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Media Contact: Ron Sauder 13 November 2007
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Emory, Morehouse Are Prepared to Protect Core Missions
The Emory and Morehouse schools of medicine must take steps to ensure they can carry out their core missions of medical education, training, research and patient care in the face of serious questions about the future of Grady Memorial Hospital, according to the presidents of the two private institutions.

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Emory Statements on Grady Memorial Hospital
Dr. James Wagner, president of Emory University, and Dr. John Maupin, president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), say they are concerned about the impact of ongoing budget uncertainty on patient care, recruitment and retention of faculty, and recruitment of residents -- newly-minted MDs who pursue graduate training in medical specialties. Emory and MSM provide all of the medical staffing of Grady under contract with the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority.

In a joint letter, dated Nov. 8, 2007 to Pamela S. Stephenson, chair of the Authority, the two presidents commended her for the exploratory work the Authority is doing in preparation for a Nov. 26 vote on forming a new nonprofit 501 (c) (3) corporation to operate Grady. They expressed hope that the governance change will happen quickly and that it will be an effective means to secure new sources of funding for the hospital, which currently owes the two schools a combined total debt of $63 million.

"As you undertake major transformation, we wish to support and encourage your efforts," the presidents said. "We also want to assist in any way we can with a new governance structure and securing new sources of funding."

The two presidents repeated what Emory and MSM officials have said with increasing urgency for several months -- that time is growing short for Grady to move forward with governance and funding changes. Facing the need over the next few months to interview and select new residents for placement at Grady, they said it is necessary for Grady's situation to be resolved by the end of the calendar year.

Under the terms of the National Resident Matching Program, teaching institutions identify the number of residency slots they can guarantee by the end of January. However, the process begins in September with prospective residents (fourth-year medical students who will shortly earn their MDs) applying for their preferred programs. Then institutions like Emory and MSM offer interviews and elective courses between November and January. At the end of January, prospective residents must specify their preferences in rank order. The teaching programs (in this case Emory and MSM) assume ongoing obligations to the residents who have "matched" for the terms of their residencies, which typically last for three to four years. New residency appointments begin nationwide on July 1 of each year. Emory alone has more than 375 residency and fellowship slots at Grady and MSM has 95.

"Even as the hospital authority continues its deliberations," Drs. Wagner and Maupin wrote to Ms. Stephenson, "Emory and Morehouse are compelled to explore alternative venues for our programs in the event those deliberations are unsuccessful. The process of reviewing alternatives is already under way, so that we might be in a position to begin redeployment as necessary in the new year."

They continued, "We remain cautiously optimistic that we will be able to preserve our historic and productive relationship that has benefited thousands of patients, the counties and the state as a whole."

Media Contact: Ron Sauder 13 November 2007
  ron.sauder@emory.edu    
  (404) 727-4499   Print  | Email ]
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Emory, Morehouse Are Prepared to Protect Core Missions
The Emory and Morehouse schools of medicine must take steps to ensure they can carry out their core missions of medical education, training, research and patient care in the face of serious questions about the future of Grady Memorial Hospital, according to the presidents of the two private institutions.

Learn More
Emory Statements on Grady Memorial Hospital
Dr. James Wagner, president of Emory University, and Dr. John Maupin, president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), say they are concerned about the impact of ongoing budget uncertainty on patient care, recruitment and retention of faculty, and recruitment of residents -- newly-minted MDs who pursue graduate training in medical specialties. Emory and MSM provide all of the medical staffing of Grady under contract with the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority.

In a joint letter, dated Nov. 8, 2007 to Pamela S. Stephenson, chair of the Authority, the two presidents commended her for the exploratory work the Authority is doing in preparation for a Nov. 26 vote on forming a new nonprofit 501 (c) (3) corporation to operate Grady. They expressed hope that the governance change will happen quickly and that it will be an effective means to secure new sources of funding for the hospital, which currently owes the two schools a combined total debt of $63 million.

"As you undertake major transformation, we wish to support and encourage your efforts," the presidents said. "We also want to assist in any way we can with a new governance structure and securing new sources of funding."

The two presidents repeated what Emory and MSM officials have said with increasing urgency for several months -- that time is growing short for Grady to move forward with governance and funding changes. Facing the need over the next few months to interview and select new residents for placement at Grady, they said it is necessary for Grady's situation to be resolved by the end of the calendar year.

Under the terms of the National Resident Matching Program, teaching institutions identify the number of residency slots they can guarantee by the end of January. However, the process begins in September with prospective residents (fourth-year medical students who will shortly earn their MDs) applying for their preferred programs. Then institutions like Emory and MSM offer interviews and elective courses between November and January. At the end of January, prospective residents must specify their preferences in rank order. The teaching programs (in this case Emory and MSM) assume ongoing obligations to the residents who have "matched" for the terms of their residencies, which typically last for three to four years. New residency appointments begin nationwide on July 1 of each year. Emory alone has more than 375 residency and fellowship slots at Grady and MSM has 95.

"Even as the hospital authority continues its deliberations," Drs. Wagner and Maupin wrote to Ms. Stephenson, "Emory and Morehouse are compelled to explore alternative venues for our programs in the event those deliberations are unsuccessful. The process of reviewing alternatives is already under way, so that we might be in a position to begin redeployment as necessary in the new year."

They continued, "We remain cautiously optimistic that we will be able to preserve our historic and productive relationship that has benefited thousands of patients, the counties and the state as a whole."



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