Collaborations in the community


Local and Global Work

Serving others is a fundamental part of the culture for those who teach, learn, and work in Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center.



From the Executive VP

Charity care in Emory Healthcare

• Emory University Hospital
• Emory University Hospital Midtown
• Emory Rehabilitation Hospital
• Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
• Emory Johns Creek Hospital
• Winship Cancer Institute

Emory at Grady Hospital

Emory at the Atlanta VA Medical Center



Economic impact

Woodruff Health Sciences Center components

A day in the life

Angela Bush (right) teaches chemistry, anatomy, and AP biology at Benjamin E. Mays High School in Atlanta. This past summer, she worked with neuroscientist Maria Alvarado as a participant in the Institute on Neuroscience (ION) offered by Emory’s Yerkes National Primate Research Center in collaboration with Georgia State University. The six-week ION offers middle and high school teachers and high school students exposure to neuroscience research.

Sharing knowledge about Ebola

Based on experience in treating four Ebola patients in 2014, Emory Healthcare clinicians posted treatment protocols online and continue to publish ongoing findings in journals, conduct research on treatments and vaccines, and partner with the CDC to providing training, educational resources, and consultation for the 50+ U.S. medical centers designated as Ebola treatment centers.

Responding to needs of Ebola survivors in Africa

Physician Ian Crozier (back row, second from right) was one of four Ebola patients treated last year at Emory. After being discharged, with blood tests showing he was virus-free, he later experienced severe pain and fading vision in his left eye, and his ocular fluid tested positive for Ebola. He recovered following treatment and accompanied a team from the Emory Eye Center in April to help establish an eye clinic for Ebola survivors at ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia.

Public health in practice

Rollins School of Public Health recently signed a partnership agreement with Atlanta’s Consulate General of Mexico for Rollins faculty, staff, and students to provide consulate visitors with health education and service linkage through a program called Ventanilla de Salud (VdS), or Window to Health. On average, more than 1,000 people visit the consulate each week to renew passports and other personal documents. This summer, students from public health, nursing, and the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico did practicums at the consulate to provide health education and referrals for clinical services and sources for health insurance.

Nursing care for veterans

Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is partnering with the Atlanta VA Medical Center in a VA-funded program to help stem the nursing shortage at VA facilities. In May, the first group of students participating in VANAP (VA Nursing Academic Partnership) received their nursing degree. In addition to other courses and rotations in the school, the students received specialized training in mental health, traumatic brain injury, home-based health care, palliative care, women’s health, and homeless care at the Atlanta VAMC, and many of these graduates plan to work at this facility after completing residency training.

In the field, literally

The Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) provides financial support to the Volunteer Medical Interpretation Services (VMIS) program, which is run by students throughout WHSC and Emory University. VMIS works in a variety of settings, including Grady Hospital, and provides interpretation services for the medical and nursing schools each July when students and faculty spend two weeks in south Georgia providing health care to migrant farmworkers and their families, many of whom have never had a medical exam.

Improving survival in cardiac arrest

Emory and CDC established CARES (Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival) in 2004 to help communities identify when and where cardiac arrest occurs, which elements of their emergency medical services (EMS) system are functioning properly, and what changes are needed to improve outcomes. Currently, more than 800 EMS agencies and 1,300 hospitals in 36 states representing a population footprint of 80 million people participate in the program. A recent Institute of Medicine report recommends establishment of a national registry to track out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, and CARES is well positioned to serve in this capacity because it already covers about 25% of the U.S. population.

Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge

Emory University Hospital Midtown has been a partner in the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge since 2012, with the goal of reducing energy and water use by 20% by 2020. According to Sarah Peek, assistant director of facilities management at the hospital, the hospital has made substantial progress toward this goal by installing variable frequency drives on chillers in its medical office tower and replacing more than 500 lighting fixtures in the parking deck. “Reducing our energy consumption helps us be a good neighbor and allows us to focus more resources on our main mission of helping our patients,” says Peek.

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