Emory research funding totals record $574.6 million for FY 2016
Emory researchers received $574.6 million from external funding agencies in fiscal year 2016, the largest total in Emory's history. This marks the seventh consecutive year that research funding has exceeded $500 million.
Federal agencies awarded $389.7 million, led by the NIH, with $333 million in awards, or 85% of total federal dollars awarded to Emory.
WHSC researchers received more than $540 million in FY 2016, or nearly 94% of the university total, with $364.9 million in federal funding. The schools of medicine, nursing, and public health and Yerkes all had increased funding over FY 2015 totals:
- Medicine: $348 million
- Public health: $94.8 million
- Yerkes: $79.1 million
Nursing: $15.1 million
- Exec VP for Health Affairs: $3.1 million
Examples of Emory’s externally funded research projects in fiscal year 2016 include
- $35.6 million to develop new strategies for preventing and curing AIDS, $8.3 million to establish a National Exposure Assessment Laboratory to measure the impact of environmental chemicals on children's health, $8.9 million to study effects of reactive oxygen species and inflammation on blood vessel function, $6.4 million to investigate better interventions against malaria, $5 million to establish a children’s environmental health center, $5.2 million to examine the connections between blood pressure regulation and Alzheimer’s disease, and $2.8 million to develop nanoparticles to treat pancreatic cancer. Read more.
EHC expands urgent care and MinuteClinic options
The Emory Healthcare Network (EHN) is partnering with two urgent care companies, Peachtree Immediate Care and SmartCare Urgent Care, while expanding its relationship with MinuteClinic, the retail medical clinic of CVS Health, to offer patients more options for their health care needs. These new partnerships will provide nearly 60 locations across metro Atlanta for convenient, on-demand care for patients with non-emergency needs.
While staff and physicians at these locations will not be Emory Healthcare employees, the clinics will soon be linked to Emory’s electronic medical records, and patients referred to specialists within the EHN for more complex treatment will already have a health record in the system.
"These clinics will allow patients to get Emory-level care in a timely manner," says EVPHA and EHC CEO Jon Lewin. "All of the urgent care clinics coming on board will have the same quality standards we hold to other members of the Emory Healthcare Network."
Peachtree Immediate Care has 16 urgent care clinics in metro Atlanta and one in LaGrange. The clinics offer urgent care services for injury, flu and other illnesses, minor surgical procedures, stitches, broken bones, IV fluids, and physicals. Lab and digital X-ray capabilities are located at each site.
SmartCare Urgent Care has four locations across Atlanta and offers upscale amenities such as a queuing system that allows customers to choose and hold an appointment time.
MinuteClinic locations have expanded from 31 locations in 2011 to 38 today. These clinics are staffed by nurse practitioners with Emory physicians serving as medical directors. Providers specialize in family health care and can diagnose and treat common illnesses, injuries, and skin conditions. Wellness services (vaccinations, physicals, screenings) are also offered, along with monitoring for chronic conditions.
Depending on their type of insurance, patients who seek care at one of these urgent care facilities can expect to pay a co-pay similar to that of a primary care visit, rather than an emergency room visit.
See EHC guidelines for help in understanding what type of care is appropriate for individual needs, whether primary care, urgent care, MinuteClinic, or emergency room. Read more.
|Nick Colovos, Patrick Hammond, Maureen Haldeman
Emory emergency medicine physician Nick Colovos is medical director of strategy for the EHC urgent care and MinuteClinic partnership and worked closely with EHN and Physician Group Practice administrators, including Patrick Hammond, Matt Jernigan, Maureen Haldeman, and T.K. Everett, among others, to develop the expanded options now available to EHN patients for on-demand care.
Woodruff Leadership Academy fellows announced for 2017
Following are the names of the newest fellows to participate in the Woodruff Leadership Academy, an intensive five-month leadership program, which begins its 15th year in January. Chosen through a rigorous selection process, fellows represent both faculty and staff—researchers, physicians, educators, and administrators—throughout the health sciences. Stay tuned for more information about these fellows in an upcoming issue.
- Douglas Ander, Prof, Emergency Medicine; Asst Dean, Medical Education, Grady; Director, Emory Center for Experiential Learning
- Janet Christenbury, Director, Media Relations, Emory Healthcare
- Scott Davis, Assoc Prof, Surgery; Director, Endosurgery Unit
- Melinda Franks, Clinical Administrator, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
- Nicole Franks, Assoc Prof, Emergency Medicine; CQO, EUH Midtown
- Maureen Haldeman, Interim COO, Emory Clinic and Emory Specialty Associates
- Kim Kerstann, Senior Director, Cancer Research Administration, Winship
- Matthew Klopman, Assoc Prof, Anesthesiology; Director, Anesthesiology Operations, EUH
- Gina Lundberg, Asst Prof, Cardiology; Clinical Director, Emory Women's Heart Center
David Mafe, VP of HR, EUH Midtown; Director of HR, EUOSH
- Christine Moe, Director, Center for Global Safe Water, RSPH
Ravi Rajani, Assoc Prof, Surgery; Chief, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Grady; Assoc Program Director, General Surgery Residency
- Suresh Ramalingam, Prof, Hematology and Medical Oncology; Deputy Director, Winship; Director, Lung Cancer Program
- Heather Redrick, CNO, EJCH
- Nadine Rouphael, Assoc Prof, Infectious Diseases; Hope Clinic Site Director
- Nabile Safdar, Assoc Prof, Radiology and Imaging Sciences; Vice Chair, Imaging Informatics
- Mi-Kyung Song, Prof, School of Nursing; Director, Center for Excellence in Palliative Care Nursing
- Stephen Szabo, Asst Prof, Hematology and Medical Oncology; Site Medical Director, Infusion Services, ESJH
- Thomas Vanderford, Research Asst Prof, Microbiology and Immunology, Yerkes; Director, Virology and Biomarkers Core
- John Vazquez, Asst Prof, Hospital Medicine
- Cynthia Wetmore, Assoc Prof, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology; Director, Innovative Therapy/Phase 1 Program, Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Children's Healthcare
Taking remote care a step further in the electronic ICU
|Team members can cover the night shift in Atlanta during the daytime in Sydney, Australia.
When Scott Killingsworth was recovering from triple bypass heart surgery at Emory University Hospital in February, Emory's eICU team provided support that his wife, the Hon. Patricia Killingsworth, considers invaluable.
"It was obvious to both of us that the team contributed greatly to the safety, continuity, and effectiveness of Scott's care, and it certainly allowed me to sleep at night knowing that the eICU team was there to work with his on-site ICU team," she says.
Now, Emory's eICU has taken remote care a step further, as the team began a pilot program in mid-July from the campus of Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.
The culmination of 18 months of work and the realization of a creative vision shared by Timothy Buchman, founding director of the Emory Critical Care Center, and Cheryl Hiddleson, director of the Emory eICU Center, the idea was to turn "night into day."
"We are exploring the possibilities of the future of critical care on an international platform," says Hiddleson.
By using providers stationed in a complementary time zone—in this case, Sydney—to cover the Atlanta eICU night shift, it reverses two of the largest drawbacks of critical care night staffing: a shortage of senior clinicians willing to cover night shifts, and the toll that working nights takes on caretakers and their attention levels.
Traditionally, says Buchman, the sickest people on the planet have rarely had a senior physician in the house at night. "There's not enough people and money available to make it happen," he says. "It shouldn't make a difference if you are sick at 2 a.m. or 7 a.m., but it does. There is a quality and safety gap."
Remote electronic audiovisual monitoring of patients—the eICU—gave providers the freedom to cover a shift from off-site, but it didn't solve the night shift problem.
The Australia pilot program does. Not only that, there is a waiting list of clinicians willing to cover a shift from Sydney. Participants are given time to acclimate to the time zone shift and then work for an extended period.
Considerable logistical challenges had to be overcome—everything from liability issues to network connectivity to HIPAA regulations. But Hiddleson feels confident that the remote monitoring and consulting from Sydney is as secure and effective as remote monitoring by providers in the same city.
"The primary responsibility still falls on the team members at the patient's bedside," she says. "We're there as a second set of eyes, with the added benefit of being able to speak directly to the bedside staff, patient, and family."
The next steps will be to observe the program and its impact on patient well-being and clinician stress, as measured by cortisol levels, as well as to acquire funding.
"The notion of a global eICU network is an interesting one," Buchman says. "I am having some 'what if' conversations with colleagues on what it would take to put critical care professionals shoulder to shoulder around the world, local and "visiting expatriates," so that everyone's home night-time care could be delivered from somewhere that is daylight."—Mary Loftus