Febraury 8, 1997

Media Contacts: Merri Sheffield, Emory-Adventist, 770/438-4347 --
Sarah Goodwin, The Emory Clinic, 404/727-3366 -

A move inevitably brings change -- and for The Emory Clinic at Smyrna, located at Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna, an imminent change of venue is bringing good change as well as growth.

A Ribbon Cutting is planned Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. to herald the opening of The Clinic's new location directly adjacent to Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna at 3903 South Cobb Dr., Smyrna. The two-story, 37,000-square-foot facility will be connected to the hospital via enclosed bridge.

In addition to continuing to provide the Smyrna community access to Emory Clinic experts in Primary Care/Internal Medicine; Cardiology; management of back and neck disorders through the Spine Center; Ear, Nose and Throat and sinus care at The Sinus Center at Emory-Adventist Hospital; and Urology; the relocated Clinic will offer a Center for Pain Medicine; will add a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology to its Primary Care services; an Emory cardiologist based full-time at Smyrna; and audiologists who will complement comprehensive General Otolaryngology services offered by Ear, Nose and Throat specialists and experts at The Sinus Center. The building also houses a Pharmacy, X-ray Services and Laboratory.

"The opening of The Emory Clinic at Smyrna is a further example of Emory's commitment to offer services in areas other than its traditional clinic setting," says Larry D. Luce, president, Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna. "This new facility will be advantageous to enrollees in many new managed care plans in which The Emory Clinic and Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna participate. The medical office building's proximity to the hospital will make it easier for patients to access the care they need. This newly renovated building also provides the opportunity for the joint venture between Emory University System of Health Care and the Adventist Health System to consolidate several sites into one to better serve patients. In addition, an Emory Clinic presence in Smyrna allows Emory to further expand its base into this area as the need for additional specialists arises."

An Open House is also planned Feb. 16 from noon-4 p.m. with the Ribbon Cutting at 1 p.m., and a Children's Safety Fair and HeartCheck Screenings offered for the duration of the Open House. Each $5 cardiac screening includes serum cholesterol testing, blood pressure and weight/height measurements, and nutrition counseling by registered dietitians.

Doctors and staff will be offering tours of the facility, and attendees may take the opportunity to speak with Emory Clinic physicians about general health concerns. Food giveaways and door prizes will be provided. Call Emory HealthConnection at 404/778-7777 to schedule a screening appointment.

"The Emory Clinic at Smyrna is now better able to meet Cobb County's primary care needs and serve as a gateway for area residents to inpatient and specialized services (such as mammography) at Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna -- as well as to subspecialty care, when needed, by Emory Clinic experts and services based at The Clinic's Emory University location," says Donald E. Wells, director, Business Development, Emory University System of Health Care.


Anesthesiologists in the new Center for Pain Medicine can treat any type of pain problem, and provide comprehensive evaluations or specific treatments for the complete range of pain disorders. According to the Center's director, Allen H. Hord, M.D., services include medical management, diagnostic and therapeutic nerve blocks, spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal pump implantation. Dr. Hord also directs the Division of Pain Medicine in the Emory University School of Medicine's Department of Anesthesiology. Patients requiring complex multidisciplinary care and/or intensive rehabilitation will continue to be cared for at the Emory University campus.

With the addition of obstetrician/gynecologist Jessica Arluck, M.D., to the Clinic's Primary Care staff, prenatal and pregnancy care is now available, as well as routine and specialized gynecologic care.

Cardiologist Arturo Corso, M.D., brings to the Clinic's Heart Center the continuity of a having an Emory cardiac specialist dedicated full-time to the Smyrna community. Many diagnostic tests and treatments will be carried out at Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna, but when more specialized care is called for, Dr. Corso can facilitate the care of patients throughout Emory Heart Center.


The Emory Clinic at Smyrna has moved from its offices from 3969 South Cobb Dr., Suite 201, to 3903 South Cobb Dr., also on the Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna campus. All Emory primary care and specialty services in Smyrna are now consolidated in this one location.

The Emory Clinic at Smyrna North will move from its current location at 3001 South Cobb Dr., Suite 207, Smyrna, to be integrated into The Emory Clinic at Smyrna. The Emory Clinic at West Marietta remains in its current location at 1225 Powder Springs Rd., Marietta.


The Emory University System of Health Care incorporates all of Emory's health services into an integrated whole. In addition to The Emory Heart Center and a citywide network of health centers such as The Emory Clinic at Smyrna, The Emory System includes Emory University Hospital, The Emory Clinic, Crawford Long Hospital of Emory University and Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna.


Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna is operated by Adventist Health System Sunbelt as a joint venture with the Emory University System of Health Care. The Emory System manages day-to-day operations of Emory Clinic health care sites and Adventist Health System administers day-to-day operations of Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna.


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