Meeting the need

meeting the need


The past year has been one of the most economically, politically, and socially turbulent in our nation’s history. It has been a period during which most of us have experienced need—the need for support, for understanding, and for hope.

Fortunately for thousands of people here in Atlanta, throughout the state, and around the world, Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) continues to stand poised to meet those needs.

In this fifth edition of stories about our community impact, you will meet not only the WHSC faculty, staff, and students who have provided so much help and hope to people in need, but also the people themselves, who have faced adversity with strength and courage and whose stories inspire all that we do to serve humanity by improving health.

The Woodruff Health Sciences Center has an immeasurable impact on our community: through gifted and selfless medical professionals who provide high-quality care to the sickest and most grievously injured patients regardless of their ability to pay, through talented and compassionate students who understand that sometimes doing the most good means meeting people at their point of need, and through brilliant and dedicated scientists whose innovative discoveries are shaping our understanding of and effective response to disease.

Why do we do it? Because, quite simply, it’s our mission as an academic health center. We feel not only a passion for providing care to all people—but also an obligation to do all that we can to serve everyone who turns to us in their hour of need. Sometimes that service takes the form of charity care for the uninsured and the underinsured; sometimes it means providing complex, comprehensive, and cutting-edge care for our most vulnerable—children and the elderly; sometimes it means working where the need is, even when that place is far from home.

As you read this year’s community book, we hope you’ll be as inspired as we are by the stories of courage, compassion, and hope. Alongside the people and communities we serve, the Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University continues its tradition of meeting the need and transforming health and healing … together.

Dr. Fred Sanfilippo

Fred Sanfilippo, MD, PhD

Executive Vice President for Health Affairs 

CEO, Woodruff Health Sciences Center 

Chairman, Emory Healthcare  

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