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A banner year for hearts


Last year, Emory’s heart failure and transplant teams performed 29 heart transplants and implanted 24 ventricular-assist devices.

What distinguishes Emory’s program is that the ventricular-assist device and heart transplant teams work together, says Jennie Perryman, the transplant center’s director of policy outcomes and management.

Jumping quality hurdles


Five years ago, Emory Healthcare put a stake in the ground to be ranked in the top 10% of all academic medical centers in quality. This fall, that goal was achieved.

The University HealthSystem Consortium placed Emory University Hospital (EUH) and Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital at 10 out of 101 centers in national quality rankings (up from 45 in 2010). EUH Midtown also made a dramatic jump from 42 in the rankings last year to 11 this year. How did it happen? Teamwork and collaboration, says William Bornstein, chief quality and medical officer for Emory Healthcare.

“These improvements are not just numerical rankings. They represent the progress we have made in caring for our patients.”