Serving locally

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Nephrologist Janice Lea oversees Emory’s dialysis clinics, located throughout the city, including one at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Doctors, nurses, researchers, teachers, students, staff, and administrators — those who comprise the citizenry of Emory's Woodruff Health Sciences Center — take community service to heart, whether they are organizing a 5K to support cancer research, working in free clinics, or simply finding new ways to help when the going gets tough.

 

Neither rain nor snow

House calls for the elderly

Filling a need

What's in the air in Atlanta?

Neither rain nor snow nor sleet nor hail:

Last January, when the great “deep freeze” of 2011 struck north Georgia, with snow followed by sleet and icing, Atlanta came to a virtual halt. (Given the usually mild winters, snowplows don’t rank high in the city budget.) Most businesses and venues were closed for days but not Emory Healthcare. Some employees walked to work (one wearing spiked golf shoes on the icy streets), while others shuttled co-workers in their four-wheel drives. Staff worked with local emergency services to get patients to treatment, while clinicians slept in the hospitals for days on end to be accessible.

For many patients, their presence was lifesaving. Emory’s three dialysis centers located in communities across the city were the only ones in Atlanta that remained open during this time.

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Louise Horney


House calls for the elderly:

A new domiciliary care program brings Emory care providers to patients rather than the other way around. For more than a year now physicians Louise Horney and Candace Cato and nurse practitioner Karolina Graber have been making the rounds at five assisted-living facilities throughout metro Atlanta. Among the three of them, they see about 200 patients each year in this outreach program of The Emory Clinic. The Emory providers say that the system has the advantage of allowing them to see patients in the context of where they live.

Stewart Moran, 91 (left with Emory geriatrician Louise Horney), lives at Sunrise Assisted Living in Decatur, Ga. In cases like his, it makes more sense for the doctor to go to the patient, rather than the other way around.

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Shruthi Rereddy


Filling a need:

The Open Door Community on Ponce de Leon Avenue had a clinic for homeless men, often staffed by volunteer Emory medical faculty and their students, who learn both health care and compassion from their mentors. There was nothing comparable for homeless women at Open Door, so third-year medical students Bridget Spelke and Joelle Rosser applied for and won a start-up grant from Reproductive Health Access and began recruiting fellow students to help set up and maintain one. First-year students volunteer to coordinate activities, while older, more experienced students take histories and do annual exams, all under the oversight of Emory faculty who work in the clinic.

Medical student Shruthi Rereddy with a patient at the Open Door clinic for homeless women.

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Paige Tolbert

What's in the air in Atlanta?

 Researchers at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health and Georgia Tech plan to find out, helped by an $8 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to create a Southeastern Center for Air Pollution and Epidemiology, one of four national clean air research centers in the country. Researchers are analyzing data linking air quality with health effects in children and adults, including birth outcomes, asthma, and cardiac illness.

Paige Tolbert co-directs a clean air research center studying metro Atlanta commuters’ exposure to complex particulate mixtures in traffic and mechanisms of acute cardiorespiratory outcomes.

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