S. Wright Caughman, MD
Interim Executive Vice President
Care, Compassion, Service
For Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC), the first and last word in all that we do is “people,” and in these challenging times, concern for the people we serve motivates and inspires us more than ever.
The current recession has been challenging for the WHSC, as it has for so many other institutions and individuals. But when your goal is serving people in need, doing less is never an option. Instead we exercise caution and creativity—operating as leanly and efficiently as possible and innovating processes that allow us to use our resources wisely and continue to deliver on our lifesaving mission.
Again in 2010, the most critically ill patients in the region were referred to our facilities—people whose conditions had all too often depleted both their finances and their spirits. Here they found a nurturing environment in which they and their families received the finest cutting-edge, compassionate care available, regardless of their ability to pay. You’ll read their stories in this report, along with the stories of some of the thousands of others who benefited last year from our extraordinary work throughout Georgia and around the world.
As you read about the young cancer patient whose dream of graduating with his high school class was realized thanks to the coordinated efforts of his health care team, the young woman with Crohn’s disease who can concentrate on her health and her future rather than her massive medical bills, the battered women empowered by counseling offered by our faculty at Grady Hospital, and the many other powerful stories in this report, I suspect many words will come to mind. Words, for example, like care, compassion, and service. But the word that matters most to the faculty, staff, and students of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center will always be “people.”