Ready to Help (2008)

advanced nurse practitioner student examining a young woman

Let's face it, sometimes we all need a helping hand. Whether it's the warm hand of a loved one or the skilled hand of a kind stranger, knowing that someone cares and stands ready to help can inspire the courage and strength necessary to see each of us through our hour of need.

To thousands of people not only here in Atlanta but also throughout the country and the world, the Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is that kind of stranger: the one whose hand is always extended in service.

In this fourth edition of stories about our community impact, we celebrate the health sciences faculty, staff, and students who have provided so much help and hope to people in need. We also celebrate the people themselves, who have faced adversity with such extraordinary fortitude. In the stories that follow, you’ll meet them all, and we hope you’ll be inspired by their stories as much as we have been.

From gifted and selfless Emory Healthcare medical professionals who ensure equal access to the sick and injured regardless of their ability to pay, to talented and compassionate students who understand that sometimes doing the most good means meeting people at their point of need, to brilliant and dedicated scientists who are working to prevent disease before it even starts, the Woodruff Health Sciences Center has an immeasurable impact on its community.

As the center has refined its goals over the past year, it’s clear that we're now ready to do even more in the coming year. We’re ready to be the 21st century model for a health sciences and services center. We're ready to be an international leader in the highest quality patient care, research, education, and public service. And we're ready to be a collaborative, inspirational environment that attracts and retains talented people. 

Boiled down to its essence, what that means to the people and the communities we serve is simple: we're ready to help.

Dr. Fred Sanfilippo

Fred Sanfilippo, MD, PhD

Executive Vice President for Health Affairs 

CEO, Woodruff Health Sciences Center 

Chairman, Emory Healthcare