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Media Contact: Lance Skelly 14 February 2005
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Emory University Hospital Kicks Off Centennial Year with Call for Memorabilia
Emory University Hospital is kicking off its centennial by celebrating 100 years of innovation and honoring the many individuals who have been touched by the Atlanta institution.

"A lot has changed in the world and at Emory University Hospital in the last 100 years, such as the name, the location and the advancements in healthcare," says Robert Bachman, chief operating officer, Emory University Hospital. "However, two things haven't changed-our focus on people and being at the forefront of medicine."

The hospital is kicking off a year of celebrations, and would like to hear how Emory University Hospital has impacted the lives of patients, community members and employees. "We are looking for interesting stories about the hospital from people who have been patients here, were born here, or worked here," says Bachman. "We are also looking for interesting hospital memorabilia. Last year, a former employee donated demitasse cups with the Wesley Memorial Hospital logo. These cups and other memorabilia will be displayed in cases specially designed for our centennial celebration and placed prominently in the hospital."

Even though 1905 marked the opening of what would later become known as Emory University Hospital, there was a great deal that had to happen before the hospital could open its doors.

The year was 1904. Theodore Roosevelt was president of the United States, the city of Atlanta decided to extend the city limits to include Piedmont Park and pneumonia and tuberculosis were some of the leading causes of death in the country. And, without fanfare, a charter application was submitted to the Superior Court of Fulton County for the birth of Wesley Memorial Hospital (the forebear of Emory University Hospital).

The process all started a year earlier, in 1903, after the bicentennial of the birth of John Wesley (the founder of the Methodist Church). Members of the First Methodist Church of Atlanta identified a need for a Methodist hospital in Atlanta. Asa Candler (the founder of Coca-Cola) offered to donate approximately $50,000 for a hospital in Atlanta if the Methodist congregation would raise $150,000. The goal was met and on Saturday, February 27, 1904, and the charter application was submitted to the Superior Court of Fulton County. The charter was granted in March 1904, and a 16-room house on the corner of Auburn Avenue and Courtland Street was soon purchased. On Tuesday, August 16, 1905, Wesley Memorial Hospital opened its doors.

Anyone with stories, anecdotes, or memorabilia about Emory University Hospital can contact Susan Folds at 404-686-2830, or email susan_folds@emoryhealthcare.org.

Media Contact: Lance Skelly 14 February 2005
  lskelly@emory.edu    
  (404) 686-8538   Print  | Email ]
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Emory University Hospital Kicks Off Centennial Year with Call for Memorabilia
Emory University Hospital is kicking off its centennial by celebrating 100 years of innovation and honoring the many individuals who have been touched by the Atlanta institution.

"A lot has changed in the world and at Emory University Hospital in the last 100 years, such as the name, the location and the advancements in healthcare," says Robert Bachman, chief operating officer, Emory University Hospital. "However, two things haven't changed-our focus on people and being at the forefront of medicine."

The hospital is kicking off a year of celebrations, and would like to hear how Emory University Hospital has impacted the lives of patients, community members and employees. "We are looking for interesting stories about the hospital from people who have been patients here, were born here, or worked here," says Bachman. "We are also looking for interesting hospital memorabilia. Last year, a former employee donated demitasse cups with the Wesley Memorial Hospital logo. These cups and other memorabilia will be displayed in cases specially designed for our centennial celebration and placed prominently in the hospital."

Even though 1905 marked the opening of what would later become known as Emory University Hospital, there was a great deal that had to happen before the hospital could open its doors.

The year was 1904. Theodore Roosevelt was president of the United States, the city of Atlanta decided to extend the city limits to include Piedmont Park and pneumonia and tuberculosis were some of the leading causes of death in the country. And, without fanfare, a charter application was submitted to the Superior Court of Fulton County for the birth of Wesley Memorial Hospital (the forebear of Emory University Hospital).

The process all started a year earlier, in 1903, after the bicentennial of the birth of John Wesley (the founder of the Methodist Church). Members of the First Methodist Church of Atlanta identified a need for a Methodist hospital in Atlanta. Asa Candler (the founder of Coca-Cola) offered to donate approximately $50,000 for a hospital in Atlanta if the Methodist congregation would raise $150,000. The goal was met and on Saturday, February 27, 1904, and the charter application was submitted to the Superior Court of Fulton County. The charter was granted in March 1904, and a 16-room house on the corner of Auburn Avenue and Courtland Street was soon purchased. On Tuesday, August 16, 1905, Wesley Memorial Hospital opened its doors.

Anyone with stories, anecdotes, or memorabilia about Emory University Hospital can contact Susan Folds at 404-686-2830, or email susan_folds@emoryhealthcare.org.



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