice plan through which Emory physicians officer care at Egleston Children's Hospital. (Emory physicians also practice at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.)

  • Forty-nine community hospitals throughout Georgia and in Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Delaware comprise a network representing more than 60 community hospitals designed to support a community-based health care system.

  • EMORY HEALTHCARE is also part of Georgia 1st, a statewide network of physicians and hospitals formed by EMORY HEALTHCARE; its affiliated hospitals across the state; MCG Health Inc., a cooperative organization of the Medical College of Georgia; and physicians affiliated with those facilities. A non-profit membership corporation, Georgia 1st is designed to serve as a delivery system for HMOs, PPOs, insurers, and others with statewide managed care products or contracts.

For more general information on The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, call Health Sciences News and Information at 404-727-5686, or send e-mail to hsnews@emory.edu.

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