News Release: Emory Healthcare, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Public Health, Winship Cancer Institute, Woodruff Health Sciences

Jan. 20,  2009

Emory Pushes to Move Health Care Reform Forward

With President-Elect Barack Obama taking office as President today, health care issues quickly will take center stage. Emory University's Fred Sanfilippo, MD, PhD, is calling for the nation to work to improve its broken health care delivery system.

Over the course of the past decade, the need to reform - or more accurately to transform - this system has become an increasingly important and timely issue, says Sanfilippo, executive vice president for health affairs at Emory University, CEO of Emory's Woodruff Health Sciences Center and chairman of Emory Healthcare.

"During this period, the many problems in delivering high-quality, high-value health care have grown significantly in size and complexity," says Sanfilippo. "The current economic environment has only heightened the importance and urgency of the need for change.

"True health system transformation will be successful only when all sectors - public and private, state and federal, employer and employee, academic and corporate - come to the table for our nation's greater good," says Sanfilippo. "The best and most sustainable solutions will also come when we fully appreciate not only the problems but also the many opportunities at hand that should drive health care transformation."


The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service. Its components include schools of medicine, nursing, and public health; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; the Emory Winship Cancer Institute; and Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia. The Woodruff Health Sciences Center has a $2.3 billion budget, 17,000 employees, 2,300 full-time and 1,900 affiliated faculty, 4,300 students and trainees, and a $4.9 billion economic impact on metro Atlanta.

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