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Media Contact: Sarah Goodwin 31 October 2007    
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New Leader for Emory Crawford Long Hospital Named
Dane C. Peterson, a healthcare executive from Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and Tenet Healthcare Corporation, has been named chief operating officer for Emory Crawford Long Hospital, effective Dec. 12, 2007.

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Peterson comes to Emory Healthcare from Medical City Dallas Hospital (HCA), a 677-bed facility where he has served since 2004. He was named interim COO in March 2007. Prior to his role as interim chief operating officer, he served as associate administrator where he was responsible for day-to-day operations in 12 departments, staffed by more than 600 employees.

"We are pleased Mr. Peterson has accepted a very significant role for Emory Healthcare," says Fred Sanfilippo, MD, PhD, executive vice president for health affairs at Emory University, CEO of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center and chair of Emory Healthcare. "We have tremendous opportunity at Emory Crawford Long Hospital and our entire Emory Midtown campus to create an exceptional environment in a vital urban setting for our clinical, research and educational programs, and continue to promote the highest standard of patient care. "

From 2003 to 2004, Peterson was at Creighton University Medical Center (Tenet) as associate administrator for ancillary services, where he was responsible for the management of perioperative and imaging services, and emergency services throughput improvement. Prior to Creighton, Peterson also served in the Tenet Healthcare Future CEO/CFO Development Program.

John T. Fox, president and CEO of Emory Healthcare, says Peterson's expertise includes successfully managing operations in such areas as the emergency department, operating rooms and imaging services.

"Dane has significant accomplishments in master plan construction and renovation, core measures improvement, employee engagement and cultural transformation support," says Fox. "His experience in health care administration and operations, and industrial engineering are well-suited to the building momentum underway at Emory Crawford Long Hospital."

Peterson holds an MBA from Stanford University and a bachelor's in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan.

"It is an honor to be selected as chief operating officer of Emory Crawford Long Hospital," says Peterson. "I am very excited to join the Emory Healthcare team and I look forward to working with our physicians and caregivers to fulfill our mission to provide excellence in patient care enhanced by education and research."

Peterson succeeds Albert K. Blackwelder, who served as COO at Emory Crawford Long Hospital since 1994. In May, Blackwelder was named chief operating officer for Emory Healthcare's Wesley Woods Center, the region's largest and most comprehensive geriatric health system.

Established in 1908, Emory Crawford Long Hospital will soon celebrate 100 years of serving the citizens of Atlanta, Georgia and the Southeast. The Hospital is a 511-bed community-based, tertiary care center in midtown Atlanta, and is staffed by 600 Emory medical faculty and 800 community physicians. Medical services include 56 intensive care beds, a level III neonatal intensive care unit, and four hyperbaric oxygen units. The hospital is known for services in cardiology, cardiac surgery, gastroenterology, and emergency medicine. Women's services include prenatal and postnatal education, bone density testing, mammography, and obstetrics, with a specialization in high-ri sk pregnancy. In September, Emory Crawford Long Hospital was named a Thomson 100 Top Hospitals Performance Improvement Leader by Thomson Healthcare - a leading provider of health care information and decision support solutions focusing on clinical and business performance improvement.

Recently, Emory Crawford Long Hospital was honored as the only business organization in the Southeast receiving a prestigious Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) award for its program to train and hire high school graduates and adults with developmental disabilities and integrate these individuals into a busy hospital workplace.

About the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center at Emory University
The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center at Emory University is an academic health sciences center committed to providing the best patient care possible, educating health professionals and leaders, discovering new ways to prevent and treat disease and serving the community, both locally and globally. The center includes Emory Healthcare, Emory University School of Medicine, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Rollins School of Public Health, Winship Cancer Institute and Yerkes National Primate Research Center. Emory Healthcare, the clinical arm of the center, is the largest, most comprehensive health care system in Georgia and includes Emory University Hospital, Emory Crawford Long Hospital, Wesley Woods Center, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, The Emory Clinic, Emory Children's Center, the jointly owned Emory-Adventist Hospital, and EHCA, a limited liability company created in collaboration with the Hospital Corporation of America. The center's work is leveraged by partnerships with state and local organizations, including the Georgia Research Alliance, Georgia Cancer Coalition, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Cancer Society, CARE, the Arthritis Foundation, and others.

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