Research and patient care, defined

Dean Thomas J. Lawley

You know that Emory is one of the nation’s leading research universities and academic medical centers.

You may not know that we have three projects under way that will help us continue our innovative research and high-quality care, so I thought I would take this space to update you on them. Construction on the new Health Sciences Research Building on Haygood Drive began this past June. More than half of the research space will be dedicated to the Emory-Children’s Pediatric Research Center, a joint project of Emory and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The remaining portion of the building will house research areas such as adult cancer, immunology, and drug discovery. The building will hold 65 researchers and their teams in all.

In a separate redevelopment project, Emory’s board of trustees approved a site on Clifton Road in front of The Emory Clinic’s building B for a new 210-bed hospital bed tower. The board also approved the expenditures needed to begin planning, such as preparing the site, installing utilities, enhancing parking areas, and updating entrances and exits.

At Emory University Hospital Midtown, another ICU for cardiothoracic patients and a bridge between hospital buildings will be built so that post-operative patients may be transported directly to the ICU without having to enter an elevator. This $8 million project is part of an overall plan to integrate all Emory Healthcare ICUs and standardize the care of critically ill patients.

These infrastructure improvements will help us continue to provide the best care to our patients and carry on the research that transforms health care. 


Dean Thomas J. Lawley
Emory University School of Medicine

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Emory Medicine Fall 2011